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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Counseling and Guidance (K - 12), or English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What Makes a Leader?
Description: In this lesson, students will learn about various leadership qualities and historical American leaders. Each student will research an American leader of their choice and create a presentation about their life and impact on our country using the iPad app Educreations. Students will then participate in a class discussion about their thoughts on the researched leaders and how they can show leadership in their everyday lives. 


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Social Studies (1 - 2)
Title: All-American Diva, Ruby Bridges
Description: In this lesson, students will discover the impact Ruby Bridges made in history when she became the first black child to attend a white school.  Your students will be sure to fall in love with the story Ruby has to tell and how this child's courage changed life in the United States.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Biography Project: Exploring the Past in 21st Century Ways
Description: Through this project-based lesson, students will do research on and create an oral presentation based on the life of an influential Famous American. Students will utilize various means to glean information, from online databases, various websites, and age-appropriate biographical literature to prepare for the final product: a "Living Wax Museum." Students will determine the most relevant information to write a script presented in the form of an oral presentation. The presentations will also be recorded and published as a podcast for sharing on the teacher's website.


Subject: Social Studies (2 - 10)
Title: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, ROUTE TO FREEDOM
Description: This activity will require the teacher and student to travel throughout the school and its buildings as they travel the underground railroad. As they travel they will stop at safe houses, rest and eat before they proceed finally crossing the Ohio River to freedom.


Subject: Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Become a Thanksgiving Historian
Description: Students may be surprised to find out that some ideas they have about the history of Thanksgiving are actually myths. In this lesson students become a true "Thanksgiving historian" by completing a Venn diagram about the Wampanoag people and the Pilgrims with information acquired through Internet searches.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (2), or Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Penny For Your Thoughts
Description: This is an outline for a week-long lesson usually taught in the month of February around President's Day. It is an interdisciplinary study combining coin identification with a literature-based study of the Presidents represented on the coins.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Social Studies (K - 2)
Title: President's Day for Special Education/Early Elementary
Description: This lesson helps special education/early elementary students learn about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and discuss how each demonstrated the character trait of honesty.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Social Studies
Title: Send a Lincoln Letter      Add Bookmark
Description: Writing and receiving letters is fun! In 1860, Grace Bedell wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln and took it to her local post office to mail it. A week later, a very special letter was waiting for her when she returned! Write a letter and then take it to the post office using helpful advice in this resource from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Included in an OurStory module, entitled A Letter to Abraham Lincoln, this activity will encourage children to write letters to friends and family as well as learn more about their local post office. OurStory is a series of modules designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources will allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Harriet Tubman: An Informative and Impressionistic Look      Add Bookmark
Description: Students take a hands-on approach to examining the life of Harriet Tubman through a comparison of informative resources and impressionistic art.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Word Art with King's Words      Add Bookmark
Description: Examine one or more of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s letters or speeches and turn powerful words and phrases into word art using the online Wordle tool. Included in an OurStory module from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence'' , this activity is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Imagining Abraham Lincoln      Add Bookmark
Description: Cartoons are great documents that can tell both funny and serious stories. In this activity, from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, children will first read Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers. Then they will use what they have learned about Abraham Lincoln and their critical thinking skills to add a scene to the story in the form of a comic strip. Included in an Ourstory module entitled A Letter to Abraham Lincoln, this activity is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources will allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies/ma
Title: Math and Measuring the Star-Spangled Banner      Add Bookmark
