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Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Date Posted:
4/15/2011
In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, Richard Doty, senior curator of the National Numismatics Collection, shares the story of the "Richmond Hoard," an enormous collection of Confederate currency obtained by the museum and explains what currency meant to life in the South a
Grade Range:
4-8
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
6/10/2008
What can we learn by studying a buffalo hide painting? In this activity, students will learn about the culture of the Plains Indians by determining the meaning of stories told on a buffalo hide painting and compare their interpretations to that of a Smithsonian historian. This activity is meant t
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Date Posted:
8/15/2011
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast of the United States. In her wake, a team of curators from the museum set out to collect objects that captured the history of the moment and what it meant to the country. In this episode of the History Explorer podc
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
10/18/2010
Get an introduction to some of today’s top researchers and the basics of biotechnology, biofuel, genetics, health, and agriculture. This video features interviews with four leading scientists in biotechnology who tell us what drew them to the field: Dr. Pardis Sabeti, Assistant Professor of
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Date Posted:
11/15/2011
In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, Shannon Perich, curator in the Photographic Collection at the Museum examines three unique photographic portraits, showing how portraiture and the creation of an image between sitter and photographer, can be used to express many ideas,
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:
8-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
3/1/2016
As the owner of a new cat food company, you will need to make tough choices to manage the triple bottom line: the balance between people, profit, and planet that will make your business a success.
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
9/4/2020
Spark!Lab is a hands -on invention studio in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Spark!Lab activities communicate that invention is a process, rather than a single “Aha!” moment; provide visitors with opportunities to explore the invention process and their own inventiveness;
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources, Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
6/4/2009
Through brief biographies of the composers, primary source documents, and media clips, students will learn about the collaboration of these two great jazz composers and the process involved in writing and recording two of the most celebrated jazz pieces. This website examines two jazz standa
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
10/15/2011
Hear staff from the museum's paper conservation lab discuss the preservation and repair behind Thomas Jefferson's personal Bible and other paper objects at the museum in this episode of the History Explorer podcast series.  
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