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Hometown History

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Teacher's guide for use on a field trip to a fort or other historic site. After a reading of The Flag Maker, students will visit a historic fort and use guiding observation questions to connect their experience to the events that inspired the National Anthem at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. Adaptable to other historic sites. Part of the resource, 'Making the Star-Spangled Banner.' Targets grades 3-5.

Lone Dog's Winter Count

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Teaching poster with a lesson plan and reproducible student activity sheets on the back. Learn about the oral culture and history-keeping of the Nakota people, who made this winter count.

Steel band Style, Calypso Culture and Childhood Chants: Trinidadian Music for the Classroom

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Students will identify and discuss steel pans and steel and style. Students will find Trinidad on a world map. Students will play a typical rhythmic/harmonic steel band pattern and learn to play a sustained melody in steel band style.

Any Nook or Cranny

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Teacher-created lesson in which young students design a "reading nook" for the classroom. Measurement is introduced through the design process.

To the Moon and Beyond

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Reserve online for visits to the Learning Lab at Udvar-Hazy Center outside of Washington, D.C. Through hands-on activities, the program introduces students to the history of lunar exploration: the obstacles to working on the moon, what was learned from the Apollo missions, and what can still be learned by returning. Students work as 'mission design teams' to create a moon habitat that could support human life. For grades 3-6.

Lesson Plan, Online, Audio

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This unit of study is intended to develop student knowledge of the Creole influence on the music of various countries in the Americas: French Guiana, Surname, and the United States. Students will enjoy experiences in listening, singing and playing on instruments, and they will learn to study how different groups of people have influenced one another.

The Fandango in Son Jarocho: The Community Tradition and Improvisation of Son Jarocho

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The fandango community celebration is central to the son jarocho tradition of Veracruz, Mexico. This lesson explores the core elements of the fandango: instruments, voice and verse, and rhythmic dance.

Bomba

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Puerto Rican culture is a representation of the diverse heritages of three main cultural groups: Taíno Indians, Africans, and Spaniards. This lesson focuses on the African influences found in Puerto Rico’s musical culture by studying bomba music.

Jíbaro

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Puerto Rican culture is a representation of the diverse heritages of three cultural groups: Taíno Indians, Africans, and Spaniards. This lesson focuses on the Spanish influences found in Puerto Rico’s musical culture by studying jíbaro music.

Spreading the News

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Lesson in which students follow a guided Internet hunt as they play the role of a newspaper reporter trying to research, write, and publish an article about the history of the Star Spangled Banner. Intended to teach how to better synthesize ideas and facts in written and artistic products. Part of the resource, 'Making the Star Spangled Banner.' Targets grades 3-5.

Environmental Dilemma Part I

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Teacher-created lesson in which students devise a plan or create an invention to combat global warming.

Paul Revere's Ride and the American Revolution

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Teacher-created lesson in which students come up with alternative strategies for Lexington and Concord. In reports that include maps and other graphics, they explain how those strategies might have altered history.

Welcome to Our Classroom

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Teacher-created lesson in which students design and write a class brochure.

Historians Are Detectives

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Lesson on the differences between primary and secondary sources and the value of primary sources in history. By using primary sources to answer a series of questions, students will see that, much like detectives, historians have to prove that their answers are correct by providing evidence. Part of the online exhibit The Star Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem. Targets grades 3-5.

Measuring the Flag

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Lesson applying historical information to math problems (understanding the size of the Star Spangled Banner). Part of the online exhibit, The Star Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem, Targets grades 3-5.

Danish Music: Tall Tales, Melodies and Movement

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Students learn how Danish folk songs are passed down through generations. They sing a traditional tune and then compose their own verses based on American tall tales. Students learn traditional Danish dance.

The Jew's Harp: Vibrating Through Many Cultures

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Students learn about the different roles of a Jew's Harp, from dance music to musical speech. Students also learn about the history, styles, and origin of instrument.

Catch the Calypso beat and put it on your feet!

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explore the feel of Calypso music and participate in a Trinidadian popular dance, the Limbo. Students will be able to perform a Calypso rhythmic pattern on classroom instruments and will accompany their own Limbo dance on Orff instruments while exploring the social and cultural context of Calypso music.

Jíbaro Hasta el Hueso: Jíbaro to the Bone (Jíbaro music of Puerto Rico)

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Students will learn to identify the characteristic instruments, rhythms, and sound of jíbaro music, as well as appreciate the improvisatory skills of the poet/singers known as trovatores. Students will listen, perform, analyze, and create original verses using a common jíbaro poetic structure (the seis). This unit will also highlight important theme of social justice, which is often the topic of jíbaro songs.

Blending African and Irish Sensibilities in Virginia’s Music

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Old-time music has descended from the blending of instruments and traditional expressions. This unit features listening and movement, as well as activities to explore and respond to this music tradition.

Explore Pueblo Pots

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Lesson looking at imagery on Pueblo pots by examining images and reading short excerpts from Native American folklore. Students create their own pots and explain the symbolism they use. Part of the resource 'Pueblo Pots.'

Design Your Own Family Flag

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Activity has children create their own family flag using colors and pictures that have personal meanings. They then explain why they chose those colors and symbols and their meanings. Part of the resource 'Making the Star-Spangled Banner,' this exercise is intended to increase understanding of the appearance of the American and other flags.

Reading the Flag Maker

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Lesson has children actively read The Flag Maker, using suggested questions designed to improve reading for understanding and using written and image resources. Part of the resource 'Making the Star-Spangled Banner.'

Dress for the Ponce Carnival

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Activity about being a vejigante, someone who dresses in costume to help celebrate Carnival in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Children color their own carnival costume. Part of the resource, 'A Puerto Rican Carnival.'
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