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Fighting for a New Nation
Use this lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to guide students as they use the design process to develop a plan for civil solutions that might have averted the Revolutionary War.
Civil Disobedience
Use this collection from the Smithsonian Learning Lab to guide students as they explore the theme of civil disobedience. Items include texts from Sophocles, Shelley and Thoreau along with a variety of images.
Martin Luther King
Use the items in this collection of resources from the Smithsonian Learning Lab highlights to teach students about the key events in the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access: Highlights Collection: Winter Solstice
Students will explore various aspects of the winter solstice in this Smithsonian Learning Lab collection.
Lone Dog’s Winter Count: Keeping History Alive
Use this lesson plan from the National Museum of the American Indian to teach students the oral culture and history-keeping of the Nakota people, who measured time from snowfall to snowfall with pictographic calendars called winter counts.
Winter Scenes
Use these pictures, compiled by the Smithsonian Learning Lab, as catalysts for a classroom writing activity. Students can analyze and interpret winter scenes or become inspired to write poetry about the winter season.
The Best Places to See and Celebrate the Winter Solstice
Many temples and monuments were intentionally built to face, frame or otherwise “welcome” the rising winter solstice sun. Read this Smithsonian article to learn all about them.
Reading "Lemonade in Winter"
This reading guide from Smithsonian’s History Explorer will help engage young readers as they read "Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money." The book tells the story of two siblings who decide to spend an otherwise snowy winter’s day opening a lemonade stand. As students read, they will learn how to count change into dollars and cents while thinking about how people spend and earn money.
Are All Snowflakes Really Different? The Science of Winter
For most in the Northern Hemisphere, winter is a time for building snowmen, skiing and hoping for a snow day. If you prefer to stay inside, read this blog from the Smithsonian Science Education Center to investigate a few winter science questions.
What Do Insects Do in Winter?
When winter comes, most bugs either migrate or time travel. But some, like those featured in this Smithsonian magazine article, get far more creative.