Leaner Description: This virtual field trip is designed for people, age 10 and up, who want to visit the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, D. C.

For your information: This virtual field trip does not contain embedded You Tube videos, so it can be used to its fullest in any educational setting. Throughout the field trip you are pointed to museum videos and virtual museum tours.

Welcome to Washington, D. C.: Washington, D. C. is the Capital of the United States. I have chosen five different museums for this field trip. I, Miss Herman, will be your guide as you visit each location. I hope you enjoy yourself!

Expectations During your Trip: Each place you visit will have two to three questions for you to answer. These questions will be located in the box to the right. You can print the question worksheet (Word Doc or PDF), or just use a sheet of paper to write your answers down. This project is meant for you to have fun as you explore the Smithsonian Museums. Your first question is located at the bottom of the box to the right.

Were We are Going: The field trip will begin at the Smithsonian Castle and continue around the mall, visiting five museums. When you are in front of the Washington Monument, hop the Tourmobile Sightseeing Tram to visit the memorial monuments in Washington, D. C.

Route Map: You can further explore the map by clicking on the location pegs.

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Field Note: There is so much to see in Washington, D. C. that it would be impossible to tour everything in this one virtual field trip. As you answer your questions list additional places you would like to investigate after the field trip is completed. Here is the link to the home page of the Smithsonian Museums, http://www.si.edu/Museums/.

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A brief history of the National Anthem of the United States: The Star Spangled Banner.

MP3 file and poem image from http://www.star-spangled-banner.info/

The Star Spangled Banner was written by a lawyer, Francis Scott Key, after the British attached Fort McHenry in 1813.

The below image is of the original poem Key wrote on that infamous morning.

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Click the image to view all the words to Key's poem.

The Flag still flies, sort of:

The flag was donated to the Smithsonian in 1912 by it's then owner Eben Appleton. The flag can be seen today hanging in the mall entrance of the National Museum of American History in Washington, D. C. Learn the detailed history of the Star Spangled Banner by visiting this web site: http://www.150.si.edu/chap3/flag.htm.

Question 1:

Where did the melody for the Star Spangled Banner originate? Follow this link to learn the answer, http://americanhistory.si.edu/starspangledbanner/the-melody.aspx

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