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This Is Your Brain on Your Favorite Song
Everyone knows that emotional connections to music can be strong. But did you know that when people listen to music they enjoy, their brains drift into a resting daydream, regardless of the genre? Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn more.
Treasures of American History: American Identity
Though not written in the U.S., “Pomp and Circumstance” has become a uniquely American tradition. Use this exhibition from the National Museum of American History to explore the diverse roots of American culture and learn how Americans have come to define themselves in many ways—through artistic expression, ethnic traditions, work and play, and home and community life.
West Point in the Making of America
This website from the Smithsonian’s History Explorer looks at the lives of selected West Point graduates who attended the Academy between 1802 and 1918. Students will also learn about the U.S. Army’s functions in 19th and early 20th century America.
Ocean: Find Your Blue—Educator’s Corner
This National Museum of Natural History site features a collection of top resources from Smithsonian collaborators to provide you with teacher-tested, ocean science materials for your classroom. Use the activities, lessons and educational resources to bring the ocean to life for your students.
Biodiversity of Ocean Invertebrates
Use the videos, webcasts, lessons, activities and resources in this National Museum of Natural History site to introduce students to marine invertebrates and the ecosystems where they live.
Marine Plastics
Plastic surrounds us. And depending on the type of plastic and where it lands, items can take days to hundreds of years to break down into very small pieces, which likely never biodegrade. Introduce students to this problem and how it ultimately impacts our oceans with this resource from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
Ocean Plastic 2010
Just what does an ocean polluted with plastic look like? Invite students to watch this video from the Smithsonian Learning Lab to find out for themselves.
Coral Reefs and Ocean Acidification
Invite students to watch this Smithsonian Insider video in which Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute MarineGEO Postdoctoral Fellow Maggie Johnson outlines her research studying the effects of ocean acidification on marine coal near Bocas del Toro, Panama.
Turning Ocean Garbage Into Gold
From the common plastic water bottle to the shoes of tsunami victims, read this Smithsonian magazine special report to learn how one recycling organization tries to find a home for all ocean refuse.
Ocean Dead Zones Are Getting Worse Globally Due to Climate Change
Warmer waters and other factors will cause nearly all areas of low oxygen to grow by the end of the century. Read this Smithsonian magazine special report to learn how and why.