Smithsonian National Postal Museum Launches Owney the Dog Curriculum

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Smithsonian National Postal Museum Launches Owney the Dog Curriculum

The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum has announced the development and release of new curriculum and supporting materials based on the museum's beloved "Owney the Dog."

The announcement took place at the recent Smithsonian Institution's annual Teachers' Night held this year at the National Museum of the American Indian with more than 4,000 teachers in attendance.

The 60-page full-color curriculum guide features four different units that use the story of Owney the Dog to meet reading, writing, math, social studies, science and art standards. The lessons are designed to provide inspiring and meaningful interdisciplinary experiences in classrooms from kindergarten through third grade.

Owney was a scruffy mutt who became a regular fixture at the Albany, N.Y., post office in 1888. He loved the mail and began to ride with the mailbags on Railway Post Office train cars across the state and then the country. In 1895, Owney even made an around-the-world trip, traveling with mailbags on trains and steamships to Asia and across Europe. The RPO clerks adopted Owney as their unofficial mascot, marking his travels by placing medals and tags from his stops on his collar. He has been preserved and is on display at the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.

The curriculum guide features four themed interdisciplinary units on mapping, autobiography, jobs and primary sources. Targeted towards second grade learning standards, these lessons combine to illustrate the life and legacy of Owney the Postal Dog. The curriculum is developed in tandem with Owney-themed technology tools, including an e-book and an augmented reality postage stamp. Also accompanying the curriculum are worksheets, rubrics and companion lessons for students with special education needs.

"Owney stands iconic at the Postal Museum because he is such an engaging entry point to U.S. history" said K. Allison Wickens, director of education at the museum. "In this curriculum...

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