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Invention at Play Family Activities Guide

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PDF connected to the Invention at Play online exhibit highlighting the connections between play and the process of invention. When children pretend, build with blocks and boxes, solve puzzles, take things apart, or rig a new way to do something, they are practicing flexible habits of mind and making important new connections. This downloadable booklet highlights inventors who started out as great players and who recall a strong link between their play and inventing. It encourages the creation of an enriching play/inventing environment at home with hands-on, minds on activities for adults and children to do together. Targets grades K-4.

"Shoo Lie Loo" by Elizabeth Mitchell from Sunny Day

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This children's song is accompanied by a dancing game where you stand in a circle, clap your hands to the beat, and call out for your friend.

Tapestry of the Times - Episode 34 - “Let’s Eat”

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From Kenyan harvests to Creole cuisine, and Crescent City waffles to cold pizza for breakfast... music in praise of food in all its wonderful varieties. We hear a Native American song for a buffalo feast and Josh White’s iconic down-at-the-heels anthem “One Meat Ball,” plus more.

A Sound Legacy: 20 Years of Folkways Records at the Smithsonian Institution

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Learn about the history of Folkways Recordings and its incorporation into the Smithsonian Institution. The webpage includes video and audio clips of significant Folkways recordings.

George Washington: A National Treasure -- Interactive Portrait

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Interactive portrait of George Washington helps you explore and interpret symbolic, biographic, and artistic elements found in the famous painting. Includes an audio introduction and highlighted elements within the painting that provide additional information.

Smithsonian Folkways Latin Music Concerts at 2012 Folklife Festival

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Dan Sheehy, director of Smithsonian Folkways, discusses the special Latin music concert series at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Community Explorations

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Lesson on urban planning in which students evaluate positive and negative ways their community interacts with the environment, document green spaces, and write a persuasive essay encouraging community care of green spaces.

The Total Package (4-8)

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Activity in which students use the design process to solve a packaging problem. Students gather information about a specific product, create a new design for it, and generate a report.

American Women

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A selection of portraits from the National Portrait Gallery celebrating the lives and careers of 65 noteworthy American women, ranging from Jane Addams to Pat Nixon to Margaret Sanger.

A Tall Ship and a Star to Steer Her By

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Lesson explores transportation past and present, and addresses the use of inexhaustible power sources. Students design their own water transportation using inexhaustible power sources such as solar or wind power.

Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn

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Online exhibition of the libraries' collection of pop-up and other moveable books. Includes short videos of the books in action.

Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art

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Online exhibit featuring ceramics, leatherwork, textiles, metalwork, sculpture, and other works of art. Shows how folk artwork reflects the cultures of a diverse Mexican society. Artifacts arranged by medium, with additional information, videos, and images.

Ceri Rhys Matthews and Ceri Ashton Perform at 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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Ceri Rhys Matthews performs with Ceri Ashton and members of Sild, Martin Leamon and Sille Ilves.

“Los Gauchos de Roldán”: Button Accordion and Bandoneón Music from Northern Uruguay

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Fall/Winter 2011: Dispatches from Latin America

Youth Town Hall with the Greensboro Civil Rights Pioneers: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Woolworth Lunch Counter Student Sit-In (Lecture Video)

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Archived webcast where three members of the Greensboro Four reflect on their experiences as nonviolent protesters during the civil rights movement and answer audience questions. The three surviving members of the Greensboro Four, Jibreel Khazan (formerly Ezell Blair, Jr.), Franklin McCain, and Joseph McNeil were part of a bold action which ignited student involvement in the civil rights movement when they staged a sit-in at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, on February 1, 1960. Targets grades 7-12.

Perfumania

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Activity in which students find the volume of various perfume/cologne bottle designs and create their own bottle design for a new fragrance.

"Rast" by Rahim Alhaj and Souhail Kaspar

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The oud, a traditional Middle Eastern string instrument, is over 5,000 years old and the ancestor of many other string instruments. In this video, Rahim Alhaj, Iraqi oud virtuoso and composer plays, accompanied by master percussionist Souhail Kaspar. It is a glimpse into recording sessions for Alhaj's "When the Soul is Settled: Music of Iraq" CD, SFW-CD-45033, released October 2006. Alhaj is one of a very few professional oudists who are actively re-vitalizing and thereby preserving the Iraqi art music tradition.

Sound Sessions Radio - Woody Guthrie

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Rare outtakes and stories from Smithsonian Folkways archivist Jeff Place give new meaning to the life and music of American folk icon Woody Guthrie and his relationship with Folkways Records.

Circles of Action: Project Zero Global Thinking Routine

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A Project Zero “Global Thinking” routine for fostering a disposition to participate and take responsible action. This routine invites students to distinguish between personal, local, and global spheres and deliberate about potential courses of action and their consequences. The framework asks students to consider what they can do to contribute to an issue within three circles of action: “In my inner circle (of friends, family, the people I know),” “In my community (my school, my neighborhood),” and “In the world (beyond my immediate environment).”

CIRCLES OF ACTION

A routine for fostering a disposition to participate

What can I do to contribute…

1. In my inner circle (of friends, family, the people I know)?

2. In my community (my school, my neighborhood)?

3. In the world (beyond my immediate environment)?

Purpose: What kind of thinking does this routine encourage?

This routine is designed to foster students’ dispositions to participate and take responsible action. It invites them to distinguish personal, local, and global spheres and make local-global connections. It also prepares them for an intentional deliberation about potential courses of action and their consequences.

Application: When and where can it be used?

This routine can be used across disciplines (e.g., geography, science, literature, economics) and with a broad range of resources (e.g., films, narratives, photographs) typically addressing a conflict, problem, system, or design that can be improved through participation and engagement. This routine can also be used informally in daily school contexts and interactions where individual students can exhibit agency (e.g., a conflict among friends, consumption patterns, the integration of immigrant students).

Launch: What are some tips for starting and using this routine?

This routine invites students to map possibilities for action, and the order of questions can be inverted if necessary. Call students’ attention to an issue that they can perceive as requiring solutions. Students are best prepared to use this routine when they have a moderate understanding of the issue, are primed to care about it, and have a sense of urgency or need for a response. This routine is particularly effective when students sense the need but have difficulty considering viable paths for action. The routine can be followed by discussing: What are the barriers to students’ capacity to take action at various levels? Drawing on a rich initial actions map, students may be invited to consider factors such as ethics, viability, personal interest, and potential impact as they decide what to do next.

Forces of Flight Learning Lab

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Science demonstration at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center celebrating a century of flight and invention through hands-on history activities and laboratory investigations by students.

Smithsonian Institution Library Catalog

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Website allows visitors to search for onsite resources in the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

Chinese Arts of the Brush

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Gallery guide discussing the arts of painting and calligraphy in China - their origins, connection, materials, aesthetics, and artistic philosophy. Includes suggested resources.

From Carbons to Computers: The Changing American Office

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esson plans that focuses on the history of the office to enrich understanding of trade, commerce, and economics, from the Industrial Revolution to the Information Age.

Math Quilts

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Lesson in which students examine geometric quilt patterns to learn how math may have been used to help slaves escape to freedom. They slide, flip, and turn geometric shapes to create their own quilt with map of how to 'escape' the classroom and head to the school front door.
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