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Cooper Hewitt Lesson Plans


found in: science; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

The Educator Resource Center at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum offers extended Lesson Plans for K-12 students in all subject areas. The site can be browsed, searched, and sorted. Lessons list national standards. Require resources and materials are listed and links to related files are provided.

Don’t forget the three R’s (PreK-1) In this lesson, students survey fellow students on their recycling habits and use what they learn to design and test a bin that encourages improved recycling.

Designing an Early Civilization  (2-5) Students research early Asian civilizations to discover what civilizations require and then create a model of an ancient civilization using their research.

Community Minded (6-8) Students design solutions for the young, elderly, homeless, and others in their communities.

For a novel study of The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell, Shipwrecked! Part 1 asks students in grades 6-8 to list survival needs and demonstrate how those needs will be met and in the Shipwrecked! Part 2  compare their own survival strategies with those of Karena.

Marketing for Drama Productions  (9-12) After reviewing the design process, students investigate marketing principles used in design to create a poster for a musical production.

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