Category Archives: Kids

SPACE PLACE | JULY 2018

There are millions of pieces of rocky material left over from the formation of our solar system. These rocky chunks are called asteroids, and they can be found orbiting our sun. Most asteroids are found between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. They orbit the sun in a doughnut-shaped region of space called the asteroid […]

CULTURAL CONNECTIONS | JULY 2018

History of Embroidery Samplers

A sampler is a piece of embroidery that is created to show or test needle-

working skill. They were especially popular in the 16th and 17th centuries.

For many years, in England and America, needlework was an important

part of a woman’s education. […]

COME OUT AND PLAY | JULY 2018

Hopscotch is a fun playground game that people have been playing for centuries. There are many different variations of the game, but the basic idea is to hop on one foot and avoid stepping on the lines drawn on the ground.

Some of the first people to use hopscotch were Roman […]

WILDVILLE | JULY 2018

Oysters are a bivalve mollusk common all over the world. As adults, they live their entire lives in a shell rooted to one place underwater. They are filter feeders, meaning they suck in water over their gills. The gills have tiny hairs called cilia and are covered in mucus that catches plankton and other particles. […]

WHERE IN THE WORLD | JULY 2018

Jamestown, Virginia, was the first permanent English settlement in North America. One hundred people from England got on large wooden boats. They endured the long journey across the Atlantic Ocean and started a new home in a place they had never seen before.
It was a difficult process from the very beginning. The boat […]

AROUND THE WORLD | JULY 2018

When the colonists in America started fighting the British in April of 1775, they weren’t looking to break free from Britain. They were fighting for their rights as British citizens. By October, King George was furious at what he saw as their rebellion. He ordered more troops and more ships to head to America to […]

WEATHER | JULY 2018

Over the last 10 years, more than 5,000 people have died in the U.S. because of tornadoes, tropical storms, hurricanes, floods, lightning strikes and extremes of heat or cold. During the same period, hazardous weather events caused over $150 billion in property damage.

Severe weather can be a dangerous and costly enemy. The more […]

AROUND THE WORLD | MARCH 2018

HOW COLONIZATION CHANGED NORTH AMERICA

Colonization is a complicated topic, but it shaped North America as we know it. The European empires had a lot of people and a lot of money, but not a lot of land. The European rulers decided to send out explorers to find new land. They hoped this new land […]

SPACE PLACE | MARCH 2018

Sixty Years of Observing Our Earth

Satellites are a part of our everyday life. We use global positioning system (GPS) satellites to help us find directions. Satellite television and telephones bring us entertainment, and they connect people all over the world. Weather satellites help us create forecasts, and if there’s a disaster — such as […]

CULTURAL CONNECTIONS | MARCH 2018

The Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution is a museum and research complex. It is made up of 19 museums, nine research facilities and the National Zoo. It was established by and named after James Smithson. He was a British scientist. When he died, Smithson gave his wealth to the United States to create “an […]