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National Museum of the American Indian Teacher Self-Guide: Stories

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Teacher self-guide: Stories is designed for use by teachers and adult chaperons during school group visits to the museum. Provides layered questions that help focus students' looking and learning in the museum. Targets grades 4-6.

Sant Ocean Hall for Educators

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This webpage includes web-based student activities and lesson plans that accompany studies of the ocean its ecosystems. Find resources on coral reefs, scientific research, whales, and jellyfish.

Sharecropper’s Troubadour: Songs of Solidarity in Hard Times

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Summer/Fall 2014: Labor

Design as a Tool for Community Action

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In this two-week summer academy/interdisciplinary unit, students apply design solution to problems within their community. Students use the five stages of design to identify and solve any problems they find in their community. Along the way, students learn creative problem solving, critical evaluation, persuasive speaking, and the importance of community action as they go from identify and creating solutions to actually trying to implement and sell those solutions to community decision makers.

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.

Designing a Real Life Ecosystem

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Lesson examines ecosystems and the niche organisms play within them by having students research the niche, habitat, competitors and other means of survival for a chosen animal. Then, using a 20-gallon aquarium, they build a model ecosystem for their animal and track its progress for one week.

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.

Just for Kids

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Webpage just for children. Includes jigsaw puzzles, how animals are named, a virtual world tour, and links to the Zoo's other kid-friendly websites.

American Indian Heritage Teaching Resources

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A catalog of web links to Smithsonian educational sites related to Native Americans.

All Roads Are Good

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Virtual tour of the Creation's Journey and All Roads are Good exhibits at the National Museum of the American Indian's George Gustav Heye Center in New York City.

Moving the Mail West

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Lesson plans on U.S. postal history focus on the Civil War, Westward Expansion, and the Gold Rush. Students enter the world of stagecoaches and the Pony Express as historians themselves, learning to tell primary from secondary sources. Includes lesson plans, historical background, worksheets, primary resources, secondary research articles, and a game.

Students Sit for Civil Rights Homepage

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Parent's guide with activities based on reading Freedom on the Menu, a work of children's literature about the Greensboro sit-ins that played an important role in the civil rights movement.

Samuel C. Johnson Theater, an IMAX Theater Experience

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Schedule of films featured at the theater. Also option to purchase tickets in advance.

Sounds to Grow On - Animal Songs (Program #7)

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In this show we jump into the world of animal sounds and songs about animals. Of course there are many songs about animals. But Michael's father Moe Asch also released a number of recordings of animal sounds, some straightforward recordings and others, well, you'll hear throughout the hour. Michael will pair a song about an animal with the sounds of the animal, all from the wide ranging Folkways Records catalogue.

Conservation and Research Center School Outreach Programs Website

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Hands-on science programs for classes in the Virginia area where educators from the National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center visit to educate and inspire students about fundamental science, conservation and environmental issues. Registration and payment is required. Programs are organized by grade level and aligned to state standards.

Restoration of an Artwork

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Watch a video of paintings conservator Ann Creager in which she describes restoring William H. Johnson's Portrait of a Man.

Edison After Forty: The Challenge of Success

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Photo exhibition chronicling the latter half of Edison's life and career. At the age of 40, with major inventions behind him, Thomas Edison faced a new technical world, which he helped create, and the challenge of competing with his own success. While some of his later endeavors were successful, others were spectacular failures. In the end, Edison was unable to adapt to certain changes and could not recapture the monumental success of his early years.

On Time: How America Has Learned to Live by the Clock

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Online exhibit exploring the changing ways we have measured, used, and thought about time over the past three hundred years. Learn how improvements in time-keeping technology have led to the increased importance of efficiency, punctuality, and regimentation in American life. Exhibit has five chronological sections demarcating shifts in America's relationship to time and related advancements in technology.

Small Mammal News

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Recent research in small mammals. Includes links to archives and related resources
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