14 Fun Facts About Penguins
Which penguin swims the fastest? Do penguins have teeth? Why do penguins sneeze? And how is penguin poop useful? If you’re curious, read this Smithsonian magazine article to find the answers.
Penguins: Popularity, Peril and Poop
Penguins are odd and beloved birds. Invite students to watch this video from the National Museum of Natural History to learn facts about penguins and why these strange birds can be described as the proverbial canary in the coal mine of our oceans.
Bird Extinctions in Recent Geologic Time
This teaching resource from the National Museum of Natural History explores everything from the human influences on bird populations to the technology ornithologists use to study and protect bird species. Use the videos, webcasts, lessons and online activities to help students investigate penguins and other bird species that are under threat today.
Efforts to Save the African Penguin
With populations in steep decline, researchers are raising African penguins and releasing them into the wild. Watch this video, courtesy of Smithsonian magazine, to learn about their conservation efforts.
How Does Your Art Function?
People create art for many reasons. Most works belong to one of the three broad categories: practical, cultural or personal. In this lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, students will develop an understanding of each by identifying art in the world around us. They will then use the design process to create a work of art that serves a specific need to people.