Description: Just how big is the Star-Spangled Banner? In this classroom activity, students will visualize the area of the famous flag by measuring pieces of string and attaching them to create an outline of the Star-Spangled Banner. This activity is included in the online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Harriet Tubman: Secret Messages Shared through Song      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, students are introduced to the African-American spiritual and its use of a secret language to share information within the slave community.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Stars and Stripes Forever: Flag Facts for Flag Day      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, students learn what a symbol is while developing their understanding of how one particular symbol, the American Flag, plays an important role in the everyday lives of American citizens. Learning the history of the flag helps instill in students respect for our national symbol and helps them learn appropriate etiquette regarding our flag. Students learn that other symbols of our country, such as the President and certain holidays, like Flag Day, are important to us as well. Students can also contribute symbols from their familial, ethnic and national cultures to show the diversity of American society and its links to other parts of the world.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies,Language Arts
Title: Read Martin's Big Words      Add Bookmark
Description: Martin's Big Words is an illustrated biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Included in an OurStory module entitled "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence'' , this activity includes strategies that will help adults and children actively read "Martin's Big Words'' together. OurStory is a series of modules designed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Harriet Tubman: Dancing on the Freedom Trail      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, students are introduced to the emotional struggles Tubman faced as she helped slaves escape and travel north along the Underground Railroad.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Chemistry , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Social Work , Vocational Education - Trade and Industrial , Vocational Education - General Vocational Education , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Who Is the Unknown Soldier?      Add Bookmark
Description: Happy Veterans Day! Let's learn about how we can honor those who have died serving our country… even when we don't know their identities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Foreign Languages - Speaking , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - Sociology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - Urban Studies , Social Studies - World History , Adult & Family Literacy - Advocacy , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building
Title: What Is the Medal Of Honor?      Add Bookmark
Description: Each Memorial Day, Americans honor those who have lost their lives while serving their country in the military. Wonderopolis pays tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice with a look at the highest military decoration a soldier can receive: the Medal of Honor.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Picturing First Families      Add Bookmark
Description: Students put together clues about America's original First Family, their lives, and this period in American history. Students learn why we pay tribute to George Washington today by featuring his portrait on our currency. For contrast, students compare the National Portrait Gallery's Washington portraits with contemporary images of the First Family in the White House today. They gain an understanding of the significant role the First Family plays in representing the nation and the image of American families projected to other countries.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Like Father, Like Son: Presidential Families      Add Bookmark
Description: This unit of four lessons, from EDSITEment, provides an opportunity for students to learn about and discuss two U.S. families in which both the father and son became President. Students address questions such as: What types of people might become President of the United States? What type of training as a child do you think these father/son pairs had to enable them to become President? Students explore how these Presidential sons were like their fathers, and personally explore how they think they are like their own parents.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: The Underground Railroad Route      Add Bookmark
Description: Activity. Students will identify slave states and free states during the time of the Underground Railroad, explore the challenges of escaping, and choose the route they would have taken.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 1,2



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Environmental Health , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Agriculture , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Science - Biology , Science - Botany , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Science - Natural History , Science - Physical Sciences , Science - Zoology , Social Studies - Geography , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Is a Civil Right?      Add Bookmark
Description: Let's honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by taking a closer look at civil rights!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Portrait of a Hero      Add Bookmark
Description: Through the series of interactive activities in this EDSITEment unit, students explore their beliefs about heroes and heroism. They share names of familiar figures they consider to be heroes, and then closely examine their reasons for believing each one is a hero. Students then view portraits of heroes from American history and glean a bit of background information on each one. They identify the heroic personality traits and characteristics of each hero. Students also broaden their understanding of what makes a hero, enabling them to identify the real-life heroes who surround them each day. Finally, students consider ways they, too, may become everyday heroes.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Arts - Architecture , Science - General Science , Science - Physics , Social Studies - Civics , Geography - Physical Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Is the Leaning Tower of Pisa Falling?      Add Bookmark
