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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-4
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted:
6/10/2008
What can we learn about life in a sod house by looking at photographs? In this activity, students will analyze two photographs of families who lived in homes made of sod in order to answer questions about these families' lives. OurStory is a series of modules designed to help children and adults
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
20 minutes
Date Posted:
11/4/2009
Scientists have had to record their observations in different ways throughout time. Use Google Sky to explore the sky, then share your observations through sketches and figurative language.  Included in an OurStory module from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled Ex
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
50 minutes
Date Posted:
1/14/2009
Cartoons are great documents that can tell both funny and serious stories. In this activity, children will first read Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers. Then they will use what they have learned about Abraham Lincoln and their critical thinking skills to add a scene to the story in the form of a co
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
10 minutes
Date Posted:
11/30/2010
See one of America's earliest steam locomotives, the John Bull, come to life while riding the rails. Part of an OurStory module entitled All Aboard the Train!, this activity includes strategies that will help adults and children actively view a 4-minute video of the John Bull in
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
45 minutes
Date Posted:
11/20/2008
In this activity, children will learn about the power of light by comparing what happens to paper that has been left in the sunlight with paper that has been left in the dark. They will use a chart to write a prediction ("hypothesis") and compare it to the results of the experiment. They will the
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
30 minutes
Date Posted:
3/5/2012
Use this guide to actively read The Little Chapel that Stood, a picture book about September 11, 2001. Part of an OurStory module entitled September 11, 2001, this activity includes discussion prompts, a glossary, and background information. OurStory is designed to help children
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted:
1/14/2009
In this activity, children create top hats out of paper by reading or listening to directions that use simple terms from geometry. After making the hat, they measure their heights with and without the hat, and then take a picture wearing the hat. This resource is included in an OurStory
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
6/10/2008
In this resource, students will investigate the roles that pottery and water played in the lives of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico. Students will learn about Native American culture by reading the book entitled When Clay Sings and discover the symbolism of two modern pots in a hands-on
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
50 minutes
Date Posted:
5/21/2009
Field trips are great ways to learn about life on the water. In this activity, students will find and explore a local maritime area-a river, seashore, or another place related to the water, and share the experience with others.  The activity guide includes printable tip sheets tailored to he
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