Grades 6-8

Transformation of the Biosphere: Introduced Species

Curriculum Materials

Transformation of the Biosphere: Introduced Species

It's not just humans who have jetted to remote regions of the world. For better or worse, international commerce and air travel have helped the global exchange of species and the spread of disease.

Nature Explorations

Activity

Nature Explorations

No matter what the weather or season, you can explore nature with these 11 challenges. See just how good your observation skills are by comparing butterflies, leaves, reptiles, fish, and more. Then record your own observations in a field journal.

Calculating a Biodiversity Index

Activity

Calculating a Biodiversity Index

A Biodiversity Index gives scientists a concrete, uniform way to talk about and compare the biodiversity of different areas. Learn how to calculate this number yourself.

Field Guides

Curriculum Materials

Field Guides

Whether you want a general-purpose field guide or one that focuses on insects native to your corner of the world, you're sure to find the perfect guide in this list of more than 20 titles.

Types of Oak Leaves

Diagram

Types of Oak Leaves

Long and narrow like a feather or small and symmetrical like a rose petal—the variety of oak leaves runs the gamut. See if your leaves match any of the 12 varieties featured in this sheet of hand drawings.

Field Trip to the Moon Educator's Guide

Educator Guide, Curriculum Materials

Field Trip to the Moon Educator's Guide

Take your students on a comprehensive tour of the moon to help them discover careers in science and education with this DVD and its classroom investigations.

Science Explorations: Soar with Bats

Activity

Science Explorations: Soar with Bats

Bats spend the night trying to fill their bellies. In fact, you'd have to down 10 pizzas for dinner to keep up with some. Investigate the 1,100 species that take to the night skies by the millions.

Animal Keeper (SuperScience)

Staff Profile

Animal Keeper (SuperScience)

From blue butterflies and red frogs to a green iguana nicknamed "Iggy," meet the live animals in the Museum's exhibitions and the people who take care of them.

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