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Living Fossils of the Deep, an Expedition to the Bahamian Seafloor
Website for an undersea expedition that advances our understanding of the ocean and its animals. Includes photo gallery of sea creatures, biographies of the biologists, descriptions of the technology and tools, and information pages on the Bahamas and silt snails.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Artificial Anatomy: Collection
Online gallery of more than30 papier-mâché anatomical models of humans, animals, and plants from the museums Artificial Anatomy Collection. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Artificial Anatomy: History
Online exhibit exploring the history of papier-mâché, comparative anatomy, and methods of learning anatomy in the 20th century. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Artificial Anatomy: Preservation
Online exhibit highlighting the methods of preservation used in restoring the museum's papier-mâché collection. Covers the necessity for preservation, examination methods used, and preservation techniques. Also useful for the study of anatomy. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Artificial Anatomy: Resources
Bibliographic material, web links, and museum collections reviewed by the National Museum of American History and relating to the online exhibition Artificial Anatomy: Papier-Mâché Anatomical Models.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Ocean Conservation: Living Wisely on an Ocean Planet
Through this website, students learn about threats to the oceans and strategies for their conservation. Watch a video clip on conservation success stories and learn what you can do to help.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Science and Technology Concepts for Middle Schools
Science and Technology Concepts is an inquiry-based middle school science curriculum. Website supplements the STC/MS curriculum and can be used as a research guide for students. Purchase required.
Provider: Smithsonian Science Education Center
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Grade(s): 4–8
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What do modern animal bones tell us about biodiversity?
Webinar in which Briana Pobiner of the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program discusses her research on modern animal bones in a Kenyan game conservancy. The work is not only helping us to understand current biodiversity and predation pressure, it is also a key to understanding these conditions millions of years ago.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Art to Zoo: Tomorrow’s Forecast: Oceans and Weather (1995)
Lesson plan (with printable maps and classroom/take-home activities) demonstrates how ocean currents influence weather patterns and climate. Students identify ocean currents and the relationship between currents and trade routes, conduct an experiment on the differing heat capacities of water and air, and find and label port cities around the globe.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Worm Watching
Lesson plan observing the unique role earthworms play in building good soils. Takes a week to ten days. Includes extension activities.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Here Come the Sunflowers!
Lesson plan for learning about sunflowers. Students plant sunflower seeds and record their growth.. Includes two printable activity sheets and suggestions for extension activities.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Web of Life
Lesson plan constructing a food web to learn how all living things in an ecosystem are interconnected. Includes student role play and extension activities.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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AnimalCams
Cam site where you can see what the National Zoo’s animals are up to—right at this moment. Animals on view are pandas, cheetahs, spotted leopard cubs, fishing cats, small-clawed otters, gharials, golden lion tamarins, gorillas, kiwis, mole rats, orangutans, sloth bears, lions, tigers, octopi, ferrets, and flamingos.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): General audience
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A Walk In the Forest
Interactive animation. Use scientific tools and methodologies to determine forest makeup, monitor health, and conserve biodiversity in a fictional Virginia forest. Characters assist the user and encourage inquiry. Narration optional.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Striking a Balance
Outdoor activity demonstrating the principles and dynamics of food chains. This activity shows how energy is transferred from the sun to individual plants and then to individual animals.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Estuary Chesapeake
Field trip program at SERC’s Maryland location. Parent and/or educator-led hands-on program exploring the living and non-living aspects of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. Pre-visit required for new educators and recommended for station leaders.
Provider: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Introduction to the Nature Journal
Lesson plan in which students practice writing and observation skills by keeping nature journals. They observe animals on the National Zoo’s webcam and write about the behaviors they see, making hypotheses based on these observations.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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North American Mammals
Searchable database of all living mammals of North America. Search by geographic location, species name, mammal family tree, or conservation status. Each animal has a fact sheet with information and pictures.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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What's Your Problem? A Look at the Environment in Your Own Backyard
Lesson plans in which students take on an environmental project. They begin by interviewing people who live in their town or neighborhood. They ask about the state of the local environment—and how it has changed over the years—before deciding on a problem to tackle. The ideas are based on a project in which a second-grade students in Colorado addressed the problem of deer overpopulation in their town.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Small Mammals Facts
Webpage defines characteristics of the mammal family. Includes links to animal fact sheets which provide scientific information and images. Some highlighted animals have additional links.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Weaving the Web
Lesson plan where students construct food webs to learn how food chains are interconnected. Shows how energy flows through food chains between the sun, plants, and animals. Includes printable activity sheets and extensions.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Dinosaurs
Webpage providing information on dinosaurs. Includes information on dinosaur species, anatomy and evolution, general behavior, where they lived, the many theories of how they became extinct, dinosaur exhibits and research collections, and an interactive museum tour and dinosaur dig.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Building a Dinosaur
This webpage includes images and description of the process of constructing the world's first anatomically accurate digital dinosaur, rendered from real fossils.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): All grades
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Geological Time: Story of a Changing Earth
Interactive geological timeline. The story of Earth is broken up into eons, which can be clicked on for more information. Each eon comes with an overview, description of major events like shifts in plate tectonics or the Cambrian explosion, and a look at evidence collected from that era. Foundational concepts are also described, these concepts being broken up into the forces that formed the Earth, how to date evidence, and the processes that shaped what life looks like today.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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In Search of the Giant Squid Challenge
Quiz on giant squids is designed for students already engaged in the study of marine animals, with fourteen questions and answers, and a fill-in-the-blanks component.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Art to Zoo: “Blacks in the Westward Movement,” “What Can You Do with a Portrait?” and “Of Beetles, Worms, and Leaves of Grass” (1976)
Premier issue of Art to Zoo, containing three sections: experiences of African Americans in westward expansion, the use of portrait art in the classroom, and the ordinary lawn as a habitat for plants and animals.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Losing Ground
Lesson plan presenting the story of the Dust Bowl with two activities which demonstrate how the effects of farming practices contributed to severe soil erosion. Includes extensions for each activity.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Be a Food Detective
Lesson plan searching for answers to specific questions about prepared food products, including what a food is made from, the source of its ingredients, and how the ingredients were grown. Includes options for homework.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8
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In Search of the Giant Squid
Website exploring and interpreting the mystery, beauty, and complexity of giant squids. Includes images from gallery installation, myths about squids, general information about squids, and links to other resources.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Plants and Animals: Partners in Pollination
Lesson plans introduce students to the role of bees play in pollination and, ultimately, the production of many of our foods. Students learn about the parts of flowers and bees and their symbiotic relationship.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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