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Grade Range:
3-5
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
25 minutes
Date Posted:
1/5/2010
In this activity, children pretend to be an American during 1963 and decide whether or not to join the March on Washington. Children base their choice on information gathered through guided observation of a handbill from the march. Included in an OurStory module from Smithsonian's National Museum
Grade Range:
2-4
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
25 minutes
Date Posted:
3/8/2012
Take a close look at a famous picture of Martha Graham, then grab your camera and make your own dance photo with a friend or family member. Part of an OurStory module entitled An American Story in Dance and Music, this activity includes a primary source photograph, guided looking questio
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Interactives & Media
Duration:
25 minutes
Date Posted:
3/31/2014
Although many children are already familiar with what money looks like and with how and when their families use money, it is important that they also understand how money itself works. The money we use, coins and currency, has very little value on its own. Coins and bills only h
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.
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Duration:
22 minutes
Date Posted:
1/25/2010
In this series of five short videos, students can watch 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 abou
Grade Range:
5-8
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration:
21 minutes
Date Posted:
12/31/2010
In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, curator Larry Bird discusses the development of holiday parades, department store window displays, and light shows and examines larger issues in American culture in the late nineteeth through mid-twentieth centuries including 
Grade Range:
3-5
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
20 minutes
Date Posted:
11/19/2008
The national anthem describes an actual event in American history. In this classroom activity, students will be able to recite the first verse and paraphrase "The Star-Spangled Banner." Students will also be able to explain why Francis Scott Key wrote these words in 1814. This activity is include
Grade Range:
4-6
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
20 minutes
Date Posted:
9/24/2012
Examine examples of persuasive writing from Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, then composepersuasive statements about an environmental cause. Part of an OurStory module entitled Discover and Protect Nature, this activity includes student handouts and background information. OurStory is de
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