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Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
10/11/2009
Explore the process of invention and compare Thomas Edison's well-known work on the electric light bulb a century ago with several modern lighting inventions with this online activity. This resource looks at the process of innovation through a sequence of five steps: prec
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
5/26/2009
Students will learn how Atlantic-based trade shaped modern world history and life in America, and explore the web of maritime connections between Western Europe, western and central Africa, and the Americas that made up the Atlantic world in this section of On the Water: Stories from Maritime
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/28/2010
Chess set used by Major General George McClellan during the Civil War.
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
8/9/2011
On Time explores the changing ways we have measured, used, and thought about time over the past three hundred years. With this online resource, students will learn how improvements in time keeping technology have led to the increased importance of efficiency, punctuality and regimentatio
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/28/2010
The Army and Navy Prayer of the Confederate States, printed in Richmond in 1865.
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/15/2010
Grenades of this type played an important part in the biggest naval battle of the Revolutionary War. The Bon Homme Richard under the command of Captain John Paul Jones entered into a battle with the British ship the Serapis. The Serapis was a much faster and heavier shi
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
3/3/2011
Khaki-colored tropical worsted material with a rolled collar with lapels, epaulets on the shoulders, two false horizontal breast pockets with small gold-colored metallic buttons, and two side pockets over the hips. The jacket is closed by four gold-colored metallic buttons. Staff sergeant chevron
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
11/1/2009
In this online resource, students will learn how the need for louder guitars led to the invention and proliferation of the electric guitar and how the emergence and popularity of rock and roll led to the guitar's commercial success and more innovative designs. Students can view the coll
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
6/18/2009
Students will learn how the military academy that was first proposed by George Washington became the premier school of engineering and military science in the United States, West Point. Also discussed is the influence of the academy's graduates on other institutions and important architectural an
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
8/18/2008
Recent efforts to ensure each vote counts are addressed in this portion of the online exhibition entitled Vote: The Machinery of Democracy from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.  Students will study how precincts have made efforts to improve communication, vot
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