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Conduct a Genealogical Study

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

Genealogy is the study of family ancestries and histories, and a great way to learn women's history. In this activity, students will learn about the methods and tools needed to conduct a genealogical interview. It is included in an OurStory module...


Conflicting Voices of the Mexican War

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Duration: 120 Minutes
Date Posted: 4/30/2010

This lesson plan outlines topics for short research projects and classroom performances related to the Mexican War. Have students select individuals connected to the Mexican War, perform research, and then interview each other to showcase the disp...


Connecting Food and Stories

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Date Posted: 4/19/2012

Read or listen to a short news story about the food in a Japanese American internment camp, then create a meal using some of the same ingredients. Part of an OurStory module entitled Life in a WWII Japanese American Internment Camp, this ...


Constellation Maker

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Worksheets, Lessons & Activities
Duration: 40 Minutes
Date Posted: 11/4/2009

Make your own constellation commemorating an American woman, like Maria Mitchell. Many cultures have used constellations to remember the stories of heroes, like the Greeks and some American Indians. Included in an OurStory module from Smithsonian'...


Convince Me!

Grade Range: 4-6
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration: 20 Minutes
Date Posted: 9/24/2012

Examine examples of persuasive writing from Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring , then composepersuasive statements about an environmental cause. Part of an OurStory module entitled Discover and Protect Nature, this activity includes stude...


Create Your Own Bubbles

Grade Range: 1-6
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Duration: 10 Minutes
Date Posted: 8/30/2012

People have been turning kitchens into bubble labs for hundreds of years. Benjamin Franklin and his mentor James Logan studied the optical properties of bubbles. These experiments later contributed to Franklin’s invention of bifocal glasses ...


Create Your Own Indoor Kite

Grade Range: 1-6
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Duration: 10 Minutes
Date Posted: 8/29/2012

The kite has played a role in many famous inventions...build your own! This activity from Spark!Lab includes step-by-step directions, discussion questions, and ideas for extending your learning. Spark!Lab activities encourage young learners to exp...


Creating Stories Activity Kit

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted: 7/7/2008

In this activity kit, students will use primary and secondary sources, and conduct oral history interviews to construct a family immigration or migration story. The kit contains step-by-step instructions, sample interview questions, and research g...


Cuban Missile Crisis

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Duration: 90 Minutes
Date Posted: 9/21/2010

In this lesson plan students will examine primary sources to determine the level of threat caused by the buildup of Soviet nuclear missiles and weapons sites in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis and will analyze President Kennedy’s respon...


Darkroom Detectives

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

What can we learn about life in a sod house by looking at photographs? In this activity, students will analyze two photographs of families who lived in homes made of sod in order to answer questions about these families' lives. OurStory is a serie...

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