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Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
6/10/2008
In this interactive activity, students will attempt to build a sod house by making choices regarding the construction of their house. Too many wrong answers and the house will collapse! This engaging and lighthearted activity will help students understand the challenges settlers faced while tryin
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
8/2/2016
Grab Bag Inventing is an activity that allows participants to try playful inventing and helps them recognize their own creative abilities. Participants work together in small groups to design inventions using common materials. 
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
9/4/2012
This “getting to know you” activity asks kids to show who they are by composing a portrait made of their objects. It also introduces or reinforces an idea central to historical research—objects hold stories about the people who own them and when they lived. This activity suite is desig
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
5/31/2012
Explore jazz through listening activities, interviews with musicians, and background information on SmithsonianJazz.org. Prominently featured on this site are two suites of learning activities: one focusing on Duke Ellington for elementary students and one focusing on Louis Armstrong for middle a
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
1/25/2010
This webiste, from the Lemelson Center’s Spark!Lab, uses fun activities to help kids and families learn about the history and process of invention. Students can play games, conduct science experiments, explore inventors’ notebooks, and even invent! Spark!Lab, the newest hands on space fo
Grade Range:
1-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
20 minutes
Date Posted:
9/24/2012
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
Grade Range:
1-4
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
25 minutes
Date Posted:
8/6/2010
Use three Web sites to gather data about the people that live in your home state and those who represent you in Congress. Then use an online tool to make comparing this information easy! Included in an OurStory module entitled Winning the Vote for Women, this activity is designed to help children
Grade Range:
1-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
45 minutes
Date Posted:
8/11/2010
Encourage children to recognize a woman role model in their lives by creating a special symbolic pin. Part of an OurStory module entitled Winning the Vote for Women, this activity includes a hand out that encourages discussion of the women's suffrage movement and instructions for choosing effecti
Grade Range:
1-5
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
40 minutes
Date Posted:
3/18/2011
Use or create maps to explore your local area, along with discussion tips for kids and families. Part of an OurStory module entitled Full Steam to Freedom, this activity includes strategies for using online maps or making your own map of a trip and tips for making the most of those exper
Grade Range:
1-6
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
15 minutes
Date Posted:
9/4/2012
A polymer is made up of tiny molecules in long, repeating chains, like paper clips hooked together. Polymers are all around us—even in our own bodies! Here's how you can make your own. This activity from Spark!Lab includes step-by-step directions, discussion questions, and ideas for extending y
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