Description: No trip to Pisa, Italy, would be complete without a stop at this famous tower!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies,Geography
Title: Time Warp Trio      Add Bookmark
Description: ' Time Warp Trio'' is an NEH-funded television program on PBS. The animated series follows three children who travel through space and time to explore world history and cultures. The website features games and lesson plans.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 1,2,3



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Arts - Storytelling , Foreign Languages - Cultural Awareness , Language Arts - Story Telling , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Tall Is the Washington Monument?      Add Bookmark
Description: Join us in Wonderopolis as we look up, up, up in the sky at a monument to one of the Founding Fathers.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Long Is the Longest Bridge?      Add Bookmark
Description: On May 27, 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, was opened to pedestrians for the first time. It remains a marvel of architecture and engineering., Join us in Wonderopolis for a look at some of the longest bridges in the world!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Looking at Memorials      Add Bookmark
Description: Field trips to memorials are great ways to learn about how communities remember important events. In this activity, students will do a digital field trip to learn more about the Pentagon's memorial for September 11,2001, and then visit a local memorial. Part of an OurStory module entitled September 11, 2001, this activity includes discussion prompts and background information. OurStory is designed to help children and adults explore history together through the use of children's literature, museum objects, and hands-on activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Reading The Little Chapel That Stood      Add Bookmark
Description: Use this guide to actively read The Little Chapel that Stood, a picture book about September 11, 2001. Part of an OurStory module entitled September 11, 2001, this activity includes discussion prompts, a glossary, and background information. OurStory is designed to help children and adults explore history together through the use of children's literature, museum objects, and hands-on activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies
Title: 10-Sep-2001      Add Bookmark
Description: September 11, 2001 was a shocking day in American history. By using this OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, children and adults can start discussing the events of that day through children's literature, museum objects, and hands-on activities. Focused around The Little Chapel that Stood a work of children's literature about a Ground Zero chapel that became a hub of rescue and recovery efforts, the module includes links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings for further exploration.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Slave Life and the Underground Railroad Homepage      Add Bookmark
Description: Students will learn about slavery, slave life and the Underground Railroad in this OurStory module. OurStory is a series of modules designed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Body Systems and Senses , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: Could You Be Royalty?      Add Bookmark
Description: Today's royal Wonder of the Day is filled with kings, queens, princes and princesses. Grab your crown and join us!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Smithsonian Collections Search      Add Bookmark
Description: Search over 7.4 million records with 568,100 images, video and sound files, electronic journals and other resources from the Smithsonian's museums, archives libraries.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Man-in-Service Flag      Add Bookmark
Description: When displayed in a home, business, or church, the flag indicates that one member of the family or other group is actively serving in the armed forces. A blue star indicates a member currently serving, while a gold star indicates a member killed while serving.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Leaving Things Behind      Add Bookmark
Description: What would you take if you were suddenly forced to move? In this activity, students will make this decision after reading and responding to a quote by a woman who was forced to move to a Japanese American internment camp during World War II. It is included in an OurStory module entitled Life in a WWII Japanese American Internment Camp. OurStory is a series of modules designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Make your Own Fish Kite      Add Bookmark
Description: In this activity, students will learn how to make their own fish kites, called koinobori. Koinobori are an important expression of Japanese culture that became an important part of life for children in Japanese American internment camps during World War II. This resource is included in an OurStory module entitled Life in a WWII Japanese American Internment Camp. OurStory is a series of modules designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Remembering King      Add Bookmark
Description: Think of three symbols to represent Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and create a window decoration with those symbols. Included in an OurStory module from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence'' , this activity is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Oh, Say Can You Seeand       Add Bookmark
Description: Students will learn about the history behind the writing of ''The Star-Spangled Banner.''
