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Collections of activities, articles, videos and more, for educators, families, students and anyone interested in teaching or learning about science.



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Biodiversity Counts

Pick one activity, one article—or use all units to teach your students about plants, arthropods, or both. This curriculum teaches kids about the natural world by taking them into backyards, gardens, vacant lots, and even cracks in the sidewalk to practice observation, identification, and analysis.


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Take your students to the world's most extreme environment with this curriculum. As they investigate Antarctica, they will also learn about world climate, day and night cycles, ocean circulation, animal adaptation, and scientists working "in the field."

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Deep Sea Vents

Do your students think the age of exploration is over? Show them the shocking truth: the age of exploration has barely just begun at the ocean floor! Introduce your students to the incredible under water environment of the deep sea vents.

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Discovering the Universe

Explore the concepts that underlie the study of the stars and other heavenly bodies, and how astrophysicists analyze their distant light for clues to their physical and chemical properties. This collection sets out the fundamentals and demonstrates them in a set of articles, activities, and reference lists for all ages.

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Science Explorations

A series of online investigations featuring scientific discoveries from Museum’s experts. Science Explorations is a collaboration between the Museum and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, created to promote science literacy among students in grades 3 through 10.

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Dinosaurs: Activities and Lesson Plans

Our views on dinosaur biology has evolved and changed dramatically over the past few decades. These activities and resources will help your students understand everything from basic dinosaur biology and evolution, to the tools and methods of modern paleontology.

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Field Trip to the Moon

These materials support student investigations of a virtual journey to the Moon in the Hayden Planetarium, or your own classroom. 

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River Ecology

Investigate the effects of zebra mussels on the Hudson River with videos, articles, and interactive graphing tools. This website gives you access to the actual data scientists have collected about the river. 


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Exploring Bolivia's Biodiversity

Bolivia’s diversity of animal and plant life is among the greatest in the world. Learn why the country has designated more than 17 percent of its land as protected areas.


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Structures & Culture

These activities help students in grades 3-8 discover how everyday objects and architectural elements can be used to study different cultures.


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