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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Founding Fragments: World War I Women's Uniform

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Reference Materials
Date Posted: 5/23/2014

How did women serve in uniform during World War I? In this episode, host Tory Altman joins Curator Margaret Vining of the Museum's Division of Armed Forces History to talk about women's service in the conflict, and how their contributions he...


From Many, One: Maria Isabel Solis Thomas, Shipyard Worker

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

Maria Isabel Solis Thomas moved across the country to work in a shipyard on the World War II home front.  Listen to her story, and then study the supporting primary sources to answer the discussion questions. This resource is part of a series...


From Segregation to Sit-ins: The Greensboro Woolworth Lunch Counter

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

This teacher's resource challenges students to think about the Greensboro Woolworth's lunch counter and it's importance to the Civil Rights movement. It includes a preliminary activity intended to introduce student...


Full Steam to Freedom

Grade Range: K-6
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Duration: 160 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/18/2011

Robert Smalls was born a slave in South Carolina, but made a daring escape to freedom on the ship CSS Planter and joined the Union in fighting to end slavery in America. By using this OurStory module, children and adults can enjoy exploring one as...


Go Back in Time

Grade Range: 4-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 8/28/2008

In this interactive game, students will match primary source materials and museum artifacts to the appropriate time period in order to learn about the everyday lives of Americans from different eras of our nation's history.  This activity is ...


Got Ramps? Architectural Barriers Game

Grade Range: 3-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 6/10/2008

This activity will help students understand how polio affected the lives of Americans throughout the 20th century. Got Ramps? illustrates the changes in architectural barriers between 1955 and 2005, before and after the Architectural Barriers Act ...


Gouverneur Warren's Expedition

Grade Range: 4-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Date Posted: 9/9/2008

Join Gouverneur Warren on his 1856 expedition into the American frontier and identify the specimens he sent back to the Smithsonian for study and classification in this interactive activity. Students will begin by reading a letter that Warren sent...


Greenhorn Sailor: John Jea, African American Preacher and Sailor

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Primary Source, Worksheets
Duration: 13 Minutes
Date Posted: 4/2/2012

When John Jea joined a ship’s crew in 1806, he was not prepared for the dangerous conditions, hard work, and preparation necessary for life at sea.  Listen to a dramatic reading of his narrative, and then study the supporting primary so...


History Explorer Podcast: 30th Anniversary of HIV and AIDS

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 22 Minutes
Date Posted: 6/15/2011

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, Curator Katherine Ott discusses the anniversary of the defining of HIV and how it fits into the history of both science and our society.


History Explorer Podcast: Backstage at the Museum

Grade Range: 5-8
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration: 15 Minutes
Date Posted: 11/16/2010

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, students will hear from Xavier Carnegie, the Museum’s Creative Director and one of the lead actors for the “Join the Student Sit-Ins” theater program about th...

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Teatro Campesino Poster

The Teatro Campesino was founded by Luis Valdez in 1965 to energize the political message of the United Farmer Workers of America using song, music, and drama. Modern...