The Wilderness Road
In 1775, the now-legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone blazed a trail through the Cumberland Gap—a notch in the Appalachian Mountains located near the intersection of Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. The trail, known as the Wilderness Road, then passed through the interior of Kentucky and to the Ohio River. Use this collection materials from the Smithsonian Learning Lab to learn more about Boone’s pioneering path.
Interview with Sir Edmund Hillary: Mountain Climbing
On May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary scaled the peak of Mount Everest, becoming an instant celebrity. Invite students to listen to these snippets from a Smithsonian Folkways interview with Hillary to learn more about this great mountaineer and his expeditions.
Tengir-too: Mountain Music of Kyrgyzstan
From the mountainous Kyrgyzstan, Jew’s harps, fiddles, plucked stringed instruments and powerful voices transmit the vibrant rhythms of nomadism and the serene atmosphere of the Kyrgyz mountains. Watch this video from the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage to see and hear musicians perform in this musical language, which as contemporary as it is ancient.
The Woman Inventor Behind “Monopoly”
Invite students to read this article from the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation to learn how a desire to teach economic theories led one woman to invent the game of “Monopoly.”
Help elementary students practice basic math facts and gain a deeper conceptual understanding of number relationships with this lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Center. Students will design and write clear directions for a new math game.