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Grade Range:
K-2
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
60 minutes
Date Posted:
11/19/2008
What do museums do? In this classroom activity, students will recognize the Smithsonian Institution and be able to explain what a museum does. This is accomplished through the use of discussion questions and activities in which they relate stories from prior museum visits or share ideas for a mus
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):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
30 minutes
Date Posted:
3/15/2010
Discover the beauty in nature in your neighborhood or a local botanical garden in this activity related to First Lady Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson and her work to protect the environment and bring beauty to every community. This activity guide includes tips for finding local botanical gardens, sug
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
75 minutes
Date Posted:
3/5/2012
September 11, 2001 was a shocking day in American history. By using this OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, children and adults can start discussing the events of that day through children's literature, museum objects, and hands-on activities. Focused arou
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
6/10/2008
In this OurStory module entitled Life in a WWII Japanese American Internment Camp, students will learn about the lives of Japanese American children who were forced to leave their homes and move to internment camps during World War II. The module includes links to hands-on activities, pertinent w
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted:
9/9/2008
This booklet, connected to the Invention at Play online exhibition from the Lemelson Center, highlights inventors who started out as great players and who recall a strong link between their play and inventing. It encourages adults to create an enriching play/inventing environme
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
3/8/2012
Use this guide to actively read Ballet for Martha an award-winning work of children's literature about the collaboration of three artists to create an American masterpiece. Part of an OurStory module entitled An American Story in Dance and Music, this activity includes discussio
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
175 minutes
Date Posted:
8/11/2010
For more than a century, women in the United States struggled to obtain the right to vote. In 1920, the suffrage movement finally achieved victory with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. By using this OurStory module, children and adults can enjoy exploring
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted:
6/10/2008
A vejigante is a person who dresses in costume to help celebrate Carnival in Ponce, Puerto Rico. In this activity, students will read about being a vejigante and then design their own Carnival costume. OurStory is a series of modules designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring histo
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
40 minutes
Date Posted:
4/2/2009
Songs played an important role during the civil rights movement. In this activity, students will listen to freedom songs and then make their own version of one of the songs. It is included in an OurStory module entitled Students Sit for Civil Rights. OurStory is a serie
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