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Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
50 minutes
Date Posted:
11/30/2010
Explore a local train-related site with safety and discussion tips for kids and families. Part of an OurStory module entitled All Aboard the Train!, this activity includes strategies for selecting a train-related field trip in your area (such as train stations, train tracks, or train mus
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:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
50 minutes
Date Posted:
7/7/2008
In this classroom activity, students will examine both the integrationist and segregationist arguments from Brown v. Board of Education through role play and begin to explore the impact of the Supreme Court's decision through a primary source photographic analysis activity.  This lesson acco
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
50 minutes
Date Posted:
7/7/2008
In this classroom activity, students will analyze political cartoons and letters to the editor in order to identify and analyze the range of reactions to the Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision, and the ways in which the Court's mandates were enacted or blocked. Students will also be able to co
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
50 minutes
Date Posted:
7/7/2008
In this classroom activity, students will create posters that will help them identify the role of Howard University as an African American cultural center, the emergence of black lawyers as civil rights leaders, the importance of the NAACP and the roles of Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Ma
Grade Range:
2-6
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
50 minutes
Date Posted:
6/10/2008
This lesson will help students become aware of, and sensitive to, the Japanese American internment camp experience. By creating a list of things that are important and familiar to them and then choosing what they will take and leave behind, students will develop a sense of empathy by simulating s
Grade Range:
7-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
50 minutes
Date Posted:
6/10/2008
This lesson will help students identify with the experiences of camp internees during World War II. Students will be divided into four-member "family" groups that are to be relocated to an internment camp. They will then read two sections of the online exhibition entitled A More Perfect Union
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
45 minutes
Date Posted:
3/15/2010
Plant a seed and track its growth in this activity related to First Lady Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson and her work to protect the environment and bring beauty to every community. This activity guide includes tips for investigating native species, instructions on how to start a container garden, an
Grade Range:
2-6
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
45 minutes
Date Posted:
4/30/2010
Use artifacts and a historical letter to discuss George Washington’s leadership during the War of Independence and the qualities of great leaders. This lesson plan, which includes background information, full color primary sources, and a transcript of a letter about George Washington, was produ
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
45 minutes
Date Posted:
5/6/2010
Use a video clip and primary sources to develop an understanding of the challenges facing the ground troops during World War II’s Battle of the Bulge, then take on the role of one of those soldiers and write a letter home. This lesson plan (which includes background information and full-color p
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