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Subject: Social Studies (11)
Title: Blogging the Home Front
Description: Students will create a journal of their fictionalized experiences on the home front of World War II. The journal will be presented in a blog format, dated correctly with images. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Social Studies (7 - 12)
Title: Famous Failures
Description: The students are shown a video of "Famous Failures" which provides examples of famous people who failed many times prior to becoming successful. The students are encouraged to discuss the different people in the video and are asked to think about the famous person's contributions. Was Walt Disney's impact greater than Henry Ford's? The students then (teacher facilitated) list the ten famous people they would put on a “Top 10 list." This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Social Studies (10 - 11)
Title: History: It's All Around Me
Description: Most students are unaware of the historical significances that can be found in their immediate surroundings. This lesson plan sends students on a quest to seek out areas of historical significance that can be found within their local area. Once students find these hidden historical gems they will report their findings via photo story. This lesson plan has been made with Alabama historical places of reference in mind; you will need to adapt it for your own individual state.


Subject: English Language Arts (11), or Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Holocaust Research Project
Description: Students will create a slide presentation in cooperative learning groups proving that the Holocaust did indeed occur.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Bracero Archive-Learning From Documents      Add Bookmark
Description: In this activity, one of three on the Bracero Archive website, students will examine two public laws and other primary resources related to the Bracero worker program and apply their knowledge to evaluate whether the program was carried out as intended.The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is part of a consortium of museums, universities, and cultural institutions documenting and preserving the history of the bracero program, a little-known chapter of American history in which an estimated two million Mexican men came to the United States between 1942-1964 on short-term labor contracts.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Bracero Archive-Learning From Photos      Add Bookmark
Description: In this activity, one of three on the Bracero Archive website, students will discuss their thoughts on immigration, learn about the Bracero labor program, and use photographs to develop deeper understandings of the Bracero labor program.The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is part of a consortium of museums, universities, and cultural institutions documenting and preserving the history of the bracero program, a little-known chapter of American history in which an estimated two million Mexican men came to the United States between 1942-1964 on short-term labor contracts.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: National Archives and Records Administration      Add Bookmark
Description: NARA makes available to the public the historically valuable records of the three branches of federal government: executive (including the President), legislative, and judicial. National Archives holdings include textual; audiovisual; cartographic and architectural; and electronic records.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Bracero History Archive-Spanish Version      Add Bookmark
Description: This website provides online access to this collection of oral histories, photos, documents, and objects related to bracero history. Students can browse the archive, use social bookmarking tools to share resources, add their own notes and make a poster using items from the archive, and contribute to the archive by adding their own stories about the bracero program.The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is part of a consortium of museums, universities, and cultural institutions documenting and preserving the history of the bracero program, a little-known chapter of American history in which an estimated two million Mexican men came to the United States between 1942-1964 on short-term labor contracts. The Bracero History Project has recorded more than 600 oral histories and has collected many objects.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Bracero History Archive      Add Bookmark
Description: This website provides online access to a collection of oral histories, photos, documents, and objects related to bracero history. Students can browse the archive, use social bookmarking tools to share resources, add their own notes and make a poster using items from the archive, and contribute to the archive by adding their own stories about the bracero program. The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is part of a consortium of museums, universities, and cultural institutions documenting and preserving the history of the bracero program, a little-known chapter of American history in which an estimated two million Mexican men came to the United States between 1942-1964 on short-term labor contracts. The Bracero History Project has recorded more than 600 oral histories and has collected many objects.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Manabi and Sumi Hirasaki National Resource Center      Add Bookmark
Description: The mission of the Hirasaki National Resource Center at the Japanese American National Museum is to provide access to the Museum's diverse collections related to Japanese Americans. The National Resource Center develops a collection of secondary materials that document the Japanese American experience. Access is provided not only to this reference collection, but also to the Museum's collections (primary materials) and to the institutional archives. Because education is a life-long pursuit, the Hirasaki National Resource Center is committed to providing service to all ages and skill levels.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
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 Americans and the U.S. Constitution: Justice      Add Bookmark
Description: Students will learn about the efforts of Japanese Americans to receive justice after their internment during World War II. This section of http://americanhistory.si.edu/perfectunion/experience/" A More Perfect Union , an online exhibition, uses artifacts from the Museum's collections, primary source documents, photographs and oral histories to discuss the court cases brought against the government, the formal apologies and efforts of redress by the government and the successes of members of the Japanese American community in post-war United States . Oral history transcripts are available in each subsection of this webpage.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution Collection Search      Add Bookmark
Description: In this resource, students can explore more than 800 artifacts from the online exhibition http://americanhistory.si.edu/perfectunion/experience/index.html" A More Perfect Union , including: archival photography, publications, original manuscripts, works of art, and handmade objects from the Museum's outstanding collection of items related to the Japanese American experience during World War II. A More Perfect Union focuses on the experiences of Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps during World War II.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Digital History      Add Bookmark
Description: This website is a comprehensive set of web based resources and activities suitable for students at every grade level. Produced through a collaborative partnership including the National Park Service, the University of Houston, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the Chicago Historical Society, t he site features a digital textbook with hypertext links, virtual exhibits featuring letters, artwork and artifacts, an interactive timeline, a collection of e-lectures, inquiry based learning units, and an extensive collection of online resources like maps, charts, and primary sources.
