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Mr. Lincoln’s Airforce
Webinar in which Tom Crouch of the National Air and Space Museum discusses Abraham Lincoln’s embrace of new technology and his establishment of a balloon corps for reconnaissance missions during the Civil War.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Young America Lesson Plan: George Washington
In this lesson, students use a combination of artwork, everyday objects, and primary sources to learn about George Washington’s life and leadership during and after the American Revolution.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 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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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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Vietnam Documentary Footage of the Huey
Video consisting of selections from a documentary on the use of the Huey helicopter during the Vietnam War. This video accompanies The Price of Freedom: Americans at War online exhibit and is meant for use with “The Soldiers Experience” lesson plan. Targets grades 2-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): All grades
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Art to Zoo: Life in the “Promised Land”: African-American Migrants in Northern Cities, 1916-1940 (1990)
Lesson plan introducing students to the experience of African Americans who migrated from the rural South to the urban North between the world wars. Students write an article or essay based on an interview with a friend or family member with a migration experience.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Exile: Cuba and the United States
Lesson plan has students research the events of the Cuban revolution and its effect on U.S. – Cuban relations and U.S. foreign policy by utilizing the life story of Celia Cruz. Students will then prepare a story about the revolution as if they were members of a television news team reporting on events of the time. This lesson is a resource included in the online exhibition entitled ¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Answering the Call 1917-1945
Section of the online exhibit On the Water: Stories from Maritime America focused on the importance of the huge U.S. merchant fleet that supported soldiers fighting overseas in both world wars. Learn about the men and women who built the ships and risked their lives sailing them while playing a vital and unheralded role in the American war effort.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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United We Stand: Magazine Cover Analysis
Lesson plan using magazine covers from the United We Stand online exhibit to show the importance of efforts on the home front to the war effort in World War II and the role magazine publishers played in promoting national unity, supporting World War II, and selling war bonds. Students will analyze and interpret magazine covers from the July 1942 “United We Stand” magazine campaign and design their own magazine covers. Targets grades 6-8.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8
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