Design Your Own Monument
Use this lesson from the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation to guide students as they explore monuments in our nation’s capital. Then encourage them to use their imagination and creativity to design and build a model of their own monument.
Memorial Shorts and Shows
They are studied in school and visited by millions. They are world-renowned symbols of our nation. But they are also shrouded in misinformation, mystery and mythology. How much do we really know about America’s greatest monuments? Watch these Smithsonian Channel videos to get a glimpse of the amazing stories they have to tell.
Looking at Memorials
In this History Explorer activity, the National Museum of American History takes elementary students on a digital field trip to learn more about the Pentagon’s memorial for September 11, 2001. Then they visit a local memorial.
Explore the National Mall
The National Mall is home to the history, heroes and hope of America. Encourage students to visit this site from the Trust for the National Mall to download an interactive map and timeline or learn about the memorials that make up America’s most visited national park. You can also learn how to use the National Mall as an outdoor classroom, whether visiting the Mall or exploring from home.
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