Showing posts with label Natural History. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Natural History. Show all posts

Friday, December 13, 2013

PBS Diorama - Short Videos About Natural History and Life

Diorama is a new site from PBS station WNET in New York. Diorama features short videos, infographics, and pictures about the dioramas on display at the American Museum of Natural History. Diorama currently features information about moose and termites. New content is coming soon.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Be Darwin for a Day With New Google Street View Imagery

The latest update to Google Maps Street View imagery features the Galapagos Islands. The imagery can take you underwater to view fish and sea turtles, to beaches to see sea lions sunbathing, and along mangrove-lined shorelines. The imagery also lets you see inside the research facilities on the Galapagos Islands. You can explore all of the imagery on the Google Maps Views website.

Applications for Education
Consider combining your students' exploration of the Galapagos Islands Street View imagery with Darwin, A Naturalist's Voyage. Darwin, A Naturalist's Voyage is an outstanding virtual tour of Charles Darwin's nearly five year journey on the Beagle. Darwin, A Naturalist's Voyage has fourteen segments chronicling Darwin's voyage from start to finish. Throughout the tour viewers will see sketches from the journey, hear readings from Darwin's journals, and learn about the journey as a whole. The virtual tour is not limited to just Darwin's work as a naturalist. Darwin, A Naturalist's Voyage explores social issues of the time such as slavery.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Mapping Dinosaurs

The Natural History Museum hosts a directory of names, facts, and figures for more than 300 dinosaurs. One of the ways that you can search through the database is by country. Select the "in your country" option to find the dinosaurs that may have roamed the land in what is now your country. The search results will display a grid of drawings the types of dinosaurs in your country. Click on the images to learn more the dinosaurs.

Applications for Education
When I browsed through the dinosaurs by country I got the idea to have students create Google Maps about the distribution of dinosaurs. To do this students will have to research where within each country the dinosaurs may have lived. Then on their Google Maps students can add placemarks in the proper locations. Each of their placemarks could include drawings of the dinosaurs as well as some written information about the dinosaurs.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Virtual Tour of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and a Virtual Dinosaur Dig

You might not be able to take your students on a field trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, but you can take them on a nice virtual tour of the museum. The museum's virtual tours are 3D panoramas of the rooms of the museum. As you go through each room you can click on small camera icons to get a closer look at various museum artifacts.

Applications for Education
The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History's tours provide a good way for your students to see the contents of the museum without being there. The tours could be paired well with some of the Smithsonian's other virtual activities like their virtual dinosaur dig.

H/T to Open Culture

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Virtual Dinosaur Dig

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has three great interactive activities about dinosaurs. There is a virtual tour in which students can tour the museum and see close-ups of exhibits. The interactive timeline provides students with an overview of the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic eras. The most fun of the interactive activities is the virtual dinosaur dig. In the virtual dinosaur dig students use a variety of archeologists' tools to unearth fossils and then assemble those fossils.

Applications for Education
The Smithsonian's virtual dinosaur dig could be a fun way for elementary school and middle school students to learn about archeology. The other interactive resources from the Smithsonian are also informative although not quite as engaging and the dinosaur dig.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Download a Dinosaur
Fun Dinosaur Games and Lesson Plans
Dinosaur Trivia Game

Friday, February 6, 2009

Fun Educational Science Activities from AMNH

OLogy is a section of the American Museum of Natural History's website for kids. On the OLogy website students can explore a variety of science topics including genetics, biodiversity, and paleontology. Students can also learn about reptiles and watch a live lizard and snake cam. If you're looking for some hands-on student projects OLogy has ideas and directions for those too.

Applications for Education
OLogy provides teachers and parents with a number of fun educational activities for elementary school students. OLogy's has a nice mix of online and offline activity ideas and directions.