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The Smithsonian is committed to supporting teachers and their students around the globe as they face unprecedented new learning challenges. Here, on the Learning Lab, teachers have access to millions of digital resources from across the Smithsonian's museums, research centers, libraries, archives, and more. You will also find pre-packaged collections that contain lessons, activities, and recommended resources made by Smithsonian museum educators as well as thousands of classroom teachers like you. Use the search bar below to search for Smithsonian Learning Lab Collections.

We are here to support your discovery and use of these materials now and into the future through trainings, office hours, and models of best practice.

For questions and requests to Smithsonian educators, email us at learning@si.edu.

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National Resources

Smithsonian Resources for National Audiences

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Smithsonian educators identified online learning resources for teachers across the country. Note: We will continue to update this space as we develop and align additional online resources from across the Smithsonian.

Resources for: English/Language Arts PK-12 | Social Studies/History PK-12 | Science PK-12

Looking for a specific Smithsonian museum's education resources? A full listing is available here.

Looking for your local museum education resources? The Smithsonian Affiliations’ network has a list from museums nationwide.

(updated 4/6/2020)

Washington, D.C. Resources

Smithsonian Resources for Washington D.C. Public Schools (DCPS)

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Smithsonian educators have identified specific online learning resources aligned to the DCPS Curriculum Pacing Guides for grades K–8 and beyond. These documents will continue to be updated as we develop and align additional resources.

Resources for: Kindergarten | First Grade | Second Grade | Third Grade | Fourth Grade | Fifth Grade | Sixth Grade | Seventh Grade | Eighth Grade | Science K–12, April 14–April 24, 2020

(updated 4/6/2020)

Caregivers and Families

Smithsonian Resources for Caregivers

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Smithsonian educators have identified specific online learning resources designed for use by you and your children. These documents will continue to be updated as we develop and align additional resources.

Resources for: Caregivers

Recommended Read: Talking with Children about COVID-19, from the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center



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Not sure where to start? Use this week's Smithsonian Learning Activities Choice Board (Issue 3 - April 6, 2020) to introduce your learners to a sampling of recommended learning opportunities from across the Smithsonian in science, social studies, culture, and the arts. Includes hands-on and technology-enabled activities.

Previous Choice Boards: Issue 1: March 23, 2020, Issue 2: March 30, 2020

(updated 4/6/2020)

Self-directed Learning

Smithsonian Resources for Tweens and Teens

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Smithsonian educators have identified specific online learning resources designed for self-directed learning. These documents will continue to be updated as we develop and align additional resources.

Resources for: Tweens and Teens


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2020 Spark!Lab Dr. InBae and Mrs. Kyung Joo Yoon Invent It Challenge
Create a new invention that helps provide access to healthy food for everyone, everywhere, every day. Entry deadlines have been extended to May 8, 2020.



Smithsonian Resources for Lifelong Learners

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Smithsonian educators have identified podcasts, online courses, and more designed for learners of all ages. This list will continue to be updated as we develop and align additional resources.

Resources for: Lifelong Learners

(updated 4/6/2020)

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Online Office Hours

Have a burning question for the Learning Lab team? Need help finding a resource or using one of the Lab’s tools and features? Just want to say "hello"? Take a minute to tune in to our live Q&A. Drop by anytime!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
4–5 PM, ET
Office Hours with Tess Porter, Digital Content Producer

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
4–5 PM, ET
Office Hours with Darren Milligan, Senior Digital Strategist

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
4–5 PM, ET
Office Hours with Ashley Naranjo, Manager of Educator Engagement

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
4–5 PM, ET
Office Hours with Tess Porter, Digital Content Producer



Classroom Videoconferences

Visit the Smithsonian American Art Museum without leaving your school or home. Offered by request.

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Distance Learning Events

Connect with Smithsonian Experts for free online events on a wide range of topics to enhance your teaching or learning.