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Activity

Sinking Water

If you've spent even a few hours in a pool, you know that the deep end is colder than the shallow. But do you know why? Experiment with colored ice cubes for insight into water density.

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Classroom Activity

Functions of Feathers

Feathers serve many purposes, only one of which is flight. Examine their contours along with down feathers, semiplumes, and bristles.

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Classroom Activity

Seeing the Light

This simple experiment eases the task of understanding daily and seasonal cycles of day and night. See firsthand why the length of daylight changes along with your location on Earth.

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Activity

Smaller Than You Think

Not all dinosaurs were huge creatures that shook the Earth when they walked. Put two dinosaurs in perspective with this drawing activity.

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Article

Wild Weather Birds

When AMNH scientist Felicity Arengo heads out to observe flamingos in the wild, she needs far more than sunscreen. Travel with her to the Altiplano of South America, one of the harshest places on Earth, to meet the unusual birds that call it home.

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New York Water Story

Millions of gallons of water flow through New York City’s water system each day. Where does it all come from? And where does it all go? Take an interactive journey to find out.

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Curriculum Materials

The Dinosaur Name Game

Dream up a dinosaur that you wish had once walked the Earth. Then flesh out everything from its stature and scientific name to its eating habits and parenting behavior.

Dinosaur Teeth

Curriculum Materials

Dinosaur Teeth

When it comes to dinosaurs, teeth are the windows to these prehistoric reptiles' stomachs—and the different foods that filled them. Examine dinosaur choppers, strippers, grinders, and rippers.

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Curriculum Materials

Dinosaur Timeline

When you've been alive for less than a decade, how in the world do you grasp geologic time? Start with a 100-inch-long roll of adding machine tape and measure out Earth's past.

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