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Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
120 minutes
Date Posted:
9/24/2012
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
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
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):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
40 minutes
Date Posted:
11/4/2009
Make your own constellation commemorating an American woman, like Maria Mitchell. Many cultures have used constellations to remember the stories of heroes, like the Greeks and some American Indians. Included in an OurStory module from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
15 minutes
Date Posted:
3/8/2012
Get creative and make a dance that spells out a special word or message! Part of an OurStory module entitled An American Story in Dance and Music, this activity includes step-by-step directions, discussion prompts, and background information. OurStory is designed to help children and adu
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
30 minutes
Date Posted:
1/14/2009
This useful reading guide will help engage young readers as they read Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers, a children's book based on a true story about a girl who writes a letter to Abraham Lincoln. It includes 4 active reading helpers that will help children identify new vocabulary, make prediction
Grade Range:
K-5
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted:
9/4/2020
These activities help young learners build skills in literacy, creativity, and communication while using everyday materials and exploring interesting topics. A series of five, each activity uses objects from across the Smithsonian as a jumping-off point for learning through play as well as tips for
Grade Range:
K-5
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
60 minutes
Date Posted:
10/19/2016
This historical investigation is aligned with the C3 Framework and is from C3teachers.org. This inquiry is an exploration into the concept of responsibility, beginning within the home and then expandi
Grade Range:
K-5
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted:
1/5/2010
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of America's celebrated heroes for his use of nonviolent protest strategies during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. By using this OurStory module, children and adults can enjoy exploring history together through children's literature, everyday obje
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