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These images from the Smithsonian Institution depict Nancy Knowlton's work with snapping shrimp in Panama. Knowlton found that the closing of the isthmus -- dividing the Pacific Ocean from the Caribbean -- resulted in new species of shrimp. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Life Science
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Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
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National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/26/2003
The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden
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This site examines the job of a president, the balance of power with the Supreme Court and Congress, and ways presidents have communicated with the public. Features include the battle sword of George Washington, the lap desk on which Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, and the top hat worn by Abraham Lincoln the night he was assassinated.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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Reading
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Smithsonian Institution
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National Museum of American History
Date Added:
07/11/2003
Baseball Game, Manzanar Relocation Center, Calif.
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Japanese Americans observe an amateur baseball game in progress; one-story buildings and mountains in the background. Title transcribed from Ansel Adams' caption on verso of print. Original neg. no.: LC-A351-3-M-6. Gift; Ansel Adams; 1965-1968. More information about this collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.manz Forms part of: Manzanar War Relocation Center photographs. Published in: Eyes of the nation : a visual history of the United States / Vincent Virga and curators of the Library of Congress ; historical commentary by Alan Brinkley. New York : Knopf, 1997. Published in: Baseball Americana : treasures from the Library of Congress / Harry Katz, et al. New York : Smithsonian Books, 2009.

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Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts
U.S. History
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Diagram/Illustration
Primary Source
Provider:
Library of Congress
Provider Set:
Library of Congress - Photographs
Author:
Ansel Adams
Date Added:
01/01/1943
Be a Movie Director -- Game
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Find the right vehicles for a new movie from the America on the Move collection, then watch the movie that you’ve created on the big screen. See how much you know about the history of transportation with the interactive games in this online collection. You can find information, artifacts and photographs in the collection as well.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Material Type:
Game
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Provider Set:
National Museum of American History
Author:
Project Director
Steven Lubar
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Botany and Art: Their Roles in Conservation
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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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Activity/Lab
Lecture
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
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Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
Author:
Smithsonian Institutions
Date Added:
08/10/2011
CivilWar@ Smithsonian
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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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Reading
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Provider Set:
National Portrait Gallery
Date Added:
10/05/2004
Cloud Dreamer
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In pretending, we learn to navigate with ease between real and imaginary worlds while learning the differences between them. Using our imaginations encourages original thinking, flexibility, adaptability, empathy, and the ability to generate multiple solutions to a problem. Pretend play helps us learn to think visually and spatially and to both capture and express ideas.

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Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Provider Set:
Lemelson Center
National Museum of American History
Date Added:
07/10/2003
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, 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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Environmental Science
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Reading
Provider:
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
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Conversations with History: Values, Persuasion, and Leadership in the Public Sector, with Ira Michael Heyman
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In this edition, UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler talks with Ira Michael Heyman, former Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley and former Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Chancellor Heyman discusses leadership, the challenges facing higher education and the problems of managing public museums. (58 min)

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Arts and Humanities
Higher Education
Sociology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
08/12/2004
Decoding the Past: The Work of Archaeologists
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This site introduces students to archeology -- the study of material remains to learn about past human experiences. This lesson (Grades 3-8) discusses various challenges of an archaeologist: locating a site that will yield clues about the people who once lived there, conducting excavations, and more. Students identify artifacts from a contemporary setting, describe the function of each artifact, identify methods for dating soil layers, and interpret soil profiles.

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Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Provider Set:
Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
Date Added:
09/10/2004
Establishing Borders: The Expansion of the United States, 1846-48
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This site offers geography and history activities showing how two years in history had an indelible impact on American politics and culture. Students interpret historical maps, identify territories acquired by the U.S., identify states later formed from these territories, examine the territorial status of Texas, and identify political, social, and economic issues related to the expansion of the U.S. in the 1840s.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Provider Set:
Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
Date Added:
09/24/2004
The Fish Wars: What Kinds of Actions Can Lead to Justice
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This online lesson provides perspectives from Native American community members and their supporters, images, news footage, an interactive timeline, and other sources about an important campaign to secure the treaty rights and sovereignty of Native Nations of the Pacific Northwest. Scroll to begin an exploration of the actions Native Nations took to address injustices.

