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A complete listing of all the standards-based educational resources designed to be facilitated by a teacher or parent.

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Whole Cloth

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Date Posted: 2/15/2005

Explore science, technology, and invention through American textile history in these interdisciplinary curriculum units from the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.  Learn about the development of the cotton gin, the gr...

Winning the Vote for Women

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Worksheets, Reference Materials
Duration: 175 Minutes
Date Posted: 8/11/2010

For more than a century, women in the United States struggled to obtain the right to vote. In 1920, the suffrage movement finally achieved victory with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. By using this OurStory

Winning the Vote: How Americans Elect Their President

Grade Range: 5-8
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Duration: 45 Minutes
Date Posted: 12/17/2012

Explore the American presidency and elections in these four activities from Smithsonian Education’s Art to Zoo . Each of the four activities focuses on a different skill in social studies: examining maps, using timelines, studying co...

Women’s Role in the Civil War

Grade Range: 3-6
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Primary Source
Duration: 45 Minutes
Date Posted: 5/3/2010

Women served in the Civil War as nurses, spies, and vivandieres. Explore these stories with students through a video clip and close examination of two dresses and a woman's uniform.This lesson plan (which includes background information, guided an...

Word Art with King's Words

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Reference Materials, Primary Source
Duration: 40 Minutes
Date Posted: 1/5/2010

Examine one or more of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s letters or speeches and turn powerful words and phrases into word art using the online Wordle tool. Included in an OurStory module entitled Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence, this ...

Working with the Short-Handled Hoe: Organizing Farmworkers after World War II

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 short-handled hoe and its connection to agriculture and the organizing of Latino farm workers after World War II. It includes a preliminary activity intende...

You Can, Too

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted: 8/20/2009

Community service is an important part of being a good citizen. In this activity, students will discuss an episode from Freedom on the Menu , a work of children's literature about an important event during the Civil Rights Movement; identi...

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Cuban Rumba Dress

This is a Bata Cubana, or Cuban Rumba dress, donated to the Smithsonian by Celia Cruz, the great Cuban salsa singer in 1997. An adaptation of the traditional Cuban rumba...