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Snapshots in Time

Grade Range: 3-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted: 5/21/2009

How does maritime activity impact your community and daily life? In this photo sharing activity, students investigate this central question by locating, exploring, and photographing evidence of maritime activities affecting them and/or their commu...


Spark!Lab Homepage

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted: 1/25/2010

This webiste, from the Lemelson Center’s Spark!Lab, uses fun activities to help kids and families learn about the history and process of invention. Students can play games, conduct science experiments, explore inventors&rs...


Spark!Lab Podcast Listening Guide

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Date Posted: 2/22/2010

Prototype Online: Inventive Voices is a podcast series from the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center that reveals the stories behind the invention—motivations, successes, and disappointments—and highlights the persevering spirit shared ...


Spreading the News

Grade Range: 3-5
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration: 90 Minutes
Date Posted: 11/20/2008

This activity is a guided Internet hunt, or "Web quest," in which children play the role of newspaper reporters in order to research, write, and publish an article about the history of the Star-Spangled Banner. Children will be better able to synt...


Statue of Liberty Print Artifact Exploration

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Duration: 15 Minutes
Date Posted: 9/24/2012

Students can guide themselves to a deeper understanding of the Statue of Liberty with this 2-page activity sheet. The sheet includes description and analysis questions to use alongside the digitized version of a piece of art featuring the Statue o...


Stories of Freedom & Justice: Learning Resources

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Reference Materials
Date Posted: 2/3/2010

With the right resources, learners of any age can engage with the topics of nonviolence and civil rights. This webpage is a gateway to lesson plans, videos, family activities, and instructional media related to the nonviolent civil rights movement...


Students Sit for Civil Rights Homepage

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Reference Materials
Date Posted: 4/2/2009

Students Sit for Civil Rights is an OurStory module that includes activities based on reading Freedom on the Menu , a work of children's literature about the Greensboro sit-i...


Students’ Response to 9/11: A Documentary Report

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Primary Source
Duration: 90 Minutes
Date Posted: 5/6/2010

Have students document the national response to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001 using polls, comment cards from teenagers, and their own recollections. This lesson plan (which includes background information and fu...


Survival, Bravery, & Brutality: William Flury, Steward Department

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Primary Source, Worksheets
Duration: 17 Minutes
Date Posted: 4/5/2012

William Flury was a Merchant Mariner who served on a Liberty Ship carrying supplies for “the Burma Road.”  Listen to his oral history, and then study the supporting primary sources to answer the discussion questions. This resource...


Teaching 9/11

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Date Posted: 8/31/2010

This site from the National September 11 Memorial and Museum provides links to all of the educational materials from the museum, including commemorative materials for students in upper elementary grades through high school, which focus on ways peo...

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