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Uncovering Complexity with a Collection of Objects

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Students collaborate to answer the question, “what is technology?” considering a variety of objects and examining their previous misconceptions. Exploring Complexity with a Collection of Objects: What is technology? Related Smithsonian Learning Lab collection: https://learninglab.si.edu/collections/what-is-technology/GJ9AxwmGwiDz3iVt Thinking routines: Chalk Talk; See, Think, Wonder; I Used to Think…Now I Think Educator: Gary Galuska, M.Ed., 4th grade, Quaker Valley (PA) School District Thanks to the Grable Foundation for its generous support. #PZPGH

Developing Learners' Curiosity with an Artwork

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Students examine a painting depicting jazz musicians, generating ideas and questions about their observations to begin a library research project. Developing Learners’ Curiosity with an Artwork: Biographies of jazz musicians Related Smithsonian Learning Lab collection: https://learninglab.si.edu/collections/jazz-musicians/jchG0pVGCDX5WPo0#r Thinking routines: See, Think, Wonder; What Makes You Say That? Educator: Nicole Wilkinson, M.L.I.S. elementary library media specialist, Quaker Valley (PA) School District Thanks to the Grable Foundation for its generous support. #PZPGH

Building Conceptual Understanding with Primary Sources

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Students use documents from the 1960s to develop ideas about race, equal rights, and the Constitution, to understand the context of a historical novel. Building Conceptual Understanding with Primary Sources: Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s Related Smithsonian Learning Lab collection: https://learninglab.si.edu/collections/the-road-to-civil-rights/UiKNacYicxXFc3sz Thinking routines: See, Think, Wonder; Parts, Purpose, Message Educator: Lara Grogan, M.A.T., 5th grade, Quaker Valley (PA) School District Thanks to the Grable Foundation for its generous support. #PZPGH

Setting the Stage for Inquiry with an Artifact

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Students closely observe an artifact’s details, then try to interpret their claims with evidence. Setting the Stage for Inquiry with an Artifact: Artifact analysis Related Smithsonian Learning Lab collections: https://learninglab.si.edu/collections/behind-design-exploring-american-indian-cultures-through-artifact-investigation/XaPTnKM8ktWt0PxA#r and https://learninglab.si.edu/collections/behind-design-exploring-culture-through-artifact-investigation/BzFjs2aNq4Cx4FmM Thinking routines: See, Think, Wonder; What Makes You Say That? Educators: Andrea Croft, M.Ed. and NBCT, kindergarten, and Erik Lindemann, M.Ed., 3rd grade, Quaker Valley (PA) School District Thanks to the Grable Foundation for its generous support. #PZPGH