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: National Japanese American Memorial Foundation      Add Bookmark
Description: Construction of the National Japanese American Memorial on Federal land was authorized by statute (PL 102-502) and signed into law by President George Bush on October 24, 1992. Initially intended to commemorate Japanese American War veterans, the purpose has been extended to honor the patriotism of all Japanese Americans During World War II. The project for the Memorial was initiated in 1988 by the "Go For Broke" National Veterans Association Foundation. With the expanded scope of the project, the Foundation has been renamed as the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Japanese American Citizen's League      Add Bookmark
Description: The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is a membership organization whose mission is to secure and maintain the human and civil rights of Americans of Japanese ancestry and others victimized by injustice. The JACL has 112 chapters nationwide and eight regional districts with over 24,000 members found in twenty-three states. In addition to its national headquarters in San Francisco, the JACL has five regional offices (Los Angeles, Fresno, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago), as well as an office in Washington D.C. and an organizational newspaper, the Pacific Citizen, distributed nationally from its office in Los Angeles. In addition to legislative efforts, the organization offers educational scholarships, and has developed a curriculum and resource guide that has been adopted by the California school system and is available for purchase.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Explorer Podcast: Japanese Internment and WWII Service      Add Bookmark
Description: In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, curatorial assistant Noriko Sanefuji interviews Grant Ichikawa, a US veteran who enlisted after being relocated to a Japanese American internment camp with his family in 1942 strong . strong Allowed to join the army after a need for interpreters, Mr. Ichikawa served proudly and in 2011, he and other veterans were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his service. Visit http://americanhistory.si.edu/podcast" this page to find images of Ichikawa.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Soldier's Pocket Bible      Add Bookmark
Description: Religion has an essential role in military history, which is reflected in military material. Steel-covered New Testaments were popular keepsake gifts for soldiers going off to fight in World War II. Advertised in newspapers and magazines as protection from bullets, the small books were designed to be carried in the pocket over one's heart as both symbol and shield.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Making Sense of "Failed" Car Technology      Add Bookmark
Description: Students can learn about the history of experimentation and innovation in the design of steam-powered, internal-combustion, electric, and solar-powered automobiles. This reference page is included in the online exhibition entitled America on the Move , which focuses on transportation in US history.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: From Many, One: Maria Isabel Solis Thomas, Shipyard Worker      Add Bookmark
Description: Maria Isabel Solis Thomas moved across the country to work in a shipyard on the World War II home front. Listen to her story, and then study the supporting primary sources to answer the discussion questions. This resource is part of a series called Maritime Voices: Merchant Mariners and Shipyard Workers Remember WWII, which includes four perspectives on non-military service during World War II.This resource includes a title="Thomas Teacher Guide" http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater/oral_histories/maritime_voices/pdf/guide_thomas.pdf%20" target="_blank" teacher guide , student worksheet, downloadable audio, images of supporting primary sources, and discussion questions.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Survival, Bravery, & Brutality: William Flury, Steward Department      Add Bookmark
Description: William Flury was a Merchant Mariner who served on a Liberty Ship carrying supplies for the Burma Road. Listen to his oral history, and then study the supporting primary sources to answer the discussion questions. This resource is part of a series called Maritime Voices: Merchant Mariners and Shipyard Workers Remember WWII, which includes four perspectives on non-military service during World War II.This resource includes a title="Flury Teacher Guide" http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater/oral_histories/maritime_voices/pdf/guide_flury.pdf%20" target="_blank" teacher guide , student worksheet, downloadable audio, images of supporting primary sources, and discussion questions.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Newberry Library, provides historically significant map documents for K-12 teachers and their students. Illustrating the geographical dimensions of American history, the maps are accompanied by lesson plans written for four grade levels and designed to support a variety of social studies, history and geography curricula.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Preparing for the Oath: The 1900s      Add Bookmark
