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World War II on the Home Front: Civic Responsibility

Lesson based on posters that encouraged American citizens to contribute to the war effort. Students consider the importance of volunteerism in a free society.
Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
4
 

The Gunboat Philadelphia

Through photographs, text, videos, interviews, a map & a 3D model, students can explore the history of the oldest surviving American naval vessel, the Gunboat Philadelphia, which is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. The Philadelphia (1776) played an important role during the Revolutionary War. The first five resources in this collection show the discovery and preservation of the sunken boat, while the last three offer more information on its historical significance.

This could be used by students to consider what each type of media reveals. What information can you learn from the single resource? From the collection of media combined? What more context is needed?

Ashley Naranjo
8
 

Native American Dolls

In this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students examine handcrafted dolls from the National Museum of the American Indian. They draw connections between these objects and Native cultures, communities, and environments.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
13
 

How Things Fly

A lesson plan introduces students to the four elements of flight - drag, lift, thrust, and weight - through fun-filled experiments. Students "fly" for short periods and then evaluate factors that might either increase or decrease their "flight" duration.

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Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
12
 

Every Picture Has a Story

In the lesson in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students closely examines four of the 13 million photographs in the Smithsonian. The pictures represent four important steps in the history of the medium: the introduction of portrait photography, the invention of a photographic printing process, the capture of instantaneous action, and the advent of home photography.

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Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
5
 

Assessment Tool: Persuasive Writing and Stamp Design

A teaching guide for an interdisciplinary assessment technique or research project using creative and language arts. In this hands-on and engaging activity, students explore postage stamps as symbols of American history before designing a commemorative stamp; defending their subject selection and artistic choices through presentation and persuasive essay writing.
Activity challenges should feature current studies and relevant classroom goals (ex. heritage month themes, explorers, authors, characters) for cross-subject exploration.
Emily Murgia
15