Other National Resources
The Library of Congress and the Smithsonian are not the only games in town. Many other government departments and organizations have museums and on-line resources.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has created a special exhibit area at its Atlanta headquarters, opening its doors to the thousands of visitors who request tours of CDC each year.
The web site for the museum includes an extensive resource center.
The CDC also hosts Body & Mind with additional resources for kids.
The new Marian Koshland Science Museum, part of the National Academy of Sciences, explores connections between scientific research and everyday life which evolve toward public policy positions. DNA's importance for tracking diseases like SARS and criminals is illustrated, for instance.
Nothing gets a student's attention like money. Use the on-line resources here to take a virtual (or in person) tour of your nearest U.S. Mint.
You can bring in lessons on subjects from history and math to physics and chemistry.
100's of other federal and state institutions have set up museums small and large and have created corresponding web sites. Search for museums in your area or museums relating to a current class topic. There is a wide breadth of resources available on-line.