Description: Use short videos, mini-activities, and practice questions to explore American history from the 1900s in this segment of Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship. The nine questions included in this segment cover topics such as World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, and September 11, 2001.This site was designed with the needs of recent immigrants in mind. It is written at a low-intermediate ESL level.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Religion,Science,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Encyclopedia of Alabama      Add Bookmark
Description: A free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of Alabama; updated regularly to ensure that the content is accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps, so check back frequently to see what's new.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Eastern Indian Wars      Add Bookmark
Description: Coveting what remained of the Indian lands in the Southeast and lower South, the United States forced tribes to cede their "rights of occupancy" and give up their ancestral homelands. Students will learn about the Creek Indian War and the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, and the policies that led to the Trail of Tears, one of the most tragic episodes in American history in this section of the online exhibition, Price of Freedom: Americans at War . A non-flash version of this page is available: http://americanhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/printable/section.asp?id=3" Eastern Indian Wars .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution: Removal      Add Bookmark
Description: Students will learn how the attack on Pearl Harbor led to Executive Order 9066, which was the first step in a program that uprooted Japanese Americans from their West Coast communities and placed them under armed guard for up to four years. This section of http://americanhistory.si.edu/perfectunion/experience/" A More Perfect Union , an online exhibition, uses artifacts from the Museum's collections, primary source documents, photographs and oral histories to discuss the early stages of this traumatic period, from the initial reactions and policies brought about by the attack on Pearl Harbor to the temporary assembly centers that were the first stop for Japanese American internees. Oral history transcripts are available in each of the subsections of this website.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: 'The Proper Application of Overwhelming Force'': The United States in World War II      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of four lessons, from EDSITEment, students examine the role that the United States played in bringing about the Allies victory in World War II. They learn about the strategies that were developed and how they played out in reality. They become familiar with the two major theaters of the war--Pacific and European--and how developments in one affected the course of the fighting in the other. Finally, they learn how the various military campaigns--on land and sea, and in the air--all contributed to the war's successful conclusion.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Family Photo Album      Add Bookmark
Description: Mary Taylor used her 35mm Bell and Howell camera to document her family's life in the black community of Los Angeles, California, during the mid-20th century. She turned a discarded wallpaper sample book into a treasured family heirloom. Taylor's family photographs including 19th-century tintypes, turn-of-the-century hand-colored portraits, and albums from the 1950s to the 1970s provide insight into the African American experience in the United States over the past century. 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,Geography,Language Arts,Science,Social Studies
Title: Marine Protected Areas: Student Case Studies      Add Bookmark
Description: Activity. Students create posters or other media that serve as case studies for specific Marine Protected Areas. They give brief presentations about their MPAs, answer peer questions, and assess classmates' work and presentations.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: 'United We Stand": Search the Covers      Add Bookmark
Description:
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Health,Social Studies
Title: Polio and Disability Rights      Add Bookmark
Description:
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Answering the Call 1917-1945      Add Bookmark
Description: Merchant seamen and ships played a vital role in winning both world wars of the 20th century. In this section of On the Water: Stories from Maritime America, an online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will learn how the United States mass produced huge merchant fleets to support the soldiers fighting overseas. They will also 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. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: 'United We Stand": The Campaign      Add Bookmark
