The Smithsonian Institution has launched a new educational web site where students and teachers can go to explore the findings and artifacts of all 16 Smithsonian museums, as well as the National Zoo and the Smithsonian’s many world-class research centers. The site contains nearly 1,000 educational resources searchable by both grade level and subject area. For educators, SmithsonianEducation.org provides resources to plan, prepare, and teach hundreds of lessons focused on a wide variety of subjects–from history and culture to science and technology. All lessons are correlated with national education standards. “Explore, Discover, and Learn,” the web site’s highly interactive student section, includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum complex, as well as historical information about its collections and book lists intended to help students continue their research after school hours. Thinking of taking a field trip to the nation’s capital? The site’s family section offers all sorts of ideas for fun and educational things to do while in town.

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