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Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
25 minutes
Date Posted:
1/14/2009
In this activity, children will analyze a primary source document–Grace Bedell's letter to Abraham Lincoln–and look for hints about Grace and her family. They will then draw a picture to represent the information they found in this activity, part of an Ou
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
25 minutes
Date Posted:
4/2/2009
Protest signs are a powerful and important way for people to express their feelings. In this activity children will compare two protest signs from the civil rights movement and then create their own expressive chalk art or poster. It is included in an OurStory module entitled Student
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:
3-5
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:
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:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
20 minutes
Date Posted:
11/4/2009
Scientists have had to record their observations in different ways throughout time. Use Google Sky to explore the sky, then share your observations through sketches and figurative language.  Included in an OurStory module from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled Ex
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
20 minutes
Date Posted:
4/19/2012
In this activity, children will examine pictures of a Congressional Gold Medal for Japanese American soldiers, investigate the symbols on both sides, and design their own medal for kids who lived in the camps. Part of an OurStory module from entitled Life in a WWII Japanese American Internmen
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