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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
Grade Range:
K-5
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
40 minutes
Date Posted:
5/28/2010
Watch and discuss a 12-minute video of a theater presentation about the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the National Anthem. During the presentation, Mary Pickersgill (a historical figure with a fictional monologue) is working on a garrison flag to fly over Baltimore's Fort McHenry.
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Duration:
40 minutes
Date Posted:
7/31/2023
Runaway Robot is an exciting new cross-curricular digital game for secondary classrooms from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Anchored in content from the museum’s exhibition Discovery a
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
40 minutes
Date Posted:
1/25/2010
Watch and discuss a 22-minute video of a Museum theater presentation. During the presentation, a fictional composite character from 1960 is conducting a training session for people interested in joining a student sit-in to protest racial segregation. The student speaks about the recent protests i
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration:
38 minutes
Date Posted:
6/14/2012
Special summer edition: Going on a road trip? Along the way, listen to this special edition of the History Explorer podcast series. It’s a compilation of some newer and older podcasts around the theme of perhaps the most common car ride entertainment—music.
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
35 minutes
Date Posted:
11/19/2008
This teacher tip-sheet includes information about how the Collect Stars activity can be used in a classroom.  It will help students cite the origins and outcome of the War of 1812 and be able to place the creation and preservation of the Star-Spangled Banner in a chronologi
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Duration:
25 minutes
Date Posted:
12/12/2013
In this episode of the History Explorer podcast, students can hear from civil rights activist Zoharah Simmons about her experiences in the 1964 Freedom Summer project.  This interview is from a program presented at the Museum in 2000 called Fighting for My Rights. The 
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:
3-5
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Duration:
23 minutes
Date Posted:
3/5/2013
Bestselling 39 Clues author David Baldacci takes students on a webcast field trip to meet renowned museum curators, go behind the scenes, and investigate some of the most fascinating mysteries of American history. Baldacci is the author of Day of Doom, the last bo
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Duration:
22 minutes
Date Posted:
6/15/2011
In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, Curator Katherine Ott discusses the anniversary of the defining of HIV and how it fits into the history of both science and our society.
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