Scott Foresman and the Smithsonian Institution Enrich Social Studies for U.S. Elementary Schools

Primary Source Materials Provide Colorful New Dimensions to Learning

Upper Saddle River, NJ - January 3, 2002 - Access to primary source materials is a key factor in sustaining students' interest and ultimately improving their performance in social studies. The Smithsonian Institution, long dedicated to increasing access to its wealth of historical and cultural works of art, artifacts and documents, has partnered with publisher Scott Foresman (a Pearson Education business) to create unique teaching and learning materials for teachers and students across the country.

Scott Foresman editors worked with the Smithsonian Institution's curatorial staff to create lessons that incorporate images culled from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, National Air & Space Museum, National Museum of American History, National Postal Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The materials cover a range of subjects including geography, culture, civics, government and economics. The goal of the collaboration is to help illuminate both America's past and its present for millions of social studies students in grades 1 through 6.

The collaborative program includes museum gallery pages with full-color images of artifacts, and captions based directly on Smithsonian research. Teacher editions include point-of-use information to help guide students' learning about America's heritage. The highlight of the collaboration is "Look Inside the Smithsonian," two-page features that appear throughout student editions. Special workbook activity pages encourage students to discover even more on their own.

'It's critical that teachers and students have access to these primary sources, not only to meet rigorous new teaching standards, but to give students contextual knowledge of the periods they are studying. Artifacts from the Smithsonian Institution go a long way toward making the learning multidimensional and inspiring,' said Paul L. McFall, President of Scott Foresman. 'Our collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution will help us bring our nation's rich, vibrant history to life in classrooms across the country.'

'The Smithsonian Institution is committed to finding innovative ways of bringing our historical treasures into the lives of all our young people, not just those who can travel to Washington D.C.,' said Gary Beer, CEO of Smithsonian Business Ventures. 'Providing documentary evidence in a colorful and exciting way will certainly help cultivate an early appreciation of our country's rich history and the unique role of the Smithsonian Institution.'

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About Scott Foresman
Scott Foresman is the world's leading elementary education publisher, offering complete programs in all disciplines, including reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and music. Scott Foresman programs include all media: print, video, digital, audio, CD-ROMS, and internet-delivered. Scott Foresman is a division of the Elementary and Supplemental Publishing Group of Pearson Education, the world's leading integrated education business. For more information, visit

About Pearson Education
With offices in 30 countries, Pearson Education is the world's largest education company. Its leading education businesses include Addison Wesley, Allyn & Bacon, Benjamin Cummings, Longman, Prentice Hall, Pearson Learning, Scott Foresman, Electronic Education, and NCS Pearson. Pearson Education is the global leader in online learning through its CourseCompass program, Learning Network, NCS Learn, InformIT portal for technology professionals and over 2,000 textbook companion Web sites. Pearson Education is the global education business of Pearson plc (NYSE: PSO), the international media group. For more information, visit

About the Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum and research complex, with 16 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. The total number of objects, works of art, and specimens at the Smithsonian is estimated at more than 142 million, including 122 million specimens and artifacts at the National Museum of Natural History. The mission of the Smithsonian is "the increase and diffusion of knowledge." For more information, visit


Kit Thompson


Pearson Education