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Making the Star-Spangled Banner Homepage
Parent's guide designed to teach children the story of the flag that inspired the national anthem. Includes hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings. Targets grades K-5.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Native Words, Native Warriors Lesson Plan
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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Oh Freedom! Teaching African American Civil Rights through American Art at the Smithsonian
Interactive website that offers fresh ways of teaching about the Civil Rights Movement by making connections between history and art. It includes nearly 40 artworks, from a 1908 portrait of Booker T. Washington to the “Hope” portrait of President Obama. Web 2.0 tools bring teachers together to discuss the materials and to share lesson plans and activities.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Out of the Mails
Webpage exploring the journey of Hugh Finlay who in examining Britain’s North American colonial postal system, explicates how Ben Franklin sent his mail for free, showing the mentality of the mail service on the loyalist and revolutionary sides of the war, and exploring the challenges of the postwar system.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Reading Baseball Saved Us
Lesson has children read information about the book Baseball Saved Us, its author and its illustrator. Includes images of objects from the online exhibit A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution. Part of the “Life in a WWII Japanese American Internment Camp” resource.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Smithsonian In Your Classroom: Final Farewells: Signing a Yearbook on the Eve of the Civil War
In this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students examine farewell messages written in an 1860 Rutgers College yearbook. The yearbook’s owner was a southerner at a northern college—a Texan who would die for the Confederacy. On close study, the messages to him reveal much about the complexities of this “brother's war.”
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Stamp Stories: Philatelic Images of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
Webinar in which Smithsonian educator Jeff Meade uses images on stamps to create a collection based on the theme of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War history.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Students' Response to 9/11: A Documentary Report
Lesson plan has students document the national response to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, using polls, comment cards from teenagers, and their own recollections. They write a script for a documentary illustrating how the feelings of Americans have changed or remained the same after September 11th and how the reactions of teens may differ from those of adults. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Systems at Work
Online version of an exhibition that traces the development of postal-delivery systems from the early nineteenth century to today. Each new system--from prepaid postage to ZIP codes to barcodes--is illustrated with a story in which we follow a letter or package from sender to recipient.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Thaddeus Lowe and Civil War Ballooning
Lesson plans based on the story of balloonist Lowe and his aerial reconnaissance work for the Union. The lessons can be used to introduce historical documents and other primary sources, and to address the question "How do we know what we know about history?"
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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