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Protest Signs      Add Bookmark
Description: Protest signs are a powerful and important way for people to express their feelings. In this activity children will compare 2 protest signs from the civil rights movement and then create their own expressive chalk art or poster. It is included in an OurStory module entitled Students Sit for Civil Rights. OurStory is a series of modules designed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources allow children to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Culture of Puerto Rico: Become a Collector      Add Bookmark
Description: Becoming a collector is easy and fun! By following this guide, from the "OurStory'' series produced by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will learn how to start their own collection after reading about Teodor Vidal, a man who collected objects from Puerto Rico. "OurStory'' is a series of modules designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, "OurStory'' resources will allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Reading Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers      Add Bookmark
Description: This useful reading guide will help engage young readers as they read Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers, a children's book based on a true story about a girl who writes a letter to Abraham Lincoln. It includes 4 active reading helpers that will help children identify new vocabulary, make predictions and think about the characters and their emotions. Part of an OurStory module entitled A Letter to Abraham Lincoln, from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, this resource is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources will allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Arts - Sculpture , Arts - Stone Carving , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - World History , Geography - Physical Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Are Bald Eagles Really Bald?      Add Bookmark
Description: What's that up in the sky? A plane? Superman? No! It's the national bird of the United States!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Freedom Songs      Add Bookmark
Description: Songs played an important role during the civil rights movement. In this activity, students will listen to freedom songs and then make their own version of one of the songs. It is included in an OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled Students Sit for Civil Rights. OurStory is a series of modules designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources allow children to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Students Sit for Civil Rights Homepage      Add Bookmark
Description: Students Sit for Civil Rights is an OurStory module that includes activities based on reading Freedom on the Menu, a work of children's literature about the Greensboro sit-ins that played an important role during the civil rights movement. OurStory is a series of modules designed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Slave Life and the Underground Railroad: Read "Follow the Drinking Gourd''       Add Bookmark
Description: In this activity, students will increase their knowledge of slavery, slave life and the Underground Railroad by answering questions about the book and song "Follow the Drinking Gourd'' and then write and illustrate a poem of letter playing the role of a conductor, agent or passenger of the Underground Railroad. It is included in an "OurStory'' module entitled Slave Life and the Underground Railroad.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Headlines of History      Add Bookmark
Description: In this activity, students will examine an historical newspaper, a piece of historical fiction, and their social studies textbooks for accounts of the civil rights movement, and then define equality and discrimination. They will then use these definitions to look for instances of equality and discrimination in modern society. Part of an "OurStory'' module entitled "Students Sit for Civil Rights'' , this activity will help students develop their research and analysis skills. OurStory is a program from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Was the Underground Railroad?      Add Bookmark
Description: If you live in an area with mass transportation, you may think the Underground Railroad is the subway. But you won't find any engines or tracks in this wonder. Hop on board as we travel to the past to learn all about the path to freedom!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Arts - Art History , Arts - Creative Movement , Arts - History , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Meteorology , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Movement and Music , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Is Jazz?      Add Bookmark
Description: Wonderopolis is calling all cool cats to the bayou for a musical lesson about the sweet sounds that make up the unique art form that is jazz., Mardi Gras - the biggest party in New Orleans - is about to start, so turn up the volume and move to the beat. Today's Wonder of the Day will be music to your ears!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Mathematics - Number Theory , Philosophy - Existentialism , Philosophy - Phenomenology , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Astronomy , Science - Physics , Science - Space Sciences , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition?      Add Bookmark
Description: On May 14, 1804, a small group of brave souls set out on an expedition to explore unfamiliar territory. Join us in Wonderopolis today as we travel alongside Lewis and Clark on their legendary adventure!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Physical Education,Social Studies
Title: Running the Blockade      Add Bookmark
Description: Calling all ships! Play an outdoor game loosely based on Civil War signaling and navy strategy. Part of an OurStory module entitled Full Steam to Freedom, this activity includes game instructions for groups of 3 or more players, discussion questions, and historical background information. OurStory is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Cher Ami      Add Bookmark
