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Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
40 minutes
Date Posted:
8/20/2009
In this activity, students will examine an historical newspaper, a piece of historical fiction, and their social studies textbooks for accounts of the civil rights movement, and then define 'equality' and 'discrimination'. They will then use these definitions to look for instances of eq
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
11/20/2013
This game show template demonstrates the importance of examining multiple sources in historical interpretation and shows the type of information that can be gleaned from different types of sources. The game is based on the show "How Wants to be a Millionaire" and can be updated to reflect any tim
Grade Range:
3-5
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
50 minutes
Date Posted:
11/19/2008
In the classroom activity, students will be able to explain the difference between primary and secondary sources, and explain how the value of using primary sources is important to history. By using primary sources to answer a series of questions, they will see that, much like detectives, histori
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
11/11/2009
This activity challenges students to think about the 1898 Standard Voting Machine and the democratization of the voting process in the United States. It includes a preliminary activity intended to introduce students to doing history with objects and three lesson plans focused on th
Grade Range:
5-8
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
135 minutes
Date Posted:
2/9/2011
This lesson plan, developed in support of the exhibition Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop, and Turn, introduces students to the variety of mechanisms included in movable books and encourages them to build their own pop-up in support of a social studies lesson. Making pop-ups subtly rei
Grade Range:
3-5
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
150 minutes
Date Posted:
11/20/2008
This activity is a field trip that takes adults and children to historic places to learn through asking questions and seeking answers through observation and using experts. Children will be better able to observe details and ask questions. It will help children build an understanding of a specifi
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
6/30/2013
Take a trip out into your community, or into a town nearby. Look around you; what do you see? Using provided resources on different styles of architecture, identify and discuss the different architecture your see, how it is similar on some buildings, and different on others. Part of an OurStory m
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
35 minutes
Date Posted:
11/19/2008
This teacher tip-sheet includes information about how the Collect Stars activity can be used in a classroom.  It will help students cite the origins and outcome of the War of 1812 and be able to place the creation and preservation of the Star-Spangled Banner in a chronologi
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
40 minutes
Date Posted:
3/19/2010
Share your story about the American flag with the Smithsonian! Discover the many meanings of the American flag through a contributor-based Share Your Story photo collage. After exploring the online exhibition and the photos and captions submitted by others, students will create and submit their o
Grade Range:
3-5
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
15 minutes
Date Posted:
3/9/2012
Imagine what it felt like to be an immigrant arriving at Ellis Island or Angel Island during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Could you pass the interview to enter the country? Part of an OurStory module entitled Coming to America, this activity includes interview questions,
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