Resources For Educators: Extreme Mammals

Part of the Extreme Mammals exhibition.

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Extreme Mammals uses both living and extinct mammals to trace the ancestry and evolution of this remarkable group of animals. This comprehensive guide will help you explore the exhibition with your students. 

Educators Guide and Materials

Science and Literacy Activities

More Resources

Use these free online resources before or after your visit to further explore themes presented in the Extreme Mammals exhibition.

At the Museum

  • Museum Tours
    Tours of popular exhibits for groups, plus information on popular self-guided tours.
  • Zoology for Kids 
    This site lets younger students explore big ideas about mammals and other animals though games, puzzles, and interactives. They can examine how six cool mammals move, explore the Extreme Mammals photo gallery, play a mammal teeth matching game, and make a moving-mammal flip book.

Additional Web Links

  • Scholastic Science Explorations, Talking Science: Extreme Mammals
    In a series of short videos, Extreme Mammals curator John Flynn talks about extreme mammals, his work as a paleontologist, and what inspired him to become a scientist.
  • Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History
    Supporting the Smithsonian's Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals, this site's digital resources including a quiz about the characteristics of mammals, a timeline showing how mammals evolved, and an interactive world map showing where mammals live.
  • How Stuff Works—About Mammals
    An expansive library of mammal-related articles and videos.
  • La Brea Tar Pits
    Visit the website of the La Brea Tar Pits, one of the world's most famous fossil localities, recognized for having the largest and most diverse assemblage of extinct Ice Age plants and animals in the world.