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  • Molly Chiasson's avatar
    Need some help locating primary source documents that can verify the movie of "12 Years a Slave"... Would like to verify the part of Slave Mistress Shaw sipping tea on the porch of the main house...anyone has any ideas?
    • Mrs. Hiller - You mean a source outside of Northup's own narrative?

      • Mar 21, 2014
    • Molly Chiasson - Yes, outside of his narrative...diaries, letter, anything to back up his claim

      • Mar 21, 2014
  • Mr. Aligiannis 's avatar
    Looking for any great links or activities to do with Year 9 students who are studying the Wild West and American Indians.....anyone out there can help?
  • Smithsonian Education's avatar
    Teachers: Engage your class with the history of American activism and take part in the Freedom Summer summit. http://ow.ly/t4j42
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    Benjamin Franklin’s first practical application of electricity—one that was “of use to mankind”—came at the expense of his favorite feathered friend. In 1750, he sent an electric charge through a turkey. He was able to report to colleagues around the world: “birds killed in this manner eat uncommonly tender.”

    In the spirit of Franklin’s open approach to science, share your own special turkey techniques. Basting? Brining? Deep frying? Baking upside down? Then take a look at a lesson in which students use Franklin’s methods to electrify a Cheerio. http://s.si.edu/1entGxA

    (Benjamin Franklin stamp from the Smithsonian National Postal Museum , http://arago.si.edu/index.asp?con=2&cmd=1&id=145497)
    Benjamin Franklin’s first practical application of electricity—one that was “of use to mankind”—came at the expense of his favorite feathered friend. In 1750, he sent an electric charge through a turkey. He was able to report to colleagues around the world: “birds killed in this manner eat uncommonly tender.”

    In the spirit of Franklin’s open approach to science, share your own special turkey techniques. Basting? Brining? Deep frying? Baking upside down? Then take a look at a lesson in which students use Franklin’s methods to electrify a Cheerio....
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    Download a new printable activity page created by Smithsonian Books, where kids list the states they’ve visited and the modes of transportation that brought them there. http://s.si.edu/19epcGQ
    • Jamie Gallagher - This is great, thanks for posting.

      • Nov 25, 2013
    • Smithsonian Education - Thanks Jamie! Glad that you are enjoying it. We have a whole set of these free pages at the same website, and post a new one each Monday.

      • Nov 25, 2013
  • Mr. Klonowski's avatar
    My new favorite tool... FREE Assessment Data Collection and Analysis made simple for ANY content area. Fully Linked with Edmodo!

    http://www.littlebullmusicblog.com/2013/11/gr...
    • Mr. McKinny - Hello: is gradecam free for full or limited use? There is also quickkeyapp.com

      • Nov 12, 2013
    • Mr. McKinny - How does one import the cvs file into Edmodo?

      • Nov 12, 2013
    • Mr. Klonowski - I think the program is free up to 100 multiple choice questions. I'm sure there are other limitations, but so far I have enrolled almost 150 students and not been slowed down at all.

      • Nov 13, 2013
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    On a new downloadable activity page, kids list the pros and cons of living in the White House as First Lady. They meet such interesting characters as Lou Hoover, who was trained in geology and was fluent in Chinese.
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    Good News: Smithsonian Teachers' Night has been rescheduled for Friday, 11/15 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History ! More information available at http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators...
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    Smithsonian museums will reopen on Thursday and the Smithsonian's National Zoo will reopen on Friday.

    AND: The panda cam is back ON! http://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/webcams/gia...

    The Zoo’s Information Technology staff began the process of bringing the live animal cams back online Thursday morning, starting with the panda cams. The 15 different camera systems required federal resources, primarily staff, to operate and were deemed non-essential during a shutdown.

    Since the panda cams went dark the cub has grown and passed several developmental milestones. She weighs five pounds (2.557 kilograms), up from 3.07 pounds (1.39 kilograms) at her veterinary exam September 26. She also has partially opened her eyes. Keepers noticed that her right eye had started to open October 4. By October 11, both her eyes had partially opened. Her ears are also fully open and she now reacts to the noises she hears in the panda house.

    Mei Xiang is leaving the cub for longer periods of time to eat, drink, interact with keepers, and venture outside for very short periods of time. She is eating all of her leaf eater biscuits and produce that keepers offer her every day, and approximately 60 percent of her bamboo. Saturday, October 12, she chose to participate in a training session with keepers in her outdoor training area.

