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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The President Has Many Roles

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 6/10/2008

On June 29, 1950, President Truman performed all seven presidential jobs. In this activity, students will learn about the Presidency by looking at an excerpt of the President's schedule from that day and match the events with the correct role of t...


The President's Seal

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted: 6/10/2008

Why does the Presidential seal look the way that it does? In this activity, students will be able to explore the symbolism on the Presidential seal, color the seal how they would like and then create a new seal! As part of the Smithsonian's Nation...


The Price of Doing Business: Joseph Hawkins, American Officer on a Slave Ship

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Primary Source, Worksheets
Duration: 9 Minutes
Date Posted: 4/2/2012

Joseph Hawkins was one of many workers aboard a slave ship in the 1700’s. Listen to a dramatic reading of his narrative, and then study the supporting primary sources to answer the discussion questions. This resource is part of a series call...


The Short-Handled Hoe and Bracero History

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Date Posted: 11/8/2009

This object-based learning activity revolves around the short-handled hoe, the bracero program, Cesar Chavez and the organizing of Latino farm workers in the American southwest after World War II. Students will learn about t...


The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Interactive Map

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Reference Materials
Date Posted: 7/7/2008

In this interactive map, students can explore the island and culture of Puerto Rico through historical objects and images.  This resource is part of the website entitled A Vision of Puerto Rico: The Teodoro Vidal Collection.


The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Interactive Timeline

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 7/7/2008

With this interactive timeline, students can study the history and culture of Puerto Rico.  This resource is part of the website entitled A Vision of Puerto Rico: The Teodoro Vidal Collection.


The Time Trial of Benedict Arnold

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration: 135 Minutes
Date Posted: 8/3/2012

In this lesson, students will examine the difference between history and memory by debating the legacy of Benedict Arnold.  Using video clips of an actor playing Arnold, students are invited to debate his actions and determine how histo...


The Time Trial of John Brown

Grade Range: 8-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration: 135 Minutes
Date Posted: 8/3/2012

In this lesson, students will examine the difference between history and memory by debating the legacy of John Brown.  Using video clips of an actor playing Brown, students are invited to debate his actions and determine how history should re...


The Voting Machine and Election Reform

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Date Posted: 11/8/2009

This object-based learning activity revolves around an 1898 Standard Voting Machine, the fight against voting fraud and the extension of voting rights in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Students will learn how voting technology ...


To March or Not to March

Grade Range: 3-5
Resource Type(s): Worksheets, Lessons & Activities, Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Duration: 25 Minutes
Date Posted: 1/5/2010

In this activity, children pretend to be an American during 1963 and decide whether or not to join the March on Washington. Children base their choice on information gathered through guided observation of a handbill from the march. Included in an ...

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