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Smithsonian Education News - Back to School 2016 Issue
Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey I See Wonder
Teacher Resources
Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey

Artist Romare Bearden reinterpreted Homerís Odyssey through collages inspired by his own African American life.

Learn more.
Classroom Resource
"I See Wonder"

Bring Smithsonian Libraries into your classroom. "I See Wonder" can introduce a new topic or help uncover your students’ interests. Answer the questions "What do you see?" and "What do you wonder?" and share your observation with us!

Check it out here.
Washington D.C. Area Resources and Events
Summer Safari Day Camp Spring Safari Day Camp Single Day Camp
Day Camps
Summer Safari Day Camp

Get ready for a wild learning experience in weeklong camp sessions at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Each of the Summer Safari programs explores the lives, habitats, and conservation of animals around the world.

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Day Camps
Spring Safari Day Camp

Spring is in the air, but flowers aren’t the only things blooming. So are new programs at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. This spring break, sign your child up for a safari!

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Day Camps
Single Day Camp

Make the most of your child’s day off from school by exploring the "living classroom" at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. In this multi-grade program, campers gain an appreciation of the hard work that keepers put into caring for animals.

See dates and registration information.
Nature Camp Adult and Me Classes at the Zoo Terrific Taxonomy
Summer Camp
Nature Camp

Explore the outdoors with Friends of the National Zoo. Participants discover local wildlife and learn about global conservation and scientific research during a week at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA.

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Children’s Classes
“Adult and Me” Classes at the Zoo

There’s “snow” better time than winter at the zoo! Find out why in hands-on, creative programs for animal lovers ages 2-6 and their adult buddies!

Learn more and register here.
Homeschool Classes
“Terrific Taxonomy”

Your homeschooler’s science curriculum is about to get wild! Join Friends of the National Zoo for a unique set of classes for ages 5-13. “Watery Wonders” is held in January and February; “Marvelous Mammals” in February and March.

Learn more and register here.
Teachers Wanted: Integrate Portraiture into Your Classroom Teaching the Humanities through Art Exploring World Religions: Focus on Islam
Portrait Gallery Summer Institute
“Teachers Wanted: Integrate Portraiture into Your Classroom”

Learn how to use portraiture to build 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.

Take a look.
American Art Summer Institutes
“Teaching the Humanities through Art”

Be inspired this summer! Spend a week at the Smithsonian American Art Museum exploring ways to integrate art into your curricula. For grades 6-12 social studies and ELA teachers.

Learn more and apply.
Teacher Workshop
“Exploring World Religions: Focus on Islam”

Join us for this free, daylong workshop on January 28 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The focus is on both literature and art.

Register here.
World Music Pedagogy Half-Day Explorations STORYTIME+ at the Hirshhorn
Weeklong Teacher Courses
“World Music Pedagogy”

Based on the extensive Smithsonian Folkways collections, these weeklong courses are for teachers who wish to expand the breadth of their curricula in music, social studies, or other subjects.

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Teacher Workshops
Half-Day Explorations

Dig into the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection to discover meaningful connections between art, history, and culture. Expand your toolkit for examining the American experience through art!

Get started here.
Early Education
“STORYTIME+ at the Hirshhorn”

For children up to age 6, STORYTIME+ explores contemporary art through stories and movement. Museum staff read aloud a book, introduce children to an artist whose work is on view, and then lead a hands-on activity.

Learn more and view the schedule.
imagiNATIONS Exploring Manifest Destiny from Multiple Viewpoints Teaching Beyond Food, Clothing, and Shelter
Activity Center

Explore the interactive imagiNATIONS Activity Center at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington. The space provides children under 12 with a multitude of unique learning experiences. School groups are required to schedule an entry time.

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Free Teacher Workshop
“Exploring Manifest Destiny from Multiple Viewpoints”

Examine the concept of Manifest Destiny at the National Museum of the American Indian on January 11, between 4:30 and 6:30 pm. Great for teachers of social studies, English language arts, visual arts, and history. Includes free take-home materials and classroom resources. For information and registration, email by January 6.
Free Teacher Workshop for Fairfax Elementary Teachers
Teaching Beyond Food, Clothing, and Shelter

This workshop at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington looks at Pueblo, Sioux, and Eastern Woodlands (especially Powhatan!) cultures. Great for teachers of social studies, language arts, and visual arts, as well as for librarians. Held on February 13 between 4:45 and 7 pm. For more information and registration, email: by February 6.
Native American Stereotypes, Identity and Art    
Open House
Native American Stereotypes, Identity and Art

Held in conjunction with the exhibition For a Love of His People, this February 17 event at the National Museum of the American Indian is for teachers interested in the origins of stereotypes. K-12 teachers are encouraged to team up across disciplines for the event. Refreshments and classroom materials are included. A film screening begins at 3:30 pm. The open house ends at 6 pm. The first ten teachers to register will receive a free copy of the museum’s book Do All Indians Live in Tipis? To register, email
Anywhere Resources and Events
Smithsonian Folkways Magazine    
New Issue
Smithsonian Folkways Magazine

Explore the educational value of Smithsonian Folkways collections in Smithsonian Folkways Magazine. The issue contains lesson plans.

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