Subject:
History
Physical Geography
Social Science
Cultural Geography
Material Type:
Lesson
Module
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Native Knowledge 360
Date Added:
08/08/2018
Food & Culture of Pacific Northwest Natives
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This online lesson provides perspectives from Native American community members, images, objects, and other sources to help students and teachers understand the efforts of Native Nations of the Pacific Northwest to protect and sustain salmon, water, and homelands. Scroll to begin an exploration of the Pacific Northwest history and cultures.

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History
Social Science
Cultural Geography
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Native Knowledge 360
Date Added:
08/08/2018
George Washington: A National Treasure
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This Teacher Resource Guide is designed for incorporation into history and social studies curricula. It will introduce your students to some of the events and issues that shaped George Washington’s life. The activities should enhance your students’ knowledge of Washington and expand their horizons about this complex and interesting man.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Provider Set:
National Portrait Gallery
Date Added:
10/05/2004
Introduction to the Nature Journal
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The purpose of this lesson is to show learners how to keep a nature journal. How to reflect, respond, and question the observations they see in the world.

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Arts and Humanities
Ecology
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Provider Set:
Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
Date Added:
03/09/2014
The Invention of the Electric Guitar
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This online exhibit explores the history and development of the electric guitar. It includes information about the instrument designers and the musicians who influenced the creation of new guitars and innovations in their sound. Examples of about 40 different guitars are included with descriptions of each. There is also information on how different types of acoustic and electric guitars operate with the sounds of each available for listening. Finally, addition information, references, and links are included.

Subject:
Film and Music Production
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Monica Smith
Date Added:
05/18/2012
Iowa Folklife
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Iowa celebrated its 150th anniversary of statehood in 1996 . [Photo by Dorothy Dvorachek] Meskwaki Singers and Dancers of Tama perform on the grounds of the state capitol at the 1996 Festival of Iowa Folklife. As part of that celebration, some 150 Iowa musicians, craftspeople, storytellers, radio announcers, farmers, cooks, doctors, basketball players, teachers, scholars, and state officials participated in the Smithsonian Institution’s Festival of American Folklife on the National Mall of the United States in Washington, D.C. They demonstrated various aspects of Iowa’s cultural traditions to more than 1.2 million visitors, and received a great deal of media attention—generating some 600 newspaper articles and 50 television and radio segments. This living exposition of Iowa’s cultures was remounted on the State Capitol Grounds in Des Moines in August 1996. Over 85,000 people visited this Festival of Iowa Folklife. In addition, the festivals generated an Iowa Public Television documentary, Iowa Folks ...

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History
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Date Added:
05/08/2017
Japanese Internment Camps
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Smithsonian Magazine: This Was Life for Japanese-Americans During WWII
February 2017 marked the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, a document that President Roosevelt signed in 1942, two months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The order resulted in the imprisonment of 75,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry and 45,000 Japanese nationals in prison camps across the country, many being relocated far from home. Some 40 years later, the U.S. Congress formally recognized that the rights of the Japanese American community had been violated and President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, providing an apology and restitution to the living Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II.

Subject:
History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Kate MacMillan
Date Added:
03/05/2018
Making Friends with Franklin
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This site introduces students to the world of Ben Franklin and other natural philosophers at a time when the word science had not yet entered our language. Portraits of Franklin's colleagues, an overview of his life, and experiments showing how electrical charges attract and repel are part of this lesson (for Grades 3-8).

Subject:
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Provider Set:
Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
Date Added:
09/10/2004
Mali Empire and Djenne Figures
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Archeology offers the most tangible evidence of earlier civilizations. Although archeology has already provided invaluable information pertaining to the life styles and skills of the peoples from this region of West Africa, the archaeological record is still incomplete. The figurative sculptures featured in this resource furnish one part of the historical puzzle of this region. These handsome terracotta sculptures are from the Inland Niger Delta region near Djenne (pronounced JEH-nay; also spelled Jenne), one of several important trading cities that grew and developed during the Mali Empire.

Subject:
Architecture and Design
Arts and Humanities
World History
Archaeology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Provider Set:
National Museum of African Art
Date Added:
02/09/2004