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Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
5/25/2012
This online exhibition tells of the development of COBOL, a computer programming lanugage, and how it changed the commercial, banking, and defense industries. Fifty years ago, each computer maker used its own programming languages to tell a computer what to do. In 1959, a group of programmer
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):
Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Date Posted:
8/15/2011
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast of the United States. In her wake, a team of curators from the museum set out to collect objects that captured the history of the moment and what it meant to the country. In this episode of the History Explorer podc
Grade Range:
5-8
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
135 minutes
Date Posted:
2/9/2011
This lesson plan, developed in support of the exhibition Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop, and Turn, introduces students to the variety of mechanisms included in movable books and encourages them to build their own pop-up in support of a social studies lesson. Making pop-ups subtly rei
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted:
1/22/2011
In these classroom activities developed for the exhibition America on the Move, students will use visual, analytical, and interpretive skills to examine primary sources including historical maps and answer questions about them to learn more about railroads, transportation, raci
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/29/2010
On May 22, 1863, Ulysses Grant sent brigades from three corps of the army to assault Vicksburg. While the assault showed some success, a long bitter struggle ensued and the Confederates quickly restored their original lines of defense. Realizing that the city could not be taken by assault, Grant
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
30 minutes
Date Posted:
11/30/2010
Jingle the Brass is a book about a young boy who learns words used by railroad workers of the steam-engine era while on an exciting train trip. Part of an OurStory module entitled All Aboard the Train!, this activity includes strategies that will help adults and children activel
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
11/10/2010
Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn, an exhibition developed by the Smithsonian Libraries, presents more than 50 examples of action-packed constructions and inspired works of art spanning 500 years. The related Web site includes a blog, exhibition brochure, and video
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Worksheets
Date Posted:
10/18/2010
Make your own American eagle pop-up and review symbols with students using this resource, developed by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries for the exhibition Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop, and Turn.
Grade Range:
6-8
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration:
16 minutes
Date Posted:
9/23/2010
In this episode of the History Explorer podcast, curator Hal Wallace talks about the development of the laser, an invention that has as many practical uses as portrayals in science fiction and fantasy.  In addition to audio, this resource includes related images and a teachers guid
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