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How do we grasp the vastness of the universe?

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The human mind has its limits. The universe may be infinite. How then can students begin to wrap their minds around it? In this webinar, Phil Sadler of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory shows teachers how to bring the cosmos down to size by using the processes of any scientific investigation: selecting a specific problem, collecting data, and building a model.

Sonam Dorji Performs at the 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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Playing drangyen (Bhutanese lute) and singing both traditional Bhutanese music and his own compositions, Kheng Sonam Dorji was inspired to present what he considers to be an endangered musical tradition to audiences outside of Bhutan through his participation in the 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival Program, “Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon” in Washington, D.C.

Giant Pandas for Kids

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Webpage providing information about giant pandas just for kids. Includes fact sheets, activities, and additional links.

Small Mammals Facts

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Webpage defines characteristics of the mammal family. Includes links to animal fact sheets which provide scientific information and images. Some highlighted animals have additional links.

South Africa 1936-1949: Photographs by Constance Stuart Larrabee

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Online exhibition detailing the history and culture of South Africa through photographs by Constance Stuart Larrabee. Includes details on the photographer's life and work.

Tapestry of the Times - Episode 23

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The late great Piedmont blues singer and guitar master John Cephas, New Orleans' ebullient chanteuse Lizzie Miles, slave shouts from Georgia’s McIntosh County Shouters, rock music from Indonesia and Vodou music from Port au Prince.

Ethiopian Icons: Faith and Science

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Online exhibition focusing on Ethiopian Orthodox Church icons.

World War II Overview: North Atlantic and North Africa

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This video, an overview of the Allied efforts in the North Atlantic and North Africa, was compiled from original video footage to accompany The Price of Freedom: Americans at War online exhibit and is meant for use with 'The Soldiers Experience' lesson plan. Targets grades 2-12.

High School Bag Design

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In this lesson, students incorporate aesthetics with functionality as they work to create a student backpack. They design five bag options for their classmates' everyday use, presenting orthographic drawings.

Click

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Monthly magazine for children that explores themes such as the moon, animal moms and dads, flight, rivers, recycling, fighting fires, money, animal homes, music, and the desert. Each issue includes illustrated activities (games, mobiles, flip books, and more). Developed by the creators of Cricket children's magazine and Smithsonian magazine. Ordering information available online.

Doodles, Drafts and Designs: Industrial Drawings from the Smithsonian

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Online exhibit on American industrial creativity as shown in examples of industrial drawings from the Smithsonian collections. It considers the aesthetic value of the drawing as well as their importance to the design process. An innovators' gallery shows the achievements of American innovators and a resource page includes an extensive bibliography and a brief list of recommended websites.

Made You Look

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Lesson in which students look at how design affects their everyday lives by analyzing marketing and advertising media.

Create a Word Bank

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Teacher-created lesson in which young students design a means of recording new vocabulary words.

“Quihubo, Raza” by Agustín Lira and Alma from Songs of Struggle & Hope

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Smithsonian Folkways presents Songs of Struggle & Hope, featuring songs from the farmworker and Chicano Power Movement of the 1960s as well as new creations that speak to social justice.

Collars, Curtains & Kings: Exploring the History of Lace

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Lesson explores the history of lace, how and where lace is made, and the role of lace in women's lives. Students create a lace mural highlighting what they learn.

Celebrating People with Disabilities Through Stamps

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Lesson plan that uses postage stamps to introduce notable Americans with disabilities. Students design a stamp of their own.

Sabor: Salsa in the United States

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Interactive website explores the influence and diffusion of salsa music and dance. Includes online activity, bibliography, discography, scholarly essays, glossary, and lesson plans. Bilingual English/Spanish.

National Heritage Awards: Honoring Traditional Artists in the USA

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Video and audio clips on this webpage honor the 'national living treasures' of American Folklife. Learn about the National Heritage Award and how the music of folk artists represents the diverse cultural and heritage traditions that make up our national character.

Unboxing Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

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Get an inside look at the new Smithsonian Folkways Lead Belly box set, a 5 CD, 140-page, large-format book featuring 5 hours of music with 16 unreleased tracks.

"El Circo" by Los Texmaniacs from Borders y Bailes

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Los Texmaniacs performs “El Circo” and discusses the inspiration for the band and its passion for music.

Elements for Disaster Reporting

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Lesson investigating how the media reports on natural disasters. Students devise their own assessment criteria for news reports and create their own. They consider the influence the media has on our reactions to natural disasters.

Sound Sessions Radio - Lead Belly

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Alvin Singh II, director of the Lead Belly Foundation (/www.leadbelly.org) (and Lead Belly's great-nephew), joins fellow-archivist Jeff Place and host Sam Litzinger to discuss the life and music of Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, the vastly influential “king of the twelve-string guitar.”

Strings of the North: National Instruments of Sweden, Norway, and Finland

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Webpage introduces the ways that musical instruments serve as symbols of national identity and pride. Listen to audio clips and discover the unique characteristics of the Swedish nyckelharpa, the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, and the Finnish kantele.

Pick It Up!

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Teacher-created lesson in which young students look at the problem of littering around the school. They consider ideas for receptacle designs, as well as graphic designs to discourage potential litterbugs.
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