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Grade Range:
6-8
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration:
16 minutes
Date Posted:
9/23/2010
In this episode of the History Explorer podcast, curator Hal Wallace talks about the development of the laser, an invention that has as many practical uses as portrayals in science fiction and fantasy.  In addition to audio, this resource includes related images and a teachers guid
Grade Range:
5-8
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration:
16 minutes
Date Posted:
2/14/2010
In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, listen as archivist Reuben Jackson discusses the Sioux City Ghosts, an African-American travelling baseball team and swing band from the 1930s. The teacher’s guide includes links to the podcast in two formats and related images.
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
15 minutes
Date Posted:
9/24/2012
Students can guide themselves to a deeper understanding of the Montgomery bus boycott with this 2-page activity sheet. The sheet includes description and analysis questions to use alongside the digitized version of a comic book about the nonviolent bus boycotts, suggestions for other related onli
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
15 minutes
Date Posted:
3/22/2012
In this activity, children will watch a short silent film recorded in 1930 and get a sense of a Harlem club during the Jazz Age. Part of an OurStory module entitled Duke Ellington and Jazz, this activity includes a link to a newsreel video from the Smithsonian Archives Center, discussion
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
15 minutes
Date Posted:
9/24/2012
Look closely at something from nature and make a sketch of what you see. Part of an OurStory module entitled Discover and Protect Nature, this activity includes step-by-step directions and background information. OurStory is designed to help children and adults explore history together through th
Grade Range:
1-6
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
15 minutes
Date Posted:
9/4/2012
A polymer is made up of tiny molecules in long, repeating chains, like paper clips hooked together. Polymers are all around us—even in our own bodies! Here's how you can make your own. This activity from Spark!Lab includes step-by-step directions, discussion questions, and ideas for extending y
Grade Range:
K-2
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
15 minutes
Date Posted:
6/30/2013
Take a close look at two architectural drawings to learn about symmetry and scale. Part of an OurStory module entitled Building Beautiful Buildings, this activity includes step-by-step instructions, images of museum objects, and background information on architecture. OurStory is designe
Grade Range:
3-5
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Primary Sources
Duration:
15 minutes
Date Posted:
3/9/2012
How can the Statue of Liberty be used in a timeline? Take a close look at an object made by an immigrant, then tell your family or cultural stories through a timeline. Part of an OurStory module entitled Coming to America, this activity includes a guided exploration of a museum artifact,
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
15 minutes
Date Posted:
9/25/2012
Use this teacher guide and student worksheet to analyze a small collection of naturalization interviews from the Museum’s YouTube channel. By analyzing the oral histories, students will improve their primary source investigation skills and gain deeper understanding of the motivations for an
Grade Range:
8-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration:
15 minutes
Date Posted:
11/12/2013
In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, hear activist and Mississippi native June Johnson discuss her work in the civil rights movement, including during Mississippi Freedom Summer.  Johnson was a teenager when she became active in the movement, and worked alongside Fannie Lo
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