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Smithsonian Education Site

This fun and educational site brings American art, history, science, and culture to life. It contains resources to explore the Smithsonian's research and collections related to four areas of exploration: Understanding the American Experience, Valuing World Cultures, Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe, and Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet. Based on Smithsonian collections and research, IdeaLabs give your students an online opportunity to explore American history, science, and culture. If you are interested in art and design, science and nature, history and culture, or people and places, we have a site for you!

Published by Smithsonian in 2008

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Junior/Community College, University
Curriculum Areas:Education
Technology
Geography
Foreign Language
Fine Arts
Science
Mathematics
History/Social Science
English/Language Arts
Themes/Keywords: American History
Art & Design
History & Culture
inquiry-based learning
multi-disciplinary
primary source
Science & Technology


Vocabulary
artifact, analysis, technological, museum, gallery, exhibition, historian, curator, researcher


Essential Question(s)
1. What is the American Experience?
2. What is the Smithsonian Institution?

Discussion Question(s)
1. Explain some of the Mysteries of the Universe.
2. What do we need to investigate for sustaining a Biodiverse Planet?
3. What is Victory Mail?
4. Can you find your favorite animal at the National Zoo?
5. How do primary sources explain the American Experience?

Extension and Activities
1. Use multimedia resources to give a visual and auditory presentation on the American Experience.
2. Make a mind map for Abraham Lincoln.
3. Take a virtual field trip to the National Zoo.
4. Use the Catalog of American Portraits and select 10-15 portraits. Use multimedia to present an overarching theme or relationship of these portraits.
5. Choose one of the Smithsonian museums and create a poster to explain the contents of the museum.


"I am a teacher at 107th elementary school in LAUSD, an inner-city school. Everything good that is given to us - is then taken away. The CADRE has brought art, music, dance, drama and light to a very difficult academic community. The Cadre is the only wonderful experience happening at 107th street school - this program needs to be continually funded. As well as encouraging students to find new areas of expertise, the teachers participate and learn about programs new to them as well. The Kathryn Dunham Dance Company was totally inspiring and intriguing as I got a taste of the dance the students would learn. The Marchall Dance Company was the only HOLIDAY PROGRAM my 1st graders received this year - and it was a dandy! Just Great! Samuel, a 1st grader in my class, was called to join in the welcoming dance and my whole class was proud of him and he was elated. Please, continue the funding for the CADRE. Thank you. Rosemary Pluskat"

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