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Grade Range:
1-6
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
10 minutes
Date Posted:
8/29/2012
Create a cardboard gramophone and think about its connection to recorded sounds. This activity from Spark!Lab includes step-by-step directions, discussion questions, and ideas for extending your learning. Spark!Lab activities encourage young learners to explore the invention process, from creativ
Grade Range:
1-6
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
10 minutes
Date Posted:
8/29/2012
Make nano-art and think about its connection to modern technology. This activity from Spark!Lab includes step-by-step directions, discussion questions, and ideas for extending your learning. Spark!Lab activities encourage young learners to explore the invention process, from creative ideas all th
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
135 minutes
Date Posted:
8/3/2012
In this lesson, students will examine the difference between history and memory by debating the legacy of Benedict Arnold.  Using video clips of an actor playing Arnold, students are invited to debate his actions and determine how history should remember him.  
Grade Range:
8-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
135 minutes
Date Posted:
8/3/2012
In this lesson, students will examine the difference between history and memory by debating the legacy of John Brown.  Using video clips of an actor playing Brown, students are invited to debate his actions and determine how history should remember him.  The video segments are also avai
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
100 minutes
Date Posted:
6/11/2012
This kit of guided listening activities and streaming music offers an engaging way of introducing students to jazz. It traces Louis Armstrong's career as a musician, from influences in African rhythms and New Orleans marches through performances in the 1960's and 70's. It could also be used as an
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:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
20 minutes
Date Posted:
4/6/2012
Alan Harvie and John “Sarge” Ransome served about the SS Honomu sailing the Murmansk Run to the Soviet Union.  Listen to their story, and then study the supporting primary sources to answer the discussion questions. This resource is part of a series called “Maritime Voices: Merchant Ma
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
12 minutes
Date Posted:
4/6/2012
Maria Isabel Solis Thomas moved across the country to work in a shipyard on the World War II home front.  Listen to her story, and then study the supporting primary sources to answer the discussion questions. This resource is part of a series called “Maritime Voices: Merchant Mariners and
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
17 minutes
Date Posted:
4/5/2012
William Flury was a Merchant Mariner who served on a Liberty Ship carrying supplies for “the Burma Road.”  Listen to his oral history, and then study the supporting primary sources to answer the discussion questions. This resource is part of a series called “Maritime Voices: Merchant M
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
16 minutes
Date Posted:
4/5/2012
Spud Campbell was a Merchant Mariner who served on a Liberty Ship carrying supplies to help the Soviet Union fight Germany on the Eastern Front.  Listen to his oral history, and then study the supporting primary sources to answer the discussion questions. This resource is part of a series ca
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