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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence
Parent's guide with children’s activities based on a reading of Martin’s Big Words, an illustrated biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the celebrated civil rights leader who used nonviolent protest strategies during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Extraordinary Evidence
Lesson plan has students review the online exhibit, Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life, and conduct targeted historical research using artifacts and primary source documents. They examine Lincoln’s life and accomplishments and present the ways in which his life was extraordinary.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Find Grace's Family
Lesson has students analyze a primary source document, young Grace Bedell’s letter to Abraham Lincoln, to look for hints about Grace and her family. They will then draw a picture of Grace’s family based on the information they found. Part of the resource “A Letter to Abraham Lincoln.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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First Ladies at the Smithsonian Homepage
Online exhibit exploring the stories of the first ladies of the White House. From Martha Washington through Michelle Obama, the Smithsonian’s first ladies collection includes material related to their social and political activities as well as a collection of gowns. The exhibit also features thematic overviews of the many roles of first ladies, a timeline, and behind-the-scenes details on the history of the first ladies exhibitions.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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First Lady for the Environment Homepage
Activities and reading guide designed for parents to help their children learn more about First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson, wife of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and her work to protect the environment and bring beauty to every community. Includes reading suggestions and discussion questions for the illustrated biography Miss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers by Kathi Appelt as well as other activities related to the first lady.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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General George Washington, Military Leader
Lesson plan using artifacts and a historical letter to discuss George Washington's leadership during the War of Independence and the qualities of great leaders. Includes background information, full-color primary sources, and a transcript of a letter about George Washington written by his officers. Targets grades 2-6.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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George and Martha Washington: Portraits from the Presidential Years.
Online exhibit chronicles portraits of George and Martha Washington, enabling us to see him from the perspective of his contemporaries, who regarded him as a man of proven virtues and leadership qualities.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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George Washington: A National Treasure -- Interactive Portrait
Interactive portrait of George Washington helps you explore and interpret symbolic, biographic, and artistic elements found in the famous painting. Includes an audio introduction and highlighted elements within the painting that provide additional information.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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George Washington: A National Treasure Family Guide
This webpage uses Gilbert Stuart’s “Lansdowne portrait” of Washington as an entre into the subject of portraiture. Includes background information and an exploration of symbols in the painting.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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Imagining Abraham Lincoln
Lesson has children read Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers then use what they have learned about Abraham Lincoln to add a scene to the story in the form of a comic strip. Included in the resource “A Letter to Abraham Lincoln.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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