Description: Cher Ami was a registered Black Check cock carrier pigeon, one of 600 birds owned and flown by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in France during World War I. He delivered twelve important messages within the American sector at Verdun; on his last mission, October 4, 1918, he was shot through the breast and leg by enemy fire but still managed to return to his loft with a message capsule dangling from the wounded leg. The message Cher Ami carried was from Major Charles S. Whittlesey's "Lost Battalion" of the Seventy-seventy Infantry Division that had been isolated from other American forces. The message brought about the relief of the 194 battalion survivors, and they were safe behind American lines shortly after the message was received. For his heroic service, Cher Ami was awarded the French Croix de Guerre with palm. He was returned to the United States and died at Fort Monmouth, N.J. on June 13, 1919, as a result of his wounds. Cher Ami was later inducted into the Racing Pigeon Hall of Fame in 1931, and received a gold medal from the Organized Bodies of American Pigeon Fanciers in recognition of his extraordinary service during World War I.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Body Systems and Senses , Health - Consumer Health , Health - Nutrition , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: Who Was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?      Add Bookmark
Description: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. Over the course of his life, he traveled the country speaking about equality for all people. Today we celebrate his birthday and take a look back to see how one life can change the world.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Educational Technology,Language Arts,Physical Education,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Full Steam to Freedom      Add Bookmark
Description: Robert Smalls was born a slave in South Carolina, but made a daring escape to freedom on the ship CSS Planter and joined the Union in fighting to end slavery in America. By using this OurStory module, children and adults can enjoy exploring one aspect of the Civil War. Focused on actively reading Seven Miles to Freedom , an illustrated biography of Robert Smalls, this module also includes links to a related outdoor game, classroom-based newspaper investigation and online exploration.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Mathematics,Physical Education,Science,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Great Websites for Kids      Add Bookmark
Description: Created by the American Library Association, this portal website helps parents and children find age appropriate educational materials on the Internet.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7



Subject: Social Studies
Title: General George Washington, Military Leader      Add Bookmark
Description: Use artifacts and a historical letter to discuss George Washington's leadership during the War of Independence and the qualities of great leaders. This lesson plan, which includes background information, full color primary sources, and a transcript of a letter about George Washington, was produced to accompany the exhibition "The Price of Freedom: Americans at War,'' by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Geography - Cartography , Geography - GIS , Geography - Human Geography , Geography - Physical Geography , Vocational Education - Technical
Title: Who Was the Most Famous Female Aviator?      Add Bookmark
Description: The Blue Angels, a team of special U.S. Navy aerobatic pilots, wow crowds of people around the country. Only a century ago, however, airplanes were something very new., Read on to meet Amelia Earhart, a pilot and pioneer in aviation. Amelia may not have been flying loops upside down, but just like the Blue Angels, she impressed crowds in her own important way.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Andrew Jackson's Uniform Coat      Add Bookmark
Description: Andrew Jackson wore this uniform coat at the Battle of New Orleans, January 8, 1815; it was also worn by Jackson when he sat for his portrait by artist Ralph E. W. Early, about 1815
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Careers , Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Process Skills , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Criminology , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - Sociology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Many Judges Are On the Supreme Court?      Add Bookmark
Description: The United States Supreme Court holds a special place in the U.S. government. In honor of Women's History Month and former Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's birthday, Wonderopolis takes a closer look at the individuals who together form the last stop on the road to justice.,
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Arts - Architecture , Foreign Languages - Bilingualism , Foreign Languages - Cultural Awareness , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Tall Is the Eiffel Tower?      Add Bookmark
Description: On March 31, 1889, engineer Gustave Eiffel and the French prime minister attended a ceremony to dedicate what would become the most iconic symbol of Paris and France. Oui, we're talking about the Eiffel Tower!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Health - Body Systems and Senses , Health - Chronic Conditions , Health - Consumer Health , Health - Disease , Health - Preventative Health , Health - Research , Language Arts - Speech , Language Arts - Spelling , Language Arts - Story Telling , Language Arts - Whole Language , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Why Don't We Work On Labor Day?      Add Bookmark
Description: Labor Day may sound like a lot of work, but it's actually a chance to rest and enjoy the company of family and friends. Let's explore why we celebrate this day each year.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Science,Social Studies
Title: NOVA: Pyramids      Add Bookmark
Description: Jointly designed by NOVA and PBS, this site gives elementary and middle school students an overview of Egyptology and the continuing archaeological excavation of the Pyramids at Giza. It contains textual information, diagrams, and images.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History
Title: Where Was Abraham Lincoln Born?      Add Bookmark
Description: Follow Donna and her grandson, Landen, as they take a tour of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park in Hodgenville, Kentucky. Then read on to learn more about Abraham Lincoln's humble beginnings as a young boy in Kentucky. Happy birthday, Mr. President!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Declaration of Independence Desk      Add Bookmark
