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Grizzly Survival

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Interdisciplinary lesson looking at the Grizzly bear of North America. Provides historical context, from Lewis and Clark's descriptions of grizzlies, to Native American rituals, to modern conservation efforts. Students examine the impact of an increase of human settlements on grizzlies today.

Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Minerals, Crystals, and Gems: Stepping-Stones to Inquiry

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Lesson plans introduce students to mineral science and the scientific process of observation, hypothesis, and conclusion.

Pete Seeger: The Complete Bowdoin College Concert, 1960

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Targeted by the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee, blacklisted, and under indictment for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about his political beliefs, Pete Seeger persevered, traveling throughout North America and performing “community concerts” in schools and local venues.

Recovery and Rebirth of a New Orleans Jazz Life

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Winter/Spring 2015: New Orleans

Legendary Beauties

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Online exhibit telling the story of how Theodore Roosevelt and the famous artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens worked together to redesign America's money. Reveals how this collaboration transformed traditional coinage into unprecedented works of art symbolizing Roosevelt's progressive ideals and led to the design of what many regard as the most beautiful American coin every produced. Visitors can rotate and zoom in on objects for detailed examination and a glossary helps visitors understand challenging vocabulary.

Art to Zoo: In or Out? Make Up Your Mind! (1978)

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Online issue featuring the game 'Include Me In!' Students decide if historical figures are significant enough to have their portraits included in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.

Arts of the Islamic World Teacher's Guide

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This downloadable guide introduces the Islamic world through art. Includes an overview of Islamic beliefs and holidays; and a look at the art of calligraphy, architectural objects, and everyday objects of trade and culture. Includes lesson plans by grade level and suggestions for additional resources.

Freer and Sackler Podcasts

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Audio site with Asian music from the Freer and Sackler concert series, Radio Asia from Smithsonian Folkways Records, curatorial conversations about exhibitions, and excerpts from the 'Silk Road Storytelling' series.

The Seneca Falls Convention

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Website presenting the story of the landmark Seneca Falls Convention accompanied by portraits of several of the women involved.

Archive of African Artists

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Online exhibit featuring a sampling of exhibition announcements and gallery brochures for 21 African artists from eleven countries. The National Museum of African Art Library maintains a fast-growing collection of more than 3,300 files on contemporary African artists. No other library in the United States is developing or maintaining this type of collection.

“Proud of who I am”: Venda Children’s Musical Cultures

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Spring 2014: South Africa

The Folkways Collection - Episode 15: Music and the Winds of Change: The Women's Movement

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Moses Asch was committed to supporting and reflecting the struggle for equality by American women through a number of the artists featured on Folkways, among them Peggy Seeger. This Program reviews the material on this subject and features interviews with prominent contemporary female artists, reflecting on the contribution of Folkways to the women's movement.

Early, Early Childhood Songs

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Eight favorites performed by Ella Jenkins and nursery school children. Features melodies performed on folk instruments followed by playful group exercises for melody recognition. Includes "Mary Had a Little Lamb," "Farmer in the Dell," and "Skip to My Lou." $10.00 for audiocassette or LP, $15.00 for CD.

When It Rains, It Pours: Sounds of a Tropical Rain Forest in America and the Birth of the Science Series

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Fall/Winter 2012: Sounds and Soundscapes

Where's Everyone Going?

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Interactive game asking players to match a variety of vehicles with their destinations and time periods. This game is included in the online exhibit America on the Move.

A Critical Bibliography on North American Indians, for K-12

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Resource list on North American Indians organized by culture area and tribe and further divided into nonfiction and fiction, biographies, and traditional stories. Includes an introduction, preface, and foreword by Native American educators. Provides questions for critically evaluating different perspectives of history.

Animation Flip Books

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Lesson introducing students to basic elements of animation. While learning about the role of design in entertainment from classic cartoons, students create a 'bouncing ball' flip book to demonstrate knowledge of sequential motion.

Interactive Star-Spangled Banner

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Interactive flag from the online exhibit The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem. Allows exploration of the features of the flag, clicking on hotspots, and zooming in to see details.

The Folkways Collection - Episode 9: Blues

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Among its other accomplishments, the Folkways collection captures significant developments in the evolution of the Blues as a dominant genre in American roots music. This program looks at key blues artists in the collection, including Lead Belly, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, and Lightnin' Hopkins, and reviews musical examples from a variety of blues styles: tradition rural blues, piano blues and urban blues. Among the works incorporated in this program are selections from a Folkways blues anthology entitled Asch Recordings 1939-47, Volume 1: Blues, Gospel and Jazz.

Teen Smoking: Designing a School Anti-Smoking Publicity Campaign

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Teacher-created lesson in which students create the visuals for the campaign, based on their research into the effects of smoking.

Celebrate the Arts of the Silk Road

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Collection of links related to the Silk Road. Includes exhibitions connected to the Silk Road, additional links for more information, and events/talks about the Silk Road.

"My Better Years" by The Seldom Scene from Long Time…Seldom Scene

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Bluegrass legends The Seldom Scene record the wistful Hazel Dickens' song "My Better Years" for the Smithsonian Folkways album Long Time... Seldom Scene.

Channel Challenge

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Student teams will be introduced to the phenomenon of how water can rapidly change the environment. They will observe how engineers reduce the impact of flooding events with materials that can absorb and channel water. At the end of this challenge students will be able to assess the ability of classroom materials to stop the movement of water. Student groups will devise and test a flood prevention system to stop water from reaching a castle, using 3D printed models.

Be Mosquito Smart: Know the Enemy

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In this activity, students learn about mosquitos, including their anatomy, environments, what attracts them, why mosquitos “bite,” and the dangerous diseases they carry. Students gain knowledge through research and then participate in a competitive, interactive game to be the first to complete their mosquito. In addition to data collection, students use interpersonal skills needed in STEM2D careers such as presenting ideas and working as a collaborative team. This activity is adapted from the Smithsonian Science for Global Goals, Mosquito! Module.
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