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Designing Museum Exhibits for The Grapes of Wrath: A Multigenre Project

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Challenge readers of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath to create a museum exhibit that uses artifacts to focus on one issue raised by the award winning story of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the Joads.
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Creating a Museum Exhibition

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Museums arrange artifacts to communicate meaning to viewers. As part of a study of the events of 9/11 groups select artifacts and create a museum exhibit organized around the themes of the day of the attack, tributes and memorials, or...
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Trail of Tears Museum Exhibit

For Teachers 8th
Making a complex topic accessible is part of a teacher's job, as well as the job of museum curators and historical archivists. Eighth graders demonstrate their knowledge of the Trail of Tears with a project-based lesson in which they...
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One Land, Many Trails: Challenge Activities (Theme 5)

For Teachers 5th Standards
Bring history to life through literature. The first in a series of three challenge activities designed to accompany Theme 5: One Land, Many Trails does just that through unique projects connected to historical fiction and nonfiction...
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Race and War in the Pacific: A Propaganda Gallery Walk

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Race played a key role in the war in the Pacific during World War II. Using images from both American and Japanese sources, learners consider racial propaganda and how leaders used it to rally popular support during the conflict. After...
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Art Museum Exhibit Brochure

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers design, set up, and format a brochure for a museum exhibit. They conduct Internet research, locate images, summarize information, and create a trifold brochure.
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My Famous Person Report

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Here is a must-have, comprehensive resource of project guidelines for any teacher looking to assign a famous person report or biography project. It includes a fantastic list of suggested activities that learners can complete for their...
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Divided: Civil War Museum Exhibitions

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students sort Civil War primary documents into those of the North and the South. In this Civil War instructional activity, students choose an item to write about and put it in a PowerPoint.  Students become familiar with viewpoint of...
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You Are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Young scholars examine the facts and myths that surround the "First Thanksgiving" (the harvest celebration of 1621) at Plimoth Colony. They study the role that historians play in the collection and dissemination of history and use their...
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Civil War Museum Exhibit

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders summarize the participation of Indiana citizens in the Civil War. They research an assigned topic and build a museum exhibit that displays at least five points of information relating to the topic. Students write a...
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Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The Olympics are about more than sports—at times, the games are also a place of racism and prejudice! Pupils investigate the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany. They analyze the meaning behind the materials included in the United States...
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Human Body Exhibit

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Explore human anatomy and physiology using models. Scholars study systems of the human body and design a display for a museum exhibit. To complete the activity, individuals create analogous models of their chosen human body systems.
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Anti-Communism at Home

For Teachers 11th Standards
Have you ever been accused of something without cause? The sixth installment of an eight-part series asks scholars to create a museum exhibit on the anti-communist activities in the United States at the start of the Cold War. To make...
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A Living Timeline of Civil Rights

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Take a step into a live museum exhibit featuring important people and events from the Civil Rights Movement. Here, scholars research, write a summary, and present their new-found knowledge orally as well as visually to museum...
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Haptography: Digitizing our Sense of Touch

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
We have cameras to record what we see, but how can we record what we touch? Katherine Kuchenbecker, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Pennsylvania, is working to answer exactly that question. Using sensitive...
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Women Pioneers on Capital Hill, 1917–1934

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
As part of a study of the women who were elected to Congress from 1917 to 1934, groups research and then design a museum exhibit that describes the life and the congressional service of one of these women.
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Human Tree: Dilations

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Look at dilations exponentially. Using a fractal from a museum exhibit, the installment from the Math at the Core: Ratios series introduces the term dilation. The presenter points out that dilations can make images either smaller or...
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On This Day: The Assassination of Harvey Milk

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Harvey Milk, a key figure in the LGBTQ+ rights movement, was gunned down for his activism. Video clips, highlighting a museum exhibit and interviewing a former aide, profile Milk's career in San Francisco city politics and the movement....
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A Walk Through History

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners examine the relationship between relics found in history museum exhibits and the meaningful ways in which those relics are presented. They, in groups, select objects for a history exhibit about the event or time period of their...
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Public Displays of Contention

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars consider historic events or movements that may be viewed as controversial by different groups of people, and then create proposals supporting the inclusion of specific artifacts to be displayed in related museum exhibit
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Yesterday in Energy

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Clever! Collaborative groups of environmental scientists create a museum exhibit and presentation for an energy-using activity such as heating a home or transportation. They must compare past to present use of energy for that particular...
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My Very Own Washington Exhibition

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners work as curators. In this George Washington lesson plan, students research primary and secondary sources in order to create their own exhibitions of the first president. Learners may visit selected Web sites in order to create...
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Cultural Explorations in Ancient Ireland

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students conduct Internet research on the history of ancient Ireland. They create a rubric for evaluating information sources. Students explore how to create a story map depicting the events in an Irish myth. They create an artistic...
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Life in a Box: The First Five Presidents

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders research the life and accomplishments of the first five presidents. In this historical figures lesson, 6th graders explore primary sources available from the Library of Congress regarding the lives of the first...

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