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Smithsonian Institution: 62 Resources

A Century of Challenge and Change: The Filipino American Story features four lessons exploring the waves and experiences of Filipinos who immigrated to the U.S., contributions Filipino Americans have made to American society, and the history and...  (Smithsonian Institution)
A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution tells the story that began during World War II, when nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced from their homes into detention camps established by the U.S. government. Many spent...  (Smithsonian Institution)
African Voices explores the diversity of Africa's cultures and their influence on work, family, and community. Sculptures, textiles, interviews, proverbs, prayers, folk tales, and songs are included...  (Smithsonian Institution)
America on the Move tells how transportation changed America. A classroom activity guide looks at foods and families on the move (1880s), workers and products (1920s), early highways (1930-40s), suburban...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Arctic Studies Center provides resources on museum exhibitions, including Viking expeditions, the Kennewick man controversy, masks and dances of the various Indian groups, and native animals...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Binding the Nation examines the history of mail service in America from colonial times through the 19th century. Learn why people thought the system was needed (to ensure the free flow of information...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Campfire Stories with George Catlin: An Encounter of Two Cultures takes students on a virtual journey with the artist and ethnologist to meet Native Americans of the 1830s. His portraits, scenes of American Indian life, and writings depict cultures...  (Smithsonian Institution)
CivilWar@ Smithsonian examines the Civil War through collections of artifacts. Topics include slavery and abolition, Abraham Lincoln, the first Union officer killed, soldiering, weapons, leaders...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Click! Photography Changes Everything is a collection of essays and stories about how photography shapes our culture and our lives. Explore how photography changes who we are, what we do, what we see, where we go, what we...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Decoding the Past: The Work of Archaeologists introduces students to archaeology -- the study of material remains to learn about past human experiences. This lesson (Grades 3-8) discusses various challenges of an archaeologist...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Department of Anthropology offers guidebooks and source directories on many topics in anthropology, with special concentrations on archeology and Native Americans. The site also contains directories of...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Digging for Answers offers interactive quizzes that draw interesting historical facts from the Smithsonian's collections. Topics include dogs, horses, insects, stars, famous women, clothes, food, brain...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Dinosaurs helps students answer questions about dinosaurs: What makes a dinosaur "a dinosaur"? Where did they live? What caused their mass extinction? Students can participate in a virtual...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Edison Invents examines several of his inventions—the telegraph, telephone, phonograph, and electric light bulb. Students learn about his life and how to create their own light bulb...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Encyclopedia Smithsonian is an index of 140 topics for which the Smithsonian Institution offers online resources: American history, art, automobiles, butterflies, canines, cats, clocks, computers, dinosaurs...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Establishing Borders: The Expansion of the United States, 1846-48 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...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Eyes on the Sky and Feet on the Ground provides hundreds of hands-on astronomy explorations for Grades 2-6. Topics include earth's rotation and orbit, earth's tilt, shadows, seasons, time zones, the moon, calendars, maps...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Geologic Time: The Story of a Changing Earth examines the history of Earth. Learn about the formation of Earth, dating the age of rocks, geologic time, plate tectonics, climate change, ocean circulation, evolution, extinction...  (Smithsonian Institution)
George Washington: A National Treasure takes an in-depth look at the famous Gilbert Stuart portrait of our first president. Explore the symbolic, artistic, and biographic meanings of the sword and books by clicking on...  (Smithsonian Institution)
HistoryWired: A few of our favorite things offers a virtual tour of selected objects not on display in the National Museum of American History. Artifacts are presented in a dozen categories, including the arts, commerce, home...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Invention at Play examines how play -- the ordinary work of childhood -- connects with the creative impulse. Read about inventors of the ski, sailboard, surgical robot, unfolding structures, water...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Jamestown, Quebec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings commemorates the 400th anniversary of these three lasting settlements founded in North America between 1607-1609. See rare European and Native American artifacts. Learn about the...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Lakota Winter Counts offers the world's largest database of Lakota "winter counts" -- pictures drawn on cloth or buffalo hide to remember each year's key events (1701 to 1905). Ten Lakota bands' winter...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits presents photos of 100 famous and influential African Americans, from with Frederick Douglass and to Wynton Marsalis. Each portrait includes a brief biography...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Lewis and Clark as Naturalists presents flora and fauna as they described it on their 3,700-mile journey launched in St. Louis in May 1804. Follow the Lewis and Clark trail using an interactive map, or browse the...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Lewis and Clark: Mapping the West features maps of the famous expedition. The Corps of Discovery collected 30 maps from Indians, trappers, and traders, and prepared 140 maps -- most of them drawn or compiled by Clark...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Life of a Vertebrate Fossil traces the journey of fossils from discovery to display. Find out what paleontologists do in each stage a vertebrate fossil's life. Learn about digging up fossils, getting them to...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Making Friends with Franklin 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...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Mathew Brady Portraits survey the life and work of this pioneering photojournalist and portraitist best known for his photographs of the Civil War. Visitors can read about Brady's contributions toward...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Minerals, Crystals, and Gems: Stepping Stones to Inquiry introduces students to mineral science and the scientific process -- observing things, forming hypotheses, and drawing conclusions. Students watch crystals grow, go on a scavenger...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Mirror Molecules helps students see the importance and uses of "stereoisomers" -- molecules that are mirror images of each other...  (Smithsonian Institution)
