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Grade Range:
8-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
9/4/2020
“Soil is more than just dirt; it affects all of the foods we eat. But why is this really a conversation about history and why are we talking about this at the National Museum of American History this summer? The way Americans have treated dirt throughout American history has had wide-ranging resul
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:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
6/10/2008
Students will learn about the efforts of Japanese Americans to receive justice after their internment during World War II. This section of A More Perfect Union, an online exhibition, uses artifacts from the Museum's collections
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
6/10/2008
In this lesson, students will answer the question, "What makes a good magazine cover design?" Students will examine cover designs used by House and Garden, Children's Playmate, Life, Steel Horizons, and Ladies' Home Journal and compare the artistic and design philosophies behind them. This activi
Grade Range:
3-8
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
11/19/2008
Using this classroom activity, students will be able to cite the origins and outcome of the War of 1812 and be able to place the creation of the Star-Spangled Banner in a chronological framework. The activity includes a narrative about the war of 1812 and the history of the Star-Spangled Banner,
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
9/11/2008
This website, from the Library of Congress, was designed especially with young people in mind, but there are great stories and information for people of all ages. Through the use of short essays, biographies, interactive games and activities, students can explore every era of  American histo
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
3/11/2009
Students can learn about Julia Child and her effect on American popular culture, cooking, and broadcast television in this online exhibition. Using an interactive, panoramic photograph, look around the entire kitchen as it exists on exhibit at the Smithsonian.
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources
Date Posted:
4/4/2014
The story of America includes the history of those who have lived through extraordinary circumstances. One such person was Camilla Gottlieb, whose ordinary life in Vienna suddenly became endangered when the Germans invaded and annexed Austria in 1938. As a Jew, she confronted devastating cha
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/16/2010
Physical Description Light khaki jacket with blue facings with epaulettes and gold-colored buttons. Wool felt hat with cotton braids and gilt threads. Specific History Jacket and hat worn by Colonel Leonard Wood in Cuba. While serving as an assistant su
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
6/11/2008
The Densho Project is a non-profit educational organization that preserves historical first-person accounts, photographs and documents in a digital archive. Digitally videotaped oral history interviews include personal experiences of immigration, family life, mass incarceration of Japanese Americ
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