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K-12 Resources

NLM Online and Traveling Exhibition Program

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The Exhibition Program creates lively and informative exhibitions and educational resources that enhance awareness of, and appreciation for the collections of the National Library of Medicine. These exhibitions and educational resources engage diverse audiences and explore a variety of topics in the history of medicine. Listed below are a few select online exhibitions for K-12 students and educators. Learn more about the Exhibition Program Education Services available from NLM.

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A Voyage to Health (grades K-12)
"A Voyage to Health" explo0res how the revival of Native Hawaiian sea voyaging traditions spurred on a cultural renaissance and helped heal the soul of the community. This website is augmented by educational resources, including suggested readings (K-12), lesson plans (4-8), higher education modules, and online resources (K-12).

Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness (grades K-12)
The Native Voices Web site allows people to explore the connection between wellness, illness and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people and interactive media. While the activities, exhibition specific lesson plans (6-12), additional lesson plans (K-12), and suggested readings (K-12) can be used in science classrooms, clubs, and programs, they can be used also to reinforce the history and societal developments of Native peoples in social science and history classrooms. There is also a health headlines, in addition to a news coverage section focusing on Native Peoples.

Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health (grades 3-12)
Against the Odds highlights the role of communities in improving health at home and all around the world. This exhibition explores the shared basic needs required for a good quality of life, including nutritious foods, clean water, a safe place to live and affordable health care. It includes games (6-12) and lesson plans and educator's guides (3-12).

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Rewriting the Book of Nature: Charles Darwin and the Rise of Evolutionary Theory (grades 9-12+)
Explores the scientific discoveries and contributions of Charles Darwin.

From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine & Industry
From DNA to Beer explores some of the processes, problems, and potentials inherent in technologies that use life. Drawing from the collections of the National Museum of American History and the National Library of Medicine, From DNA to Beer will help to promote public understanding of the dynamic relationship between microbes, technology, and science and medicine.
Lesson Plans: Grades 7-9 (Science and Technology); Higher Education, Online Resources, and Suggested Readings (Preschool-12).

Frankenstein - Penetrating the Secrets of Nature (grades 6-12+)
Explores Frankenstein as a framework for discussing ehtics involved in scientific research

Visible Proofs: Forsenic Views of the Body (grades 6-12+)
Collection of images, videos and stories about the history and the development of Forensics. Includes lesson plans.