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Grade Range:
7-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
45 minutes
Date Posted:
9/21/2010
In this lesson plan, students analyze news sources from the Vietnam War era to describe how POWs and their families were represented in the media, then write letters from the perspective of the relative of a POW that describes the concerns of POW families. This resource was produced to accompany
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
45 minutes
Date Posted:
3/15/2010
Plant a seed and track its growth 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 investigating native species, instructions on how to start a container garden, an
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
45 minutes
Date Posted:
5/6/2010
Use a video clip and primary sources to develop an understanding of the challenges facing the ground troops during World War II’s Battle of the Bulge, then take on the role of one of those soldiers and write a letter home. This lesson plan (which includes background information and full-color p
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
40 minutes
Date Posted:
11/4/2009
Find out about the sky through a field trip!  In this activity, children will determine the best way to observe the night sky (through a visit to a planetarium, using a telescope, or a trip outside in the evening) and discuss what they see.  The activity guide includes printable tip she
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
40 minutes
Date Posted:
3/5/2012
When bad things happen, community helpers are there to keep people safe! Find out who helps in your community and celebrate them with a special certificate. Part of an OurStory module entitled September 11, 2001, this activity includes a photograph of a certificate in the Museum’s
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:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
40 minutes
Date Posted:
11/20/2008
In this activity, children will create their own family flag using colors and pictures that have personal meanings. They will then explain why they chose those colors and pictures and their meanings. This resource is included in an OurStory module entitled Making the Star-Spangled Banner
Grade Range:
4-6
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
40 minutes
Date Posted:
3/18/2011
Take a close look at two newspaper articles and a children's book telling the story of an escaped slave-compare the stories they tell to uncover the perspectives they represent. Part of an OurStory module entitled Full Steam to Freedom, this activity includes transcripts of two Civil War
Grade Range:
1-5
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
40 minutes
Date Posted:
3/18/2011
Use or create maps to explore your local area, along with discussion tips for kids and families. Part of an OurStory module entitled Full Steam to Freedom, this activity includes strategies for using online maps or making your own map of a trip and tips for making the most of those exper
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
40 minutes
Date Posted:
11/4/2009
Make your own constellation commemorating an American woman, like Maria Mitchell. Many cultures have used constellations to remember the stories of heroes, like the Greeks and some American Indians. Included in an OurStory module from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled
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