Found 5,233 Learning Lab Collections
This collection supports the Educational Trunk outreach program provided by the Basque Museum & Cultural Center.
A collection about Grace Hopper to use with teaching about historic and inspiring women figures in Computer Science.
A collection of articles, images and videos about the function and necessary components of a spacesuit.
The Scaglione Antique and Vintage Office Museum
This collection features paper fasteners manufactured between the years 1889 and 1955. It is one of the the most complete collections of antique and vintage paper fasteners in the world. It is interesting to note that some of the machines in this collection have not been seen in years.
Paper fasteners have been around since the early 1850’s therefore, we have a great selection of antique and vintage machines for review and examination. The development of fasteners really took off in the early 1900’s and improvements followed. Many machines produced today are based on designs dating the early 1930's.
Today, we refer to this office machine as a stapler. But early paper fasteners included the Eyelet machine and pin fasteners.
Even now, some examples are proving to be more desirable to collectors and are harder to find.
When examining the early machines, it is easy to see these machines are historic. They were developed and manufactured during the mechanical revolution, Simple in design yet dependable. These 19th century and early 20th century designs are what you would expect of the era and this is where the concept of paper fasteners began.
In this collection, students will explore an artwork by El Anatsui, a contemporary artist whose recent work addresses global ideas about the environment, consumerism, and the social history and memory of the "stuff" of our lives. After looking closely and exploring the artwork using an adapted version of Project Zero's "Parts, Purposes, and Complexities" routine, students will create a "diamante" poem using their observations of the artwork and knowledge they gained about El Anatsui's artistic influences. Additional resources about El Anatsui, how to look at African Art, and Project Zero Thinking Routines are located at the end of the collection.
This collection was created for the "Smithsonian Learning Lab, Focus on Global Arts and Humanities" session at the 2019 New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) Arts Integration Leadership Institute.
Keywords: nigeria, african art, textile, poetry, creative writing, analysis
In this modular, multi-part lesson, learners will focus on a Sidedoor podcast discussing biodiversity. Learners will focus on the content the podcast is delivering and then analyze the podcast for production techniques. The content of the podcast will give the team a base understanding for the focus of their own podcast.
In this modular, multi-part lesson, learners will focus on a Sidedoor podcast discussing food. Learners will focus on the content the podcast is delivering and then analyze the podcast for production techniques. The content of the podcast will give the team a base understanding for the focus of their own podcast.
In this modular, multi-part lesson, learners will focus on a Sidedoor podcast discussing mosquitoes. Learners will focus on the content the podcast is delivering and then analyze the podcast for production techniques. The content of the podcast will give the team a base understanding for the focus of their own podcast.
On a good day, my students feel as though our country is trying to bury them. On a bad day, they feel as though their stories are being told for them--ugly stories where they and their families become murderers, rapists and drug dealers.
The mission of the National Portrait Gallery is to tell the story of America by portraying the people who shape the nation’s history, development and culture. In a sense, NPG decides who is America, and if my students walked through the gallery, they would be told quite clearly that they are not a part of this country.
This collection and connected lesson ideas are grounded in a quote from one of Kehinde Wiley's models in Economy of Grace, a documentary filled with incredibly powerful women who don't get a single mention in the IMBD credits.
"You don't have to be a super model or someone important to be seen."
I strive to help my students be seen and tell their stories.
This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2019 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute. #kehindewiley #npgteach #theytriedtoburyus
The visual arts can be an entry point to literacy in the classroom. Use these objects in the collection of the National Museum of African Art to aid students to explore authentic African art works that inspired the Academy Award winning costume design of Ruth Carter in the blockbuster movie Black Panther. Students can develop visual vocabulary through close looking to describe mood, tone, atmosphere, and inference and explore cross-curricular and cross cultural connections. It allows them to really be creative and critical thinkers!
Learn more about distance learning opportunities from the National Museum of African Art by visiting the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC).
Using a sample lesson "The Blues and The Great Depression" provided by the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) as a model, this collection demonstrates how the Smithsonian Learning Lab can be a useful tool to curate digital resources that support a lesson for arts integration.
