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Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
9/4/2020
Spark!Lab is a hands -on invention studio in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Spark!Lab activities communicate that invention is a process, rather than a single “Aha!” moment; provide visitors with opportunities to explore the invention process and their own inventiveness;
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts
Date Posted:
12/30/2020
Leotard worn by gymnast Dominique Dawes (b. 1976) at the 1996 Summer Olympic games, held in Atlanta, Georgia. At the games she won gold as part of the first place U.S. team. The Maryland native also took home an individual bronze for her performance in the floor exercise, becoming the first African
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts
Date Posted:
1/2/2022
In the early 1960s, the Chicago firm of Playskool introduced this educational toy for children three to six years old, seeking to give them an early familiarity with numbers. It has two rows of relatively large rotating wooden rectangular blocks, each with a row of square rotating wooden blocks belo
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
2/3/2011
To control the form of war messages, the government created the U.S. Office of War Information in June 1942. OWI sought to review and approve the design and distribution of government posters. Posters such as this one and their messages were seen as "war graphics," combining the sophisticated sty
Grade Range:
8-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
10/25/2013
These three activities are designed as follow-up materials for the National Youth Summit on Freedom Summer, but can be modified for any content.
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
7/7/2008
Bibliographic material, web links, and Museum collections relating to the online exhibition entitled Artificial Anatomy: Papier-Mâché Anatomical Models.
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
8/25/2014
Between 1865 and 1869, thousands of Chinese migrants toiled at a grueling pace and in perilous working conditions to help construct America’s First Transcontinental Railroad.  The Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project seeks to give a voice to the Chinese migrants whose labor on
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources, Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
6/4/2009
Through brief biographies of the composers, primary source documents, and media clips, students will learn about the collaboration of these two great jazz composers and the process involved in writing and recording two of the most celebrated jazz pieces. This website examines two jazz standa
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
3/12/2010
In addition to artifacts and background information on the first ladies, this website features thematic overviews of the many roles of the first ladies, a timeline of first ladies, and behind-the-scenes details on the history of the first ladies exhibitions at the Smithsonian. The Smithsonia
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
3/27/2012
In the early nineteenth century, lighthouses in the United States were considered inferior to those in France and England. American mariners complained about the quality of the light emanating from local lighthouse towers, arguing that European lighthouses were more effective at shining bright be
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