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CATEGORY: The American Experience

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Special Programs

Smithsonian Folklife Festival Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an international exposition of living cultural heritage annually produced outdoors on the National Mall of the United States in Washington, D.C., by the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The Festival takes place for two weeks every summer overlapping the Fourth of July holiday.

Teacher Resource

Air and Space Museum Education Resources

The National Air and Space Museum offers a variety of free educational programs for school groups and organized youth groups. Here you will find information on educational activities at the Museum as well as resources provided for classroom learning.

American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery Education Resources

Information on school tours, education resources, professional development, educator newsletter, and more.

American Heritage Teaching Resources

Thematically arranged teaching resources from across the Smithsonian. The resources have been selected for their relevance to classroom curriculum and national education standards.

American History Explorer American History Explorer

Resources for teaching and learning American History.

American History Museum Education Resources

Information on school visits, museum guides, lesson plans, newsletter.

Anthropology Outreach Office

The Outreach Office also provides leaflets, bibliographies, and teacher's packets on a variety of anthropological topics. All materials are free of charge.

Celebrate Cultural Heritage Months with Smithsonian Folkways

 Lessons and activities from Smithsonian Folkways.

Civil Rights: Resources for Teaching Civil Rights: Resources for Teaching

Explore the variety of teaching strategies and guidelines, lesson plans and document-based questions (DBQs), and information about museum objects and other primary sources. You might get started by showing the video, in which Smithsonian curators examine a photograph of civil rights leader Medgar Evers. You can then help the students examine other historic photographs.

Cooper-Hewitt Museum Educator Resource Center

Find and create design-focused lesson plans, talk to educators from around the country, and more.

Early Aviation and the Media

The development of aeronautics created a worldwide popular interest in flight during the 19th and 20th centuries. This iTunes U course is recommended for students in grades 6-12.

Military Aviation in World War I In this iTunes U course, students will explore worldwide military airplanes and airplane design during World War I. Students will learn about the types of airplanes used during the war from each country and personal stories of pilots. Grades 9-12.
Portrait Gallery Educator Resources

The National Portrait Gallery provides professional development workshops throughout the academic year to teachers as well as School programs which inspire students to learn about the men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States.

Postal Museum Educator Resources

The National Postal Museum offers a variety of materials and services for educators and students.

Smithsonian Education: Lesson Plans, Resources, Standards of Learning

The gateway to Smithsonian educational resources for educators, families, and students.

Smithsonian Folkways Education Resources Smithsonian Folkways Education Resources

Tools for teaching and promoting cultural understanding through music.

Women in Early Aviation

This iTunes U course provides an introduction to women in early aviation. Students will gain an understanding of the contributions and influence of early women pioneers in aviation from the early 20th century up until World War I.

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Air and Space Museum YouTube Channel Air and Space Museum YouTube Channel

Videos from the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum which maintains the largest collection of historic air and space artifacts in the world.

American Art Museum YouTube Channel American Art Museum YouTube Channel

Video from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and it's Renwick Gallery.

American History Museum YouTube Channel American History Museum YouTube Channel

Videos from the National Museum of American History which dedicates its collections and scholarship to inspiring a broader understanding of our nation and its many peoples.


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