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Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
9/29/2008
In this lesson, students will carefully examine an authentic Massachusetts thirty-shilling note (1775) from the Museum's collection and hypothesize the meaning of its visual elements. Students will use primary and secondary sources to refine the hypothesis and in the process, discover the role th
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
7 minutes
Date Posted:
3/22/2012
Use two online music tools to try your hand at picking instruments to change the mood of a song. Part of an OurStory module entitled Duke Ellington and Jazz, this activity includes instructions, discussion prompts, links, and background information. OurStory is designed to help children
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/17/2010
In 1855 Secretary of War Jefferson Davis was instrumental in the creation of two regiments of cavalry. It was recommended that the cavalry have a distinctive hat; it is sometimes called the Jeff Davis hat. It also was referred to as the Hardee hat, after William Joseph Hardee, an officer of the 2
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/23/2010
US Army private's uniform from approximately 1840.
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
5/27/2009
Students will learn how commerce on the Great Lakes, canals and rivers played an important role in the development of the country in this section of On the Water: Stories from Maritime America, an online exhibition. The country's vast system of rivers and lakes has helped
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
1/6/2009
Explore features of the Star-Spangled Banner using this interactive flag included in the online exhibition entitled The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem. Using this interactive tool, students can click on hotspots and learn something new about the fla
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Duration:
4 minutes
Date Posted:
3/23/2012
Meet Steven Turner, curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, as he discusses the Smithsonian's scientific instrument collection. This video focuses on the history of acoustics during the 18th and 19th centuries, including demonstrations of wave models, tuning forks, siren
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
9/4/2013
Between the years 1790 and 1880 the U.S. Patent Office required both documentation and a three-dimensional working model to demonstrate each new invention submitted for a patent. The models helped to explain proposed innovations and compare them against similar inventions. In this online exhibiti
Grade Range:
3-5
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
15 minutes
Date Posted:
3/9/2012
It's in the numbers! Explore how charts and data maps can help you see immigration patterns in history. Part of an OurStory module entitled Coming to America, this activity includes data sources, discussion questions, links to free online tools, and background information. OurStory is de
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
9/1/2010
This hard hat was worn by Dennis Quinn, an iron worker from Chicago, Illinois, who came to New York to help clear the debris of the World Trade Center after September 11.
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