Themes

Find collections of the Museum's top resources on major themes in American history here. Additional resources on these topics may be found by using the search functions of the website.
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Black History Month

Resource Types: Reviewed Websites, Primary Sources, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted:  10/13/2016

Explore Black History Month with your students using lessons, podcasts, activities, and primary sources.

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Civil Rights Movement

Resource Types: Primary Sources, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:  3/12/2014

Explore the Woolworth's lunch counter sit-ins in Greensboro, the Freedom Rides, and other events of the civil rights movement through lessons, videos, and activities.

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Back to School

Resource Types: Artifacts, Primary Sources, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:  7/25/2016

Start the school year with the Smithsonian! Find activities & lesson plans to welcome students back to the classroom using objects.

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Teaching with Drama

Date Posted:  6/7/2016

Meet historical characters in these videos of museum theater performances.

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Agriculture History

Resource Types: Artifacts, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:  5/27/2016

Find resources on farming and agriculture history here.

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Politics and Voting

Date Posted:  2/23/2016

Explore politics and voting with your students this election year.

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American Indian Heritage

Date Posted:  7/6/2015

Explore American Indian Heritage Month with your students using lessons, podcasts, activities, and primary sources. This image is of an Ambrotype of Mea-to-sa-bi-tchi-a, or Smutty Bear from the collections.

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Jazz

Resource Types: Artifacts, Primary Sources, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:  3/31/2015

Celebrate America's music and the births of jazz greats Duke Ellington (April 29) and Ella Fitzgerald (April 25) with these resources.

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Abraham Lincoln

Resource Types: Artifacts, Reference Materials, Primary Sources, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:  3/31/2015

Explore the Museum’s extensive collection of resources on Abraham Lincoln’s extraordinary life through this theme page.

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American Revolution

Resource Types: Reference Materials, Primary Sources, Interactives & Media
Date Posted:  10/20/2014

Explore family life in the American Revolution, debate the legacy of Benedict Arnold and more with these activities on the War of Independence.

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Mobile-Friendly Resources

Resource Types: Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:  4/30/2014

Working in a 1:1 or BYOD school? Interested in exploring the possibilities for mobile in your classroom? Get started with these resources, and stay posted for more! For podcasts, note that you will need to download a podcast app.

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War of 1812

Resource Types: Reviewed Websites, Reference Materials, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:  3/3/2014

September 2014 marks the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore, which inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." Find highlights of the Museum's materials related to the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner below.

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National History Day

Resource Types: Reference Materials, Primary Sources, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:  10/4/2013

These resources are designed to help you with National History Day. Be sure to check out these websites, too, for great primary sources: Galaxy of Images from Smithsonian Libraries; Learning Lab from the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access; Smithsonian Collections Search Center (select "search" then "only return results only with online media")

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STEM Resources

Resource Types: Reference Materials, Primary Sources, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:  8/7/2013

Explore the science in history and find science, technology, and math-integrated resources with this STEM-theme.

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Immigration

Resource Types: Primary Sources, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:  8/3/2012

Examine immigration history from the 19th through the mid-20th century with an emphasis on the journeys of immigrants from Asia and Latin America to the American west and southwest.

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Westward Expansion

Resource Types: Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted:  8/3/2012

Create a virtual exhibit around the nugget that started the gold rush, follow one man's journey to California in 1849, build a sodhouse and more with these lessons and interactives on westward expansion.

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