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Community Centered Neighborhood Development

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Teacher-created lesson in which students use the design process to find if there are alternatives to suburban sprawl.

Arctic Social Sciences

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Webpage provides information about representative projects in Arctic social sciences that have been funded by the National Science Foundation. Includes current research projects/news and a section on ethics specific to working with Arctic peoples.

The Folkways Collection - Episode 17: Voices of History

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A significant section of the Folkways collection is devoted to documentaries and oral history. This program gives the listener a sense of the remarkable material contained within these recordings and a sense of the foresight which Moses Asch demonstrated in preserving this material for future generations.

Speaking of Pictures: My Children by Abbot Handerson Thayer

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Roll over this heroic painting to reveal meaning and insight. Provides information on the life and work of Abbot Handerson Thayer.

Shape Note Singing Lesson

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Lesson providing historical background, cultural significance, and modern practices of Shape Note singing. Includes singing activities and instruction.

Settle Down: Turbidity and Water Quality

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Lesson where students learn about 'water fitness' as they focus on the how turbidity affects water quality. Printable worksheets and links included.

Giant Panda Crossword Puzzle

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Computer crossword for children on the giant pandas at the National Zoo.

Department of Botany References and Tools

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Webpage for the Department of Botany. Includes botanical links, news, nomenclatural tools, taxonomic groups, imaging by geographic area, and more.

ComTech

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Innovative, modular, discovery-based curriculum for grades 7-9 technology students. Students master a limited number of powerful technology and science concepts, sense the excitement and challenge of technology, and develop critical thinking and reasoning skills that can be transferred to all disciplines. Purchase required.

Smithsonian Folkways Magazine

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Website that introduces an indigenous American art form. Includes audio samples of the work discussed, from ragtime to modern.

African Voices

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Website exploring the diversity and global influence of African culture. Includes interactive historical timeline from pre-history to the present, an exploration of overarching themes, highlighted African art, interviews with modern Africans, a bibliography, and interactive maps.

Smithsonian Magazine

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Smithsonian is a monthly subscription magazine that takes a fresh look at history, the arts, science, and the environment. Regular columns highlight events and exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution's museums and galleries, the National Zoo, and research facilities.

Children dance at Tshigombela practice

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Children dance at tshigombela practice in Tshirunzanananai Primary School, Limpopo, South Africa, in September 2009.

"Freight Train" by Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten

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Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (1895-1987) built her musical legacy on a firm foundation of late 19th- and early 20th-century African-American instrumental traditions and fine musicianship. She strung her guitar upside down, the bass notes to the bottom. This meant she would thumb the treble strings while finger-picking the bass notes, creating an almost inimitable sound. Her method was so influential it became known as the "Cotten style." Watch this unique style in a performance of "Freight Train," her best-known song, edited from film taken by Pete and Toshi Seeger at the Seeger family home in 1957.

Bernice Johnson Reagon Interview

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Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, singer, activist, and historian, organized multi-racial performances in the segregated American South of the 1960s. Conversation recorded October 22, 2003.

Headlines: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

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A Project Zero "Visible Thinking" routine for capturing the essence of a topic or issue. This routine can also involve students summing things up and coming to tentative conclusions. Asks students to “Write a headline that captures the most important aspect of this [topic/issue],” and to answer “How does your headline differ from what you would have said yesterday?”

HEADLINES

A routine for capturing the essence of a topic or issue

1. Write a headline that captures the most important aspect of this [topic/issue].

2. How does your headline differ from what you would have said yesterday? How has your headline changed based on today’s discussion?

Purpose: What kind of thinking does this routine encourage?

This routine helps students capture the core or heart of the matter being studied or discussed. It also can involve them in summing things up and coming to tentative conclusions.

Application: When and where can it be used?

This routine works especially well at the end of a class discussion or session in which students have explored a topic and gathered a fair amount of new information or opinions about it.

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

This routine can be used effectively with Think / Pair / Share. For example, at the end of a class, a teacher might ask, "Think about all that we have been talking about today in class. If you were to write a headline for this topic or issue right now that captured the most important aspect that should be remembered, what would that headline be?" Next, the teacher tells students, "Share your headline with your neighbor." The teacher might close the class by asking, "Who heard a headline from someone else that they thought was particularly good at getting to the core of things?" Student responses to the routine can be written down and recorded so that a class list of headlines is created. These could be reviewed and updated from time to time as the class learns more about the topic. The follow-up question, "How has your headline changed or how does it differ from what you would have said?” can be used to help students reflect on changes in their thinking.

Small Mammal Enrichment

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Images and description of the enrichment opportunities given to the small mammals that live at the Zoo. Includes how the habitats of the animals provide stimulation and images.

Podcasting with Your Students

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Article that follows elementary students as they produce podcasts about their field trips. Included is technical advice on podcast.

Royal Gifts from Thailand: Selected Masterpieces from Thailand's Royal Gifts to the United States of America

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Discusses the symbolic exchange of gifts between Thailand and the United States that established a bond between two very different nations. Spans the time between 1833 and the present.

1846: Portrait of the Nation

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Website looking back at the important historical events of 1846, the year the Smithsonian was founded. Selected paintings provide visual context for major historical events.

A Smithsonian Idealab: Smithsonian Kids

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Children can explore some of the 137 million objects at the Smithsonian that have been grouped into categories such as 'patriotic,' 'fast,' and 'fun.'

Civil Issues and Design

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Teacher-created lesson in which students use the design process to identify civil issues at their school (rights, responsibilities) and to propose solutions to problems.

Tea for Two (4-8)

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Activity examining how certain items can link family and friends together in unique and interesting ways. Analyzes how historic artifacts have helped people connect in the past.

Work Hard and Work Smart: Designing for Athletes (4-8)

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Activity in which students design a sports bag for athletes, investigate varied sports, interview people involved in varied sports, and engage in problem solving as they create a new design.
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