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Before You See the Government Exhibits

Posted by on January 28, 2012


Make the most of your government-oriented field trip by preparing for your visit ahead of time with online activities, lessons, and more.

  • Ben’s Guide: Branches of Government
    Choose one of four grade levels and learn about the Executive, Judicial, and Legislative branches of the U.S. government.
  • Political Cartoons
    Cartoons, lesson plans, and other materials from the Library of Congress that examine the use of political cartoons throughout history.
  • Federal Court Concepts
    Understand the nature and jurisdiction of federal courts.
  • Landmark Cases of the US Supreme Court
    Beginning with Marbury v. Madison, explore 17 historic decisions made by the Supreme Court. Each landmark case includes activities that employ one or more interactive teaching strategies, such as a case study, political cartoon analysis, and a fishbowl discussion.
  • Presidential Speech Podcasts
    Now you can listen to select Presidential speeches in digitalized podcast format.
  • Digital Vaults Pathways Challenge
    Examine a series of digital documents from the National Archives. From the clues, figure out the relationship between the photographs, documents, and other records to answer a question.
  • Maryland Kid’s Page
    Hosted by the Maryland Secretary of State, kids 12 and under can explore Maryland history in a fun and accessible way.
  • Maryland Archives Online
    Begin your search for historical documents through this online system that provides access to over 471,000 historical documents that form the constitutional, legal, legislative, judicial, and administrative basis of Maryland’s government.
  • Design Your Own Bill
    Just for fun, design your own currency.
  • Free Downloadable CD-Rom
    Join Agents Cash and Banks on a fun and exciting tour through the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Educational activities related to the history, security features and production of the redesigned currency.
  • Nixon’s Trip to China: Interactive Timeline
    See how President Nixon’s trip to China in 1972 ended twenty-five years of isolation between the United States and the People’s Republic of China and resulted in establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1979.
  • The Watergate Files
    An online exhibit that chronicles the people, the documents, and the ensuing trials of Nixon’s Watergate scandal.
  • H.I.P. Pocket Change
    The U.S. Mint’s page of kids, with games, cartoons, and information about coin collecting.
  • Capitol Challenge
    Take the Challenge Quiz and see how much you know about the Legislative Branch of government.
  • Adopt-A-Ship
    Classes and co-ops can adopt-a-ship through U.S. Maritime Administration. During the year, students and the ship’s crew correspond and share experiences. The plan fosters interests in geography, history, math, science, transportation, foreign and domestic trade, and English.
  • History of the Pentagon
    Learn more about the history of the Pentagon and its construction before you visit.
  • Our Century: U.S. Naval Academy: 150 Years in Annapolis
    A History Channel feature with profiles of the Academy’s most renowned heroes and rare footage of their greatest battles.



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