Handi-hour Crafting: Fall Wreaths
Invite students to watch this video from the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in which Public Programs Coordinator Gloria Kenyon demonstrates how to make fall wreaths.
Five Ways to Cook With Pumpkin
Decorative gourds may be all the rage, but pumpkin is still king when it comes to fall squash. Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn how to think outside the piecrust and explore other ways to put pumpkin on your table.
Hou Yi an the Ten Suns: A Chinese Folktale
Every year on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, when the moon is at its roundest, Chinese families gather to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festivities. Invite students to watch this animation from the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage to learn more about this fall tradition.
Gardening Tips at the Smithsonian Butterfly Habitat Garden
The Smithsonian Butterfly Habitat Garden at the National Museum of Natural History is home to a variety of plants, insects and butterflies. Invite students to watch this video in which Jonathan Kavalier, Smithsonian Gardens horticulturist, shares some important facts of butterfly gardening and provides viewers with several fall gardening tips.
Whenever autumn arrives, whether in a blaze of brilliant leaves or with subtle changes in the life cycles of flora and fauna, the season holds a special beauty. Invite students to explore this Smithsonian site to see how natural-science illustrations combine art and science in the close observation of nature and how artwork from around the world and across time can capture the mood, color and light of the fall season.
From Smithson to Smithsonian: The Birth of an Institution
This exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Archives highlights the life of James Smithson and the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution. The site traces the early years of the Institution’s growth and development. It includes images, primary sources and lesson plans.
This Smithsonian Institution Archives webpage presents a brief history and historical photo of each of the Smithsonian museums. Be sure to click the link to see the Guide to Smithsonian Architecture!
El Rio: Do-Your-Own Exhibition
In this lesson from the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, students create a museum exhibition that addresses culture and environment in the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Basin. The materials are adaptable to studies of other cultural-environmental relationships.