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5-12
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Reference Materials
Date Posted:
7/13/2012
In this post, students will learn about the concept of eco-cities (cities designed to be in balance with nature) and their impact on the sustainability movement. Written by Art Molella, Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Director of the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, thi
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
7/11/2012
In this post, students will learn about the origins of the holiday known today as Halloween, and the history of its celebration in the United States, including trick-or-treating and costumes. All-Hallows-Even (that is, evening) is the night before All Hallows Day. The apostrophe in the earlier sp
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
7/10/2012
In this post, students will discover the history of electric car technology over the course of the last century. In the early 20th century, motorists had a choice of electric, steam, or gasoline cars, and it wasn’t clear that any one type would dominate the market. Electricity was beginnin
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
7/10/2012
In this post, students will learn the story of Ms. Weslee W. D’Audney, a woman who modeled for a government poster during World War II. Students will also discover the challenges of managing the Smithsonian's large collection of war-related posters. Written by David Haberstich, Associ
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
7/10/2012
In this post, students will learn the story of Mary Pickersgill, the woman who created the Star-Spangled Banner. Mary Pickersgill learned the art of flagmaking from her mother, Rebecca Young, who made a living during the Revolution sewing flags, blankets, and uniforms for George Washing
Grade Range:
K
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
7/10/2012
In this post, students will read an interview with Marcia Quackenbush, a social worker in San Francisco in the early 1980s. She wrote one of the early textbooks for K-12 teachers, Teaching AIDS. Interviewer John O’Keefe is a guest assistant curator of the showcase displa
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
7/9/2012
Explore the role of squash in early American history, beyond its common use as fall decor. As a natively grown vegetable cultivated by the Wampanoag Indians, squash holds a special place in American history. There are dozens of squash varieties, ranging in shape, size, and color. Squash have
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
7/9/2012
In this post, students will learn about Washington during the Civil War. During the war, Washington’s busy wharves were the focal point for moving people and supplies into and out of the city. Here the wounded from the Virginia battlefields were off-loaded from steamboats to await transpor
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
7/9/2012
In this post, students will learn how packaging—and the unspoken dialogue between consumers and producers—is one way to understand the connection between supermarkets and food consumption habits in the United States. Package colors, materials, and other design elements of food products a
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