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Smithsonian Kids: Collecting
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This site invites kids to start a collection of rocks, shells, postcards, ...

This site invites kids to start a collection of rocks, shells, postcards, posters, or something else that interests them. Three Smithsonian collections are sampled. Rocks and Minerals includes the Hope Diamond; Stamps includes Western Cattle in Storm (1898); Historic Coins includes the Jefferson Indian Peace Medal.

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Arts and Humanities
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Smithsonian Institutions
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Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
Scientists @ the Smithsonian
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Video interviews with twenty Smithsonian scientists introduce students to the wide variety ...

Video interviews with twenty Smithsonian scientists introduce students to the wide variety of work in the sciences. Students will learn the diverse pathways that these scientists took to enter their fields and they will see that many kinds of people become scientists.

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Women's Studies
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Smithsonian Institutions
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Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
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Smithsonian Source: Transportation
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This section is intended to supplement the curricula, textbooks, and materials you ...

This section is intended to supplement the curricula, textbooks, and materials you currently use for lessons that demonstrate the importance of travel and transportation in American life. The teacher-developed resources will enhance the classroom experience for both you and your students. You might start by viewing the short video, in which curators at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum discuss the achievements and legacy of Amelia Earhart.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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Smithsonian Institutions
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Smithsonian Source: Westward Expansion
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This section is intended to supplement the curricula, textbooks, and materials you ...

This section is intended to supplement the curricula, textbooks, and materials you currently use for lessons on the expansion of the United States. The teacher-developed resources will enhance the classroom experience for both you and your students. You might get started by showing the video, in which Smithsonian art curator Richard Murray examines Emanuel Leutze's epic painting Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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Smithsonian Institutions
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Smithsonian Source: Civil Rights
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This section is intended to supplement the curricula, textbooks, and materials you currently use for lessons on the civil rights struggle. The teacher-developed resources in the section will enhance the classroom experience for both you and your students.
Explore the variety of teaching strategies and guidelines, lesson plans and document-based questions (DBQs), and information about museum objects and other primary sources. You might get started by showing the video, in which Smithsonian curators examine a photograph of civil rights leader Medgar Evers. You can then help the students examine other historic photographs.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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Smithsonian Institutions
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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
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If you can't get to Washington, D.C. to visit the National Air ...

If you can't get to Washington, D.C. to visit the National Air and Space Museum, do the next best thing: visit online. Read about the museum's exhibits past and present by clicking Exhibits on the menu bar at the top of the page.

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Engineering
Education
Mathematics
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Lecture
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Fun Works
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Fun Works . . . for Careers You Never Knew Existed
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Smithsonian National Museum of American History
CivilWar@ Smithsonian
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This site examines the Civil War through collections of artifacts. Topics include ...

This site examines the Civil War through collections of artifacts. Topics include slavery and abolition, Abraham Lincoln, the first Union officer killed, soldiering, weapons, leaders, cavalries, navies, life and culture, Appomattox, Winslow Homer, and Mathematics and Statistics. A Civil War time-line is included.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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Smithsonian Institutions
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National Portrait Gallery
Smithsonian: History and Culture
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This site examines the history of transportation in America, early history of ...

This site examines the history of transportation in America, early history of mail service, the Civil War, West Point, profiles of U.S. presidents, Lakota winter counts, Lewis and Clark as naturalists, Japanese Americans during World War II, Brown v. Board of Education, athletes who broke social barriers, how voting systems have evolved, September 11, and America's wars.

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Arts and Humanities
World Cultures
U.S. History
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Reading
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Smithsonian Institutions
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Encyclopedia Smithsonian
Smithsonian: Science and Technology
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This site explores the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, Arctic wildlife, ...

This site explores the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, Arctic wildlife, migratory birds, stars and black holes, sky watching, the Galapagos Islands, invasive species, living fossils of the Bahamian sea floor, views of earth, milestones of flight, shade grown coffee, species of Indian River Lagoon, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, polio, and portraits of famous scientists, inventors, and engineers.

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Environmental Science
Biology
Geology
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Reading
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Smithsonian Institutions
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Encyclopedia Smithsonian
Smithsonian Source: Invention
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This section is intended to supplement the curricula, textbooks, and materials you ...

This section is intended to supplement the curricula, textbooks, and materials you currently use for lessons on American inventions and innovations. The teacher-developed resources in the section will enhance the classroom experience for both you and your students. You might get started by showing the video, which traces the development of the electric guitar.
The lesson plans and DBQs are organized by grade level. The DBQ primary sources can stand alone in DBQ exercises. Images of the primary sources are independent of any extensive explanatory information, so that the images can be used as handouts.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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Smithsonian Source: Colonial America
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This section is intended to supplement the curricula, textbooks, and materials you currently use for lessons on the colonial period. The teacher-developed resources in the section will enhance the classroom experience for both you and your students. The lesson plans and DBQs are organized by grade level. The DBQ primary sources can stand alone in DBQ exercises. Images of the primary sources are independent of any extensive explanatory information, so that the images can be used as handouts.

