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Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
5/17/2016
Students will gain historical reasoning skills by studying primary sources and comparing them to secondary sources. They will become more familiar with the conditions in Japanese American concentration camps through the personal writings of Stanley Hayami, a high school student who was incarcer
Grade Range:
K-1
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
10 minutes
Date Posted:
3/5/2012
Use this guide to actively read September 12: We Knew Everything Would Be Alright, a very basic picture book about children’s reactions to September 11, 2001. Part of an OurStory module from entitled September 11, 2001, this activity includes discussion prompts and background
Grade Range:
K-2
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
15 minutes
Date Posted:
6/30/2013
Take a close look at two architectural drawings to learn about symmetry and scale. Part of an OurStory module entitled Building Beautiful Buildings, this activity includes step-by-step instructions, images of museum objects, and background information on architecture. OurStory is designe
Grade Range:
K-2
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
60 minutes
Date Posted:
11/19/2008
What do museums do? In this classroom activity, students will recognize the Smithsonian Institution and be able to explain what a museum does. This is accomplished through the use of discussion questions and activities in which they relate stories from prior museum visits or share ideas for a mus
Grade Range:
K-2
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
20 minutes
Date Posted:
7/11/2013
Think about your favorite building in the world.If it's nearby, go out and take a picture of it, if not, pull a photo out of a book or off of the internet. Then use this picture to identify all of the geometric shapes you can see that make up the building, shapes the building's architect used to
Grade Range:
K-2
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
20 minutes
Date Posted:
11/19/2008
Just how big is the Star-Spangled Banner? In this classroom activity, students will visualize the area of the famous flag by measuring pieces of string and attaching them to create an outline of the Star-Spangled Banner. This activity is included in the online exhibition entitled The
Grade Range:
K-3
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
30 minutes
Date Posted:
7/11/2013
Learn how architects use paper to represent plans for buildings. Make two- and three-dimensional representations of your home using close observation and measurements.  Part of an OurStory module entitled Building Beautiful Buildings, this activity includes step-by-step instructions
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
30 minutes
Date Posted:
3/22/2012
Use this guide to actively read Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra, a picture book biography of the Washington, DC native and jazz pioneer. Part of an OurStory module entitled Duke Ellington and Jazz, this activity includes discussion prompts, a glossary, and bac
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
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
10 minutes
Date Posted:
11/30/2010
See one of America's earliest steam locomotives, the John Bull, come to life while riding the rails. Part of an OurStory module entitled All Aboard the Train!, this activity includes strategies that will help adults and children actively view a 4-minute video of the John Bull in
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