In this lesson, students will learn about the structure and content of the blues using songs from the 1930s and the Great Depression.Students will brainstorm circumstances of the Great Depression and use those ideas to create an original blues song from the point of view of someone living during the Great Depression.
● How does blues music reflect the challenges of poverty for the African-American experience during the Great Depression?
● How do images and songs reflect the emotions of the African-American experience during the Great Depression?
The original lesson was created by the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) and included in their Arts Integration User Guide for NJ Educators and Practitioners, starting on p. 90 (http://njpsa.org/documents/EdLdrsAsSchol2018/artsintegrationWorkbook2018.pdf).
In this collection students will compare and contrast ecosystems in order to define them.
It can be used as part of a larger study on ecosystems and interconnections.
This collection contains images and videos depicting the biotic and abiotic elements of a desert and rainforest ecosystem. The accompanying note catcher links to an article on ecosystems from National Geographic and a TedTalk about the body as an ecosystem.
Guiding Questions: Students will construct responses to the following guiding questions as they work with this collection:
GQ 1: What is an ecosystem?
GQ 2: What makes a healthy ecosystem?
Big Idea: As students work with this collection to answer the guiding questions, they will understand that an ecosystem is made up of the living and non-living elements of work together to create a bubble of life. Students will learn that all of the elements of an ecosystem are interconnected and that a healthy ecosystem is diverse and well-balanced.
In this collection students will work with primary and secondary sources from and about Jamestown. They will create a definition of of both primary and secondary source and then read an article and watch a video to refine their definitions.
Guiding Question 1: How do we learn history, in this case the history of Jamestown?
Guiding Question 2: What are the characteristics of a primary and secondary source and how do I critically analyze them to develop an understanding of the story of Jamestown?
Big Idea: As students work with this collection to answer the guiding questions, they will understand that we learn history through the study of primary and secondary sources. It is important to know the benefits and drawbacks of each as we critically examine them for accuracy and bias.
This collection includes self-portraits by two different artists: Faith Ringgold and Jacob Lawrence. Both artists are generally known for their efforts to represent everyday life experiences, struggles, and successes of African Americans. The purpose of the collection is to prompt a discussion comparing/contrasting each artist's content and media choice in the context of a self-portrait. Students will be asked to reflect on stages of the artistic process in terms of artist intent, choice of media, and general content of a finished artwork.
This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2019 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute. #NPGteach
This collection is designed for kids to have fun while learning Spanish. Students will engage with the following guiding questions: ¿Por qué te gusta jugar? Why do you like to play? ¿Cómo te ayuda un juego a aprender español? How does playing a game help you learn Spanish? This collection contains a guide on how to play the games, game rules, and videos. This collection can be use as part of an unit or can be activities to support other units.
This collection is designed for Spanish language learners, junior novice mid-high, with the intention to help them explore the Spanish culture by learning about the Day of the Dead. Also, students will be able to enrich their vocabulary with different tasks and identify how people in the target culture celebrate important traditions. This collection includes a lesson plan with different resources in English and Spanish that can be adapted, websites, photos, videos, and worksheets.
This collection is designed to help student explore Spanish Culture through the carnival which is celebrated in most Spanish speaking countries. Also, students will be able to compare Spanish carnival with any similar celebration in their own culture. This collection can be use as part of the Spanish heritage month or a separate unit. In this collection you can find a lesson plan with thinking routines in English and Spanish as well as worksheets, photos, videos, and songs.
This collection provides resources that can be used to introduce and discuss the following essential questions, as part of a larger "American Identity" literature-based unit:
1) In what ways do immigrants change America?
2) What would America be like without immigrants?
3) How do immigrants' experiences contribute to a complex and multifaceted American Identity?
This collection begins with the analysis of a series of images from 19th and 20th century classroom settings. Next, learners will apply Agency by Design thinking routines to explore elements of their own classroom that could be re-designed. Learners will go through the design process to:
- identify the precise challenge
- brainstorm a solution, and
- create a prototype.
This lesson introduces the design process to learners through a familiar system, the classroom. It allows for learners to collaborate in the improvement and re-design of their own learning environment, while taking into account the needs of other users of the space.
This collection was created as an example used in the "Smithsonian Learning Lab, Focus on Design" session at the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) Arts Integration Learning Institute.