Fossil Whales and Whale Evolution
Do you know how whales and other marine mammals evolved? Use these resources from the National Museum of Natural History to teach students how scientists use fossils as clues to unlock the mysteries of whale evolution.
The Last American Dinosaurs
The last dinosaurs roamed what is now the Western Interior of North America 66 million years ago. Visit this Smithsonian site to explore how scientists’ findings help people understand America’s last dinosaurs, their lives, and their ultimate demise.
Reading Climate Change from Fossil Leaves
How do scientists use plant fossils as climate indicators? Use these resources from the National Museum of Natural History to help students learn how to interpret past ecosystem changes, including global warming, through fossil leaves.
The Lost Tribes of the Amazon
The Amazon rainforest is known for its diverse array of plants and animals. But people live there, too. Read this Smithsonian article to learn about the isolated groups of people who live deep in the South American rainforest.
Secret Life of the Rainforest
Rainforests cover just six percent of Earth’s surface yet contain almost half of the world’s plants and animals. Watch this Smithsonian Channel video to follow scientists as they explore how life thrives in one of the most complex habitats on Earth.
Rainforests: How They Work
Learn all about rainforests from this site, courtesy of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. The site explores diversity and survival, rainforest layers and examines rainforest life from different points of view.
Invite students to visit this site to take a tour through the National Zoological Park’s Amazonia exhibit. The site includes animal cams, an audio tour of the Amazonia exhibit and animal fact sheets.
Play on Words Design
In this activity from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, students brainstorm ideas for ways to design an image that is a “play on words.” They create that image using both traditional artistic methods and computer design programs.