Winter break is coming and it’s the perfect opportunity to explore new subjects and continue learning. Your daily routine may look different and may present opportunities to discover new and fun learning opportunities. Many organizations across the federal government and their partners have free education resources available for use. Here are five institutions that offer education materials for teachers, students, and lifelong learners.
- Arlington National Cemetery
There are 400,000 people interred at our nation’s most hallowed grounds, and their newly launched education program can help you begin learning about them. From notable African Americans to figures of the Spanish American War, these materials only scratch the surface of the learning opportunities this sacred shrine has to offer.
The Smithsonian’s museums and zoo are out of reach for many right now. Fortunately, the institution offers resources for both educators and students. They offer many resources and digital tools that support inquiry-based learning and active engagement to spark creativity and curiosity.
- National Park Service
As president, Theodore Roosevelt created five national parks, 18 national monuments, 51 bird sanctuaries, began the National Wildlife Refuge system and set aside more than 100 million acres for national forests. Now, you can learn about all of the national parks and monuments with NPS’s educator resources including audio, video, blogs, and more.
- U.S. Department of Treasury
Did you know that Crane and Co., a Massachusetts-based company, has been providing the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing with paper for U.S. currency since 1879? There’s a lot to learn about money and currency, and the Treasury Department has a handful of resources to help. Their education materials cover the features of currency, currency design, and the history of the U.S. bills.
- U.S. Department of State
Who is a diplomat? What is an embassy? State’s Discover Diplomacy education materials offer prompts and exercises that teach students the function of diplomacy and the importance of foreign affairs.