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Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted:
8/7/2008
This activity guide accompanies the exhibition America on the Move. It delivers a variety of historical primary source materials from the exhibition directly to your classroom. Through these documents and activities, students can build a deeper understanding of how transportation shaped
Grade Range:
6-9
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Primary Sources
Duration:
45 minutes
Date Posted:
5/3/2010
Engage students in analyzing and appreciating historical perspectives on the Battle of Little Bighorn/Greasy Grass, also known as "Custer's Last Stand." Students will interpret primary sources, develop critical thinking questions about the perspectives represented in the sources, and finally synt
Grade Range:
6-8
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Primary Sources
Duration:
90 minutes
Date Posted:
11/19/2008
Learning to use primary and secondary sources correctly takes practice. In this classroom activity, students will understand the difference between primary and secondary sources. After class discussion and a written assignment based on primary sources, students will also be able to explain the im
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Reference Materials, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
8/5/2008
This resource will help students understand how to analyze historical photos to better understand the intentions of those who took them. Every photograph is both truthful and deceptive. These images were selected to illustrate some of the intricacies in reading historical photographs. This a
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Primary Sources, Worksheets
Duration:
16 minutes
Date Posted:
4/5/2012
Spud Campbell was a Merchant Mariner who served on a Liberty Ship carrying supplies to help the Soviet Union fight Germany on the Eastern Front.  Listen to his oral history, and then study the supporting primary sources to answer the discussion questions. This resource is part of a series ca
Grade Range:
6-8
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Reference Materials
Duration:
70 minutes
Date Posted:
6/3/2009
Students will analyze and interpret magazine covers from July 1942, when some five hundred publications featured the stars and stripes to promote national unity, rally support for the war, and celebrate Independence Day. Students will then create their own magazine covers for the July 1
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
6/10/2008
In this activity, students will analyze images of tools that were used on rice plantations to determine each tool's purpose. These objects can tell us a great deal about slavery and the lives of the slaves who worked on rice plantations. It is included in an OurStory module entitled Slave Lif
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Worksheets, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Primary Sources
Duration:
220 minutes
Date Posted:
4/27/2010
Investigate the authentic journal of Alex Van Valen, a man who set sail in 1849 to stake his claim in the California gold fields, to discover what life was like during the gold rush. This dynamic project from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History includes student questions to help
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Reference Materials
Duration:
35 minutes
Date Posted:
1/5/2010
Find out about your local government through planning a short field trip, and then think about how you could make a difference in your community.  The activity guide also includes tips for reviewing the experience once you're back at home or in the classroom. Included in an OurStory module f
Grade Range:
5-8
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted:
9/21/2010
This unit will introduce the first major clash in the Civil War--the Battle of Bull Run--and encourage students to consider the perspectives of ordinary citizens of the North and the South and the impact of this battle on their lives. The activities are based on the award-winning young adult nove
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