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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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