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Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
90 minutes
Date Posted:
5/6/2010
Have students document the national response to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001 using polls, comment cards from teenagers, and their own recollections. This lesson plan (which includes background information and full-color primary sources) was produced to accompan
Grade Range:
6-8
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
90 minutes
Date Posted:
11/19/2008
Learning to use primary and secondary sources correctly takes practice. In this classroom activity, students will understand the difference between primary and secondary sources. After class discussion and a written assignment based on primary sources, students will also be able to explain the im
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
90 minutes
Date Posted:
9/21/2010
In this lesson, students will examine primary sources to understand John Brown’s actions in Harpers Ferry and will develop a creative project on his legacy. This resource was produced to accompany the exhibition The Price of Freedom: Americans at War, by the Smithsonian’s Nat
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
90 minutes
Date Posted:
5/6/2010
Analyze museum artifacts and first-person accounts of World War I and the Vietnam War, then take on the role of soldiers and a news team to present a newscast about the experience of fighting in these two wars. This lesson plan (which includes background information and full-color primary sources
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
90 minutes
Date Posted:
9/21/2010
In this lesson plan students will examine primary sources to determine the level of threat caused by the buildup of Soviet nuclear missiles and weapons sites in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis and will analyze President Kennedy’s response.  This resource was produced to accompany the
Grade Range:
6-9
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Primary Sources
Duration:
90 minutes
Date Posted:
5/3/2010
Use primary sources as the inspiration for comparing and contrasting the soldiers on either side of the Civil War. After examining uniforms and viewing two short video clips, students will develop questions and perform short research projects to uncover the motivations behind the Civil War and th
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:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Duration:
80 minutes
Date Posted:
11/19/2008
Encourage your students to examine objects for historical information, ask historical questions, research answers to historical questions, and present their findings. Take a close look at the Star-Spangled Banner using an interactive Web site, then dive deeper into symbolism, the War of 1812, and
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:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
60 minutes
Date Posted:
8/9/2022
In support of the traveling exhibition of Girlhood (It's complicated), the Smithsonian has developed a set of curricular materials and platforms to create meaningful learning opportunities for girls (and all students) in your learning network connected to this content.
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