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George Washington: A National Treasure
Comprehensive study of the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington. Features an interactive guide pointing to the symbolic, biographic, and artistic elements of the painting, a biography of Washington’s life, kids’ activities, teachers’ guides, family tips, and tour details.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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Space Race
Online exhibit of the history of the space race between the United States and the former Soviet Union.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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A Walk on the West Side
Lesson on the infrastructure needed to make a community of successful, sustainable, and livable neighborhoods. Students document their explorations of the local community and make scale maps.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Primary Sources for the Classroom
Digital facsimiles of Smithsonian Archives’ primary sources, including diaries, letters, and photographs suitable for classroom use. Mostly about the Smithsonian Institution.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Grade(s): General audience
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Anacostia Community Museum
Main website of Anacostia Community Museum Center for African American History and Culture, a national center for exhibitions, research, historical documentation, collecting, and educational programs relating to African American history and culture and the African Diaspora in the Americas.
Provider: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
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Comic Book Hero
Lesson has studens look at a comic from the 1950s and 60s about nonviolence in the civil rights movement and to think about ways those tips could help them today. Reading and discussion questions culminate in a list of do’s and don’ts of nonviolence in a handy “pocket card.” Part of the resource “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence.” Targets grades 3-5.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Comparing Confederate and Union Soldiers in the Civil War
Lesson plan uses primary sources as the inspiration for comparing and contrasting soldiers on either side of the Civil War. After examining uniforms and viewing two short video clips, students will develop questions and conduct short research projects to uncover the motivations behind the Civil War and the conditions for the soldiers who fought. Targets grades 6-9.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Design It! Giving Voice to America
Lesson plan has students explore how postage stamps communicate messages about national identity, with four lessons on elements of art, principles of design, and social studies. Students demonstrate their learning by creating their own stamps. Also includes interviews with stamp designers.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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European Theater During World War II
Newsreel video footage from 1944 and 1945, showing the Allies preparing and carrying out the invasion of Normandy, the liberation of Paris, the Battle of the Bulge and the eventual fall of the Third Reich and surrender of Germany. This video accompanies The Price of Freedom: Americans at War online exhibit and it meant to be used with the “Battle of the Bulge: Americans Respond to a German Surprise” lesson plan. Targets grades 2-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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Instrument of Change: Jim Schoppert
Retrospective exhibition of Tlingit artist Jim Schoppert (1947-1992), one of the most prodigious and influential Alaskan artists. He is known for repurposing Native images to go beyond their original design and purpose. Includes large woodcarvings, masks and poetry.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Life in a WWII Japanese American Internment Camp Homepage
Parent's guide to help teach their children about the lives of Japanese American children who were forced to leave their homes and move to internment camps during World War II. Includes hands-on activities, pertinent websites, and a list of recommended readings.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Make the Dirt Fly!
Online exhibition with historical photographs and information on the construction of the Panama Canal. Includes sections on reasons for canal construction, location selection, tropical disease, construction, civil engineering, and social history of the workers.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): General audience
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Maritime Nation 1800-1850
Section of the online exhibit On the Water: Stories from Maritime America focused on the maritime history of the United States during the first half of the nineteenth century. Learn how shipbuilders, mariners, and maritime merchants helped the new nation defend itself and grow. Topics covered are the roles that privateers played during the American Revolution and the War of 1812, immigration, early steam travel and coastal shipping in the Atlantic Ocean, the California Gold Rush, and the life-saving technology that was used to rescue the victims of shipwrecks.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Native Village of Alutiiq Education Guide
Education guide on the modern Native Alaska community (the Sugpiat people). Includes four lesson plans exploring petroglyphs (rock art), creating a poem from “found” words, seeing how geographic factors influence the culture, economy, and politics of the Alutiiq people, and investigating the impact the Exxon Valdez oil spill had on the Alutiiq. Targets grades 9-12.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 9–12
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New York – The Connected City
Online exhibit exploring how early America’s dependence on maritime shipping made New York City and its harbor America’s connecting point to the world. This is the sixth section of the online exhibit entitled America on the Move.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Owney the Dog! A Curriculum Guide for Teachers
Interdisciplinary lessons based on the travels of a dog named Owney who became a mascot for the Railway Mail Service in the 1880s and for the National Postal Museum today. Designed for second-grade classes, it includes lessons for students with special needs in reading, math, and writing.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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People on the Move
Online exhibit exploring how American history was shaped by those immigrating to the U.S., migrating within its borders, or even returning to their native lands. This is the fifth section of the online exhibition America on the Move.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Rebel Music: A Musical Tour of the Maroon Communities
Focuses on the music of the ex-slave communities in the Americas. Songs reflect the influence of African, Native American, and European music. Includes music samples and videos of performances.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Smithsonian Affiliations
Links to Smithsonian Affiliate museums across the nation. Find out if there is an Affiliate near you.