Description: The history and purpose of the July 1942 "United We Stand" magazine cover campaign is the focus of this section of the online exhibition entitled "July 1942: United We Stand", from the Smithsonian s National Museum of American History. Through the use of authentic magazine covers, objects from the museum s collections, a timeline and brief video news clips, students will learn about: the collaboration between the Magazine Publishers of America and the US Treasury Department to help generate support for the war effort during World War II, the awards given by the United States flag association and the history of the motto "United We Stand." Students will also be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite magazine cover and compare their opinion with others.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Japanese-Americans and the U.S. Constitution: Topic 6 - Justice      Add Bookmark
Description: In this section of "A More Perfect Union,'' an online exhibition from the Smithsonian s National Museum of American History, students will learn about the efforts of Japanese Americans to receive justice after their internment during World War II. This section uses artifacts from the Museum s collections, primary source documents, photographs and oral histories to discuss the court cases brought against the government, the formal apologies and efforts of redress by the government and the successes of members of the Japanese American community in post-war United States. "A More Perfect Union'' focuses on the experiences of Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps during World War II.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Japanese-Americans and the U.S. Constitution: Topic 3 - Internment      Add Bookmark
Description: In this section of "A More Perfect Union,'' an online exhibition from the Smithsonian s National Museum of American History, students will learn about everyday life in the Japanese American internment camps during World War II. Living in geographically isolated camps under harsh conditions and laboring for unfair wages, internees recreated a community structure that enabled them to live as normal a life as possible as well as thrive culturally. Through the use of artifacts from the Museum s collections, fine art, primary source documents, photographs and oral histories students will get sense of the daily life of internees as well as gaining an appreciation of the unique art and culture that emerged from the rigors of life in the camps. "A More Perfect Union'' focuses on the experiences of Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps during World War II.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: A More Perfect Union: Japanese-Americans and the U.S. Constitution      Add Bookmark
Description: A More Perfect Union" focuses on the experiences of Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps during World War II. In this online exhibition, from the Smithsonian s National Museum of American History, students will explore a period of history when racial prejudice and fear upset the delicate balance between the rights of citizens and the power of the state. The story is told through interactive galleries that combine photographs, objects, oral histories, and first-person accounts. Students will be able to share their responses to what they have learned on a comment board that is included in the exhibition as well as search more than 800 artifacts from the Smithsonian Collection. Also included are links to related activities, Web sites, a bibliography and more resources about this topic.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: America on the Move Exhibition - Section 14: Suburban Strip      Add Bookmark
Description: In this online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will examine the origins and impact of the suburban strip mall. By moving commercial life out of the central business districts, suburban strips contributed to the economic decline of downtowns. As more people moved into the suburbs, the strips also became centers of social life. As more people moved into the suburbs, these shopping centers also became centers of social life.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Ironstone Vegetable Dish      Add Bookmark
Description: The CSS Alabama was a 1,050-ton screw steam sloop of war. On August 24, 1862 it rendezvoused with a supply ship and was outfitted for war and for the next two years wreacked havoc on the seaborne commerce of the North by destroying more than 60 ships valued at nearly $6,000,000.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: European Theater During World War II      Add Bookmark
Description: Newsreel video footage from 1944 and 1945, showing the Allies prepare and carry out the invasion of Normandy, the liberation of Paris, Battle of the Bulge and the eventual fall of the Third Reich and surrender of Germany. This video is part of the Price of Freedom learning resources package for use with the Battle of the Bulge:Americans Respond to a German Surprise lesson plan. It was produced to accompany the exhibition The Price of Freedom: Americans at War , by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: History of Polio Timeline      Add Bookmark
Description: This website provides a timeline of the history of polio research, vaccinations and its effects on society. This timeline will help students understand the history of polio, including the major milestones in the scientific, medical and social issues created by the virus. The History of Polio Timeline is part of the online exhibition, http://americanhistory.si.edu/polio/" Whatever Happened to Polio?
