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A Puerto Rican Carnival Homepage

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted: 6/10/2008

Students will learn more about the carnival traditions of Puerto Rico in this OurStory module. The module includes links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings. OurStory is a series of modules designed to help children and adult...

Freedom Summer lesson using art

Activism through Art

Grade Range: 8-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Date Posted: 10/25/2013

These three activities are designed as follow up materials for the National Youth Summit on Freedom Summer , but can be modified for any content.

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...


America on the Move Homepage

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Primary Source
Date Posted: 9/10/2008

This online exhibition explores the role of transportation in American history. Students will learn about communities wrestling with the changes that new transportation networks brought; how cities change, suburbs expand, and farms and factories b...


American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Date Posted: 9/21/2010

The resources  American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving ,  Harvest Ceremony: Beyond the Thanksgiving Myth  from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian examine the deeper meaning of the Thanksgivin...


American Presidency Lesson Plans (Grades 10-12)

Grade Range: 10-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Duration: 380 Minutes
Date Posted: 12/17/2012

Studying the presidency offers students a new way to explore the democratic political process and to expand their understanding of how this process has shaped the nation's history and continues to influence their own lives. What does it mean to be...


American Presidency Lesson Plans (Grades 4-6)

Grade Range: 4-6
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Reference Materials
Duration: 380 Minutes
Date Posted: 11/26/2012

Studying the presidency offers students a new way to explore American history. What does it mean to be the president of the United States of America? What is the relationship of the presidency to the American people? Using artifacts and documents,...


American Presidency Lesson Plans (Grades 7-9)

Grade Range: 7-9
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Duration: 380 Minutes
Date Posted: 12/17/2012

Studying the American presidency offers students an unparalleled opportunity to explore the democratic political process and to deepen their understanding of how this process fits into the whole of American history. While learning about subjects a...


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...


America's Voting Patchwork

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Primary Source
Date Posted: 8/18/2008

Because the Constitution gives the states the job of running elections, voting in the United States has developed into a patchwork of manual, mechanical, and electronic balloting. A variety of voting methods over the course of American history are...

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