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An American Story in Dance and Music Homepage

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Reference Materials
Duration: 110 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/8/2012

In 1943, Martha Graham, Aaron Copland, and Isamu Noguchi created Appalachian Spring , a ballet that told the story of an American pioneer community. By using this OurStory module, children and adults can enjoy exploring this history throug...


Analyze a Naturalization Oral History

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Duration: 15 Minutes
Date Posted: 9/25/2012

Use this teacher guide and student worksheet to analyze a small collection of naturalization interviews from the Museum’s YouTube channel. By analyzing the oral histories, students will improve their primary source investigation skills and g...


Autobiography Through Objects

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Duration: 90 Minutes
Date Posted: 7/7/2008

Students will analyze images and objects relating to Celia Cruz then create an autobiographical exhibition using personal objects. This lesson is a resource included in the online exhibition entitled ¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of...


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...


Battle of the Bulge: Americans Respond to a German Surprise

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Primary Source
Duration: 45 Minutes
Date Posted: 5/6/2010

Use a video clip and primary sources to develop an understanding of the challenges facing the ground troops during World War II’s Battle of the Bulge, then take on the role of one of those soldiers and write a letter home. This lesson plan (...


Be a Hydroponic Gardener

Grade Range: 1-6
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Duration: 20 Minutes
Date Posted: 9/4/2012

Believe it or not, some plants can grow without soil.  This type of gardening is called hydroponics. Here's how you can get started growing green. This activity from Spark!Lab includes step-by-step directions, discussion questions, and ideas ...


Beauty All Around You

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Reference Materials
Duration: 30 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/15/2010

Discover the beauty in nature in your neighborhood or a local botanical garden in this activity related to First Lady Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson and her work to protect the environment and bring beauty to every community. This activity guide incl...


Become a Collector

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

Students will learn how to start their own collection after reading about Teodoro Vidal, a man who collected objects from Puerto Rico in this OurStory activity. OurStory is a series of modules designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring h...


Becoming Aware of the Japanese American Internment Camp Experience

Grade Range: 2-6
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Duration: 50 Minutes
Date Posted: 6/10/2008

This lesson will help students become aware of, and sensitive to, the Japanese American internment camp experience. By creating a list of things that are important and familiar to them and then choosing what they will take and leave behind, studen...


Behind the Designs

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Primary Source
Date Posted: 6/10/2008

In this lesson, students will answer the question, "What makes a good magazine cover design?" Students will examine cover designs used by House and Garden, Children's Playmate, Life, Steel Horizons, and Ladies' Home Journal and compare the artisti...

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