ERIC Number: ED406261
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Celebrating the Smithsonian's Birthday. 150 Years.
Art to Zoo: Teaching with the Power of Objects, Jan-Feb 1996
The objects collected and displayed by museums may be connected with famous people, made by exceptional artists, natural specimens, or simple ordinary things that show what everyday life was like for most people. All these objects offer unique ways to learn about life in the United States and the world. In 1996 the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.), the world's largest museum complex and research center, celebrated its 150th birthday. This teaching unit encourages students to develop observational and reasoning skills by taking a close look at objects, such as those found in the Smithsonian. By thinking about what they themselves collect, students may understand the unique storytelling power of objects. A Take-Home Student Page, presented in English and Spanish, reproducible activity pages, and a list of resources are included. (MM)
Descriptors: Critical Viewing, Cultural Influences, Elementary Secondary Education, History, Instructional Materials, Material Culture, Museums, Social Influences, Social Studies
Smithsonian, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, A &I 1163, MRC 402, Washington, DC 20560.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.