Provider: Smithsonian Affiliations
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Grade(s): All grades
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The Soldier's Experience- Vietnam versus World War I
Lesson plan has students analyze museum artifacts and first-person accounts of daily life as a soldier in World War I and the Vietnam War. After research, students take on different roles to create a newscast about the experience of fighting in these two wars. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Travis Panorama
Section of the online exhibit West Point in the Making of America featuring a dramatic recreation of artist William D.T. Travis’ panorama commissioned by veterans of the Army of the Cumberland to memorialize the career of General William S. Rosecrans and his campaigns in Kentucky and Tennessee.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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What’s Tops at the Udvar-Hazy Center?
With this self-guided tour of the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center (Reston, VA), children are encouraged to vote for their favorite aircraft and spacecraft. Includes a gallery map.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Women Breaking Musical Barriers: She Isn’t Supposed to Play That
Website traces the history and diversity of women in music through text, video recordings, and audio recordings.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Women of Our Time
Interactive gallery displaying photographs of some of twentieth-century America’s most famous and influential women. Includes audio commentary by the exhibit’s curator and documentary video about the evolution of photographic portraiture.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits
Lesson plan has students study portraits of famous African Americans in history, explain the social and political impact of each portrait sitter, and discuss what it means to take a stand. Targets grades 3-6.
Provider: National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Civil War @ Smithsonian
Online exhibition dedicated to examining the Civil War through the Smithsonian Institution's extensive collections. Includes uniforms, equipment, weapons, paintings, and photographs of the war's most celebrated personalities organized by topic as well as a timeline of the war and additional resources.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
Grade(s): General audience
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Portraits, Visual and Written
Lessons introduce students to the lives and works of Louisa May Alcott and Samuel Clemens through portraits as well as through their writings. Students come away with a better understanding of how the events of one’s life can be an inspiration for creative writing.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Edge of Enchantment
Exhibit presenting the pictures and stories of the people of Huatulco and Huamelula as they talk about their families, the beliefs and practices that sustain their sense of who they are, the ceremonial landscapes to which they remain rooted, and the development and migration now changing their world. Shows and describes many of the places in Mexico known as encantos or enchanted places.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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Exploring the Planets
School group tour examining the relationship of Earth to the other planets in our solar system. For grades 3-8.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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GPS: A New Constellation
Online exhibition exploring Global Positioning System (GPS) aerospace technology, which uses satellites and ground equipment to determine position anywhere on Earth.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Mr. President: Profile of Our Nations Leaders
Website with brief biographies, vital stats, and National Portrait Gallery paintings of all presidents, from Washington to the present. A site for research, homework help, or just browsing.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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American Indian Heritage Teaching Resources
A catalog of web links to Smithsonian educational sites related to Native Americans.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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American Women
A selection of portraits from the National Portrait Gallery celebrating the lives and careers of 65 noteworthy American women, ranging from Jane Addams to Pat Nixon to Margaret Sanger.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Apollo to the Moon
Online exhibition detailing the U.S.-Soviet space race, including the formation of NASA, the lunar missions, the moon landing, and more.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Battle of the Bulge: Americans Respond to a German Surprise
Lesson plan using a video clip and primary sources to develop an understanding of the challenges facing the ground troops during World War II’s Battle of the Bulge. Students use this understanding to roleplay one of those soldiers and write a letter home. Includes background information and full-color primary sources.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Educational Videoconferencing
Programs, National Air and Space Museum information and registration for museum-school videoconferencing programs that complement science, social studies and history curricula. Advance registration is required.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Native Words, Native Warriors
Online exhibit examines how Native code talkers used their languages to serve their country and to continue the warrior tradition during World Wars I and II. Contains a large collection of pictures, stories, and audio interviews/tours that follow the story of the Native American code talkers from before the war to coping with life afterwards.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Smithsonian Education Online Conference: Problem Solving with Smithsonian Experts
This archived online conference features live presentations, moderated forums, and demonstrations of how Smithsonian specialists use critical thinking skills to solve problems in their areas of expertise. The website includes session recordings, topic discussions, and related resources. The conference covers four areas of exploration: Understanding the American Experience, Valuing World Cultures, Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe, and Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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African Americans in Air and Space History
Guided tour exploring the achievements of pioneering African American pilots and astronauts.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Creativity & Resistance: Maroon Cultures in the Americas
Online exhibition highlighting the history and cultural traditions of Maroons, descendants of Africans who freed themselves from captivity in the Americas. Contains exhibit description, virtual tour, and teaching guides that can be utilized to create lesson plans covering topics relevant to slavery, culture, migration, and language.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Introduction to Cultural Diversity
