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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 history should remember him.  
Grade Range:
6-8
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Duration:
13 minutes
Date Posted:
7/25/2012
Learn about the history of predicting weather in the United States from actor Dwayne Starlin playing Joseph Henry, first secretary of the Smithsonian.  Henry played a crucial role in creating a weather prediction service in the United States that became the National Weather Service.  Th
Grade Range:
6-8
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration:
16 minutes
Date Posted:
9/23/2010
In this episode of the History Explorer podcast, curator Hal Wallace talks about the development of the laser, an invention that has as many practical uses as portrayals in science fiction and fantasy.  In addition to audio, this resource includes related images and a teachers guid
Grade Range:
6-8
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration:
12 minutes
Date Posted:
8/20/2012
The first Olympic Games began in 776 BC, but the Olympic Games as we know them today started much later—the 19th century.  Learn about the surprising beginnings of the modern Olympic Games and how much has changed since with curator Eric Jentsch. The resource set includes a teacher guide a
Grade Range:
6-8
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration:
12 minutes
Date Posted:
3/28/2012
In this episdoe of the History Explorer podcast series, curator Steven Turner discusses the work and shop of Henry Fitz, America's first commercially successful telescope manufacturer. The resource includes an image-enhanced podcast, teachers guide, student worksheet, and image pack. 
Grade Range:
6-8
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration:
11 minutes
Date Posted:
11/20/2012
In this episode of the History Explorer Podcast, curator Rayna Green discusses what we can learn from seemingly simple line drawings about the lives and memories of Plains Indians who lived over 130 years ago.  The resources include a teacher guide and related image. 
Grade Range:
6-8
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration:
19 minutes
Date Posted:
1/15/2012
In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, curator Paul Johnston discusses the field of underwater archaeology and how the study of shipwrecks can add to our understanding of many areas and eras in US history.  The resource includes a teachers guide and student worksheet.&n
Grade Range:
6-10
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
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 listen to them.
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Duration:
5 minutes
Date Posted:
6/30/2014
Although we might think of fax machines as a relatively recent (if somewhat dated) technology, this episode uncovers the surprising history of the wireless fax machine. Host Tory Altman speaks with Hal Wallace, associate curator of the museum's electricity collection, about this 1930s device that
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Duration:
5 minutes
Date Posted:
12/29/2020
This series introduces you to the lives of 10 Latinas, as told by curators, scientists, and educators across the Smithsonian. Join them as they explore stories of labor organizing, fashion, music, science exploration, performance, and art that have shaped the United States. The Latinas Talk Latinas
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