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Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
15 minutes
Date Posted:
3/22/2012
In this activity, children will watch a short silent film recorded in 1930 and get a sense of a Harlem club during the Jazz Age. Part of an OurStory module entitled Duke Ellington and Jazz, this activity includes a link to a newsreel video from the Smithsonian Archives Center, discussion
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted:
6/10/2008
In this activity, students will learn how to make their own fish kites, called koinobori. Koinobori are an important expression of Japanese culture that became an important part of life for children in Japanese American internment camps during World War II. This resource is included in an OurStor
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
1/14/2009
In this OurStory module, children will read Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers, a children's book that tells the story of Grace Bedell and the famous letter that she sent to Abraham Lincoln in 1860. The module includes links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings for
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. This activity is part of an OurStory module entitled
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
30 minutes
Date Posted:
4/19/2012
Use this guide to actively read Baseball Saved Us, a picture book about the lives of children in Japanese American internment camps during World War II. Part of an OurStory module entitled Life in a WWII Japanese American Internment Camp, this activity includes discussion prompt
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted:
6/10/2008
Historians gather information about the past by looking at primary sources. In this activity, students will practice using primary sources by to learn about slavery and the Underground Railroad by analyzing newspaper advertisements regarding runaway slaves from the Charleston Mercury. It is inclu
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
40 minutes
Date Posted:
11/20/2008
In this activity, children will create their own family flag using colors and pictures that have personal meanings. They will then explain why they chose those colors and pictures and their meanings. This resource is included in an OurStory module entitled Making the Star-Spangled Banner
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
30 minutes
Date Posted:
3/15/2010
Explore environmentalism, the role of the first lady, and biography by reading Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers together! Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers is a work of children's literature that tells the story of First Lady Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson, wife of President Lyndon Baines J
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
4/2/2009
Students Sit for Civil Rights is an OurStory module that includes activities based on reading Freedom on the Menu, a work of children's literature about the Greensboro sit-ins that played an important role during the civil rights movement. OurStory is a series
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
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
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