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Date Posted:
9/4/2020
“"It was now quick work," Maria Mitchell noted. "As the last rays of sunlight disappeared, the corona burst out all around the sun, so intensely bright near the sun that the eye could scarcely bear it." Maria Mitchell brought a team of Vassar graduates—"Vassar girls" as the press called
Grade Range:
K-1
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Lessons & Activities
Duration:
10 minutes
Date Posted:
3/5/2012
Use this guide to actively read September 12: We Knew Everything Would Be Alright, a very basic picture book about children’s reactions to September 11, 2001. Part of an OurStory module from entitled September 11, 2001, this activity includes discussion prompts and background
Grade Range:
K-2
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
60 minutes
Date Posted:
11/19/2008
What do museums do? In this classroom activity, students will recognize the Smithsonian Institution and be able to explain what a museum does. This is accomplished through the use of discussion questions and activities in which they relate stories from prior museum visits or share ideas for a mus
Grade Range:
K-2
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
20 minutes
Date Posted:
7/11/2013
Think about your favorite building in the world.If it's nearby, go out and take a picture of it, if not, pull a photo out of a book or off of the internet. Then use this picture to identify all of the geometric shapes you can see that make up the building, shapes the building's architect used to
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:
K-2
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
20 minutes
Date Posted:
11/19/2008
Just how big is the Star-Spangled Banner? In this classroom activity, students will visualize the area of the famous flag by measuring pieces of string and attaching them to create an outline of the Star-Spangled Banner. This activity is included in the online exhibition entitled The
Grade Range:
K-3
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
30 minutes
Date Posted:
7/11/2013
Learn how architects use paper to represent plans for buildings. Make two- and three-dimensional representations of your home using close observation and measurements.  Part of an OurStory module entitled Building Beautiful Buildings, this activity includes step-by-step instructions
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
82 minutes
Date Posted:
3/22/2012
Children and adults can enjoy exploring the story behind one of America’s pioneers of jazz music, Duke Ellington, through children's literature, museum collections, and hands-on activities. Focused around Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra, a picture book biography of t
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
50 minutes
Date Posted:
1/14/2009
Cartoons are great documents that can tell both funny and serious stories. In this activity, children will first read Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers. Then they will use what they have learned about Abraham Lincoln and their critical thinking skills to add a scene to the story in the form of a co
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
35 minutes
Date Posted:
1/5/2010
Think of three symbols to represent Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and create a window decoration with those symbols. Included in an OurStory module entitled Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence, this activity is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together thr
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