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Informational (nonfiction), 1,337 words, Level W (Grade 4), Lexile 1030L
Known as the “Nation’s Attic,” the Smithsonian Institution is packed full of memorabilia and historical articles, all of which weave together the fascinating history of the United States. Take a tour of the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of American History, and the National Air and Space Museum. Students will learn about the history of James Smithson, for whom the institution is named. Detailed and intriguing photographs support this rich text.
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