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Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
4/16/2018
Head to Head invites students to think deeply about how American history has been shaped in countless ways by people in different eras and from diverse backgrounds. The learning begins with the guiding question: Who changed America more? 
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
3/1/2018
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History presents a filmed version of its on-the-floor program, The Suffragist.  This set of three classroom videos examines the actions taken by suffragists in 1917 as they fought to win the right to vote. Students meet Rebecca, a histo
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Resource Type(s):
Artifacts
Date Posted:
4/25/2018
Custom-made in 1989 by the Minneapolis, Minn., firm of Knut-Koupee Enterprises, this Yellow-cloud electric guitar was designed and used by Prince. The musician's distinctive personal symbol adorns both the top and the side of the fingerboard. Custom work for famous instrumentalists and musicians
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Resource Type(s):
Artifacts
Date Posted:
5/4/2018
In the fictional universe of George Lucas' Star Wars films, robots called droids (short for android) come in many shapes and serve many purposes. Two droids--R2-D2 and C-3PO--have won enormous popularity for their supporting roles in all six of the series. In the collections of the museum are cos
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-5
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Duration:
12 minutes
Date Posted:
5/28/2010
Watch four short videos to learn about the story of the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the National Anthem. During the presentation, Mary Pickersgill (a historical figure with a fictional monologue) is working on a garrison flag to fly over Baltimore’s Fort McHenry. She speaks abo
Grade Range:
K-5
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
40 minutes
Date Posted:
5/28/2010
Watch and discuss a 12-minute video of a theater presentation about the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the National Anthem. During the presentation, Mary Pickersgill (a historical figure with a fictional monologue) is working on a garrison flag to fly over Baltimore's Fort McHenry.
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
3/12/2012
Sixteen-year-old Judy Garland wore these sequined shoes as Dorothy Gale in the 1939 film classic The Wizard of Oz. In the original book by L. Frank Baum, Dorothy's magic slippers are silver; for the Technicolor movie, they were changed to ruby red to show up more vividly against the yell
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
3/22/2012
Born in New Orleans in 1901, jazz musician Louis Armstrong (d. 1971)was known for his distinctive trumpet-playing and vocal style. He often improvised jazz riffs using his voice rather than his instrument, “scatting” notes and melodies rather than singing actual words. Armstrong transformed t
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Duration:
5 minutes
Date Posted:
4/4/2016
Hear Smithsonian staff members discuss jazz, the jazz collection, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. 
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