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U.S. History
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Smithsonian Source: Native American History
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This section is intended to supplement the curricula, textbooks, and materials you ...

This section is intended to supplement the curricula, textbooks, and materials you currently use for lessons on Native history. The teacher-developed resources in the section will enhance the classroom experience for both you and your students. You might get started by reviewing the video on Lakota winter counts.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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Smithsonian Institutions
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Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
Smithsonian American Art Museum Education
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We have digitized and indexed dozens of SAAM's free educational materials for ...

We have digitized and indexed dozens of SAAM's free educational materials for your use. Teacher guides are listed with corresponding standards and grade levels for your convenience. Be sure to check back periodically, as more resources will be added.SAAM's online features contain interactive or media-rich assets that can easily be used by educators in the classroom. Students can learn by viewing media or taking part in various online activities.Online activities such as Catlin Classroom have been created specifically for a K-12 audience. Some web features, such as online exhibitions, contain sections created for educators and students, while other features contain primary sources such as artist interviews. Still other features invite student participation, with online interactives or by submitting content for inclusion on the SAAM website.

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Arts and Humanities
Art History
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Smithsonian Institutions
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Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery
Mystery Skull Interactive | The Smithsonian Institution's Human Origins Program
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When scientists discover a new fossil skull, they compare it to skulls ...

When scientists discover a new fossil skull, they compare it to skulls that have already been identified as particular early human species. In this activity, you get the chance to be the scientist!

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Smithsonian Institutions
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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
A Fossil Thermometer
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In this activity, students calculate temperatures during a time in the geologic ...

In this activity, students calculate temperatures during a time in the geologic record when rapid warming occurred using a well known method called 'leaf-margin analysis.' Students determine the percentage of the species that have leaves with smooth edges, as opposed to toothed, or jagged, edges. Facsimiles of fossil leaves from two collection sites are examined, categorized, and the data is plugged into an equation to provide an estimate of paleotemperature for two sites in the Bighorn Basin. It also introduces students to a Smithsonian scientist who worked on the excavation sites and did the analysis.

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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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Smithsonian Institution
Botany and Art: Their Roles in Conservation
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Students are introduced to the work of botanists and botanical illustrators, and ...

Students are introduced to the work of botanists and botanical illustrators, and specifically to their race to make records of endangered plant species around the world. Students examine illustrations, photographs, and dried specimens of endangered plants and consider the conservation value of an illustration over a photographic image. In a second session, students try their own hands at botanical illustration and follow the methods of a Smithsonian staff illustrator. Pencils, markers, tracing paper, and access to a photocopier are required.

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Arts and Humanities
Botany
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Smithsonian Institutions
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Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
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Smithsonian Institutions
Botany & Art and Their Roles in Conservation
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The lessons in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom introduce the ...

The lessons in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom introduce the work of botanists and botanical illustrators, specifically their race to make records of endangered plant species around the world. “Very little of the world’s flora has been fully studied,” says one Smithsonian botanist, “and time is running out.” In the first lesson, students gets to know six endangered plants. They examine illustrations, photographs, and dried specimens of the plants as they consider this question: If a scientist can take a picture of a plant, are there advantages in having an illustration? They go on to consider some of the big questions that botanists themselves must ask: Which of these species are most in need of conservation efforts? Are any of these plants more worth saving than others?In the second lesson, the students try their own hands at botanical illustration, following the methods of a Smithsonian staff illustrator. All that is required for the lesson are pencils, markers, tracing paper, and access to a photocopier.

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Arts and Humanities
Life Science
Botany
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Smithsonian Institutions
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Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund
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Smithsonian Institute
Introduction To The Nature Journal
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In the lessons here, students exercise the observation skills that are essential ...

In the lessons here, students exercise the observation skills that are essential to writing, visual art, and science. First, they try to use evocative language in describing pictures of birds from the Smithsonian's National Zoo. They go on to record observations and to make hypotheses as they follow the behavior of animals on the National Zoo's live webcams. They can watch the giant pandas, the tigers, the cheetahs, the gorillas, or any of a dozen other species.

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Education
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Lesson Plan
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Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
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iCPALMS: A Standards-based K-12 Resources and Tools Pathway
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Smithsonian Education
Posters to Go
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What can a work of art reveal about a period of American ...

What can a work of art reveal about a period of American history? This set of fifteen teaching posters features selected artworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and Archives of American Art on five historical themes.

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Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts
U.S. History
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Diagram/Illustration
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Smithsonian Institutions
Connections to the Past and Present: The Arctic Studies Center
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This article describes online artifact collections available through the Arctic Studies Center, ...

This article describes online artifact collections available through the Arctic Studies Center, a part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The collection includes artifacts and background information about the peoples of Alaska and Northeast Siberia.

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Engineering
Physics
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Reading
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Robert Payo