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Just a Few Species Make Up Most of Earth’s Food Supply. And That’s a Problem
The looming threat of extinction from climate change makes the lack of diversity in the world’s food supplies a dangerous prospect. Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn why.
Food History: Exploring History, One Bite at a Time
Visit this National Museum of American History site to explore a rich menu of collections, exhibitions, programs and blogs about food.
Good Food Guide
This lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is designed to provoke conversation around healthy food and eating habits both at school and at home. Over the course of two lessons, elementary students will identify and select healthy food choices, understand good food choices, create and present ideas and justify their decisions to classmates.
The Government Taste Testers Who Reshaped America’s Diet
In the 1930s, a forgotten federal bureau experimented with ways to make soy and other products more popular in the U.S. Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn all about it.
Feeding the Animals at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Do you think people are the only ones who have to worry about a healthy diet? Think again! Watch this video to learn how nutritionists ensure a healthy diet for all the animals at the National Zoo.
The Scientist Behind Some of Our Favorite Junk Foods
Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn about William A. Mitchell, the man who invented Cool Whip, Pop Rocks, Tang and other 20th-century treats.
Vacuum Packed Space Food: It’s What’s for Dinner
From John Glenn’s food in a tube to the shuttle astronauts’ candy coated chocolates, space food has come a long way. In this fast-paced webcast from NASA’s STEM in 30 program students learn about the history of space food, how food is prepared and packaged for space and the changes in nutrition over time.
The History of Five Uniquely American Sandwiches
From tuna fish to the lesser-known woodcock, food experts peer under the bread and find the story of a nation. To hear that story, read this Smithsonian magazine article.
Back to School at the Portrait Gallery
Backpacks. Lunchboxes. School supplies. Classroom setup. Back to school is an exciting time of year, especially at the National Portrait Gallery. Visit this site to learn how you can register for a teacher workshop or sign your students up for programs. Can’t make it to the Portrait Gallery? No problem. You can also access the classroom resources page to find teacher guides and learn about the collections.
Welcome to Our Classroom
Use this Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum lesson to guide students as they develop their writing skills while creating a “new student brochure” full of important information for new classmates and their families.