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Sound to Grow On - Love (Program #25)**

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In this program, the theme is simple: love. Love songs, courting songs, fertility songs, bridal and wedding songs. Start in North Africa with the Berbers who live in Algeria and move around the world, geographically and emotionally. ** Discretion Advised: This podcast includes language some listeners may find objectionable. The program host and Smithsonian Folkways chose not to exclude it in order to preserve the historical context of the recording.

3-2-1 Bridge: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

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A Project Zero "Visible Thinking" routine for activating prior knowledge and making connections. This routine asks students to uncover their initial thoughts, ideas, questions, and understandings about a topic and then to connect these to new thinking about the topic after they have received some instruction. The framework asks students to write down 3 thoughts/ideas, 2 questions, and 1 analogy both before and after learning about a topic; then, the framework asks students to explain: “How do your new responses connect to your initial responses?”

3-2-1 BRIDGE

A routine for activating prior knowledge and making connections

Write an initial 3-2-1 set of responses to the topic, then, after studying the topic further, write a new 3-2-1 set of responses:

3 Thoughts/Ideas

2 Questions

1 Analogy

Bridge: Explain how your new responses connect to your initial responses.

Purpose: What kind of thinking does this routine encourage?

This routine asks students to uncover their initial thoughts, ideas, questions, and understandings about a topic and then to connect these to new thinking about the topic after they have received some instruction.

Application: When and where can it be used?

Use this routine when students are developing understanding of a concept over time. It may be a concept that they know a lot about in one context but instruction will soon focus in a new direction, or it may be a concept about which students have only informal knowledge. Whenever new information is gained, bridges can be built between new ideas and prior understanding. Focus is on understanding and connecting one’s thinking, rather than pushing it toward a specific outcome.

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

Have students do an initial 3, 2, 1 individually on paper; for instance, if the topic is “democracy,” then students would write down 3 thoughts, 2 questions, and 1 analogy about that topic. Students might then read an article, watch a video, or engage in an activity having to do with democracy. Provocative experiences that push students thinking in new directions are best. After the experience, students complete another 3, 2, 1. Have students share their initial and new thinking, explaining to their partners how and why their thinking shifted. Make it clear to students that their initial thinking is not right or wrong, it is just a starting point, and that new experiences take our thinking in new directions.

Using Rice Plantation Tools

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Lesson in which students analyze images of tools that were used on rice plantations to determine each tool's purpose. These objects can tell us a great deal about slavery and the lives of the slaves who worked on rice plantations. Part of the resource 'Slave Life and the Underground Railroad.'

Bracero History Archive-Spanish Version

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Collection of oral histories, photos, and objects documenting the history of the Bracero program, a little-known chapter of American history in which an estimated two million Mexican men came to the United States between 1942 amd1964 on short-term labor contracts. Browse more than 600 oral histories and numerous objects, use social bookmarking tools to share resources, add notes, make a poster using items from the archive, and contribute to the archive by adding personal stories about the Bracero program. Targets grades 6-12.

Rocket Science

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Teacher-created lesson in which young students learn of Newton's laws of motion by designing and launching an air-pressure rocket. The rocket is a plastic bottle.

Saris, Kimonos, Togas & Smocks: Exploring Clothing Across Cultures (4-8)

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Activity in which students conduct collaborative Internet research on the social purposes of clothing, learn about different types of clothing, and create a presentation.

Wine, Worship, and Sacrifice: The Golden Graves of Ancient Vani, Treasures from Georgia

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Online exhibit presenting a collection of ancient artifacts from Colchis, which reveals an intermingling of Greek and Persian motifs with local styles and traditions. Looking at these objects gives us a glimpse into the ancient land of Colchis (modern-day Georgia) and its principal city of Vani. Includes images of Georgia, a slideshow of objects in the Wine, Worship, and Sacrifice exhibit, and an interactive look at the dig site where these objects were found.

Sounds to Grow On - Pete Did That? (Program #20)

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In this program we explore the various musical sides of Pete Seeger. We will begin with Pete at Carnegie Hall getting everyone to sing together. It reminds me of those Christmas concerts of my youth, singing at the top of my voice, trying to keep sweet and on pitch. That was Pete as he is best known, leading us, helping us to understand that when we stand together we can be a powerful and harmonious collectivity.

Space Race

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Online exhibit of the history of the space race between the United States and the former Soviet Union.

Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum: Arte Latino

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Online exhibition celebrating the vitality of Latino art traditions and innovations, from the 18th through the 20th centuries, represented by Carlos Alfonzo, Amalia Mesa-Bains, and Jesus Bautista Moroles.

West Point in the Making of America Resources

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Collection of resources included in the online exhibit West Point in the Making of America relating to military history and the United States Military Academy at West Point. Includes an extensive bibliography, teacher and student resources, and web links.

The Transit in Pictures

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Lesson plan has students write a screenplay and produce a movie or animation of a Transit of Venus including narration. Includes options for paper flip animation or use of electronic media.

Wisconsin’s Solidarity Sing Along: Making Old Labor Songs New

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Summer/Fall 2014: Labor

Tracking the Buffalo: Stories From a Buffalo Hide Painting Homepage

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Website exploring the role buffaloes played in the lives of Native Americans of the Northern Plains. Includes online interactive, printable activities, a map, information about the art of buffalo hide paintings, origin stories of three tribes, a teacher's guide, and a bibliography of related books appropriate for all ages.

All the President's Children

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Online activity matching clues with the images of children who lived in the White House in order to learn about their lives in the presidential mansion. Part of the online exhibit The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden.

The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Related Links

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Links to web sites relating to Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican history and culture, and the Teodoro Vidal Collection.

Wheelies!

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Teacher-created lesson in which students design wheels for a coaster car. They investigate characteristics of motion and friction in order to create a specialized wheel for a given terrain (e.g., linoleum, corrugated cardboard, smooth stones).

Living Maya Time

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Bilingual website devoted to the Mayan calendar, which includes middle-school lesson plans on Mayan astronomy and mathematics. The Maya themselves weigh in on the end-of-the world scares associated with the calendar.

GPS: A New Constellation

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Online exhibition exploring Global Positioning System (GPS) aerospace technology, which uses satellites and ground equipment to determine position anywhere on Earth.

The Object of History

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Online resource designed to improve students' knowledge of standard topics in U.S. History and to improve their ability to understand material culture objects as types of historical evidence. Includes an introductory essay entitled Looking at Artifacts, Thinking about History; 6 sections that each focus on an object from the museum; an archive of curator commentary; an online tool to create virtual exhibits; and lesson plans and teacher resources.

Sending "Learning Styles" Out of Style

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Sending "Learning Styles" Out of Style — explains how education research debunks the myth that teaching students in their preferred styles (e.g. “visual learners,” “auditory learners”) is an effective classroom practice.

The Folkways Collection - Episode 19: Music of the World II

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This is the second of two programs dedicated to exploring Moses Asch's field recordings of ethnic music from around the world, incorporating both original recordings from the Folkways collection and more contemporary examples. This episode also includes interviews with some of the notable artists who have led the parade toward a truly global sound in music, such as Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead.

Exploring the Planets

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Teaching poster featuring classroom and gallery activities about spacecraft and tools for studying our solar system.

Defining the Presidency

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Section of the online exhibit The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden focused on the origins of the American presidency. Learn about the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and the election of our first president, George Washington, who established the roles, traditions and expectations for future presidents. Targets grades 6-12.
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