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Smithsonian's History Explorer
Standards-based online resources for teaching and learning about American History.
Grade Level: 9-12


http://historyexplorer.americanhistory.si.edu/

CONTENT:
This site from the Smithsonians National Museum of American History offers standards-based online resources for teaching and learning American History.
SITE DESIGN:
The site is well-organized and can be navigated in a variety of ways. Users can search resources by keyword, grade level, national standards era, instructional strategy, duration, or format using the advanced search tool. They also can search for resources by historical era by using the interactive timeline. A top navigation bar leads to resources that are grouped into such categories as lessons/activities, interactives/media, and museum artifacts.
 

REVIEW:
The Smithsonians History Explorer provides teachers and students with resources for teaching and learning American history using object-based learning strategies. There are many images of museum artifacts, with detailed descriptions as well as related resources and artifacts. The lessons and activities section offers a listing of standards-based lesson plans that can be filtered by a variety of options. Additionally, users will find a description of each lesson/activity, the appropriate grade levels, the duration of the lesson, and the date when it was posted to the site. Finally, the Interactives/Media section offers a wealth of audio, video, and interactive resources that can be used by students without the help of a teacher or parent.

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