Grades 3-5

Ocean Books

Explore the ocean's depths. Make your own diving bird mobile or Treasure Island map. Discover what sharks eat—and how it tastes. And set your mind afloat with these 12 kid-friendly books.

Space Weather

Science Bulletin

Space Weather: Storms from the Sun

Once upon a time, back in the twentieth century, the weather was straightforward: it rained or snowed, skies were sunny or cloudy. However, in the twenty-first century—the era of globalization and digitalization—a whole new kind weather is critical to consider: space weather.
Space weather is direct product of our local star, the Sun. The Sun continuously sheds its skin, blowing a fierce wind of charged particles in all directions, including Earth's. From time to time, storms on the Sun's surface—solar flares, coronal mass ejections—toss off added masses of energy and ions. When that turbulence slams into Earth, it produces space weather. The consequences can be spectacular, from colorful auroras to satellite, power and communications failures.
Space weather isn't new: the Sun has buffeted Earth with solar particles since the planet first formed. What has changed is society. This feature reveals how our increasing use of satellite technology has made us vulnerable to solar storms, and how solar scientists—"space weathermen"—are learning how to predict and forecast the Sun's activity.
Science Bulletins is a production of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology (NCSLET), part of the Department of Education at the American Museum of Natural History. Find out more about Science Bulletins at http://www.amnh.org/sciencebulletins/.

Buried Bones

Buried Bones

The next time you have chicken, don't throw out the bones—bury them in plaster of Paris. Then, scrape by scrape, see firsthand the challenges archaeologists face when excavating fossils.

Make Your Own Einstein Stationery

Make Your Own Einstein Stationery

Don't just jot down your notes and ideas on plain paper. Showcase them alongside the musings and insights of Albert Einstein with these colorful, ready-to-print PDF stationery files.

Journey to the Bottom of the Sea

Journey to the Bottom of the Sea

Did you know sound moves five times faster in water than in air? Or that cleaner fish have "cleaning stations" where they remove parasites? Deepen your knowledge with this ocean life challenge. 

Make Your Own Marine Biology Stationery

Make Your Own Marine Biology Stationery

Hide your notes in seaweed, send a deep-sea snapshot, or let an cockeyed squid deliver your message. Just add your name and address to these colorful stationery files.

Make Your Own Dino Stationery

Make Your Own Dino Stationery

Type your notes next to T. rex, send letters via Diatryma, or let Gondwanatitan deliver your message. Just add your name and address to these colorful stationery files. 

What Do You Know About Marine Biology?

What Do You Know About Marine Biology?

How much do you know about our watery world? Find out with this interactive quiz. Here's a hint to get you started: The greatest diversity of life on Earth is NOT found in your bathroom!

Finding Fossils

Finding Fossils

You don't have to be a professional paleontologist to collect the remains of ancient life. Anyone can find fossils. This handy how-to guide tells you where to look and what to do.

What Do You Know About Archaeology?

What Do You Know About Archaeology?

How much do you know about what it takes to dig up the past? Examine the details in each question closely to ace this interactive quiz on archaeology. 

Piecing It All Together

Piecing It All Together

Ornate jewelry, simple baskets, stone tools ... these are just some of the artifacts archaeologists have uncovered among ancient ruins. But one of the most common discoveries is pottery. 

Meet the ArchaeOLogists

Meet the ArchaeOLogists

Archaeologists are detectives who gather clues to the past. Discover the intriguing facts and artifacts that Chuck, Alexis, Ian, Jena, and Kellner have unearthed while following their curiosity.

Making a Field Journal

Making a Field Journal

Field journals are incredibly important to researchers. In fact, many can't imagine doing science without them. Learn how to create your own valuable journal.

The Ancient City of Petra

The Ancient City of Petra

Petra was built by Arabian nomads who became very rich as desert traders. But why did these nomadic merchants decide to settle down in one place? Explore the mystery while strolling through Petra's ruins. 

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