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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Tuning Forks Demonstration

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 4 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 the science behind and uses for tuning forks, including demonstrations of ...


Uneasy Partners: Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, LBJ and Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Video

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 96 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/31/2010

In this archived panel discussion, experts compare, contrast, and contextualize the relationships between President Lincoln and Frederick Douglass and President Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The content of the discussion includes comparis...


Unexpected Cargo: Spud Campbell, First Radio Officer

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Primary Source, Worksheets
Duration: 16 Minutes
Date Posted: 4/5/2012

Spud Campbell was a Merchant Mariner who served on a Liberty Ship carrying supplies to help the Soviet Union fight Germany on the Eastern Front.  Listen to his oral history, and then study the supporting primary sources to answer the discussi...


Van Valen’s Gold Rush Journey

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Worksheets, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Primary Source
Duration: 220 Minutes
Date Posted: 4/27/2010

Investigate the authentic journal of Alex Van Valen, a man who set sail in 1849 to stake his claim in the California gold fields, to discover what life was like during the gold rush. This dynamic project from the Smithsonian's National Museum of A...



Vietnam Documentary Footage of the Huey Helicopter

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 3 Minutes
Date Posted: 6/20/2010

Huey Helicopter: Air Armada - selections from documentary on the use of the Huey during the Vietnam War. This video is part of the Price of Freedom learning resources package for use with the The Soldiers Experience lesson pl...


Wave Model Demonstration

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 3 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 models used to represent the movement of sound waves, including demonstrat...


West Point Graduates Quiz

Grade Range: 4-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 7/10/2009

West Point graduates had diverse careers and interests. They were not only military officers, but also inventors, builders, managers, and businessmen. Students can use three interactive multiple choice quizzes to review information contained ...


What Can You Make From a Buffalo?

Grade Range: K-8
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 6/10/2008

The northern Plains Indians used every part of the buffalo. In this interactive matching game, students will match objects made by Native Americans from the body parts of buffalo to the appropriate part of the buffalo's anatomy. It is interactive ...


Where's Everyone Going?

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

In this interactive game, students explore the changes in America transportation over time as they match a variety of vehicles with their destinations and time periods. This interactive is included in the online exhibition entitled America on ...


Who Am I? A History Mystery

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 30 Minutes
Date Posted: 9/21/2010

In this interactive game, students select a mystery character from the Civil War and examine objects that hold the key to their identity, video footage, first person reenactments, oral history interviews, and lesson plans.  This resource...

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