Description: strong class="cent_widget3" The Declaration of Independence Desk strong In 1776 Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence on this portable desk of his own design. It features a hinged writing board and a locking drawer for papers, pens, and inkwell.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Mount Vernon      Add Bookmark
Description: This is a link to the official website of George Washington's famous Virginia home. The site presents information about life at Mount Vernon, as well as detailed information about Washington himself. For teachers and students wishing to learn about George Washington, this website is a good place to start. Students can take an online tour of the Mount Vernon plantation, and there are ready-made lesson plans for teachers to use with their classes. Information about slave life at Mount Vernon is also readily available.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: POTUS.com      Add Bookmark
Description: POTUS.com consists of detailed biographies of every president from George Washington to George W. Bush. Each president has a comprehensive individual section devoted to them specifically. In each section teachers and students can find a great deal of information about the (residents, including dates, cabinet members, general information, video and audio media resources. In addition, the site offers links to other helpful internet resources for each individual president. The site is a great starting point for students wishing to begin researching a specific president.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: By Popular Demand: Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies      Add Bookmark
Description: The Library of Congress presents Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies through this website. A great resource for students who are looking for images to help with presidential research, this site also includes advice on how to understand and work with the collection of portraits.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Language Arts - Reading , Language Arts - Reading Aloud , Language Arts - Story Telling , Language Arts - Vocabulary , Language Arts - Writing (composition) , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Who Wrote the National Anthem?      Add Bookmark
Description: Oh, say, can you sing? Even if you can sing, you might not be able to pull off the U.S. national anthem., It's a beautiful, yet difficult song to sing, and it often brings out patriotic emotions in those who hear it. Join us in Wonderopolis today as we learn about the inspiration behind the words that stir the hearts of the free and the brave!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Rappahannock Forge Musket      Add Bookmark
Description: Congress was finding it difficult to arm its soldiers after Lexington and Concord. By 1778, there were six Continental arsenals located in the colonies. Virginia founded a state gun factory in 1775 but most states resorted to employing private gunmakers who gathered mixed and scavenged parts to fashion muskets. Virginia's Rappahanock Forge was one of the private gunmakers supplying the colonies. It is estimated that during the War of Independence about 80,000 muskets were American mixed-pattern muskets.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life Homepage      Add Bookmark
Description: This online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. It is the first time that the Museum has displayed many of the major holdings of the Smithsonian's Lincoln collection together at one time. The exhibition covers each major period of Lincoln's private and public life, especially his years in Washington when he made the crucial decisions that ended slavery and preserved the nation. Also included are the artifacts of Lincoln's assassination-his top hat, the prison hoods of the conspirators, and other sobering reminders of this tragic story. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos      Add Bookmark
Description: The Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueos is a research center dedicated to the study and interpretation of the Puerto Rican experience in the United States. Operating out of Hunter College, the City University of New York, the Centro is committed to making their research available and useful to those in community organizations, public policy, academia and the public at large via their website.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project      Add Bookmark
Description: The Densho Project is a non-profit educational organization that preserves historical first-person accounts, photographs and documents in a digital archive. Digitally videotaped oral history interviews include personal experiences of immigration, family life, mass incarceration of Japanese Americans by their government during World War II, efforts to obtain redress for the denial of civil rights, and many other topics. This resource links past and present by providing primary and secondary source material on Japanese American experiences, as part of American history. The Densho Project works to educate future generations, collaborating with teachers and students in communities nationwide, preserving history, and inspiring people to act with respect, compassion and fairness.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: George Washington's Epaulettes      Add Bookmark
Description: These epaulettes were worn by George Washington and can be seen in life portraits painted by celebrated American artist Charles Willson Peale between 1779 and 1780. The British Army, which served as the model for the Continental army, adopted epaulettes as officers' rank insignia in 1768. Continental army regulations for the use of epaulettes were first published in the General Orders dated June 18, 1780. According to these orders, major generals were to wear an epaulette on each shoulder with two stars on each epaulette. A brigadier general wore an epaulette on each shoulder with one star on each epaulette. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: National First Ladies Library      Add Bookmark
Description: Background on the women of the White House.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: About the Supreme Court      Add Bookmark
Description: The United States Government's official Supreme Court Website is a fantastic resource for both students and teachers. Links to the Constitution can be found on this site, as well as a history of the court, traditions past and present a list of past justices, and profiles of current justices.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site Homepage      Add Bookmark
