Celebrating Stephen Sondheim
Looking for ways to introduce students to one of the most influential figures in musical theatre history? These lesson plans and activities, a comprehensive glossary of terms, and additional resources will introduce students to the magical world of musicals and the legendary Stephen Sondheim.
Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou
This Web site, created to complement an American Museum of Natural History exhibition, offers insight into how Vodou reflects the history of Haiti's people, whose ancestors were brought from Africa to the Caribbean in bondage.
Capturing Time: The New York Times Capsule - Exhibition
This Web site, created to complement an American Museum of Natural History exhibition, reports on The New York Times Magazine's millennium time capsule project and offers insight into the concept of time.
Vietnam: Journeys of Body, Mind, and Spirit
This Web site, created to complement the Vietnam: Journeys of Body, Mind, and Spirit exhibit, includes the following sections: Introduction is an overview of the incredible diversity of Vietnam's people and landscapes; Journeys Through Time and Space provides a look at Vietnam today and a time-line of this ancient country's history; Journeys of Gods, Families and Ancestors considers the importance of lunar New Year and the ancestral altar; Journeys of People and Goods examines how international
Drawing Shadows to Stone: Photographing North Pacific Peoples
This Web site, created to complement an American Museum of Natural History exhibition, takes a look at an anthropological expedition to record the people and cultures of the North Pacific.
Fighting Dinosaurs: New Discoveries from Mongolia
This Web site, created to complement an American Museum of Natural History exhibition, reports on one of the most famous fossil finds in the world (the fighting dinosaurs of Mongolia) and other ancient animal fossils discovered in the Gobi Desert.
This Web site, created to complement an American Museum of Natural History exhibition, takes an in-depth look at pearls. It includes the following sections .What Are Pearls? covers how pearls are formed naturally; what causes differences in surface, size, shape, color, overtone, luster, and iridescence; and how imitation pearls are created. Obtaining Pearls looks at the different ways pearls and mother-of-pearl have been gathered throughout history. Freshwater Pearls describes the pearl-forming
This OLogy activity gives kids a chance to test their investigation skills while learning about daily life for the Incas. Inca Investigation begins with an introduction to archaeologist Craig Morris and the ancient Inca city that his team excavated in the Andes mountains. Then kids are given detailed directions for how to play Inca Investigation, which includes tips to help them better examine evidence. At any time, they can get help, learn how to read a plan, or browse a book about Inca history
What's the Big Idea? Archeology
This fun Web article is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual trading cards and create projects with them. Here, they learn about archeology Piecing Together the Puzzle of History looks at how archaeologists use clues to assemble a picture of the past. Clues to the Past explains that, like all scientists, archaeologists begin with a question they want to explore. Fieldwork Is Where They Dig In explores the challenges of finding a site to excavate. Evidence of an Era has an overview of th
Tsunami Science: Reducing the Risk
This interactive feature story is part of Science Bulletins, an innovative online and exhibition program that offers the public a window into the excitement of scientific discovery. Published in October 2005, this Earth Bulletin looks at the causes of tsunamis and how researchers are trying to reduce their risk. It includes the following components: Three online essays: Ghosts of Tsunamis Past, From Math to Maps, Fear the Future Tsunami?; A seven-minute feature video, Tsunami Science: Reducing t
The American Museum of Natural History is home to the world's largest collection of vertebrate fossils, totaling nearly one million specimens. This Web site offers visitors a virtual visit to the Museum's famed Fossil Halls. It features seven sections along with a brief introduction, a Teacher's Guide, and information about the Museum's Division of Paleontology.
Welcome to Mars
This kid-friendly Web site reports on the Red Planet and how our knowledge of it was greatly enhanced by the Mars Pathfinder lander. It has the following sections: Mars Gazette has a collection of serious and humorous pieces about the planet and exploratory missions to it. Activities includes the online Martian Math and three offline activities, Egg Drop, Mapping Unknown Surfaces, and Balloon Rockets. Red Guide to Mars is a handbook that covers the planet's features and history, as well as our s
As America honors heroes who have fought and fallen for their nation, Bill Moyers Journal presents "D-Day Revisited," a special one-hour broadcast which follows a group of World War II veterans back to Europe to speak about their wartime experiences-some of them unlocking memories they had been keeping inside for nearly 50 years. Featuring excerpts from the Bill Moyers' 1990 documentary From D-Day to the Rhine, "D-Day Revisited" includes the latest information about the veterans featured in the
labor leader Andy Stern, Activist Grace lee Boggs and a Bill Moyers Essay
On Wall Street, private equity firms are buying up corporations and turning them around for huge profits. What does it mean for America's workers and for the economic gap between average families and the wealthiest Americans? Andrew Stern, the president of Service Employees International Union-the fastest growing union in the nation-weighs in. Also on the program, Bill Moyers interviews writer, activist, and philosopher Grace lee Boggs, who has taken part in some of the seminal civil rights st
Poet Robert Bly and Activist Grace lee Boggs
The poetry of Robert Bly has touched on spiritual insights and deep truths about American culture. With more than 30 books, including the National Book Award-winning THE lIGHT AROUND THE BODY, Bly also became known for co-founding American Writers Against the Vietnam War in 1966. His 1990 work IRON JOHN: A BOOK ABOUT MEN is an international bestseller which has been translated into many languages. Also on the program activist and philosopher Grace lee Boggs, who has taken part in some of the
Historian Thomas Cahill
Bill Moyers interviews best-selling historian Thomas Cahill in a far ranging interview that takes viewers from the Coliseum in Rome to death row in Texas and examines what our attitudes toward cruelty can tell us about who we are as Americans. "However difficult it may be the only way you are going to gain closure is to let go of your hatred" says Cahill, who is best known for his The Hinges of History series of books, which includes the widely read How the Irish Saved Civilization. Cahill say
Casualty of War
Bill Moyers interviews former talk show host Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro on the true cost of war and their documentary, Body of War, depicting the moving story of one veteran dealing with the aftermath of war. With extensive excerpts from the film, the filmmakers talk about Iraq war veteran Tomas Young who was shot and paralyzed less than a week into his tour of duty. Three years in the making, Body of War tells the poignant tale of the young man's journey from joining the service after 9/11
A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization
This site features units on Chinese history, culture, and society. Each unit organizes photos, maps, and art around a theme: China's geography, archaeology, religion, calligraphy, military technology, painting, homes, gardens, clothing, and the graphic arts. Questions highlight key facets of Chinese culture: Why is calligraphy highly ranked as an art form in China? Over what kinds of terrain did Chinese civilization spread?
The Klondike Gold Rush
The enclosed curriculum materials consist of a variety of original documents related to the Klondike gold rush and Seattle and a set of maps of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. These materials are intended to provide students with an opportunity to learn about and investigate a specific topic in Washington history: How the Klondike/Alaska gold rush played a role in Seattle's economic growth and its rise to a position of economic dominance among Northwest cities.
Indians and Europeans on the Northwest Coast, 1774–1812
The materials in this packet allow teachers and students to explore the earliest recorded history of the Pacific Northwest. The packet consists of roughly 30 primary documents, along with supplemental materials to help place the primary sources in historical context. These materials document the range of interactions and relationships between Native and Non-Native peoples along the Northwest Coast in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.