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Exploring the Gettysburg Address

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted: 3/16/2009

This resource for teachers includes tips for how to use the interactive document tool in the online exhibition The Gettysburg Address , suggested discussion questions based on the speech, and other recommended resources related to the...


Exploring the Sky Homepage

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Reference Materials
Date Posted: 11/4/2009

People around the world have studied the stars and shared stories through constellations and astrology. By using this OurStory module, children and adults can enjoy exploring history together through children's literature, everyday objects, and ha...


Extract DNA

Grade Range: 1-6
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Duration: 15 Minutes
Date Posted: 9/4/2012

DNA is inside the cells of every living thing, including you. This experiment lets you see the long, twisting molecules of DNA inside cells. This activity from Spark!Lab includes step-by-step directions, a worksheet for documenting the experiment,...


Extraordinary Evidence

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Primary Source, Worksheets
Date Posted: 8/23/2009

In this lesson plan, students will review an online exhibition, conduct historical research using artifacts and primary source documents, and develop group presentations that discuss ways that Abraham Lincoln's life was extraordinary. This lesson ...


Final Farewells: Signing a Yearbook on the Eve of the Civil War

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted: 2/3/2011

In lesson from the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies, students examine a primary source that might seem both familiar and strange: a yearbook from Rutgers in 1860, complete with farewell messages from classmates. On clo...


Find Grace's Family

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration: 25 Minutes
Date Posted: 1/14/2009

In this activity, children will analyze a primary source document – Grace Bedell's letter to Abraham Lincoln – and look for hints about Grace and her family. They will then draw a picture to represent the ...


First Lady for the Environment Homepage

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Worksheets, Interactives & Media, Reference Materials
Date Posted: 3/12/2010

Learn more about First Lady Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson, wife of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and her work to protect the environment and bring beauty to every community. This module from the OurStory program includes active reading suggestions...


Foods from Far Away

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration: 15 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/9/2012

A field trip to the grocery store can give you a look at how traditional foods from around the world are now part of American culture.  In this activity, students will use discussion prompts and a worksheet to make the most of their visit. Th...


Freedom Songs

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Worksheets, Primary Source
Duration: 40 Minutes
Date Posted: 4/2/2009

Songs played an important role during the civil rights movement. In this activity, students will listen to freedom songs and then make their own version of one of the songs. It is included in an OurStory module entitled Students Sit f...


From Many, One: Maria Isabel Solis Thomas, Shipyard Worker

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

Maria Isabel Solis Thomas moved across the country to work in a shipyard on the World War II home front.  Listen to her story, and then study the supporting primary sources to answer the discussion questions. This resource is part of a series...

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