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Unmasking the Maya: The Story of Sna Jtz'ibajom

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The work of a Maya cooperative named Sna Jtz'ibaijom, which celebrates ancient Maya traditions and fights for awareness about modern Mayan life. Includes images of artifacts and people.

National Museum of Natural History Research and Collections

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This webpage provides information on the field work of researchers who are delving deep into the history of our planet: anthropologists, botanists, entomologists, invertebrate zoologists, paleontologists, and geologists.

Viking Learning Center

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Website featuring historical, cultural, and archaeological contexts for the Vikings. Includes bibliography, teaching guide, explanation of runes, description of a Viking board game, maps, and a glossary.

Reflections on Earth: Exploring Earth from Space Teaching Poster

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Teaching poster featuring a satellite image of the Washington, DC, area. Includes an activity with background information on satellite images and a lesson on using these images to study Earth.

The Wright Brothers: Classroom Activities

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Website featuring activities focused on the Wright Brothers and the 1903 Wright Flyer, the first plane to succeed at controlled and sustained powered flight.

Guide to Doing History with Objects

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Essay explaining how artifacts are a valuable resource for historians by showing typically unseen elements of history. It teaches how to look at artifacts and think about the ways they shape and reflect our history. Part of the resource, 'The Object of History.'

Material and Symbol: The Lincoln-Keckley Dress

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Lessons examining the Lincoln-Keckley dress as an object with multiple symbolic meanings. Three lesson plans focus on the multiple meanings of the dress, the evolving role of the first lady, and the advent of mass media. Includes annotated links to other online resources related to slavery, abolition, gender, and consumption in the mid-nineteenth century.

Letters from Home: An Exhibit-Building Project for the ESL Classroom

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Lesson plan designed for adult English as a Second Language (ESL) classrooms uses letters to build communication skills. Contains activities about the power of personal letters and create an exhibition of letters.

Customers and Communities

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Online exhibit examining the evolution of mail delivery to vastly expanding urban and distant rural populations in the 20th century. Includes sections on mailboxes, direct mail, mail-ordering, parcel post system, and more.

September 11, 2001: Collecting and Exhibiting a National Tragedy

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Online exhibition tells the story of gathering objects from sections of the Church Street Post Office that serviced the World Trade Center area in New York City at the time of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Considers ethical collecting policies and describes how these objects were held during an anthrax attack at the Brentwood postal facility in Washington, D.C.

Geometric Mouse

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Lesson introduces the concept of dreams and explores what dreams are. Being mindful of geometric shapes while looking at objects, children will think about shadow and light and whether shadows are real or pretend.

Loch Ness Monster Bibliography

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Bibliography to the subject of the Loch Ness Monster. Books available at most large public libraries or through interlibrary loan.

Using Means, Medians, and Modes

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Lesson plan. Students calculate means, medians and modes for a series of observations, enter the information on data tables, and create reports. Can use information from various sources with any type of content.

Measurement Conversion

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Lesson plan identifying common and uncommon measurements and building conversion tables. Includes links to related websites.

Putting the Transit in Context

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Lesson has students research the important events that were taking place during the major expeditions to investigate the Transits of Venus and make presentations on how they may have influenced the expeditionary teams.

Expedition Stories

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Lesson plan has students write reports or role play stories based on the Transit of Venus expeditions. Students research an expedition then give a presentation to the class in the form of a report, skit, poster, or display.

Science and the Artist's Book

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Exhibit exploring links between scientific and artistic creativity through the book format. Showcases artist's books inspired by landmark works of science. Provides insights into the creative side of scientific research. Organized by scientific field.

Evaluating Historical Sources�_�From Smithson to Smithsonian Classroom Activities

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Lesson plan has students identify methods historians use to study the past and learn the relative strengths of a variety of primary source materials. Includes student worksheets, teacher resource pages, and suggested further reading.

A Virtual Field Trip to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

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Do you find climate change to be a complicated topic to bring into the classroom? In this webinar, Smithsonian educator Mark Haddon helps you make sense of the subject! Haddon designs environmental education programs that integrate research methods and data collecting at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC).

Indigenous Geography and Native Science

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Webinar in which Doug Herman of the National Museum of the American Indian leads a discussion of 'Native science,' how it differs from western science, and how it might be applied to climate change studies.

It's Not Easy Being Amphibian

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Climb into trees with frogs and delve into the underground world of salamanders with Ed Smith and Jennifer Sevin from the National Zoo. They tell what the zoo is doing to conserve amphibians in captivity and the wild, and what you can do to help.

Public and Private Photography During the Civil War

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Webinar in which curator Shannon Thomas Perich presents Civil War-era photographs to show how photography was incorporated into everyday lives, and how we value those photographs today as historical objects. Objects include an 1860 Rutgers College yearbook, Alexander Gardner's 'Sketchbook of the War,' glass-plate negatives by Mathew Brady, and Lincoln portraits incorporated into cartes-de-visite albums.

Document Deep Dive: A Firsthand Account of the Hindenburg Disaster

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Online primary-source document: testimony given to the Bureau of Air Commerce's inquiry board by a member of the ground crew. Annotated with comments by the crewman.

Document Deep Dive: The Most Influential Art Show You've Never Heard Of

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Online primary source: a selection from the papers of the organizers of the 1913 Armory Show, which brought European modernism to America.
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