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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Tracking the Buffalo: You Be The Historian

Grade Range: 4-8
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 6/10/2008

What can we learn by studying a buffalo hide painting? In this activity, students will learn about the culture of the Plains Indians by determining the meaning of stories told on a buffalo hide painting and compare their interpretations to that of...


Tracking the Buffalo: Stories From a Buffalo Hide Painting Homepage

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

In this interactive website, students explore the role buffaloes played in the lives of Native Americans of the northern Plains. The website includes: online interactives, printable activities and a map of the Plain Indians, information about the ...


Transportation History Videos

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 9 Minutes
Date Posted: 7/7/2008

Three short videos provide an overview of American transportation history in three different eras: 1800-1900, 1900-1950, and 1950-2000.  These videos are included in the online exhibition entitled America on the Move , which focuses o...


Transportation Infrastructure Videos

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 10 Minutes
Date Posted: 7/7/2008

Three short videos provide an overview of the history of America's transportation infrastructure in three eras: 1800-1900, 1900-1950, and 1950-2000.  These videos are included in the online exhibition entitled America on the Move , wh...


Transportation Technology Videos

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 9 Minutes
Date Posted: 7/7/2008

Three short videos provide an overview of transportation technology in three eras: 1800-1900, 1900-1950, and 1950-2000.  These videos are included in the online exhibition entitled America on the Move , which focuses on transportation...


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...

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