Encourages students to think about different perspectives. Encourages discussion on how we relate to others, similarities between cultures, and commonalities in worldviews. Flexible for varying state standards and curricula.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Abraham Lincoln: The Face of a War
Lessons in which Smithsonian portraits of Lincoln introduce a study of the Civil War. Analysis of the portraits—the famous “cracked-plate” photograph, two plaster “life masks,” and an eyewitness drawing of Lincoln’s arrival in the enemy capital of Richmond, Virginia—leads to an analysis of the times.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Art to Zoo: “Blacks in the Westward Movement,” “What Can You Do with a Portrait?” and “Of Beetles, Worms, and Leaves of Grass” (1976)
Premier issue of Art to Zoo, containing three sections: experiences of African Americans in westward expansion, the use of portrait art in the classroom, and the ordinary lawn as a habitat for plants and animals.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Exploring the Planets
Online exhibition highlighting the history and achievements of planetary explorations, both Earth-based and by spacecraft. Includes links to further information on the subject.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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One Life: The Mask of Lincoln
Five lesson plans in which images of Lincoln—in paintings, prints, photographs, plaster “life masks,” and the poetry of Walt Whitman—are the basis for a study of the Civil War. Also includes audio commentaries from the onsite exhibition.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Wolastoqewiyik Education Guide
Teacher's guide focusing on the First Nations community of New Brunswick, Canada. Contains two lessons aligned to national standards exploring the interdependency of all living things from the Wolastoqewiyik perspective and the importance of rivers to communities like First Nations.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Losing Ground
Lesson plan presenting the story of the Dust Bowl with two activities which demonstrate how the effects of farming practices contributed to severe soil erosion. Includes extensions for each activity.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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How Things Fly Teaching Poster
Teaching poster that includes classroom and gallery activities designed to prepare students for a visit to How Things Fly, an interactive exhibition on the physics of flight.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Making Friends with Franklin
Lesson plans in which portraits of Benjamin Franklin introduce his writings and scientific experiments. Students do their own writing and conduct their own experiments. In addition, they learn about the international scientific community in which Franklin was a prominent member.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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National Postal Museum Student Tours
Guided student tours aligned to District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia curriculum standards. Self-guided student tours also available for download. A lunch room may be reserved.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Smithsonian Source: Resources for Teaching American History
Teacher-selected primary sources are arranged by six topics: Civil Rights, Colonial America, Invention, Native American History, Transportation, and Westward Expansion. Includes videos, lesson plans, and Advanced Placement DBQs.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Main website for the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage includes information on the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, educator resources, cultural policy, publications, and exhibitions.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Unmasking the Maya: The Story of Sna Jtz’ibajom
The work of a Maya cooperative named Sna Jtz’ibaijom, which celebrates ancient Maya traditions and fights for awareness about modern Mayan life. Includes images of artifacts and people.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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A Brush with History
Website presenting portraits and biographies from the 1720s to the early 1990s, organized by time period, of men and women who have made significant contributions to the history of the United States. Includes an interactive quiz and teacher resources.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Office of Visitor Services
Main information page for people visiting the Smithsonian museums. Includes events calendar, hours, visitor guides, foreign language guides, exhibit highlights, museum information, Smithsonian news, tips on visiting with children, locations and maps, and information on tours, dining, and security policies.
Provider: Office of Visitor Services
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Document Detective
Lesson has students practice using primary sources to learn about slavery and the Underground Railroad by analyzing newspaper advertisements regarding runaway slaves. Part of the resource “Slave Life and the Underground Railroad.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Lexington and Concord: A Historical Interpretation Lesson
Lesson plan has students analyze historical images depicting Lexington and Concord and interpret the events there through different perspectives using a graphic organizer. Includes background information, full-color images of primary sources, and a student worksheet. Targets grades 6-9.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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American Railroads in the 20th Century
Webpage about American railroads during the 20th century. This reference page included in the America on the Move online exhibit tracks the development and impact (economic and social) of the American railroad from 1870 to today. Artifacts and period photographs enhance the presentation.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Be a Movie Director
Interactive game helping develop research skills and explore the Museum’s collections by creating a movie using images from an online image database. This interactive is included in the online exhibit America on the Move.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Drive Through Time
Game has players use a virtual time machine to explore modes of transportation during four different eras and create a photo album of their trip using period photographs. This game is included in the online exhibit America on the Move.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8
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Exploring the Gettysburg Address
Teacher's guide included in the online exhibit, The Gettysburg Address. Includes tips on how to use the interactive document tool, suggested discussion questions, and recommended resources.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Fifteen Objects That Changed Postal History
Online exhibition using 15 objects (and related objects) to trace major changes in postal history. These objects, with high-quality images and descriptions, represent changes in the way patrons used the mail system, how the mail is processed, how it is transported, and how mail carriers have delivered the mail.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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