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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Preparing for the Oath: The 1900s

Grade Range: 4-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration: 9 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/1/2012

Use short videos, mini-activities, and practice questions to explore American history from the 1900s in this segment of Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship. The nine questions included in this segment cover topics such ...


Preparing for the Oath: Voting

Grade Range: 4-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration: 7 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/1/2012

Learn more about the American voting system using short videos, mini-activities, and practice questions in this segment of Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship. The seven questions included in this segment cover constitu...


Reading Lemonade in Winter

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted: 3/31/2014

This useful reading guide will help engage young readers as they read  Lemonade in Winter: a Book About Two Kids Counting Money , a children's book based that tells the story of two siblings who decide to spend an ot...


Reel History

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration: 15 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/22/2012

In this activity, children will watch a short silent film recorded in 1930 and get a sense of a Harlem club during the Jazz Age. Part of an OurStory module entitled Duke Ellington and Jazz, this activity includes a link to a newsreel vide...


Resonance 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 on instruments that showcase acoustics resonance, including tuning forks o...


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...

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Ella Fitzgerald Record

Over the course of her 60-year career, Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) became known to fans and colleagues as "The First Lady of Song." Her rise to international fame as a jazz...