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Art to Zoo: Contrasts in Blue: Life on the Caribbean Coral Reef and the Rocky Coast of Maine (1996)
Lesson plan that demonstrates how these two ecosystems are unique yet related. Emphasis is on the formation of these environments and the organisms that call them home. Students consider the role of temperature, sunlight, waves, tides, and food chains.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Art to Zoo: The Greatest Show on Earth (Starring Some of the World’s Smallest Animals, 1981)
Issue includes insect facts, a brief lesson in insect adaptation, a bibliography of resources, and a pullout page, “Make Your Own Insect Zoo.”
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Under the Spell of Spiders
Lesson plans examine the important roles that spiders play in the environment. Includes activity in which students create an imaginary creature.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Heart Mobiles In Action!
Lesson in which students demonstrate their understanding of the heart and its role in the body by creating a model that is displayed in the classroom as a mobile or wall hanging.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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The Look of the Listen
Lesson in which young students sing songs from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (and provide sound effects) after examining cover art related to the songs. Subjects of the songs include animals and trains.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Zebra Lineup
Downloadable PDF activity sheet on which children identify three zebras by their unique stripe patterns.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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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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Vanishing Amphibians Activity Sheet
This bilingual (English/Spanish) activity sheet provides information on the three types of amphibians (coloring activity), the life cycle of frogs (maze activity), and frog calls/vocalizations.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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African Savanna
Webpage exploring the East African savanna, a dry tropical grassland, focusing on predators such as lions and cheetahs and grazing and browsing animals like zebras and gazelles. Includes fact sheets and animal cams.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): General audience
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Agriculture in Your Life
Lesson plan practicing word manipulation while categorizing sources of basic agricultural products. Includes printable activity sheets and extensions that encourage students to make real life connections to agriculture.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Amazonia
Website exploring the Amazon rainforest. Includes animal cams, an audio tour of the Amazonia exhibit, and animal fact sheets.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): General audience
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Amphibians and Reptiles as Pets
Explanation of why amphibians and reptiles should not be kept as pets.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Animal Photo Gallery
Take a virtual visit to the National Zoo by exploring the photo galleries. Includes photos, information, and related links.
Provider: National Zoological Park
Grade(s): General audience
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Antarctic Invertebrates
This interactive site is devoted to the United States Antarctic Program, which has a collection of nearly 19 million specimens of marine invertebrates. Students can find specimen maps maps and high-resolution images of species and perform a bibliography-and-taxonomy search.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Anthropology Teaching Activities: Zoo Labs
Five suggested activities for students to do at any zoo while observing primates. Includes a taxonomy of common primates. Observation activities include: Locomotion, Communication, Mother-Infant Interaction, General Behavior, and Dominance/Submission Behavior.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Anthropology Teaching Activities: Beanbag Population Genetics
Two teaching activities which use beans to experimentally show concepts of genetic drift and natural selection. Includes a glossary of terms.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Aquaria and Goldfish Culture Bibliography
List of suggested publications for those interested in aquarium fish. Includes citations for books and publications.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Arctic Wildlife Portfolio
Website about Alaska and its animal inhabitants. Divided into birds, mammals, and sea mammals. Includes primary accounts of the arctic by a 19th-century naturalist, animal fact sheets, matching animal game, and glossary.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Art to Zoo: Wolves Never Gossip, but They’re Always Talking, How Communication Helps Packs Survive
Lesson plan on animal communication focuses on wolves, social animals who live in a group, depending on each other for survival.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
Grade(s): 4–8
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Artificial Anatomy: Body Parts
Online interactive where students learn anatomy by matching images of body parts to their location on Jerome, a papier-mâché anatomical model. Targets grades 6-8.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8
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Asian Elephants
Website about Asian elephants at the National Zoo, how they are cared for, and how zoos are working to save Asian elephant populations from becoming an endangered species.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): General audience
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Bats Bibliography
List of selected references divided into 3 categories: general, technical, and popular. Notes references suitable for elementary age students. Sources of information about bats also included.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Beauty All Around You
Activity guide related to First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson and her work to protect the environment and bring beauty to every community. Includes tips for finding local botanical gardens, suggestions for activities to do while exploring a botanical garden or your neighborhood, and background information on Lady Bird’s environmental activism. This is part of the resource, “First Lady for the Environment.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Beginning Botany with Camas
Interdisciplinary extension to lessons describing the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Examines the fundamental principles of botany by studying the history and characteristics of the camas plant.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Biodiversity Heritage Library
The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), the digitization component of the Encyclopedia of Life, is a consortium of 12 major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions organized to digitize, serve, and preserve the legacy literature of biodiversity. Use this website to find onsite resources from the Biodiversity Heritage Library on subjects ranging from agriculture to zoology.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Bird Facts
Webpage providing links to Frequently Asked Bird Questions, recent bird articles by Zoo staff and in-depth fact sheets about birds.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Birds over Troubled Forests
Book introducing students to the amazing world of migratory birds through lively descriptions of their natural history, behavior, and conservation. Purchase required.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Botanical Type Specimen Register
Searchable database contains images and data for more than 90,000 type specimens of algae, lichens, bryophytes, ferns, gymnosperms, and angiosperms. Provided by the United States National Herbarium.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Career Possibilities
Sampling of jobs that involve animals or their conservation.
Provider: National Zoological Park
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Careers in Biology, Conservation, and Oceanography Bibliography
Website listing career guidance leaflets for biology, conservation, and oceanography published by the professional scientific societies, the U.S. government, and other sources.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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