For Educators

Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids brings to light surprising similarities as well as differences in the ways peoples around the world have envisioned and depicted these strange and wonderful creatures. This comprehensive guide will help you explore the exhibition with your students. 

Educators Guide and Materials

 

More Resources for Educators

Use these free online resources to further explore themes presented in the Mythic Creatures exhibition.

Science World: Mythical Creatures Revealed

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Science World: Mythical Creatures Revealed

From fire-breathing dragons to magical unicorns, take a look at four legendary mythical creatures. Then find out what scientists think may have sparked belief in these imaginary animals.

SuperScience: Mythical  Creatures Revealed

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SuperScience: Mythical Creatures Revealed

For centuries, people around the world have told stories about dragons, unicorns, and mermaids. See what may have inspired people to believe in these legends.

Explore Mythic Creatures with a Field Journal

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Explore Mythic Creatures with a Field Journal

What mythic creatures are new to you? Are some made up of different animal parts? And do dragons mean different things to Asian and European cultures? Find out with this exhibition investigation. 

Early Explorers & Mistaken Identities

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Early Explorers & Mistaken Identities

Setting sail without a map wasn't the only concern facing European explorers. Their heads had also been filled with tales of monsters lurking in the oceans' depths.

Investigate Mysterious Creatures

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Investigate Mysterious Creatures

The elusive giant squid was first described 500 years ago by Scandinavian sailors. Investigate what we've learned--and what still remains unknown--about this mysterious deep-ocean creature.

Who Owns These Bones?

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Who Owns These Bones?

What can scientists know about a creature by examining its bones? And what can they only guess at? Show students with this hands-on activity. 

Mermaid Migration

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Mermaid Migration

Follow mermaids around the world and throughout history to see first-hand how cultures share and reinterpret mythic creatures.

Mythic Mystery Map

Mythic Mystery Map

Does a dragon always breathe fire? Can a unicorn have colorful, shiny scales? Find out how well you know your mythic creatures with this map challenge. 

Curriculum Materials

Mythic Creatures Online Resources

Continue tracking mythic creatures through the art they've inspired and the science they've helped shape with this collection of related Web sites.

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