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The Jefferson Desk and the Declaration of Independence

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

This object-based learning activity revolves around the desk on which Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence. Students will learn how the Jefferson desk can help them understand the meaning of the Declarati...


The Lincoln-Keckley Dress: Slavery, Women's History, and Race

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Date Posted: 11/8/2009

This object-based learning activity revolves around a dress that connects the lives of Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley, a popular African-American dressmaker who lived in Washington, D.C at the time of the Civil War. Students will lea...


The Museum Environment and Preservation

Grade Range: 6-8
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Date Posted: 11/19/2008

Through discussion and brainstorming, students will learn about the destructive impact of environmental factors on man-made artifacts and structures in this classroom activity. Upon completion of one or more activities, students will gain a concre...


The Object of History

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Primary Source, Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 11/2/2009

This resource includes an introductory essay entitled Looking at Artifacts, Thinking about History , 6 sections that each focus on an object from the collections of the Museum, an archive of curator commentary, and an onlin...


The PQ.17 Tragedy: Alan Harvie, Engineer, and John “Sarge” Ransome, Deck Department

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Primary Source, Worksheets
Duration: 20 Minutes
Date Posted: 4/6/2012

Alan Harvie and John “Sarge” Ransome served about the SS Honomu sailing the Murmansk Run to the Soviet Union.  Listen to their story, and then study the supporting primary sources to answer the discussion questions. This resource ...


The President's Seal

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

Why does the Presidential seal look the way that it does? In this activity, students will be able to explore the symbolism on the Presidential seal, color the seal how they would like and then create a new seal! As part of the Smithsonian's Nation...


The Price of Doing Business: Joseph Hawkins, American Officer on a Slave Ship

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Primary Source, Worksheets
Duration: 9 Minutes
Date Posted: 4/2/2012

Joseph Hawkins was one of many workers aboard a slave ship in the 1700’s. Listen to a dramatic reading of his narrative, and then study the supporting primary sources to answer the discussion questions. This resource is part of a series call...


The Short-Handled Hoe and Bracero History

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Date Posted: 11/8/2009

This object-based learning activity revolves around the short-handled hoe, the bracero program, Cesar Chavez and the organizing of Latino farm workers in the American southwest after World War II. Students will learn about t...


The Soldier’s Experience: Vietnam versus World War I

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

Analyze museum artifacts and first-person accounts of World War I and the Vietnam War, then take on the role of soldiers and a news team to present a newscast about the experience of fighting in these two wars. This lesson plan (which includes bac...


The Time Trial of Benedict Arnold

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration: 135 Minutes
Date Posted: 8/3/2012

In this lesson, students will examine the difference between history and memory by debating the legacy of Benedict Arnold.  Using video clips of an actor playing Arnold, students are invited to debate his actions and determine how histo...

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