Smithsonian Education Students

Common Sense Media says

Treasure trove of kid-friendly info on wide range of topics.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Scientific, historic, cultural, and art history can be fun to study. There's something here to pique any kid's interest.

Violence & scariness

Some historic topics may touch on war and related subjects.

Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

No major privacy concerns. There's no requirement to register to use this site. IP address and Internet access source are noted, and cookies are used, which is relatively standard.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Smithsonian Education Students is a treasure trove of resources for kids who are interested in all sorts of topics like history, science, and cultures, or for kids who are looking for information on a specific subject for a school report. There are games, articles, experiments, a searchable resource library, and more to explore here. For kids who live close to Washington, D.C., or are soon to visit, there's also a ton of information on this site about the current exhibits and events of special interest to kids at the Smithsonian museums.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • geometry
  • algebra
  • arithmetic

Science

  • biology
  • ecosystems
  • astronomy

Social Studies

  • exploration
  • history
  • cultural understanding

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • investigation
  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information

Creativity

  • developing novel solutions
  • innovation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Clear images, exciting animations, and a broad range of stimulating topics will make kids want to come back. 

Learning Approach

Activities let kids analyze evidence and form conclusions using material from the Smithsonian's own collections.

Support

There are a ton of extension activities for parents and teachers, and videos have closed caption capabilities in many languages.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • geometry
  • algebra
  • arithmetic

Science

  • biology
  • ecosystems
  • astronomy

Social Studies

  • exploration
  • history
  • cultural understanding

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • investigation
  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information

Creativity

  • developing novel solutions
  • innovation

Kids can learn about scale, systems, and change over time. They can investigate these major themes in the context of art, science, or history. Topics range from building light bulbs to finding meaning in African masks. Smithsonian Education Students is filled with exciting ways to explore art, science, nature, history, culture, people, and places.

This Learning Rating review was written by Emily Pohlonski

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What's it about?

SMITHSONIAN EDUCATION STUDENTS poses important art, science, and history questions and then gives kids the tools to explore them. If the solar system is the size of a fried egg, how big is our galaxy? Activities like Sizing up the Universe help kids make predictions about scale and checking them using math. How has the role of government during a national crisis changed since World War II? The Rationing During WWII activity lets kids use primary source materials to examine this and other big questions.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

In addition to excellent information about an incredibly diverse base of topics -- from African-American pioneering aviators to botany, Viking culture to mystery inventions -- this site also has sections for teachers and families. The images are bright, and the games and activities are highly engaging. Some of the vocabulary and ideas may be too advanced for younger school-age kids without the help of a parent or teacher, but older kids can definitely navigate this site on their own.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to appropriately use the research you read online in school reports. Does your child understand the difference between using information from someone else without citation (plagiarizing) and appropriately citing a reliable online source like the Smithsonian?

  • Ask your kids which subjects they find most interesting on this site and try a related activity suggested here with them.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent of a 5 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 April 29, 2012
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violent

the historical topics touch on war and related subjects.
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