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Smithsonian Education News - April 2017
Angles in Motion Community of Gardens
New Teacher-Created Lesson
Angles in Motion


Students observe a portrait of one of the 20th-century’s great dancers and try to figure out what it all means. They look at the angles in her pose and then create a scale drawing of the piece in a lesson that combines math and art.

Visit the Smithsonian Learning Lab.
New Mobile App
Community of Gardens


Follow stories of gardens and gardeners around the United States with Smithsonian Gardens' new “Community of Gardens” mobile app for Apple. Learn how to share your own garden story with the Smithsonian.

Learn more and download.
Journey Stories: Poster Exhibition The Past in the Present Smithsonian Sleepovers Available Now!
Teacher Resources
Journey Stories: Poster Exhibition


Seven educational posters, with discussion questions, take a broad look at American expansion and migration, from the earliest settlements to modern mobility. .

Download the posters and questions here.
Half-Day Educator Workshop
The Past in the Present


With contemporary art as the subject and American Art’s senior curator of contemporary interpretation as your guide, trace continuity and change in the history hiding in the art of today. Held April 8.

Register here.
Overnight Adventures
Smithsonian Sleepovers Available Now!


A night of adventure awaits you and your family at the Smithsonian. Solve a mystery, discover the world of flight, or explore the extremes of nature on an interactive museum visit unlike any other.

Learn more.
Learning to Look with the National Portrait Gallery Play: Engaging Learners in Object-Rich Environments FONZ Nature Camp
Summer Teacher Institute
Learning to Look with the National Portrait Gallery


Learn how to use portraiture to build your students visual-literacy skills. The National Portrait Gallery presents two summer institutes, June 26–29 and July 10–13. K–12 teachers may apply as individuals or in groups.

Learn more and apply.
Professional Development
Play: Engaging Learners in Object-Rich Environments


The Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center invites classroom and museum educators to a seminar that brings play into its object-based approach to teaching young children. Held June 6 and 7 on the National Mall. Use early-bird discount code “BIRD17” for 20 percent off!

Learn more and register.
Summer Camp
FONZ Nature Camp


Beginning in July, middle and high school students explore the outdoors and see conservation science in action in an overnight camp at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.

Take a look.
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