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Smithsonian Education News - November 2014 Issue
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Looking for something? If it's lesson plans or web features aligned to all the standards of learning, the Smithsonian Education database can help. More than 2,000 items! Search by keyword, grade level, or alignment to individual state or Common Core Standard.

Find it all here.
Online Resources
Smithsonian on iTunesU®


Do you use iTunesU media content with your students? The Smithsonian offers collections and courses on topics ranging from Abraham Lincoln to contemporary art. You can download or stream all this content on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Check it out.
Washington D.C. Resources and Events
Winter Zoo Camp: Snow Safari Day Camp at the National Zoo! Share with your students or children: Science Classes at the Zoo Do your students wonder what it would be like to work at the Zoo?
Snow Safari Day Camp
Winter Zoo Camp: Snow Safari Day Camp at the National Zoo!


Join the National Zoo's cool critters for Snow Safari Day Camp, December 29–January 2! Campers (grades K–5) get an up-close look and explore animals, habitats, and conservation with hands-on activities, crafts, and Zoo walks.

Learn more and register today.
Children’s Classes
Share with your Students or Children: Science Classes at the Zoo


Children’s classes at the National Zoo invite young animal lovers (ages 2–11) to explore environmental science and the natural world. Weekday and weekend classes available. Pre-registration required.

Learn more and register here.
Children’s Classes
Do your Students Wonder What it Would Be Like to Work at the Zoo?


Children (ages 5–10) become certified Jr. Zoo Staffers at the National Zoo by stepping into the role of a veterinarian, zookeeper, animal chef, and Small Mammal House researcher as they role play in our interactive “How Do You Zoo?” dramatic play space!

Learn more.
Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian TechQuest: Eye in the Sky Smithsonian Gardens
Free School Programs
Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History


The museum's new teen center offers one-of-a-kind science learning experiences for grades 6–12. Teachers can choose from six curriculum-relevant programs offered for school groups on weekday mornings.

Register for a school program.
Alternate-Reality Game
Smithsonian TechQuest: Eye in the Sky


Test your powers of observation, problem-solving skills, and decision-making abilities with this new alternate-reality game. Players carry out a top-secret Cold War-era reconnaissance mission by using artifacts from the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum.

Learn more.
Discover Orchids
Smithsonian Gardens


Smithsonian Gardens and the United States Botanic Garden open the 20th annual orchid exhibition, Orchids: Interlocking Science and Beauty, at the Smithsonian¹s National Museum of Natural History (January 24–April 26, 2015).The exhibition looks at the changing ways we study, protect, and enjoy orchids.

Learn more.
Teaching the Humanities through Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Two-Day Workshop from the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Civil War Teacher’s Workshop: Using Primary Sources to Tell Your History
Summer Institutes
Teaching the Humanities through Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum


Join educators from across the country for a weeklong exploration of American art and its connections to your curricula. July 13–17 and July 27–31, 2015.

Learn more and apply.
Professional Development
Two-Day Workshop from the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center


The Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center is offering an innovative training program for museum professionals and early childhood educators. This two-day program is offered at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., covers the fundamental principles of SEEC’s approach to object-based learning.

Learn more and register.
Professional Development
Civil War Teacher’s Workshop: Using Primary Sources to Tell Your History


History professor and author Dr. Heather Andrea Williams guides teachers through the strategies of using objects and original documents to teach students about the Civil War.

Learn more and register.
Online Resources and Events
Smithsonian Folklife Festival Folkways Lesson Plans Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Online Endangered Languages Story Map
Smithsonian Folklife Festival


Explore the Smithsonian’s online interactive “Endangered Languages Story Map.” Your class will meet speakers of endangered languages from around the world, and learn what they are doing to save their languages and cultural heritage.

Take a listen.
Smithsonian Folkways Tools for Teachers
Folkways Lesson Plans


Travel the world with lesson plans from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings! Previously available only as PDF downloads, over 116 Music Culture Curricular Units, each containing multiple lesson plans created by educators, are now classroom ready in media rich HTML format with imbedded links. Useful not only in the music classroom but for Language Arts, Social Studies, and other related subjects.

Explore the Lessons.
Folklife and Oral History Guide
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage


The Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide has been downloaded 62,000+ times in 2014 by educators and individuals eager for guidance on their interviewing projects! Join the club and try out the guide today. Practical advice, sample forms, and additional resources make this a reference worth adding to your library.

Read the Guide.
The Secret World of Zoo Jobs Expedition: Insects Smithsonian Science How?
Video Podcasts
The Secret World of Zoo Jobs


Get ready to go behind closed doors at the National Zoo! Tag along with four staff members in the new video podcast series “Other Duties as Assigned: The Secret World of Zoo Jobs.” With these videos, students can explore the world of environmental, research, science, and conservation careers.

Watch all four videos here.
Interactive e-Book
Expedition: Insects


Expedition: Insects is aligned with national science standards for grades 3–5. In the book, readers travel around the world to visit six different types of insects in their natural habitats.

Learn more and download free for iPad.
Live Webcasts
Smithsonian Science How?


Bring a Smithsonian scientist into your classroom through live, interactive webcasts. In upcoming programs, students will meet an ornithologist, a botanist, and an anthropologist.

Learn more here.
Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia Anacostia Online Academy  
Online Exhibition
Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia


From Reconstruction to the second half of the 20th century, baseball, the great American pastime, was played in Washington, D.C., on segregated fields. The exhibition is presented by the Anacostia Community Museum.

Take a look (PDF).
African American Studies
Anacostia Online Academy


In 1999–2000 the Anacostia Community Museum renovated its facility to focus on the collection, storage, and study of artifacts. This online academy is presented as part of the museum's recommitment to the study and preservation of African American historical materials. It features experts sharing their insights on the field of “material culture.”

Learn more.
 
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