Description: This site is the official National Park Service website of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site. It is a great source of historical information about the ruling, and has information about Monroe Elementary School in Topeka, Kansas, which was one of the segregated schools African American plaintiffs in the case were forced to attend after being refused admission to schools for whites in their neighborhoods. There are resources for teachers and students, as well as information for visiting Monroe Elementary, which in now a museum.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Brown v. Board of Education at 50      Add Bookmark
Description: This website, sponsored by the Howard University School of Law, is the homepage of the celebration and commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court Ruling in 1954. Howard University and the Howard University School of Law played historic roles leading to the decision in Brown and afterwards in realizing its promise. This website contains information relating to the people and the historic events leading up to and following Brown.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary,Educational Technology,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Voices of Democracy      Add Bookmark
Description: The Voices of Democracy project is designed to promote the study of great American speeches and public debates. The emphasis of the project is on the actual words of those who, throughout American history, have defined the country's guiding principles, debated the great social and political controversies of the nation's history, and shaped the identity and character of the American people. In the process of reinvigorating the humanistic study of U.S. oratory, the Voices of Democracy project aims to foster understanding of the nation's principles and history and to promote civic engagement among humanities students, teachers, and scholars.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Remembering Jim Crow      Add Bookmark
Description: In the documentary entitled Remembering Jim Crow , Americans—black and white—remember and reflect on life in the time of Jim Crow. The accompanying website breaks down the documentary into sections, and features audio clips that accompany each documentary section. Students and teachers can read personal histories of segregation, and can also access a sampling of repressive Jim Crow laws by individual southern state. An excellent link to various resources is included for students wishing to research the topic further. Remembering Jim Crow was produced by American Radioworks and American Public Media.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Jefferson Banner      Add Bookmark
Description: This cloth banner celebrates the electoral victory of Thomas Jefferson over John Adams in the presidential election of 1800. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: George Washington's Camp Chest      Add Bookmark
Description: At the time of the American Revolution, various boxes and chests transported soldier's individual effects, wardrobes, official military payrolls, church communion altars, and other necessities. George Washington's well-appointed personal camp chest, or "mess kit,'' enabled him to dine in a manner reflecting his position as commander of the Continental Army. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Presidential Timeline of the Twentieth Century      Add Bookmark
Description: This resource, designed by Learning Technology Center in the University of Texas at Austin College of Education, features an interactive timeline that tells the stories of the American presidents of the twentieth century, from Herbert Hoover to William Jefferson Clinton. Each presidents biographic information is included along with interpretation of the major issues and events of their presidencies. The site also allows students to view special exhibitions relating to twentieth century events like the Great Depression and the Vietnam War, and a gallery of personal images from the lives of each of these twelve presidents.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Cross-Disciplinary,Social Studies, Language Arts
Title: Women's History       Add Bookmark
Description: This feature from EDSITEment for Women's History Month is a collection of lessons and reviewed websites that brings the lives of major women writers, artists, social and political figures into your classroom and suggest innovative ways of learning about the many roles women have played in shaping their nations around the world.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Gunston Hall      Add Bookmark
Description: Gunston Hall's website is an excellent resource to help students and teachers research the life of George Mason. The resources included are a virtual tour of Gunston Hall and its surrounding grounds, timelines demonstrating George Mason's role in the American Revolution and the Constitutional Convention of 1787, an extensive online artifacts collection search and downloadable primary source documents written by George Mason. A section for educators provides classroom resources for teachers.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Ben's Guide to US Government for Kids      Add Bookmark
Description: This website, from the U.S. Government Printing Office, offers students explanations of America's founding documents, descriptions of the functions of each branch of American government, an outline of the American lawmaking process, and interactive games relating to American government and politics. Educators are given the choice to select from four different grade ranges, ensuring that students receive readings and activities that are targeted to their abilities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden Resources      Add Bookmark
Description: A list of the presidents, a time line of presidential candidates, a summary of the military service of presidents as well as a bibliography and web sites related to the presidency are the resources included in the online exhibition entitled The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Women's Declaration of Independence, July 1848      Add Bookmark
Description: This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to women's rights, and presents information about the Seneca Falls Convention and women's suffrage. Learn more about the history of the women's suffrage movement by visiting the EDSITEment lesson plans and EDSITEment-reviewed Web sites referenced on this page.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Japanese American Digital Archive      Add Bookmark
