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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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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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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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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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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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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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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Tale of a Whale (and Why It Can Be Told)
Multistep lesson in which students do the work of scientists who study the endangered North Atlantic right whale. They compare photos to identify an individual whale and use a record of sighting to track this whale’s movements along the eastern seaboard.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Ocean Planet
Online exhibition exploring the role of oceans in our lives. Searchable by image, topic, exhibit section or object. Includes lesson plans, an online tour, and other recommended teacher resources.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): All grades
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Art to Zoo: Dinosaurs Were Real! (1976)
Lesson plan in which students learn about the physiology of dinosaurs as well as what Earth was generally like during the Mesozoic era. The issue also features a photo introduction to the Smithsonian Institution.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Something to Chew On
Downloadable PDF activity sheet. Children play a maze game and solve a rhyming word puzzle as they get to know three creatures who have reigned at the top of the ocean’s food chain.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Birds Bibliography
Sampling of the bird book literature: field guides, encyclopedias, species accounts, checklists, monographs, texts on biology and behavior, and references on birds threatened with extinction. Useful for ornithological research.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Muddy Creek Canoe Trip
Field trip program at SERC’s Maryland location. Canoe trip is a guided tour where students will learn simple canoeing skills while observing the surrounding ecosystem and identifying certain species with a field guide. Stops along the trip give students time to discuss elements of the ecosystem around them.
Provider: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Conservation Central
Habitat education program exploring the temperate forest, home of the giant panda and black bear, through interactive features for children, family learning activities, and a middle school curriculum aligned to national standards.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Expedition to Galapagos
Website follows the expedition to film the IMAX movie Galapagos. Includes videos, biographies of the scientists involved, maps, general introduction to the Galapagos, information on new species, trip journal, and image gallery.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, General audience
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Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Webpage for this research center specializing in marine biodiversity and ecosystems of Florida. Includes image gallery, species inventory, information on species names, general introduction to biodiversity, maps, virtual tours of their sea exhibit, and contact information.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Striking a Balance
Lesson plan presenting an outdoor activity which demonstrates the principles and dynamics of food chains. A role playing game 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): 9–12
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Panda Cut Out Mask
Cut-out panda mask for children.
Provider: National Zoological Park
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Grizzly Survival
Interdisciplinary lesson looking at the Grizzly bear of North America. Provides historical context, from Lewis and Clark's descriptions of grizzlies, to Native American rituals, to modern conservation efforts. Students examine the impact of an increase of human settlements on grizzlies today.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Blue Crab Online Resource
Website for educators covers many aspects of the blue crab’s life in Chesapeake Bay: anatomy, food web, life cycle, current research, migration, molting, and mating. Includes student handouts (PDF).
Provider: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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