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Five You Should Know: African American Women Who Broke Barriers
Read this article from the National Museum of African American History and Culture to learn more about Phillis Wheatley and four other African American women who made a difference.
Oh Freedom! Teaching African American Civil Rights Through American Art at the Smithsonian
This exhibit from the Smithsonian American Art Museum offers a new introduction to the Civil Rights movement through the unique lens of Smithsonian collections. Drawing connections among art, history and social change, it provides educators with tools to help students reimagine and reinterpret the long struggle for civil rights, justice and equality in fresh ways.
The Art and Life of William H. Johnson
In these lessons from the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access students examine works by African American painter William H. Johnson to learn about his milieu as well as his style. Younger students will list the elements of pictures, identifying colors, shapes and objects. Older students compare Johnson’s work with that of painter Allan Rohan Crite.
Creativity & Resistance: Maroon Cultures in the Americas
Use this teacher’s guide from the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage to explore the history and cultural traditions of Maroons, descendants of Africans who freed themselves from captivity in the Americas.
Speak to My Heart: Communities of Faith and Contemporary African American Life
This virtual exhibit from the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum examines faith and spiritual traditions in the African American community and the church as an agent of community and economic development. It includes short articles, interviews with community members and extensive resources.
Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits
In this lesson from the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, students look at both African American history and portraiture. Portrait subjects include Sojourner Truth, Mohammed Ali, Ella Fitzgerald and Leontyne Price. Younger students make photographic “calling cards.” Older students research portrait subjects.
Candy Land
This lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has students pretend that they have been hired by a candy manufacturer to design a new product’s box. They explore how boxes of different shapes can have the same volume and create a candy box of specific volume that must meet specific criteria.
Making Palanqueta de Cacahuate Candy at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2010
Watch this Smithsonian video to see how Chef Alfredo Ortega makes the Mexican sweet palanqueta de cacahuate, which is similar to peanut brittle.
A Cultural History of Candy
Read this Smithsonian article to hear what “The Candy Professor” has to say about America’s historic relationship with sweets.
You’ve Got Chocolate on My Peanut Bar
Use this lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to have students design, innovate, invent and work cooperatively in groups as they build bridges made of toothpicks and Dot candies.