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Samuel P. Langley: Aviation Pioneer
Online exhibition presenting the life and work of Samuel P. Langley, third secretary (director) of the Smithsonian. Few know that Langley almost succeeded in building the airplane before the Wright brothers or about the Wrights’ tumultuous history with the Smithsonian. This little- known history is found here along with contextual images and primary documents.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Scientific Identity
Online collection of portraits in the Dibner Library featuring scientists, natural philosophers, engineers, and inventors.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Send a Lincoln Letter
Lesson has children write letters to family and friends as well as learn more about the local post office. Following a reading of Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers, about a young girl in 1860 who wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln and received a response, children will write their own letter and then mail it at the post office. Part of the resource “A Letter to Abraham Lincoln.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Smithsonian Education Online Conferenece: Abraham Lincoln
Archived online conference that takes a multidisciplinary look at President Abraham Lincoln on the bicentennial of his birthday. The sessions include “Lincoln’s Deathbed,” hosted by a Smithsonian historian, and “Mr. Lincoln’s Air Force” a presentation on the use of balloons during the civil war. Includes related Smithsonian resources.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): General audience
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Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers
Book accompanying the exhibition Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers. Portrays athletes, focusing on their participation in significant events and the social contexts that influenced them. Purchase required.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Stamp Stories of Abraham Lincoln
Assessment activity that emphasizes visual learning through postage stamps—little pictorial windows into American history. Students build their own stamp collections to show what they’ve learned and debate why their stamps reflect the history of Abraham Lincoln.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Taking to the Skies: The Wright Brothers and the Birth of Aviation
Online exhibition with a brief biography of the Wright brothers and the invention of the airplane. Includes images of related objects in the Smithsonian collections and further readings.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Artful Presidency: Selections from the Archives of American Art
Online exhibition on the intersecting lives of American artists and American presidents. Primary source materials include letters to artists from Andrew Jackson, Herbert Hoover, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt, and a handwritten poem by in praise of sculptor Hiram Powers by John Quincy Adams.
Provider: Archives of American Art
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Country Blues: Rural Soul Music of the Southern USA
Webpage asks, “What’s the blues?” Through audio and video clips of the Mississippi Delta country blues, listeners learn how the country blues evolved as a representative expression of African American life.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Death of Harrison
In this lesson plan, students analyze portraits to learn of events surrounding the death of William Henry Harrison and John Tyler's succession to the presidency. They apply their historical knowledge and analysis by writing newspaper articles that reflect their understanding of these events.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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