Educator Resources

The Mediterranean Sea

Online Activities

Learn by doing! Students can explore the science of aerodynamics, learn about the cultural history surrounding aviation, test their knowledge of geography, and more through these interactive activities.

Online Activities

Online Conferences

These online conferences allow participants from around the world to engage in interactive discussions about aviation- and space-related themes with our experts. Past conferences are archived online with links to related teacher resources.

Online Conferences

Gen. J. R. "Jack" Dailey

Lecture Archive

We invite experts on aviation and space-related topics to speak at the Museum on a regular basis. Most of our lectures are webcast, recorded, and archived for your enjoyment.

Visit our Webcast Archive

How Things Fly Website

This website examines the four forces of flight, aerodynamics, propulsion, flight dynamics, and more. It provides animations and online activities that allow students to learn by doing.

How Things Fly

Teaching Posters

Space Shuttle Astronaut on Spacewalk (STS-115)

 

Living and Working in Space Teaching Poster

Introduces students to the environmental conditions in space, the challenges that must be overcome to live and work there, and advances in spacesuit technology. Students consider various reasons for going to space and compare conditions in space with those on Earth.

Grades 5-8
Teaching Poster (PDF)

Spirit of St. Louis

Milestones of Flight Teaching Poster

Introduces students to seven of the most historic aircraft and spacecraft in the Museum's collections and asks students to consider the technological advances of these craft as well as their impact on society.

Grades 4-6
Teaching Poster (PDF)

Song of the Wright Boys

Embracing The Impossible: Popular Response to the Aerial Age Teaching Poster

Students review primary source materials to understand how people felt about the new technology of flying in the early 1900s. Then, they choose an invention today and document the popular response to it.

10 pages
Teaching Poster (PDF)

Hubble Interacting Galaxy IC 4687

Explore The Universe Teaching Packet

The packet includes background information and an activity that challenges students to think about the structure of the universe by considering size, distance and age. The open-ended nature of this activity makes it appropriate for a wide range of grade levels.

Grades 4-12
See Order Form (PDF)

Spots on Saturn

Exploring the Planets Teaching Poster

Students can examine drawings of four probes to observe how specific design features enable the probe to carry out its mission in a particular environment. Students then select a planet and design a probe to explore it.

Grades 3-6
Exploring the Planets Teaching Poster (PDF)

San Francisco

Reflections on Earth: Exploring Earth from Space Teaching Poster

In this introduction to remote sensing, students use satellite images to investigate changes over time and then use scale to calculate distance and area. Easy-to-photocopy classroom lessons on the back.

Grades 6-12
Reflections on Earth Teaching Poster (PDF)

Impervious Surface Cover: Full Graph of DC and Baltimore

Reflections on Earth: Biodiversity and Remote Sensing Teacher Guide

With lessons for interpreting satellite images and field studies, students learn to measure and monitor forest biodiversity on a local, regional, and global scale.

45 pages | Grades 6-10
Reflections on Earth Teacher Guide (PDF)

C-49 Car

How Things Fly Teaching Poster

Classroom and gallery activities in this guide prepare students for a visit to the How Things Fly gallery, an interactive exhibition on the physics of flight. Topics include air pressure, gravity, and buoyancy.

Grades 4-8
How Things Fly Teaching Poster (PDF)

Still from "Inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen"

African American Pioneers in Aviation Teacher Guide

Lessons that guide students to use primary source documents to explore the challenges and successes of African American pioneers who established a place in aviation and the space industry for subsequent generations.

45 pages | Grades 5-9
African American Pioneers in Aviation Teacher Guide (PDF)

Teaching Resources

African Americans in Aviation: The 1940's — A Decade of Change Teacher Poster

Lessons that guide students to use primary source documents to explore the challenges and successes of African American pioneers who established a place in aviation and the space industry for subsequent generations.

45 pages | Grades 5-9
African Americans in Aviation Teacher Poster (PDF)

Douglas DC-3 in America by Air

From Airmail to Airlines Teacher Guide

Lively classroom activities for students that explore changes in air transportation from 1920 to the present. Designed as a companion to transportation units in the curriculum and can be used alone or with hands-on activities during a Museum visit.

40 pages | Grades 3-5
From Airmail to Airlines Teacher Guide (PDF)

Apollo Star Chart

And a Star to Steer Her By Field Trip Guide

Introduces students to the tools and techniques used to navigate by the stars. Provides classroom activities and background information.

24 pages | Grades 5-9
And a Star to Steer Her By Field Trip Guide (PDF)

Moon

Sky Quest Teaching Poster

What can we see in the night sky with our naked eyes? What can we see with a telescope? Activities for the classroom will prepare students for the planetarium show, Sky Quest.

Grades K-3
Sky Quest Teaching Poster (PDF)

Deployment of Hubble Space Telescope

Cosmic Voyage Teachers Guide

Activities in this guide provide students with concrete experiences to help them understand measurement, scale and how scientists work. The activities work well alone or as a supplement to the IMAX film Cosmic Voyage. The film is also available on video and DVD from Warner Home Video. See your local video store for ordering information.

53 pages | Grades 4-12
Cosmic Voyage Teachers Guide (PDF)

Jupiter

Destiny in Space Teachers Guide

This guide examines our future prospects for space exploration. Activities, information, and resources cover a range of topics, some of which are: muscle response to weightlessness, robotic guides, suiting up for space, communication and gardening in space. The film is now available on video and DVD from Warner Home Video.

66 pages | Grades 4-12
Destiny in Space Teachers Guide (PDF)

Bruce McCandless and the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU)

Destiny in Space Teaching Poster

This poster helps students find answers to the questions: How might robots help in space exploration? What tools help us explore the universe? Will we visit other planets? How do you work in a space shuttle? How can we live in space? What can we learn from space exploration?

Grades 4-12
Destiny in Space Teaching Poster (PDF)