Interactives & Media

A complete listing of all the standards-based educational resources that includes audio, video, and interactive resources. Many of these resources are designed to be used by the learner without help from a teacher or parent.


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Chladni Plate Demonstration

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 2 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/23/2012

Meet Steven Turner, curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, as he discusses the Smithsonian's scientific instrument collection. This video focuses on the plate developed by the 18th century scientist Chladni whose instrum...


Civil Rights Oral History: Joseph McNeil

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 5 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/31/2014

In this series of interviews, member of the Greensboro Four Joseph McNeil talks about what motivated him to participate and shares a message for young people on being involved in their communities. 


Civil Rights Oral History: Larry Rubin

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 5 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/31/2014

In this series of three short videos, civil rights activist and former Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee staffer Larry Rubin speaks about his experiences in Mississippi during 1964 Freedom Summer and at the March on Washington in 1963. He ...


Cotton Gin Video

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Interactives & Media
Duration: 1 Minutes
Date Posted: 5/15/2012

In this video, students will see both long-staple  and short-staple cotton fibers processed in a roller gin and saw gin model similar to that patented by Eli Whitney, to better understand the impact of the cotton gin on cotton produ...


Creating Stories: America on the Move Electronic Field Trip, Part 2

Grade Range: 5-8
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Duration: 28 Minutes
Date Posted: 7/7/2008

In this electronic field, curators from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's exhibition  America on the Move take students behind-the-scenes to show how they develop individual stories for exhibitions and provide gu...


Day of the Dead

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted: 10/22/2008

This online exhibition provides information that will help students learn the origins of the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), how it was been celebrated traditionally and how it is being celebrated now. The exhibition includes links to online...


Discomforts of Travel: Samuel Kelly, English Sailor

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Primary Source, Worksheets
Duration: 11 Minutes
Date Posted: 4/2/2012

Samuel Kelly was an English sailor, who recorded his experience of a voyage to Philadelphia in 1787.  Listen to a dramatic reading of his narrative, and then study the supporting primary sources to answer the discussion questions. This resour...


Drafting the Declaration: The Jefferson Desk and the Declaration of Independence

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Primary Source, Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 11/5/2009

This teacher resource challenges students to think about the Jefferson desk and the Declaration of Independence as objects that are valuable sources of historical information. It includes a preliminary activity...


Drive Through Time

Grade Range: 5-8
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 7/7/2008

In this interactive game, students use a virtual time machine to explore modes of transportation during four different eras and create a photo album of their trip using period photographs. This interactive is included in the online exhibition enti...


Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn: Jazz Composers

Grade Range: 4-12
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials, Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Date Posted: 6/4/2009

Through brief biographies of the composers, primary source documents, and media clips, students will learn about the collaboration of these two great jazz composers and the process involved in writing and recording two of the most celebrated jazz ...

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