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Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
7/8/2009
In the 1950s, the station wagon became a staple of America's new suburban landscape and a ubiquitous extension of the suburban home. This car reveals how one family adopted a mobile, active lifestyle and how station wagons shaped family life. Between the 1920s and 1940s, station wa
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted:
1/22/2011
In these classroom activities, developed for the exhibition America on the Move, students will use visual, analytical, and interpretive skills to examine primary sources including a historical map and answer questions about them to learn more about global consumption, productio
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
11/18/2013
In this tour, take a close look at a life mask made of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and gain insight into his life during the Civil War. Pair this tour with a 3D tour of a life mask made in 1860 to consider the impact of the war on Lincoln. Life masks we
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
11/14/2013
Get Revolutionary access to Smithsonian objects with the 3D Charter Collection. In this tour, take a close look at the Gunboat Philadelphia, a warship sunk in Lake Champlain in 1776. Students can rotate, expand and control their own explorations of this unique artifact. The tour includes historic
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
1/7/2013
In this brief video, curators Harry Rubenstein and Larry Bird share key objects from the political history collection representing inaugurations and presidential campaigns dating back to the early 1800s.  See how objects are stored and continuity and change in campaign and inaugural material
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
15 minutes
Date Posted:
3/5/2012
Learn how firefighters' gear help them do their jobs, then imagine your own special gear that would help you help others in your community. Part of an OurStory module entitled September 11, 2001, this activity includes photographs of a firefighter’s gear in the Museum’s collections,
Grade Range:
3-8
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
11/19/2008
Using this classroom activity, students will be able to cite the origins and outcome of the War of 1812 and be able to place the creation of the Star-Spangled Banner in a chronological framework. The activity includes a narrative about the war of 1812 and the history of the Star-Spangled Banner,
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
3/1/2010
The letter reveals George Washington’s active engagement in shaping the nation during the critical period following the American Revolution. Washington wrote the letter to Dr. David Stuart from Mount Vernon on November 30, 1785. Stuart was both a trusted associate and a member of Washington’s
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
1/14/2009
In this OurStory module, children will read Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers, a children's book that tells the story of Grace Bedell and the famous letter that she sent to Abraham Lincoln in 1860. The module includes links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings for
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
7/7/2008
Students can read the stories of immigrants from Mexico, Cuba, and other Latin American countries, and view objects related to the journey to America. Students can also learn about the experiences of workers in the in the mid-twentieth century Bracero guest worker program. This reference page is
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