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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.
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Information on Smithsonian museums and COVID-19
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National Resources
Smithsonian Resources for National Audiences
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 | National Early Learning (PK-2) | Spanish Language 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 9/17/2021)
Washington, D.C. Resources
Smithsonian Resources for Washington D.C. Public Schools (DCPS)
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 9/17/2021)
Caregivers and Families
Smithsonian Resources for Caregivers
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


Not sure where to start? Use our latest Smithsonian Learning Activities Choice Board (Issue 10 - May 26 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, Issue 3: April 6, 2020, Issue 4: April 13, 2020, Issue 5: April 20, 2020, Issue 6: April 27, 2020, Issue 7: May 4, 2020, Issue 8: May 11, 2020, Issue 9: May 18, 2020
(updated 9/17/2021)
High-touch Learning
Learning Anytime, Anywhere
The Smithsonian serves learners nationwide anytime, anywhere. Through these high-touch downloadable activity guides, we hope to spark curiosity, foster innovation, and reinforce that learning – especially with the Smithsonian – is fun. Each guide features Smithsonian content and engagement activities, spanning history, science, culture, and the arts. These guides provide learners with printed resources that they can see, hold, and return to again and again – allowing them to unlock something new every time.


“Inspiration Nation” (June 2021)
Download your copy here.
Read more about the guide.


“Warm Wishes” (December 2020)
Download your copy here.


“Winter at Home” (January 2021)
Download your copy here.
Read more about the guide.


“Yesterday, Today” (October 2020)
Download your copy here.
Read more about the guide.


“Summer Road Trip” (June 2020)
Download your copy here.
Read more about the guide.


“Present History” (August 2021)
Download your copy here.
Read more about the guide.


(updated 6/8/2021)
Self-directed Learning
Smithsonian Resources for Tweens and Teens
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

Smithsonian Resources for Lifelong Learners
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 9/17/2021)
Virtual Tours, Exhibitions, and Programs
Students Virtual Field Trips
Tour our museum collections and the big ideas that come along with them through virtual tours, online exhibitions and virtual programming and events.
Resources for: Virtual Field Trips

Lifelong Learners Virtual Tours
Tour our museum collections and the big ideas that come with them through virtual tours, online exhibitions and virtual programming and events.
Resources for: Virtual Tours
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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 4–5 PM ET!
Monday, October 18, 2021
Office Hours with Tess Porter, Digital Content Producer
Monday, November 1, 2021
Office Hours with Philippa Rappoport, Manager of Community Engagement
Monday, November 15, 2021
Office Hours with Tess Porter, Digital Content Producer
Monday, December 6, 2021
Office Hours with Tess Porter, Digital Content Producer
Monday, December 13, 2021
Office Hours with Philippa Rappoport, Manager of Community Engagement


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