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Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
3/12/2012
This upright transposing piano was made in 1940 by Weser Brothers, New York, for Irving Berlin (1888–1989). Like many Tin Pan Alley pianists, Berlin was self-taught, preferring to play on the black keys. “The key of C,” he once said, “is for people who study music”. The transposing mech
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
7 minutes
Date Posted:
3/1/2012
Discover America’s key symbols and holidays through short videos, mini-activities, and practice questions in this segment of Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship. The seven questions included in this segment cover topics such as national holidays, the American flag, t
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Duration:
30 minutes
Date Posted:
9/21/2010
In this interactive game, students select a mystery character from the Civil War and examine objects that hold the key to their identity, video footage, first person reenactments, oral history interviews, and lesson plans.  This resource was developed in conjunction with the exhibi
Grade Range:
K-5
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Duration:
12 minutes
Date Posted:
5/28/2010
Watch four short videos to learn about the story of the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the National Anthem. During the presentation, Mary Pickersgill (a historical figure with a fictional monologue) is working on a garrison flag to fly over Baltimore’s Fort McHenry. She speaks abo
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
40 minutes
Date Posted:
3/19/2010
Share your story about the American flag with the Smithsonian! Discover the many meanings of the American flag through a contributor-based Share Your Story photo collage. After exploring the online exhibition and the photos and captions submitted by others, students will create and submit their o
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
7/8/2009
In this online exhibition, students will learn about the exploration of the West through the use an interactive map, biographical sketches and brief descriptions of the expeditions undertaken by graduates of West Point. The U.S. Army played a key role in exploring the nation's vast new lands acqu
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
2/19/2009
Although introduced by Spanish settlers, the island's carnival celebrations, like mask making, music, and public performance, have developed into uniquely Puerto Rican traditions that also reflect the customs and sensibilities of Puerto Ricans' African ancestors. This carnival mask pictured here
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
2/19/2009
Carnival celebrations featuring performers dressed as devils are found in Puerto Rico and the rest Latin America. The presence of these characters during Carnival is understood by many as an ancient reference to the contest between good and evil. The devilish mask pictured here was made for the
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
1/7/2009
This website from the National Park Service is a helpful resource for anyone who is interested in visiting Fort McHenry or learning more about it. A photo gallery and brief historical essays describe the fort, its defenders and the various roles that Fort McHenry has played in different periods o
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites, Reference Materials
Date Posted:
1/7/2009
Francis Scott Key is recognized as one of the nation's great patriots despite the fact that he initially opposed America's entry into the War of 1812. This article from Smithsonian Magazine discusses several interesting aspects of the war, including: Key's anti-war sentiments, how the events at F
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