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Plant a Seed
Activity guide related to First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson’s request to students that they plant a seed and track its growth. Includes tips for investigating native species, instructions on how to start a container garden, a worksheet for tracking your plant’s growth, and background information on Lady Bird’s environmental activism. Part of the resource “First Lady for the Environment.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Dear Mr. President
Lesson has students analyze a letter written in 1860 by eleven-year-old girl Grace Bedell to President Abraham Lincoln, then write their own letters to the president of the United States. Part of the resource “A Letter to Abraham Lincoln.” Targets grades 3-4.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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A Letter From George Washington
Online exhibit examining a letter from George Washington to Dr. David Stuart of the Virginia legislature. This letter describes many of Washington’s views on current events and the direction of the Nation. Includes a transcript of the letter and contextual information for highlighted sections of the letter.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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Abraham Lincoln in the Smithsonian Archives
Webpage includes primary-source materials on Lincoln’s relationship with the Smithsonian Institution during the Civil War.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Grade(s): General audience
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Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
Webinar,led by Smithsonian historian Harry Rubenstein tells a new and intimate story of Lincoln’s life and legacy.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life Homepage
Online exhibit on Abraham Lincoln. Covers each major period of his private and public life, especially his years in Washington when he made the crucial decisions that ended slavery and preserved the nation. Included are digital versions of many of the objects in the Smithsonian’s Lincoln collection.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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All the President's Children
Online activity matching clues with the images of children who lived in the White House in order to learn about their lives in the presidential mansion. Part of the online exhibit The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): General audience
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America's New Birth of Freedom: Documents from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Online exhibit featuring a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation and 10 letters expressing Lincoln's views on emancipation and the conclusion of the Civil War. Downloadable images of the original documents and four brief videos using Lincoln's words to answer questions about the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation show how Abraham Lincoln struggled with the same questions that many Americans had about the causes and costs of the bloodiest struggle in American history.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Beauty All Around You
Activity guide related to First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson and her work to protect the environment and bring beauty to every community. Includes tips for finding local botanical gardens, suggestions for activities to do while exploring a botanical garden or your neighborhood, and background information on Lady Bird’s environmental activism. This is part of the resource, “First Lady for the Environment.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Classroom Application of ‘One Life: The Mask of Lincoln’
Webinar in which participants consider what a portrait might say about Abraham Lincoln and they era in which he lived.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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