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Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Duration:
5 minutes
Date Posted:
5/19/2014
One of the most enduring national brand characters to appear in the early days of advertising is everyone's favorite sartorially gifted legume, Mr. Peanut. In this episode, host Tory Altman joins Kathleen Franz, professor at American University, to talk about the history of "spokes-characters" in
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Duration:
5 minutes
Date Posted:
5/15/2014
The history of patenting higher-level organisms began in the mid-1980s with a little guy called OncoMouse. In this episode, host Tory Altman joins Mallory Warner of the Museum's Division of Medicine and Science to talk about the first animal patented in the United States, and some of the ethical
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
4/9/2014
Whether convenient, fast, organic, processed, gourmet, ethnic, or local—the foods available to Americans have never been more plentiful and diverse, or more ripe for discussion. Coupled with big changes in who does the cooking, where meals are consumed, and what we know (or think we know) about
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources
Date Posted:
4/4/2014
The story of America includes the history of those who have lived through extraordinary circumstances. One such person was Camilla Gottlieb, whose ordinary life in Vienna suddenly became endangered when the Germans invaded and annexed Austria in 1938. As a Jew, she confronted devastating cha
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Duration:
5 minutes
Date Posted:
3/31/2014
In this series of interviews, member of the Greensboro Four Joseph McNeil talks about what motivated him to participate and shares a message for young people on being involved in their communities. 
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Duration:
5 minutes
Date Posted:
3/31/2014
In this series of three short videos, civil rights activist and former Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee staffer Larry Rubin speaks about his experiences in Mississippi during 1964 Freedom Summer and at the March on Washington in 1963. He shares the affect of the disappearances of Michael
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
10 minutes
Date Posted:
3/31/2014
Everyday objects such as pennies and dollar bills can go unnoticed in our lives. We use them all the time, but how often do we really look at them? Taking the time to investigate a familiar thing in detail and then learning to design something similar will strengthen your child’s observati
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Interactives & Media
Duration:
25 minutes
Date Posted:
3/31/2014
Although many children are already familiar with what money looks like and with how and when their families use money, it is important that they also understand how money itself works. The money we use, coins and currency, has very little value on its own. Coins and bills only h
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Duration:
12 minutes
Date Posted:
3/31/2014
Why are objects useful teaching tools? How should you choose which objects to use? Learn the answers to these questions from Richard Kurin, the Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution, who recently published his new book "History of America in 101 Objects
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted:
3/31/2014
In this activity, children and adults will take a trip together to explore a locally owned business in their community. Children and adults will use the suggested questions to learn more about what it takes to run a business while thinking about the business history of their
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