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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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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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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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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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Just Passing Through
Lesson plan investigating soils to observe how water moves through different types of soil, how soil properties affect flow rate and water holding capacity, and how soil filters water. Includes extensions.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8
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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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Artificial Anatomy Homepage
Online exhibit highlighting the Museum’s varied collection of papier-mâché anatomical models. Focuses on two themes, the history and use of papier-mâché anatomical models and their construction, conservation and preservation. Also includes an interactive game and searchable database of anatomical models. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Beyond the Beef
Lesson focuses on products that are derived from beef cattle beyond meat and meat products. See animal agriculture as an important part of our everyday lives. Includes extension activities.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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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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Human Origins Program: In Search of What Makes Us Human
Website presenting scientific knowledge concerning human evolution. Includes evidence for human evolution, the hypothesized genesis of human characteristics, early human species, a look at human fossils, early human behaviors, human evolution research, lesson plans, educators guide, students section, multimedia resources, and current news in evolution.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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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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Food Web: Hold the Anchovies
Lesson plan for learning how El Niño events are predicted. Looks at El Nino’s impact on weather, ecosystems, and the food chain. Includes practice in scientific inquiry. Uses the computer and internet to find and organize information.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Agriculture in Your Life
Student activity to match everyday products with agricultural sources that can be found on the prairie. Extensions suggest that students visit a farm and/or meet with the farm family. Includes printable activity sheet.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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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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Botany and Art and Their Roles in Conservation
The lessons in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom introduce students to the work of botanists and botanical illustrators, specifically their race to make records of endangered plant species around the world. The students try their own hands at botanical illustration, following the methods of a Smithsonian artist.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 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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Grade(s): General audience
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Fishes Bibliography
Bibliography/introductory guide to the subject of fishes. Books available at most large public libraries or through interlibrary loan.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Scientists @ the Smithsonian
Website presenting 26 short videos featuring Smithsonian scientists in a variety of disciplines who show and tell what they do, recount successes and failures, and recall what made them want to grow up to be scientists.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Animal Tracks—What Do They Reveal?
Lesson where students do the work of biologists by investigating wildlife through tracks. They collect data, classify animals according to their “consumer category,” create presence/absence species lists, and interpret habitat requirements. Includes printable worksheet.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): General audience
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Biodiversity and Climate change
Webinar. How is climate change affecting biodiversity on Earth? In this webinar, Francisco Dallmeier highlights some of the animal species around the world that have been impacted by shifting climates. Pointing toward the future, he will also discuss new initiatives for studying biodiversity and climate change.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Flora of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands: The Stahl Watercolor Collection
Website providing background information on Dr. Agustin Stahl, the earliest renowned Puerto Rican scientist. Provides searchable databases of the Stahl Watercolor and Specimen Collections. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Plant a Seed
Activity guide related to First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson’s request to students that they plant a seed and track its growth. Includes tips for investigating native species, instructions on how to start a container garden, a worksheet for tracking your plant’s growth, and background information on Lady Bird’s environmental activism. Part of the resource “First Lady for the Environment.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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The Forest Speaks
Web version of an exhibit on tropical forest research on Barro Colorado Island. Drawings, photos, and text reveal the animals and plants on the island and how researchers study them. Bilingual English-Spanish.
Provider: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Food Connection
Lesson plan helps make the connection between agricultural products, the food we eat, and the location of various foods on the Food Guide Pyramid. 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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Ocean Planet Lesson Plans
Six interdisciplinary lesson plans on aspects of the sea from geography to its influence on literature. Each lesson has the same elements: background information, learning objectives, list of materials; step-by-step procedures, student handouts, and a list of resources.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): All grades
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Here’s Looking at You, Squid
Downloadable activity sheet with fun facts on the giant squid and a drawing exercise.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Cell Game
Lesson in which students create a game that tests peers’ knowledge of cell structure and function. They go through the design process of prototyping, receiving feedback, and redesigning their game.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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