NASA KSNN What does a scientist do?
Scientists share certain methods and approaches to understanding the nature of the world around them. They use a systematic approach to observing and studying the world. They ask questions, look for patterns, and try to find general rules for the way life works.
NASA CONNECT Good Stress
In NASA CONNECT, Good Stress: Building Better Muscles and Bones, students will learn about the importance of building and maintaining better muscles and bones. They will learn that all stresses in life are not "bad." In fact, the body needs good stresses, like exercise, to be healthy. Students will see how scientists and researchers collect and analyze physiological data to understand how muscle and bones are constantly changing, especially in a microgravity environment. Grades 6-8.
NASA CONNECT Water Below the Surface of Mars
In NASA CONNECT Water Below the Surface of Mars, students learn how geometry, geometric shapes, and navigation are used to explore Mars. They also learn how NASA researchers collect, analyze, and interpret the data collected from exploration to develop theories about the existence of water and life on Mars. Grades 4-8.
"Bigger Than Anything We Understood:" Cathy Wilkerson On The Political Culture of SDS
Student radicalism and the New Left contributed to the rise of a "counterculture" during the 1960's, as millions of Americans questioned traditional forms of monogamy and family, suburban life, materialism, and scientific rationality and emotional repression. Outwardly, this cultural shift was marked ...
"The old plantation home."
Planters romanticized life on the plantation, often representing themselves as stern but loving parents who had to look after their slaves, who were depicted as childlike and in need of disciplined guidance. The plantation as the perfect extended family was a common theme of pro-slavery prints both ...
The Women's Movement and Women in SDS: Cathy Wilkerson Recalls the Tensions
The New Left facilitated the emergence of a new women's movement in the late 1960's. The rebirth of American feminism emerged in part from the New Left's probing of the political dimension of personal life, but also from the discrimination many young women faced within the movement itself. While thousands ...
During World War II, housing construction came to a virtual standstill. The return of millions of servicemen to civilian life in 1945 set off a national housing crisis, followed by a construction boom. Although other New Deal and wartime housing programs emphasized rental apartments in close proximity ...
The Grandparent/Elder Project
Learning history from real people involved in real events brings life to history. The Grandparent/Elder Project provides a means to learn about the twentieth century from real people and primary sources. A 1913 New York Times newspaper provides a view of the world on the brink of a World War. An interview ...
Photographs from the Chicago Daily News: 1902-1933
This site comprises over 55,000 images of urban life captured on glass plate negatives between 1902 and 1933 by photographers employed by the Chicago Daily News, then one of Chicago's leading newspapers. The photographs illustrate the enormous variety of topics and events covered in the newspaper, although ...
The Legacy of French Canadian Immigrants in New England
This lesson draws on life histories and 19th century periodicals to help students develop their own answers to these questions: Why did French Canadian immigrants settle in New England in such large numbers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries? What was life like for them? What impact did they have on the region?
Voices from the Dust Bowl, 1940-1941
This site documents the everyday life of residents of Farm Security Administration migrant work camps in central California in 1940 and 1941. This collection, from The Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection, consists of audio recordings, photographs, manuscript materials, and publications.
The Hannah Arendt Papers
This site offers selections from a writer whose work is one of the principal sources for the study of modern intellectual life. Selections include an essay on Arendt's intellectual history, a chronology of her life, and an index of all folders in the Arendt Papers.
Living History Project
This is a place where students can learn about the oral history interview process. The site includes examples of how to conduct interviews with people in the community and collect and analyze their life histories. The site links to life histories that were written for the U.S. Works Progress Administration ...
American Indians of the Pacific Northwest
This digital collection integrates over 2,300 photographs and 7,700 pages of text relating to the American Indians in two cultural areas of the Pacific Northwest, the Northwest Coast and Plateau. These resources illustrate many aspects of life and work, including housing, clothing, crafts, transportation, ...
The Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers, 1862-1939
This site contains correspondence, scientific notebooks, journals, blueprints, articles, and photographs documenting the invention of the telephone, his involvement in the first telephone company, family life, interest in the education of the deaf, and aeronautical and other scientific research. Included ...
What Are We Fighting for Over There? Perspectives on the Great War
The Great War of 1914-1918 significantly shaped the course of the twentieth century, both at home and abroad. How can this pivotal event be personalized and brought to life for students in the new millennium? Unfortunately, increasingly fewer survivors of the World War I era are alive today to directly ...
Women Pioneers in American Memory
This site features photographs of women throughout American history who have forged ahead to make a better life for themselves, their families, and their society. These women include pioneers who journeyed across the country to settle unknown western territories, as well as women who struggled for recognition ...
Port of Entry: Immigration
This is a game in which the viewer assumes the role of historical detective, searching for clues in photographs and eyewitness accounts about immigrant life in America.
The Diaries of George Washington
This site features the colorful diaries of the first U.S. President, written between 1748 and 1799. They chronicle his life from his time as a self-made farmer to his tenure as a soldier-statesman.
What Is an American?
In 1782 Jean de Crèvecoeur published Letters from an American Farmer in which he defined an American as a "descendent of Europeans" who, if he were "honest, sober and industrious," prospered in a welcoming land of opportunity which gave him choice of occupation and residence. Students will look at life histories from the interviews of everyday Americans conducted by Works Progress Administration officials between 1936-1940 to see if his definition still holds true in this country 150 years late