Description: A core component of the California Digital Library, the Online Archive of California (OAC) is a digital information resource that facilitates and provides access to materials such as manuscripts, photographs, and works of art held in libraries, museums, archives, and other institutions across California.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Japanese American Documentary Collection, National Museum of American History      Add Bookmark
Description: The collections of the American History Archives Center complement the Museum's artifacts and are used for scholarly research, exhibitions, journalism, documentary productions, school programs, and other research and educational activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving      Add Bookmark
Description: These resources from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian examine the deeper meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday for American Indians through the themes of environment, community, encounters, and innovations and provide information on the history of the Wampanoag people and the ceremony that inspired our Thanksgiving celebrations. The site includes teaching posters titled American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving , Harvest Ceremony: Beyond the Thanksgiving Myth , a Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address, images and additional resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Interactive Flag      Add Bookmark
Description: This interactive is included in the online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled "The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem'' . After using the interactive flag, students will be better able to examine objects for historical information, ask historical questions, research answers to historical questions, and present their findings. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: National Japanese American Historical Society      Add Bookmark
Description: The National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS), founded in 1980 in San Francisco, is a non-profit membership supported organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and dissemination of materials relating to the history and culture of Japanese Americans.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Interactive Star-Spangled Banner      Add Bookmark
Description: Explore features of the Star-Spangled Banner using this interactive flag included in the online exhibition entitled The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem. Using this interactive tool from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students can click on hotspots and learn something new about the flag each time they click. They can also zoom in on the image of the flag in order to see incredible detail. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: African American History Month      Add Bookmark
Description: The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Science,Social Studies
Title: January Calendar      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment calendar is a collection of peer-reviewed Web sites and EDSITEment lesson plans covering January holidays and special events. January's theme is '' Benjamin Franklin's 300th Birthday,'' and this calendar includes links to many EDSITEment lesson plans, Web site features and additional learning activities related to this theme.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: February - 2009 - Teaching Abraham Lincoln      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Spotlight, EDSITEment showcases a range of lessons, student interactives, and multimedia-rich websites that will help teachers, students, parents, and caregivers understand the world Lincoln lived in and the impact he had upon it.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Field Gun Captured at Saratoga      Add Bookmark
Description: Fought in 1777 in northern New York state, the Battle of Saratoga was a major battle of the Revolutionary War. Benedict Arnold, who had not yet turned traitor, was a leader of the American offensive, which forced the surrender of British troops under General John Burgoyne. When news of the American victory reached Europe, France entered the war on the side of the patriots. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Bon Appetite! Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian      Add Bookmark
Description: Julia Child shared the passions, philosophies, and products of the kitchen in her home, with family, friends, colleagues, and fans for 45 years. Learn about Julia Child and her profound effect on American popular culture, cooking and broadcast television through this online exhibition from the National Museum of American History. Students can use an interactive collection search to view selected objects from Julia's kitchen, browse an interactive storyline to discover more about Julia Child, her kitchen and her long love affair with cooking and look around the entire kitchen as it exists on exhibit at the Smithsonian using an interactive, panoramic photograph. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Price of Freedom: Learning Resources      Add Bookmark
Description: Included in this collection of learning resources connected with the online exhibition entitled "The Price of Freedom: Americans at War'' , are "Who Am I? A History Mystery'' , an interactive game in which students select a mystery character from the Civil War and examine objects that hold the key to their identity, and a teacher's manual that contains fifteen classroom activities for students in grades 5-12. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: The National Portrait Gallery      Add Bookmark
Description: The National Portrait Gallery, an EDSITEment-reviewed Blue Ribbon resource, contains a monumental collection of American portraiture. The gallery's Web site contains images of portraits, in all media, of men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: George Washington's Battle Sword and Scabbard      Add Bookmark
Description: George Washington wore this simple hanger as his battle sword while serving as commander of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Made in Fishkill, New York, by John Bailey, an immigrant cutler from Sheffield, England, the sword has a slightly curved, grooved steel blade, silver-mounted cross guard and pommel, and a green ivory grip. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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