k-12 Social Studies Opportunity

SMITHSONIAN’S ~  “LET’S DO HISTORY” TOUR (MIDCOAST MAINE)! ~  National Museum of American History

Smithsonian will share its interdisciplinary “do history” approach to teaching with a focus on everyday objects, people-centered stories and dialogue. The content will focus on innovative teaching strategies, skills building, and technology integration and will highlight historical themes or eras that are relevant to the locales and curriculum. The goal is to help teachers rethink the way they teach history and social studies by providing them with never before possible opportunities to engage with national collections, collaborate with Museum staff, dialogue with other teachers, and share what they know in a national exchange of best practice teaching. Receive on site instruction as well as ongoing access to Smithsonian resources and staff via the web.

AUDIENCE:         Social Studies Teachers (K-12, differentiated)

LOCATION:        CAMDEN HILLS REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL  (plus required, online preliminary webinar to learn how to connect with Smithsonian resources)


Full-Day Workshop                          Thurs, November 20  (6 hours)

Preliminary Requirement:

WEBINAR:  Highly interactive, 1.5 hours,  facilitated by Smithsonian staff ~  an introduction to museum resources and methods aligned to C3 Framework for Social Studies and Common Core State Standards for ELA.

Webinar (K-5)                     Mon, November 17 (3:30-5:00)

Webinar (6-12)                   Thurs, November 13 (3:30-5:00)


  • Increase student engagement and critical thinking through the use of Smithsonian Museum resources.
  • Present students with historical problems and teach them to do history for themselves.
  • Students learn to use multiple sources–museum objects (for example, Star Spangled Banner) and other primary sources–plus hands-on activities and/or drama to develop historical thinking skills (cause-and-effect relationships, multiple perspectives, validity of competing claims).
  • Students come to understand how their own lives connect with people and events of the past.
  • Each workshop participant receives a USB flash drive with classroom materials, links to web resources and teaching tools.   Facilitated workshop time will be provided to explore and incorporate new resources.


FREE   (Substitute Fee Reimbursement provided to your district if you apply on the registration form)

TO REGISTER:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1a6vpnWG0YvH_-c7XOTsoehdg0Ayn5530tv55Nj-nbAI/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link

Initial priority for the 50 slots will go to Midcoast teachers, then first come first served for remaining slots.  Register soon to ensure your space!

QUESTIONS:  christine.b.anderson@maine.edu


About shawncarlson

Assistant Superintendent
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