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Smithsonian Education News - November l 2017
Smithsonian Gardens Green Ambassador Challenge: Gardener Oral History Interdisciplinary Connections: Discovering Korea’s Past
New Lesson Plan
Smithsonian Gardens Green Ambassador Challenge: Gardener Oral History


Students conduct an oral history with a gardener in their community, then share their project with Smithsonian Gardens. For teachers of grades 9–12.

Download the lesson plan.
Professional Development
Interdisciplinary Connections: Discovering Korea’s Past


Intended for middle and high school educators, this summer institute takes an interdisciplinary look at Korean art and culture. Join us June 25–27 at the Freer|Sackler, the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art.

Learn more and register.
Washington, D.C. Area Opportunities
Smithsonian Sleepovers Smithsonian Discovery Theater Choosing to Participate
Family Programs
Smithsonian Sleepovers


Overnight adventures await kids ages 8–14 (and their chaperones) at Natural History, American History, and the Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center. The sleepovers are held May through August.

Learn more.
Family and School Programs
Smithsonian Discovery Theater


Spring and summer shows are now on sale. Select live educational performances are on tour and can come to your school.

See the schedule.
Poster Exhibition
Choosing to Participate


Eleven full-color posters for middle and high schools promote community participation and encourage students to consider the consequences of everyday choices.

Take a look.
Spark!Lab: Where Museum Visitors Become Inventors Artful Connections A Sky Above: Native Hawaiian Astronomy and Navigation
Family and School Programs
Spark!Lab: Where Museum Visitors Become Inventors


A new theme, “GO!,” kicks off on April 18 in Draper Spark!Lab at the National Museum of American History. Bring your family, friends, or students. Tap into your inner inventor! The program runs through August 13.

Learn more.
Free Distance Learning Lessons
Artful Connections


Bring American art to your students with ten free videoconference lessons from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Interpret art, delve into history, or celebrate a culture. For everyone from third-graders to adults.

Learn more and request a program.
School Program
A Sky Above: Native Hawaiian Astronomy and Navigation


This STEAM-based program explores intersections of science and Native Hawaiian culture. Held Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18. For grades 4-6. The program is free, but advanced registration is required.

Learn more and register.
Native Knowledge 360° at the National Museum of the American Indian NK360° Summer Teacher Institute at NMAI World Music Pedagogy
National Education Initiative
Native Knowledge 360° at the National Museum of the American Indian


NK360° offers new perspectives on Native American history and the cultures of Native people today.

See more.
Teacher Professional Development
NK360° Summer Teacher Institute at NMAI


The National Museum of the American Indian hosts summer institutes open to educators of grades 6–12 (who have at least two years of classroom experience). The institutes are free of charge and include housing, breakfast, and lunch. Attendees are responsible for costs of the travel to Washington, D.C. Applications are due April 30, 2018.

Learn more and apply.
Weeklong Courses Across the Nation
World Music Pedagogy


This summer, Smithsonian Folkways will offer weeklong courses in Seattle, West Virginia, Indiana, and Minnesota for educators at all levels. Hundreds of musicians and teachers have participated in the intensive World Music Pedagogy course, now in its tenth year.

Learn more and register.
Online Opportunities
EarthOptimism2018 The American Experience in the Classroom Pacific Northwest History and Cultures Inquiry: Why Do the Foods We Eat Matter?
Online Workshop
#EarthOptimism2018


Join us as we share conservation success stories in this five-day online workshop, held as part of the Smithsonian's 2018 Earth Optimism Twitter event. The workshop is held April 16-21.

See the website.
Online Resource
The American Experience in the Classroom


The collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum bring to life key moments in our nation’s history. The website includes historical background, primary sources, and literary connections.

Discover American art.
Digital Lesson
Pacific Northwest History and Cultures Inquiry: Why Do the Foods We Eat Matter?


This online inquiry from the National Museum of the American Indian presents Native perspectives on the connections between foods and cultures.

See the site.

The Fish Wars: What Kinds of Actions Can Lead to Justice? Northern Plains Histories and Cultures: How Do Native People and Nations Experience Belonging? Northern Plains Treaties: Is a Treaty Intended to Be Forever?
Digital Lesson
The Fish Wars: What Kinds of Actions Can Lead to Justice?


The lesson package includes news footage and an interactive timeline to tell the story of the Native Nations of the Pacific Northwest and their campaign to secure treaty rights and sovereignty.

See the site.
Digital Lesson
Northern Plains Histories and Cultures: How Do Native People and Nations Experience Belonging?


Students and teachers look into the significance of homelands, kinship systems, and nationhood in Native life on the Northern Plains. The lesson presents four case studies.

See the site.
Digital Lesson
Northern Plains Treaties: Is a Treaty Intended to Be Forever?


The lesson looks at the choices and consequences faced by Northern Plains Native Nations when entering into treaty negotiations with the United States. Examine the intentions, motivations, and outcomes of the 1851 Horse Creek Treaty and 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty.

See the site.

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