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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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The Patriot Papers from the “George Washington: A National Treasure” Website
Downloadable collections of stories inspired by the life and leadership qualities of George Washington. These stories sate curiosity about Washington's life and creatively place the reader within the time period. Includes online activities and editions organized by grade level.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
State Standards: View state standards for this resource
Grade(s): General audience
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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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History in the Making and Trading Places
Two lesson plans about the life of Roberto Clemente. Students create a timeline of events in Clemente’s life, aligning the timeline with major historical events. Next, students interpret and dramatize events in Clemente’s life, using role playing to identify with Clemente and empathize with victims of discrimination and prejudice.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
State Standards: View state standards for this resource
Grade(s): 4–8
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Lighting a Revolution
Online exhibit exploring the process of invention by comparing Thomas Alva Edison’s well-known work on the electric light bulb a century ago with several modern lighting inventions. Considers the process of innovation through five steps: preconditions, invention, promotion, competition, and consequences. A guest lounge and library include two photo galleries, scripts, and curator notes for the exhibit, a mystery object, links, a bibliography, and additional scientific and historic information.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Cosmos in Miniature: The Remarkable Star Map of Simeon De Witt
Online exhibit telling the story of early American science includes a digital reproduction of the oldest surviving Anglo-American star map. This map, created in 1780, reflects a story of scientific curiosity and the practical applications of astronomy in colonial America. Focuses on the map's creator, Simeon De Witt, and the scientific context in which he lived.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Smithsonian Source: Invention
Section of SmithsonianSource.org intended to supplement the materials you currently use for lessons on American inventions and innovations. Includes a video tracing the development of the electric guitar, DBQs, lesson plans organized by grade level, and primary-source documents from the Smithsonian collections.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): All grades
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¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz Homepage
Online exhibit exploring the life of Celia Cruz, an influential and legendary musical figure both in her native country of Cuba and in the United States. Visitors can connect her story to a variety of subjects including immigration, history, geography, music theory, music history, and art. Available in English and Spanish.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz: Printable Exhibition
Printable edition of the online exhibit ¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz. Celia Cruz is an influential and legendary musical figure both in her native country of Cuba and in the United States. Visitors can connect her story to a variety of subjects including immigration, history, geography, music theory, music history, and art. Available in English and Spanish. Targets grades 6-12
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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