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Galapagos

A collection about the Galapagos
Dzinger
3
 

record albums

Melissa Wadman
30
 

Pumpkin Spice Smithsonian

Sarah Sulick
5
 

First Ladies of the United States

Artifacts from the First Ladies of the United States
Katrina Rainer
5
 

National Letter Writing Day- December 7

Learning resource collection introducing some letters in the Smithsonian's collections to provide inspiration for celebrating National Letter Writing Day! Letters can be written for a number of purposes. Here, a few examples are explored including a professional inquiry, a condolence letter, opinion sharing and a love letter.

You’ll have access to the transcript of the text, as well as the primary source. Highlight some key facts about each letter to determine its main idea and purpose, by answering some guiding questions.
Ashley Naranjo
8
 

Compare & Contrast: Types of Maps

What kinds of information can we learn from a map, and why are some maps better than others at communicating certain types of information? This student activity compares five maps of Pennsylvania – road, topographic, political, railroad, and thematic– and uses open ended questions to analyze those issues.
Tess Porter
7
 

Looking at Earth: Seeing Africa from Above

Throughout history we have sought to better understand our world by viewing it from above. We first climbed trees, hills and fortress towers to observe the lay of the land. Today, aircraft and spacecraft look down on Earth to predict the weather, survey the terrain, monitor crops and forests, plan cities, locate resources, and gather intelligence.

This teachers guide and student activity includes an online exhibition, Looking at Earth, with background information on aerial imagery and aerial photographs of towns and cities in Africa. Divide students into small groups and ask each group to examine a different photograph responding to the following statements or questions: 1) Describe the physical (natural) features in the photograph. 2) Describe the human-made characteristics. 3) Identify the ways in which people use the land. 4) Do the streets form a grid or some other pattern? 5) Identify regions within the photograph defined by the ways in which the land is used (residential, commercial, industrial, recreational, transportation).

Ask each group to share their findings with the entire class. Discuss how the African towns and cities are different and the role of geography in defining a place. Locate the different towns and cities on a map of Africa.

Stephanie Norby
17
 

Mapping the Past: Using Technology to Understand the Battle of Gettysburg

This teaching collection and student interactive are about applying cutting-edge technology to inform our understanding of what happened at the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. Ask students to watch the video, read the article and use the interactive to see the impact of geography on the final outcome of the Battle.
Stephanie Norby
3
 

Earth From Space: Using Satellite Images to Understand Our Planet

Satellite images help us to observe trends and to better understand our planet -- the rise and fall of water levels, the growth of urban centers, the path of forest fires. This teaching collection includes: 1) Earth From Space, a recorded online session with Andrew K. Johnson, a geographer at the National Air and Space Museum; 2) Reflections on Earth, a poster and lessons on how to use satellite images to investigate changes over time and how to use scale to calculate distance and area; 3) three sets of satellite images to practice these skills -- on flooding, urbanization, and forest fires; 4) a video about satellite technology, and 5) a video about an interactive globe (Tangible Earth).
Stephanie Norby
11
 

Thanksgiving--A Reflection of a Nation

A learning resource for students about Thanksgiving. The images in this collection are different portrayals of the United States holiday of Thanksgiving. They are grouped in order of publication from 1863 to 1994. As you look through them and complete the activities, think about these three key questions:
-How does the context in which the image is produced affect the result? Meaning, how does what is happening during the time period affect what kind of picture of Thanksgiving we see?
-What do the images say about our national identity: who is a welcome part of the United States? What do we celebrate in this country?
-Whose version of the Thanksgiving story is being told in these images?
Kate Harris
16
 

Propaganda Posters

Dzinger
10
 

Nightstand Portrait

A collection of artifacts that could appear on my nightstand.
Nick Kaczmarek
5
 

Joe's Nightstand: A Burton Morris Inspired Activity

This collection includes images that represent who I am as a person, what I value in my life, and how I have become who I am.
Joseph Welch
5
 

My Nightstand

What would you find on my "nightstand?" These items may tell you a little more about who I am.
Monica Ziemski
5
 

My Nightstand

larry_dorenkamp
5
 

George

Learning resource collection, which includes an iconic portrait of George Washington, filled with symbols that tell a story about early America and its first leader. Explore the ways that the artist uses symbols in the portrait to tell about the subject’s life, personality, and achievements.
Sara Benis
5
 

Loyalists & Patriots

Jason Smith
11
 

The Civil Rights Movement and Persuasive Messages

In this learning resource collection, take a look at six persuasive messages that addressed civil rights issues in very different forms: a speech, a song, a button, a protest sign, a poster, and an artwork.
Kim Palermo
10
 

CIVICS

8TH GRADE
M FUGA
11
 

Nightstand

mrslater
5
 

Seeing the Civil War through Different Perspectives Using Photographs

A carte de visite is a photograph the size of a visiting card, and such photograph cards were traded among friends and visitors and saved in albums. This teaching collection includes carte de visites of people who lived during the Civil War. The purpose of the collection is to consider their different points of view and experiences. Each student receives a different carte de visite and researches that person. During classroom discussions of Civil War events, students comment from the perspective of the person they researched.
Stephanie Norby
41
 

The Civil War and American Art

These videos use the best artworks, by some of the greatest American artists, to reveal what life was like during the Civil War. The artists explore the emotional meaning of these events. Eleanor Jones Harvey, the chief curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, produced five, short (2-3 minute) videos, each one examining a different artwork from this period. In addition, this teaching collection includes images of the artworks and artists, recommended discussion questions, writing prompts, and detailed lesson plans in The Civil War and American Art: Teachers' Guide, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2012.
Stephanie Norby
15
 

Abraham Lincoln's Life: Looking at Personal Artifacts

What do personal possessions tell us about a person? This teaching collection includes: 1) artifacts that belonged to President Lincoln, 2) a handout to guide analyzing artifacts as primary sources, 3) a video of Harry Rubenstein, a historian at the National Museum of American History, telling about the objects, and 4) two videos of Harry Rubenstein describing how he verifies the history of objects.
Stephanie Norby
11
 

Civil War Characters

Ann Caspari
3
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