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Grade Range:
8-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Duration:
5 minutes
Date Posted:
8/30/2013
In this post, readers join a New York architect in 1968 as he explores the usefulness of the Empire State Building and its potential for the future.  Including a portion of the architect’s testimony to the Y Supreme Court, this blog asks readers to consider the non-monetary value of a stru
Grade Range:
5-8
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
45 minutes
Date Posted:
12/17/2012
Explore the American presidency and elections in these four activities from Smithsonian Education’s Art to Zoo. Each of the four activities focuses on a different skill in social studies: examining maps, using timelines, studying collections, and using primary sources. The activiti
Grade Range:
3-6
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
25 minutes
Date Posted:
9/4/2012
Thomas Edison changed our world with electric lights and an entire system that produced and delivered electrical power. Try your hand at making your own light bulb. This activity from Spark!Lab includes step-by-step directions, a printable chart to record the experiment, and discussion questions.
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
5/25/2012
This online exhibition explore the role of the portable printing press in conveying information during the Civil War. The ability to communicate quickly in wartime can profoundly affect military actions and outcomes. The invention of portable tabletop printing presses at the time of the American
Grade Range:
3-5
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
30 minutes
Date Posted:
3/5/2012
Take a look at art that was created in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and then make a collage of those images as your own art. Part of an OurStory module entitled September 11, 2001, this activity includes links to artworks in the Museum’s collections, discuss
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources
Date Posted:
1/5/2011
Image of Emperor Faustin of Haiti, 1852. Faustin ruled from 1847-1849 as president, and from 1849-1859 as emperor before being forced to abdicate.
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/31/2010
Printed in Morse code and transcribed by Samuel Morse himself, this message was transmitted from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., over the nation's first long-distance telegraph line.
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/28/2010
The Army and Navy Prayer of the Confederate States, printed in Richmond in 1865.
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/22/2010
Recruiting poster printed with "Volunteers for Mexico."  Broadsides (single sheets of paper usually printed on one side) served as public announcements or advertisements soon after the beginning of printing.
Grade Range:
3-6
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
45 minutes
Date Posted:
4/30/2010
Use artifacts and historical literature to bring the War of Independence to life for elementary students.  By playing the "Who's in camp?" card game, students develop a deeper understanding of the many civilian and military roles that supported the War of Independence, then use their knowled
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