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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Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted: 5/8/2015

With the sudden and curious departure of her last intern, Museum Curator Isabella Wagner needs your help solving a mystery dating back to the Civil War. Could there be ghosts trapped in the basement of the National Museum of American History? ...


Setting the Precedent: Four Women Who Excelled in Business

Grade Range: 4-12
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 3/11/2009

This website will introduce students to four American women who succeeded in business during the twentieth century. Students can read about their lives and accomplishments, and learn about their careers through short biographies, timelines and int...


SmithsonianJazz.org

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted: 5/31/2012

Explore jazz through listening activities, interviews with musicians, and background information on SmithsonianJazz.org. Prominently featured on this site are two suites of learning activities: one focusing on Duke Ellington for elementary student...


Survival, Bravery, & Brutality: William Flury, Steward Department

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Primary Source, Worksheets
Duration: 17 Minutes
Date Posted: 4/5/2012

William Flury was a Merchant Mariner who served on a Liberty Ship carrying supplies for “the Burma Road.”  Listen to his oral history, and then study the supporting primary sources to answer the discussion questions. This resource...


Telescopes and Observatories

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration: 4 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/31/2010

Watch a video to take a trip to a special place: The United States Naval Observatory. Find out about one of its telescopes and the work that is done in the observatory. In this activity guide and video, children will look at pictures and watch a s...


The 39 Clues Decoding History Virtual Field Trip

Grade Range: 3-5
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 23 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/5/2013

Bestselling  39 Clues  author David Baldacci takes students on a webcast field trip to meet renowned museum curators, go behind the scenes, and investigate some of the most fascinating mysteries of American history. Baldacci is th...


The Banner Yet Waves: 200 Years of Star-Spangled History

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Reference Materials, Web Link
Date Posted: 6/9/2014

More than just the tale of one flag and the song it inspired, the history of the “Star-Spangled Banner” is also the story of how Americans, often in 

The Brass Letters of Citizenship: Lincoln, African Americans and Military Service

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 90 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/31/2010

Delve into the issue of military segregation with this archived panel discussion. In this video recording, experts discuss the African American military experience in the Civil War and the mid-19 th century. Then, take the issue into the...


The Diary of a Civil War Nurse Homepage

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Reference Materials, Primary Source
Date Posted: 5/11/2012

This website features the diary of Civil War nurse, Amanda Akin. In April 1863, Akin left her home in Quaker Hill, NY, to serve as a nurse at Armory Square Hospital in Washington, D.C. During her 15 months at Armory Square, Akin wrote long letters...


The Gold Nugget and the California Gold Rush

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Date Posted: 11/7/2009

This object-based learning activity revolves around the gold nugget that began the California gold rush. In this resource, students will learn how examining the gold nugget can help them understand the story of the gold rush and its importanc...

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Cher Ami

Cher Ami was a registered Black Check cock carrier pigeon, one of 600 birds owned and flown by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in France during World War I. He delivered twelve...