National Museum of African Art presents images from more than 30 exhibitions -- embroideries, textiles, pottery, jewelry, sculptures, palace doors, chairs, headrests, pipes, cups, drinking horns, bowls, drums...  (Smithsonian Institution)
National Postal Museum has developed curriculum guides that explore stamps and postal history, and encourage students to write letters. Topics include historic letters and stamps from American wars; stamps...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Ocean Planet features a Smithsonian exhibit on the world's oceans. Visitors can see an overview of the exhibition, find lessons and marine science activities, and read a final report documenting...  (Smithsonian Institution)
One Life: The Mask of Lincoln celebrates the bicentennial of the birth of one of our greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), with an online exhibit of 30 portraits aimed "to show the changing face that...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Plants and Animals, Partners in Pollination helps students see how plants and animals interact to accomplish pollination. Students (Grades 3-8) identify plant and animal parts involved in pollination, connections between...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Portraits, Visual and Written features Louisa May Alcott and Samuel Clemens. See excerpts from Alcott's girlhood journal and Little Women. Read Clemens' explanation of his white suit in Mark...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Reviled and Revered: Toads, Turtles, Snakes, Salamanders, and Other Creepers and Crawlers examines misconceptions about herps (the collective name given to reptiles and amphibians), how herps have been viewed throughout history, and how reptiles and amphibians are similar...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Science and Technology offers 11 lesson plans for Grades 3-8 on minerals and gems, Ben Franklin, spiders, archaeology, oceans, pollination, reptiles and amphibians, and more...  (Smithsonian Institution)
September 11: Bearing Witness to History offers objects, images, and personal stories from September 11: a stairwell sign and tourist souvenirs from the World Trade Center, a Pentagon rescuer's uniform, a Pentagon locator...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Smithsonian Education offers more than 1,200 education resources aligned with standards of learning in every state. Simply enter your state into the search engine to find lesson plans, virtual exhibitions...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Smithsonian Kids: Collecting 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"...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Smithsonian National Zoological Park provides fact sheets and photos for many of the 2,400 mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, fish, and invertebrates at the National Zoo and the Zoo's Conservation and Research...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Smithsonian Source: Colonial America offers primary sources and tools for using them in the classroom. Watch an anthropologist examine skeletons for clues to daily life in Jamestown. Find lessons on the Boston Massacre...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Smithsonian: Art and Design features modern portrait drawings, historical portraits of famous Americans, African and Asian art, modern Japanese prints, works of Latino artists, illustrated manuscripts of Persian...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Smithsonian: History and Culture 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...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Smithsonian: Science and Technology 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...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Teacher and Student Resources at the National Museum of American Art offers the "Pueblo Indian Watercolors" teachers guide on interpreting the meaning of artistic images, an interactive guide on one of America's most powerful African-American painters...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Thanksgiving in North America: From Local Harvests to National Holiday looks at the history of Thanksgiving and provides a collection of paintings and images...  (Smithsonian Institution)
The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden 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...  (Smithsonian Institution)
The Dinosaur Homepage displays featured bones from the Museum's large collection. Each photograph may be enlarged and comes with a text. The bones can be viewed by dinosaur type and by time period. The site...  (Smithsonian Institution)
The Global Volcanism Program (GVP) presents documentation of the eruptions of all volcanoes during the past 10,000 years. Visitors can review volcanic activity reports, view geographic and geologic information for all...  (Smithsonian Institution)
The Joseph Henry Papers Project documents the life of Joseph Henry (1797-1878), the most revered American scientist of his times and the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Henry's pioneering work in...  (Smithsonian Institution)
The Lemelson Center explores the exciting world of invention. It features virtual exhibits and in-depth explorations of the electric guitar, the Quartz watch, the light bulb, and other inventions...  (Smithsonian Institution)
The Online Academy highlights artifacts, scholars, collectors, and preservers of African American history. Features include the inventor of the multiple effect vacuum process for producing sugar, the...  (Smithsonian Institution)
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War features a timeline of America's wars, from the Revolution to Iraq. Watch an interactive presentation on each war -- slideshows and movies, text and photos, and dozens of artifacts...  (Smithsonian Institution)
The Star-Spangled Banner recounts the story of the flag that inspired our national anthem. Learn about the design of the U.S. flag, how Francis Scott Key's song changed how Americans viewed the flag, and the...  (Smithsonian Institution)
The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age celebrates the centennial of flight with a thorough presentation of Wilbur and Orville Wright's biography, their technical achievements and the cultural impact of their breakthrough in...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Under the Spell of ... Spiders! looks at physical features and unusual habits of these arachnids -- their two main body parts, their eyes, senses, sensitivity to vibrations, silk webs, how they catch and eat their...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Vote: The Machinery of Democracy looks at the history and variety of voting methods in the U.S. -- the voice vote, "party ticket" (paper ballots listing candidates from just one party), Australian ballot, gear and...  (Smithsonian Institution)
West Point in the Making of America, 1802-1918 looks at the history of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, its contributions to American history, and accomplishments of selected West Point graduates. Proposed by George...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Within These Walls tells the stories of five families who lived in one house in Ipswich, Massachusetts, over a 200-year period. The 10-room Georgian-style house was built in the 1760s by a wealthy...  (Smithsonian Institution)
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