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Smithsonian Education News - November l 2017
Seen One Zebra? Native Games of the Americas
New Online Activity
Seen One Zebra?


In a lighthearted look at animal adaptation, students try to identify three of the National Zoo’s zebras. Each zebra’s pattern of stripes, they will see, is as distinctive as our own fingerprints.

Who’s who at the zoo?
Summer Program
Native Games of the Americas


Participants play games from communities across the hemisphere as they learn about the importance of these games in Native life. Drop in on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Learn more.
Washington, D.C. Area Opportunities
Smithsonian Sleepovers Smithsonian Summer Camp Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers
Family Programs
Smithsonian Sleepovers


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

Learn more.
Children’s Programs
Smithsonian Summer Camp


K through 9 kids go behind the scenes at the Smithsonian in a wide variety of day-camp activities. Held Monday, June 18, through Friday, Aug. 17.

Learn more.
Professional Development
Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers


The Smithsonian Science Education Center hosts three weeklong courses in which teachers learn directly from Smithsonian scientists and curators. This year’s topics are “Biodiversity,” “Energy’s Innovations and Implications,” and “Earth’s History and Global Change.”

Learn more and register.
Interdisciplinary Connections: Discovering Korea’s Past Workshop in Los Angeles “Teach-In” in Washington, D.C.

Interdisciplinary Connections: Discovering Korea’s Past


This summer institute for middle and high school teachers 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.
Save the Date
Workshop in Los Angeles


The Smithsonian and the Japanese American National Museum will host a free educator workshop on October 20 at the museum, in downtown L.A. More information to come in the next newsletter.

Professional Development
“Teach-In” in Washington, D.C.


The National Museum of the American Indian hosts “Indigenous Peoples’ Curriculum Day and Teach-In” on September 8. The day includes lunch and free classroom materials.

Learn more and register.
Online Opportunities
Artful Connections The Ark An Introduction to Japanese Painting
Free Distance Learning Lessons
Artful Connections


Bring American art to your students with ten free interactive videoconferences from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. For third grade through adult.

Learn more and request a program.
Online Video
The Ark


The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center presents an animated film that continues the story told in the novel The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, a Pulitzer winner, MacArthur genius, and Vietnam War refugee.

Watch it here.
Online Resource
An Introduction to Japanese Painting


The Freer|Sackler presents a survey of formats and styles, media and subjects, to represent major trends in Japanese painting. Includes information on each artwork, as well as lesson components and ideas for class discussion.

See it on the Learning Lab.

Professional Development Programs for Educators Integrating Asian Pacific American Experiences into the Classroom Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Online Survey
Professional Development Programs for Educators


Do have a great idea for a professional-development program? What is it that you enjoy most at such events? Please help Freer|Sackler plan its programs for next school year by taking less than ten minutes to take a survey.

Take it here.
Webinar
Integrating Asian Pacific American Experiences into the Classroom


Join Smithsonian Affiliate museums and the Smithsonian Learning Lab to discover free digital resources for K-12 classrooms. Held on Tuesday, May 22, at 7 pm Eastern.

Learn more.
New Teaching Resources
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month


Browse a growing collection of primary- and secondary-source classroom lessons at the Smithsonian Learning Lab.

Take a look.

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