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From Segregation to Sit-ins: The Greensboro Woolworth Lunch Counter

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Date Posted: 11/11/2009

This teacher's resource challenges students to think about the Greensboro Woolworth's lunch counter and it's importance to the Civil Rights movement. It includes a preliminary activity intended to introduce student...


From the Internet to Outer Space

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Worksheets, Lessons & Activities
Duration: 20 Minutes
Date Posted: 11/4/2009

Scientists have had to record their observations in different ways throughout time. Use Google Sky to explore the sky, then share your observations through sketches and figurative language.  Included in an OurStory module from Smithsonian's N...


Full Steam to Freedom

Grade Range: K-6
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Duration: 160 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/18/2011

Robert Smalls was born a slave in South Carolina, but made a daring escape to freedom on the ship CSS Planter and joined the Union in fighting to end slavery in America. By using this OurStory module, children and adults can enjoy exploring one as...


General George Washington, Military Leader

Grade Range: 2-6
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Primary Source
Duration: 45 Minutes
Date Posted: 4/30/2010

Use artifacts and a historical letter to discuss George Washington’s leadership during the War of Independence and the qualities of great leaders. This lesson plan, which includes background information, full color primary sources, and a tra...


Get a "Sense" of It

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

What would life have been like in a sod house? This group of activities will allow students to use their senses to see, smell, and feel what it would have been like to live on the prairie long ago. Included in an OurStory module, this activity is ...


Get Creative with Nanoscale Inventions

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

Make nano-art and think about its connection to modern technology. 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 explore...


Great Women of Our Pasts Homepage

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

This OurStory module, entitled Great Women of Our Pasts , includes links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings related to the topic of women's history. OurStory is a series of modules designed to help children and adult...


Greenhorn Sailor: John Jea, African American Preacher and Sailor

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Primary Source, Worksheets
Duration: 13 Minutes
Date Posted: 4/2/2012

When John Jea joined a ship’s crew in 1806, he was not prepared for the dangerous conditions, hard work, and preparation necessary for life at sea.  Listen to a dramatic reading of his narrative, and then study the supporting primary so...


Groovin' to Jazz 12-15

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

In this music activity, students will learn how to listen to and appreciate authentic jazz recordings by listening to fifteen recordings by jazz greats and reading brief introductions that discuss the relevance of the songs as well as how to liste...


Groovin' to Jazz 8-13

Grade Range: 3-8
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Date Posted: 6/10/2008

In this music activity, students will learn how to listen to and appreciate authentic jazz recordings by listening to sixteen recordings by jazz greats and reading brief introductions that discuss the relevance of the songs as well as how to liste...

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