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1812: A Nation Emerges

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Online exhibition on an epic scale. Portraits and biographies of the war's leading players (and the leading opponents of the war) add up to a complex national portrait. The cast includes former president Thomas Jefferson, future presidents Andrew Jackson and William Henry Harrison, Shawnee leader Tecumseh, first lady of first ladies Dolley Madison, and the pirate Jean Laffite.

1812 Lesson Plans

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Four lessons in which students use critical thinking skills to examine, analyze, and compare/contrast artworks to better understand the events of the War of 1812. Lessons include a historical research project that has students create a textbook entry to demonstrate their understanding.

One Life: Amelia Earhart

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Online exhibition includes rare film footage of the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

Portrature Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter

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Exhibition displays the diversity of contemporary Asian American identity. Portraits offer representations against and beyond the stereotypes that have long obscured the complexity of being Asian in America.

Glimpse of the Past: A Neighborhood Evolves

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Online exhibition describing the rise, fall, and rebirth of the heart of Penn Quarter, Washington DC, from the perspective of one of the neighborhood's enduring monuments: the old Patent Office building, which today houses the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum. Includes historic and contemporary photos.

A Will of Their Own

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Online exhibition adds up to a group portrait of influential women in the early days of the republic, from Abigail Adams to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. The focus is on Judith Sargent Murray, a poet and essayist who published "On the Equality of the Sexes" in 1790.

Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets

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Website with works from the National Portrait Gallery (mostly photographs) that illustrate the story of modernism in American poetry. The story begins with an unlikely pair of seminal figures: Walt Whitman, who heard "America singing" in the nineteenth century, and Ezra Pound, who left his "half savage country" early in the twentieth century and returned as a prisoner, charged with treason during World War II. The site includes recordings of Pound, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, and others, each reading a poem.

Reflections/Refractions: Self-Portraiture in the Twentieth Century

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This online exhibition of twentieth-century self-portraits considers the ways in which discoveries in psychology and genetics changed our ideas the individual.

Muddy Creek Canoe Trip

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Field trip program at SERC's Maryland location. Canoe trip is a guided tour where students will learn simple canoeing skills while observing the surrounding ecosystem and identifying certain species with a field guide. Stops along the trip give students time to discuss elements of the ecosystem around them.

Groups and Public Programs

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Information on SERC events and opportunities for children, scout troops, and classrooms. Iincludes an events brochure and information on self-launch kayaking/canoeing.

Marine Invasions Citizen Science

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Information on volunteering for the Marine Invasions Research Lab and participating in invasive species watch projects as citizen scientists along the East and West coasts. These projects help capture and identify the distribution of invasive species. Includes a link to the national database of marine invasions.

Art to Zoo: Africa Behind and Beyond the Headlines (1980)

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Lesson plan introducing students to the interplay between environment and traditional culture in sub-Saharan Africa. Students learn about the significance of African masks and create their own masks.

Art to Zoo: Airplanes and Airports: How to Take Off Without Ever Leaving the Ground (1982)

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Lesson plan that provides insight on how airplanes and airports profoundly affect our lives. Includes lessons on the forces of flight and how to create a model airplane.

Art to Zoo: ?Blacks in the Westward Movement,? ?What Can You Do with a Portrait?? and ?Of Beetles, Worms, and Leaves of Grass? (1976)

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Premier issue of Art to Zoo, containing three sections: experiences of African Americans in westward expansion, the use of portrait art in the classroom, and the ordinary lawn as a habitat for plants and animals.

Art to Zoo: Building Bridges: Living in a Diverse Society (1993)

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Online issue containing lessons and activities that explore prejudice, racism, and related issues.

Art to Zoo: 200 Years and Counting: How the U.S. Census Tracks Social Trends (1990)

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Lesson plan in which students learn how census data is collected and how it is used. Students fill out census forms and interpret information from graphs, tables, and other information displays.

Art to Zoo: 'Give It Your Best!': Civilian Contributions to the Home Front (1988)

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Lesson plan that introduces students to efforts on the home front during World War II, as illustrated by media messages. Students take on a wartime persona by writing a V-mail letter. Includes facsimile of a V-mail form.

Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Decoding the Past: The Work of Archaeologists

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Students use the methods of archeologists to identify and interpret artifacts from a contemporary setting.

Art to Zoo: Stories from the Deep (1977)

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This magazine-format issue of Art to Zoo includes ideas for teaching about mollusks, a brief history of the Smithsonian, and tips for gathering historical information from gravestones.

Art to Zoo: Digging Up Dirt: How Paleontologists Bring Dinosaurs Back to Life (1992)

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Online issue with information and activities to introduce you and your students to the science of paleontology. Includes lesson plan with activities that relate to geology, paleontology, anatomy, and the scientific method.

Art to Zoo: Dinosaurs Were Real! (1976)

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Art to Zoo: Dinosaurs Were Real! (1976)

Art to Zoo: Turning Dreams into Reality (1984-85)

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The issue takes students on a guided tour of the invention process, from dreams to the reality. It includes a 'pull-out page' detailing the early history of the photograph.

Art to Zoo: Of Kayaks and Ulus: The Bering Sea Eskimo Collection of Edward W. Nelson, ?The Man Who Collected Worthless Things? (1981)

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Online issue featuring activities based on objects in the Smithsonian's collection of Alaskan Eskimo artifacts, given to the institution by ethnographer Edward W. Nelson.

Art to Zoo: Ethnic Folklore in Your Classroom: Traditions, Tales, and Treasures from Tijuana to Timbuktu (1984)

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Online issue encouraging educators and students to embrace diversity in cultural heritage. Includes instructions on how to put on a folklife or cultural heritage festival in the classroom.
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