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 collections, and using primary sources. The activiti
Studying the presidency offers students a new way to explore American history. What does it mean to be the president of the United States of America? What is the relationship of the presidency to the American people? Using artifacts and documents, students can begin to uncover this uniquely Ameri
Use this teacher guide and student worksheet to analyze a small collection of naturalization interviews from the Museum’s YouTube channel. By analyzing the oral histories, students will improve their primary source investigation skills and gain deeper understanding of the motivations for an
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people become American citizens through naturalization. Use these guidelines to contribute a naturalization story to the Museum’s YouTube channel. This resource includes teacher suggestions for indentifying interviewees and uploading the video(s), as well as
The 101 Questions activity includes reading and responding to the current USCIS Naturalization test, determining a hypothetical 101st question on the exam, and displaying their final product in a classroom or online gallery walk. The activity includes teacher directions and a student worksheet.
Examine examples of persuasive writing from Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, then composepersuasive statements about an environmental cause. Part of an OurStory module entitled Discover and Protect Nature, this activity includes student handouts and background information. OurStory is de
In 1962, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring changed the way people thought about their relationship to nature. Warning readers of the impact of man-made pesticides on birds, insects, and other wildlife, Carson’s book caused a firestorm of public responses and is considered by some experts
Students can guide themselves to a deeper understanding of the Montgomery bus boycott with this 2-page activity sheet. The sheet includes description and analysis questions to use alongside the digitized version of a comic book about the nonviolent bus boycotts, suggestions for other related onli
Lookout for plants and animals, and the ways that people have changed the natural environment. Part of an OurStory module entitled Discover and Protect Nature, this activity includes step-by-step directions, a tally sheet, and background information. OurStory is designed to help children and adul
Explore the outdoors with a digital camera! Part of an OurStory module entitled Discover and Protect Nature, this activity includes step-by-step directions, suggestions for familiarizing your child with the camera, and tips for what to look for during your trip. OurStory is designed to help child
Japanese Americans reflect on their years spent in internment camps as children or young adults. They discuss the process of being forced from their homes, and their ability to make the prisons more livable despite oppressive conditions.
A picture book about the life of Florence Nightingale, a nurse who was dedicated to making hospitals clean and efficient. Through her life's work, she helped to make nursing an important and respected profession.