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Grade Range:
K-12
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Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
5/4/2021
Whether you're a student, teacher or family, visiting the Capitol is a great way to explore the roots of our country's government through stories and hands-on activities. Visitors can choose from a variety of lessons about Congress and the Capitol that go beyond the traditional Capitol tour. The
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
9/4/2020
Spark!Lab is a hands -on invention studio in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Spark!Lab activities communicate that invention is a process, rather than a single “Aha!” moment; provide visitors with opportunities to explore the invention process and their own inventiveness;
Grade Range:
K-8
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted:
9/4/2020
"Summer Road Trip” is a new 40-page activity guide that uses the vast collections and expertise of the Smithsonian to take learners on their own summer “road trip” of discovery. Through hands-on activities, puzzles and games, students will explore topics in STEM, history, and the arts. The gui
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
2/15/2017
Working with a teacher, students will recreate some of the electrical experiments originally performed by Benjamin Franklin between 1746 and 1754. These hands-on experiments highlight Franklin’s innovative contributions to science and government. Visitors will experience static electricity and
Grade Range:
K-3
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
30 minutes
Date Posted:
7/11/2013
Learn how architects use paper to represent plans for buildings. Make two- and three-dimensional representations of your home using close observation and measurements.  Part of an OurStory module entitled Building Beautiful Buildings, this activity includes step-by-step instructions
Grade Range:
K-2
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
20 minutes
Date Posted:
7/11/2013
Think about your favorite building in the world.If it's nearby, go out and take a picture of it, if not, pull a photo out of a book or off of the internet. Then use this picture to identify all of the geometric shapes you can see that make up the building, shapes the building's architect used to
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
120 minutes
Date Posted:
6/30/2013
Architects design the buildings we use every day. Their designs solve problems, like how to make a sturdy building, and reflect their ideas about beauty and history. By using this OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, children and adults can learn about archi
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
6/30/2013
Take a trip out into your community, or into a town nearby. Look around you; what do you see? Using provided resources on different styles of architecture, identify and discuss the different architecture your see, how it is similar on some buildings, and different on others. Part of an OurStory m
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
30 minutes
Date Posted:
6/30/2013
Use this guide to actively read Julia Morgan Built a Castle, a picture book about one of America’s first female architects. Part of an OurStory module entitled Building Beautiful Buildings, this activity includes discussion prompts, a glossary, and background information.
Grade Range:
K-2
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
15 minutes
Date Posted:
6/30/2013
Take a close look at two architectural drawings to learn about symmetry and scale. Part of an OurStory module entitled Building Beautiful Buildings, this activity includes step-by-step instructions, images of museum objects, and background information on architecture. OurStory is designe
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