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Transportation History Videos      Add Bookmark
Description: Three short videos provide an overview of American transportation history in three different eras: 1800-1900, 1900-1950, and 1950-2000. These videos are included in the online exhibition entitled America on the Move , which focuses on transportation in US history.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts, Social Studies, Science
Title: Sputnik: Art/Space      Add Bookmark
Description: The space age began on October 4, 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik-the first artificial satellite. Around the world, millions of people tuned their radios to hear it beeping or waited outside to watch it pass overhead.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: July 1942: United We Stand Campaign      Add Bookmark
Description: Through the use of authentic magazine covers, objects from the museum's collections, a timeline and brief video news clips, students will learn about the collaboration between the Magazine Publishers of America and the US Treasury Department to help generate support for the war effort during World War II, through the July 1942 "United We Stand'' magazine cover campaign, the awards given by the United States flag association, and the history of the motto "United We Stand.'' National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Now      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, is a quarterly online journal for teachers and students. The site features lesson plans, reflections from leading historians, multimedia interactive resources such as audio clips and slideshows and an '' Ask the Archivist'' section where teachers and students can send questions and see the answers posted on the site. Users can find information on Abraham Lincoln, national holidays, elections, voting rights, immigration, the American West, slavery, abolitionism and the Civil Rights Movement.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Japanese-Americans and the U.S. Constitution: Topic 5 - Service      Add Bookmark
Description: In this section of "A More Perfect Union,'' an online exhibition from the Smithsonian s National Museum of American History, students will learn about the 25,000 Japanese Americans who served in U.S. military units during World War II. This section uses artifacts from the Museum s collections, primary source documents, photographs and oral histories to tell the stories of the military service and sacrifice of these brave men as well as the irony that they were fighting to preserve the world s freedom while their families were imprisoned. Their combat record aided the post-war acceptance of Japanese Americans in American society and helped many people to recognize the injustice of wartime internment. "A More Perfect Union'' focuses on the experiences of Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps during World War II.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary,Social Studies
Title: Automobile in American Life and Society      Add Bookmark
Description: The automobile's impact on American life is everywhere. Each of the site's five sections contains two essays, plus a select annotated bibliography or bibliographic essay to guide further reading.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: A More Perfect Union: Japanese-Americans and the U.S. Constitution - Overview      Add Bookmark
Description: This printable version of "A More Perfect Union," an online exhibition from the Smithsonian s National Museum of American History, provides a brief introduction as well as links to all of the separate sections of the exhibition. "A More Perfect Union" focuses on the experiences of Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps during World War II.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: 'United We Stand" Homepage      Add Bookmark
Description: July 1942: United We Stand, explores a campaign during World War II by the nation s magazines to promote national unity, rally support for the war, and celebrate Independence Day. In this online exhibition from the Smithsonian s National Museum of American History, students will analyze authentic magazine covers from July 1942, along with a timeline and brief video news clips in order to understand the importance of the home front during the Second World War. After examining the covers and their meanings, they will have the opportunity to search the entire collection of magazine covers and then vote for their favorite!
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Produce For Victory: Posters on the American Home Front (1941-45)      Add Bookmark
Description: World War II posters helped to mobilize a nation. Inexpensive, accessible, and ever-present, the poster was an ideal agent for making war aims the personal mission of every citizen. This online resource from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History discusses the images created for and the messages conveyed by famous World War II propaganda posters, as well as the debate over their design. Students will learn how posters connected the home front with the military front through the use of art intended to advertise the nation's war aims and represent the American ideals of the time.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Changing Gender Roles on the World War II Home Front      Add Bookmark
Description: Kick-off a research project on gender roles on the World War II home front with two brief video clips and a selection of primary sources. Once students have analyzed the photographs and wartime advertisements, begin a research project on women during World War II. This lesson plan (which includes background information and full-color primary sources) 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: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History - Social Studies - World History
Title: Was the United States Ready for Pearl Harbor?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students consider the United States level of preparedness for the Pearl Harbor attack and discuss what the U.S. could have done to be better prepared. Students conclude by writing letters to American military commanders in the summer of 1941, suggesting what they might do to prepare for a Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 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: ENIAC Accumulator #2      Add Bookmark
Description: The ENIAC was a large, general-purpose digital computer built to compute ballistics tables for U.S. Army artillery during World War II. Occupying a room 30 feet by 50 feet, ENIAC-the Electrical Numerical Integrator and Computer-weighed 30 tons and used some 18,000 vacuum tubes. It could compute 1,000 times faster than any existing device. Technicians used external plug wires, like those shown here, to program the machine. National Museum of American History
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Homepage      Add Bookmark
Description: Americans have gone to war to win their independence, expand their national boundaries, define their freedoms, and defend their interests around the globe. This exhibition, from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, examines how wars have shaped the nations history and transformed American society. Students will learn about American military history through the use of an interactive timeline, brief movies, and objects from the museum's vast collections. Also included are a collection search, an interactive game and learning resources.
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Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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