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California Gold Rush

Was the gold rush of 1849 a boon for California? Why or why not? What were the short-term and long-term benefits and detriments of the gold rush? What are the similarities and differences between the California gold rush and the Marcellus Shale gas boon in Pennsylvania? What lessons can we learn from the California gold rush that translates to the current Marcellus Shale natural gas boon in Pennsylvania?
Linda Muller
22
 

Seven Natural Wonders of the World: and the men who conquered them.

This collection contains images and videos of the seven natural wonders of the world, along with the men who conquered them through expedition and discovery.
Linda Muller
26
 

Sandwich Anyone?

The sandwich is arguably a mainstay of the American diet. This collection depicts a variety of sandwiches through drawings, photographs, sculpture, and advertisements. It is intended to be a fun exercise for students to experience by discussing the history and appeal of the sandwich using resources from the Smithsonian's collections.
Linda Muller
20
 

Stelfox's Bee specimens collected between 1st June 1926 to 12th Dec 1928

Stelfox's Bee specimens between 1st June 1926 to 12th Dec 1928 and the Diary 2 give corresponding field notes about the collection of specimens.
Siobhan Leachman
8
 

Objects of History

The dictionary defines an object as, "a thing you can see and touch: something that makes you feel a specific emotion." This is a collection of objects that represent moments throughout history. What event is behind each object? Who does the object belong to? Why is the object significant?

Suggested Activity: Teachers can copy and edit this collection, then add or remove specific resources. Build out this collection to ensure that it has enough resources so your students can work in pairs or small groups to analyze 2-3 sources.
Have student pairs/groups place each resource in its proper time and place then have the entire class work together to place all resources on a timeline. As each student pairs/groups place their resources on to the timeline, have them explain what they learned about each resource to the whole class.
Linda Muller
48
 

War of Currents

Would alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC) become the dominant power?
This Collection includes images and texts that depict the "War of Currents" that occurred between Thomas Alva Edison and George Westinghouse.
Linda Muller
14
 

The Middle East

A collection of resources depicting the countries that make up the Middle East.
Linda Muller
26
 

Macaroni Boy

This Collection features a variety of primary and secondary resources including maps, photographs, texts, and a sound clip to support the historical context of the book, Macaroni Boy.
Linda Muller
22
 

Habitats

Learn to categorize animals by the habitats in which they live.
SmithsonianScienceReuben
49
 

Identifying Actions

Learn how to identify and differentiate various physical actions.
SmithsonianScienceReuben
70
 

How Does Weather Work?

Learn about the ways in which ocean currents and air masses interact to form different weather phenomena.
SmithsonianScienceReuben
5
 

Newton's Three Laws of Motion

Learn about the ways in which bodies in motion are influenced by external forces.
SmithsonianScienceReuben
3
 

Plant and Animal Characteristics

Learn to distinguish between different types of plants and animals based on their physical characteristics.
SmithsonianScienceReuben
21
 

Roman Gladiators

Topical collection for teachers to share with their students. Includes resources highlighting what it meant to be an Ancient Roman gladiator through re-creation of events and gladiator garb. Includes videos on gladiator life, an artist's representation of gladiators, and an article on modern gladiator re-creations. (Collection created by summer 2015 intern, Sarah Trop)
Ashley Naranjo
8
 

Runaway in an Unknown Land: The Underground Railroad in Western Pennsylvania

Prior to the Civil War, enslaved people had little chance of securing their freedom. There were rare cases of freedom being purchased by the enslaved individual or by some benefactor. Even rarer was the granting of freedom papers by the master. For those who desired to taste freedom, the choice of running was often the only viable choice. Runaways faced incredible dangers en route including the possibility of capture.
Arthur Glaser
29
 

CURIO STORIES

Use the Learning Lab resources to create hilarious stories while learning the basic parts of speech. Younger students can search from resources within the Curio card deck to make their stories. Older students are encouraged to adapt this collection and replace the slides with images that they find that fit the description. A link to a completed example can be found in the information bar to the left. Happy storytelling!
Cody Coltharp
9
 

What Do You Think? Dropping the A-bombs to End World War II (WW2)

This collection asks students to create their own exhibit on a controversial subject: the use of atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War II. Students will create a collection that includes five items reflecting their answers to the following questions:
-How should the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki be remembered?
-Was it necessary to drop the atomic bombs in order to end World War II?
Students should consider both long-term and short-term effects in their responses.
Kate Harris
24
 

Digital Interactives in Science

Digital interactives in science and related digital learning resources from the Smithsonian Science Education Center
SmithsonianScienceAshley
7
 

Liquid Gold: The Discovery of Oil in Pennsylvania

Oil existed in shallow pools and was discovered both oozing from the soil and as a contaminent in salt wells.
Arthur Glaser
19
 

Black Death: the Bubonic Plague during the Middle Ages.

The Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history as Bubonic Plague spread across Asia and Europe eventually killing between 75 and 200 million people.
Linda Muller
11
 

Custer's Last Stand

This Collection includes primary and secondary sources related to George Armstrong Custer's "Last Stand" during the Battle of Little Bighorn, June 25-26, 1876.
Linda Muller
17
 

1812: A Nation Emerges

The War of 1812 was a military conflict that forged America's destiny to emerge as a strong nation. The war lasted less than two years but it was celebrated as the, "second war of independence" from Great Britain.
Linda Muller
23
 

The Dred Scott Case


The Dred Scott case was one of America's most controversial Supreme Court decisions. Who was Dred Scott and did he have a right to his freedom?
The goal of this Collection is to engage students to read and research people and texts that comprised this historical event then write a persuasive essay based on opinion gathered from details and facts procured from their readings and research.

Keywords:
Dred Scott
Dred Scott vs Sanford
Dred Scott vs Sandford
U.S. Supreme Court
Supreme Court
Chief Justice Taney
Declaration of Independence
Missouri Compromise
Emancipation
Freedom
Slavery
Abolition
Pre Civil War Era
Linda Muller
9
 

Prohibition

Did the 18th Amendment effectively keep America dry during the 1920s-1930s? What about Prohibition locally in Pittsburgh - was it effective?

This collection of resources includes images, artifacts, texts, newspaper articles, and videos that are assembled to depict a macro-view of how the Prohibition Era started in America. This collection also parallels a local, micro-view examination of Prohibition here in Pittsburgh including a brief history of political corruption, bootlegging, and murder spanning a five year period from 1927 - 1932.
Linda Muller
16
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