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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 History Explorer

Resources for teaching and learning American History.

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.

Campfire Stories with George Catlin: An Encounter of Two Cultures

Come and sit around the campfire in our virtual Catlin classroom.

Cooper Hewitt Educator Resource Center

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

Early Aviation and Space History: iTunes U

The courses are built around materials from the Smithsonian Libraries' and supplemented with additional resources from the Smithsonian Channel, Smithsonian magazine, Air and Space magazine and NASA materials. Grades 6-12.

Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

Multimedia and print materials for classroom use related to invention and innovation.

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 Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Books, documentaries, recordings, multimedia materials and online exhibitions to integrate cultural education into art, music, social studies, math, and the sciences.

Smithsonian Education: Lesson Plans, Resources, Standards of Learning

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

Smithsonian Folkways Education Resources

Tools for teaching and promoting cultural understanding through music.

Smithsonian Learning Lab

The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access created the Smithsonian Learning Lab to inspire the discovery and creative use of its rich digital materials—more than a million images, recordings, and texts.

Smithsonian Source: Resources for Teaching American History

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.

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