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Grade Range:
K-5
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
11/20/2008
In this activity, children will learn the story of the flag that inspired the national anthem. An OurStory module entitled Making the Star-Spangled Banner, the resource includes links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings. OurStory is a series of m
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
10/14/2008
From 1956-1975, Americans fought a protracted and divisive war against Communist expansion in Southeast Asia. Students will focus on the war in Vietnam and its effects on public opinion back home, look an in-depth at the realities faced by American prisoners of war, and the legacie
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
10/9/2008
Coveting what remained of the Indian lands in the Southeast and lower South, the United States forced tribes to cede their "rights of occupancy" and give up their ancestral homelands. Students will learn about the Creek Indian War and the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, and the policies that led t
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
10/14/2008
Students will learn about the United States' role as the world's only superpower folling the collapse of the Soviet Union, American involvement in the Persian Gulf War, the global war on terrorism that began with the attacks on September 11, 2001 and the invasion of Iraq in this section of the&nb
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
4/15/2009
Taking America to Lunch is an online exhibition that includes a sampling of illustrated lunch boxes and beverage containers dating from the 1890s through the 1980s. Students will learn how television changed the metal lunch pails carried by industrial workers and students a century ago i
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
10/9/2008
This website discusses the major events of the War of 1812, including the burning of Washington, and the battles of Fort McHenry and New Orleans. Students will learn from images and objects in the Museum's collections to shed light on the conflict that gave the country a new symbol, the Star
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
11/11/2009
This activity challenges students to think about the 1898 Standard Voting Machine and the democratization of the voting process in the United States. It includes a preliminary activity intended to introduce students to doing history with objects and three lesson plans focused on th
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
11/11/2009
This object-based learning activity revolves around the desk on which Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence. Students will learn how the Jefferson desk can help them understand the meaning of the Declaration, both at the time that it was written as well as to future g
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
6/1/2009
Students will learn how the United States mass produced huge merchant fleets to support the soldiers fighting overseas in this section of On the Water: Stories from Maritime America, an online exhibition. Students will understand that merchant seamen and ships played a vital role in
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
7/7/2008
Students will learn about the history of maritime invention. This reference page is included in the online exhibition entitled America on the Move, which focuses on transportation in US history.
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