    While her mother spends time in other parts of the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat the cub scoots around the den, though she does not get very far. She will not be able to walk until she is about four months old, and has not left the den on her own yet. She is strong enough to push herself up on her front two legs and right herself if she is lying on her back. We will resume providing updates, photos and videos of Mei Xiang and the cub via Facebook, Twitter, and our Giant Panda Bulletin: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Publications/ENews/

    Due to the popularity of the panda cams, sponsored in part by the Ford Motor Company Fund, viewers may experience some difficulty streaming the cams when they return. There is a limit on the number of connections they can accommodate, as there was prior to the shutdown. After 15 minutes, viewers will need to refresh the panda cam page if they want to continue to watch the cams. Smartphone users with the National Zoo App can enjoy uninterrupted live streaming via the app: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/SmithsonianNational...

    Photo by Courtney Janney, Smithsonian's National Zoo.
    Smithsonian museums will reopen on Thursday and the Smithsonian's National Zoo will reopen on Friday.

    AND: The panda cam is back ON! http://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/webcams/gia...

    The Zoo’s Information Technology staff began the process of bringing the live animal cams back online Thursday morning, starting with the panda cams. The 15 different camera systems required federal resources, primarily...
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  • Mr. Garate's avatar
    Just wanted to share this link with everyone.
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    Attention all teachers of all subjects and grade levels! Smithsonian Teachers' Night is Friday, October 25, 2013, at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.

    Find free classroom-ready resources, meet Smithsonian educators, and attend demonstrations of school programs and materials at the Smithsonian's annual education expo.

    Register now: http://www.teachersnight.org/
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    "It's not easy being...amphibian" In this archived online session, Smithsonian biologists explore the various ways amphibians depend on water and the current challenges these animals face. And don't forget, our next online session will be held on Wed. September 11 at 1PM, ET revisiting frog conservation efforts & biodiversity. http://s.si.edu/14uVHwj
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    “Word Art from King’s Words,” has students create a Wordle from the text of MLK’s speeches. Includes vocabulary-building “challenge words.”
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    BREAKING NEWS/CUTE ALERT!

    Q: What looks like a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear?

    A: An Olinguito (oh-lin-GHEE-toe)—the first new carnivore discovered in the American continents in 35 years!

    The 2-pound olinguito, with its large eyes and woolly orange-brown fur, is native to the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador, as its scientific name, “neblina” (Spanish for “fog”), hints.

    How are new species still being discovered in 2013? Kristofer Helgen, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History’s head of mammals tells all in this Smithsonian Science story: http://s.si.edu/14LfgXb

    (Photo by Mark Gurney)
    BREAKING NEWS/CUTE ALERT!

    Q: What looks like a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear?

    A: An Olinguito (oh-lin-GHEE-toe)—the first new carnivore discovered in the American continents in 35 years!

    The 2-pound olinguito, with its large eyes and woolly orange-brown fur, is native to the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador, as its scientific name, “neblina” (Spanish for “fog”), hints.
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    • Mrs. San - Thanks for the information!

      • Sep 13, 2013
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    A brand-new activity introduces the forces of ‪‎flight‬—lift, weight, drag, and thrust—with step-by-step instructions for constructing sophisticated paper airplanes. The colorful, printable page is the first in a series of twelve from ‪Smithsonian‬ Books. Check back here every Monday for a new activity on science, history, and more!
  • Mrs. Jennings's avatar
    Do you know of any site with a good collection of primary documents related to DNA that I could use in a high school classroom for common core?
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    The Smithsonian and ePals present Saving Our Waterways, a citizen science program. Follow the adventures of six teams of students at work along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.

    http://en.community.epals.com/citizen_science...
    • Ms. Duguay - Looks like a great project! The student blogs and posts are interesting to read. I like the fact that the shared resources could be used anywhere and the students can study their own locale's body of water and share their findings. Great engagement and active learning!

      • Jul 23, 2013
  • Mr. Blizzard's avatar
    Teachers, many of you have enjoyed the daily encouragement update posts from Dear Teacher/Love Teacher. I have decided to make an Edmodo group as way for those of you who want them to get the updates, and this way I can make the "Edmodo blasts" few and far between. For your dose of daily hope, click the link to join!

    https://www.edmodo.com/home#/join/523d3914d8a...
  • Mr. Blizzard's avatar
    Teachers, I think I found the key to seeing the changes in your students that you long to see! Shhh...it is a secret. :)
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