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K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
120 minutes
Date Posted:
6/30/2013
Architects design the buildings we use every day. Their designs solve problems, like how to make a sturdy building, and reflect their ideas about beauty and history. By using this OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, children and adults can learn about archi
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:
3/9/2012
Use this guide to actively read Feivel’s Flying Horses a picture book about an immigrant who comes to America in the late 1800’s. Part of an OurStory module entitled Coming to America, this activity includes discussion prompts, a glossary, and background information.
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
6/10/2008
In this resource, students will investigate the roles that pottery and water played in the lives of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico. Students will learn about Native American culture by reading the book entitled When Clay Sings and discover the symbolism of two modern pots in a hands-on
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
Duration:
30 minutes
Date Posted:
9/24/2012
Actively read Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World using the suggested reading strategies. Part of an OurStory module entitled Discover and Protect Nature, this activity includes a list of challenge words, active reading suggestions, and background information. OurStory is d
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
5 minutes minutes
Date Posted:
6/10/2008
What would life have been like in a sod house? This group of activities will allow students to use their senses to see, smell, and feel what it would have been like to live on the prairie long ago. Included in an OurStory module, this activity is designed to help children and adults enjoy explori
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
30 minutes
Date Posted:
3/15/2010
Discover the beauty in nature in your neighborhood or a local botanical garden 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 finding local botanical gardens, sug
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):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted:
1/7/2013
OurStory is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through children’s literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.  Each OurStory module examines a moment in American history through a work of historical fiction and related activities and includes a
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