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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3D Tour Abraham Lincoln's Life Mask

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 11/18/2013

In this tour, take a close look at a life mask made of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and gain insight into his life during the Civil War. Pair this tour with a 3D tour of a life mask made in 1860 to consid...


3D Tour: Gunboat Philadelphia

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 11/14/2013

Get Revolutionary access to Smithsonian objects with the 3D Charter Collection. In this tour, take a close look at the Gunboat Philadelphia, a warship sunk in Lake Champlain in 1776. Students can rotate, expand and control their own explorations o...


A Curator's Tour Through Inaugurations Past

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 1/7/2013

In this brief video, curators Harry Rubenstein and Larry Bird share key objects from the political history collection representing inaugurations and presidential campaigns dating back to the early 1800s.  See how objects are stored and contin...


All Aboard the Train

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Reference Materials
Duration: 175 Minutes
Date Posted: 11/30/2010

Railroads have moved people and cargo around America for more than 180 years. By using this OurStory module, children and adults can enjoy exploring the history of trains in America. Focused on actively reading Jingle the Brass , a histori...


All the President's Children

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

In this activity, students will match clues with images of children who lived in the White House in order to learn about their lives as they lived in the presidential mansion. As part of the online exhibition,  The American Presidency: A G...


Americans at War Learning Resources

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

This collection of learning resources was developed in conjunction with the exhibition  The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Teacher's Manual.  Included in this set of materials is "Who Am I? A History Mystery", an int...


Artificial Anatomy: Body Parts

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 7/7/2008

Students learn anatomy by matching images of body parts to their location on Jerome, a papier-mâché anatomical model. It is part of the online exhibition entitled Artificial Anatomy: Papier-Mâché Anatomical Models


Banished: Louisa Susannah Wells, Loyalist Woman

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Primary Source, Worksheets
Duration: 10 Minutes
Date Posted: 4/2/2012

Louisa Susannah Wells was a female colonist who was loyal to King George III, who was banished from America and returned to England after the War of Independence.  Listen to a dramatic reading of her narrative, and then study the supporting p...


Be a Movie Director

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Date Posted: 7/7/2008

In this interactive game, students develop research skills and explore the Museum's collections as they create a movie using images from an online image database. This interactive is included in the online exhibition entitled America on the Mo...


Biotechnology at the Cutting Edge

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 10/18/2010

Get an introduction to some of today’s top researchers and the basics of biotechnology, biofuel, genetics, health, and agriculture. This video features interviews with four leading scientists in biotechnology who tell us what drew them to th...

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Edison's "New Year's Eve" Lamp

Thomas Edison used this carbon-filament bulb in the first public demonstration of his most famous invention, the first practical electric incandescent lamp, which took place...