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National Postal Museum Student Tours

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Guided student tours aligned to District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia curriculum standards. Self-guided student tours also available for download. A lunch room may be reserved.

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.

Designing a Mythical Creature

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Teacher-created lesson in which students brainstorm a list of modern conundrums that could use some explanation. They then sculpt or paint representations of mythological creatures that explain the origins of something.

Science TV: Making It Real

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In this lesson, students make connections between science and design and ultimately create a mock science television show that addresses social issues.

You've Got Chocolate on My Peanut Bar

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This lesson plan asks students to design, innovate, invent. and work cooperatively in groups. They build bridges made of toothpicks and Dot candies, testing each structure's strength.

Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur

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Online exhibit featuring newly discovered Indian paintings from the royal court collection of Marwar-Jodhpur. These paintings reveal the kingdom's engagement with the changing political landscapes of early modern India. View selected artworks and listen to the audio guide by curator Deborah Diamond.

Ancestor Worship Today

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Website presents the research of a group of Chinese American teenagers who looked into their own communities for modern examples of ancestor worship. Includes photos and interviews gathered by the teens.

Holiday Times

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Ella Jenkins performs 26 songs, stories, rhymes, and chants for Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, and St. Patrick's Day. Jenkins and friends sing and play ukulele, harmonica, guitar, pipe organ, flute, and percussion. $10.00 for audiocassette, $15.00 for CD.

National Postal Museum Self-Guide

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Overview map of the museum with exhibit areas marked includes brief descriptions of exhibit areas, new displays, and highlighted treasures.

Sea Turtles and Our Watersheds Outreach Program, Grade 6

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Classroom program connecting students to local and global watersheds through activities that relate to Smithsonian science and sea turtle research. Focus is on pollution and how humans effect the sea environment. For grade 6. Pre-registration and fee required.

The World of Edith Wharton

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Website presenting the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Edith Wharton (1862-1937), punctuated with pictures from the National Portrait Gallery.

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.

Design Your Perfect Career

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Teacher-created lesson in which students choose possible careers by using the design process.

Idealabs: Digging for Answers

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Description: Online quiz game in which students test their research skills as well as their knowledge. Includes nearly a hundred questions in categories such as 'Myths and Monsters,' 'Food for Thought,' 'Girl Power,' and 'Stars and Other Things That Shine.' If an answer is incorrect, the player can try one more time or can try to find the answer on a Smithsonian website.

James Luna: Emendatio

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Site presents images and video of contemporary Native artist James Luna, who has given a performance and designed two installations on Indian life. These installations challenge the idea that there is a disconnect between the indigenous world of the past and the present. The artist also looks at religion through Pablo Tac, a Luiseno who went to Rome to study for the priesthood.

Art to Zoo: Turn About?s Fair Play! Mirrors and How They Reflect (1990)

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Online issue including a series of activities in which students better understand light and symmetry by experimenting with mirrors.

Art to Zoo: The Stuff of Stories (Using Museums to Inspire Student Writing, 1994)

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In this issue, students tap into the tales stored in museums. Teachers find ideas for using museums and other community resources as springboards for student writing.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Distance Learning Programs

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Gateway to information on SERC's electronic field trips and videoconferences. Provides an opportunity to talk with scientists and educators and possibly venture into places where on-site visitors are seldom permitted.

Mangal Cay Virtual Mangrove Trail

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Website features an interactive map of a Caribbean mangrove island. Students follow a winding path to learn what mangroves are, where they are found, and why people work to protect them. Bilingual English/ Spanish.

Idealabs: Prehistoric Climate Change (and Why It Matters Today)

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Online interactive in which students compare leaf fossils to learn about the climate millions of years ago. They also meet a Smithsonian paleontologist in a video.

Ready, Set, Go!

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Downloadable PDF activity sheet. Students learn about four fast things that can be found at the Smithsonian: the first supersonic jet, a motorcycle faster than the planes of its time, a cheetah, and a sculpture of Atalanta, the fastest girl in Greek mythology. A word-search puzzle contains verbs that mean 'go fast.'

The Past Half Century: Achieving Equality

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Lesson plan has students analyze political cartoons and letters to the editor in order to identify and examine the range of reactions to the Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision and the ways in which the Court's mandates were enacted or blocked. Students will also be asked to connect a more recent civil rights or education issue to the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education.

Becoming Aware of the Japanese American Internment Camp Experience

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Lesson to help students become aware of, and sensitive to, the Japanese American internment camp experience. By creating a list of things that are important and familiar to them and then choosing what they would take and leave behind, students will develop a sense of empathy by simulating situations that Japanese American children faced. This lesson is included in the online exhibition entitled A More Perfect Union, which focuses on the experiences of Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps during World War II. Targets grades 2-6.

Putting the Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching

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Book with lessons and articles on how to go beyond a heroes approach to teaching the civil rights movement. Includes interactive, interdisciplinary lessons, readings, writings, photographs, graphics and interviews. Requires purchase.
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