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A Walk on the West Side
Lesson on the infrastructure needed to make a community of successful, sustainable, and livable neighborhoods. Students document their explorations of the local community and make scale maps.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Cafeteria Mayhem
Lesson in which students design a more efficient cafeteria for their school. They apply the concepts of volume, perimeter, circumference, angles, and surface area to consider traffic flow and seating.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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60-30-10
Lesson in which students investigate how designers use percentages by designing and decorating a room using three different color ratios.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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A Contouring We Go
Lesson has students construct contour equipment and learn the mathematics behind topography while using the equipment, then compare their results with professional topographical maps.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Owney the Dog! A Curriculum Guide for Teachers
Interdisciplinary lessons based on the travels of a dog named Owney who became a mascot for the Railway Mail Service in the 1880s and for the National Postal Museum today. Designed for second-grade classes, it includes lessons for students with special needs in reading, math, and writing.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Smithsonian Affiliations
Links to Smithsonian Affiliate museums across the nation. Find out if there is an Affiliate near you.
Provider: Smithsonian Affiliations
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Grade(s): All grades
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Prehistoric Climate Change (and Why It Matters Today)
Lesson plan introduces environmental issues while providing fun, challenging, real-world math problems. Students do the work of a team of paleontologists studying a time of rapid global warming 55 million years ago. By examining fossils of leaves from various tree species, and by incorporating the findings into a mathematical formula, they are able to tell average annual temperatures during this prehistoric time.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Private Universe in Mathematics
Video workshop for K-12 teachers with workshop guide, six one-hour videos, a website, and graduate credit available. A study by Rutgers University follows the mathematical development of students from grades 1-12 and shows how to resonate with children’s natural thinking.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Grade(s): All grades
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Musical Math-terpiece: The Art of Piet Mondrian
Lesson in which students learn about the jazz-inspired life and art of Piet Mondrian to create their own Mondrian-style paintings. They do internet research, create a computer art piece using grid patterns of repeating shapes, and paint their own music-inspired painting. Examines both geometrical shapes and painting.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Design Patterns
Lesson in which students extend and create patterns. Through an activity creating a necklace, they consider patterns as they exist in math and their everyday lives.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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