American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City is one of the world's preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. The Museum advances its mission to explore and interpret human cultures and the natural world through a wide-reaching program of scientific research, education, and exhibitions. Its collections of online resources extend this reach by offering authoritative science content to educators and learners of all ages.

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Bio Viz: Global Fires 2002-2008
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Satellite observations that detect and map fires provide important insight into the ...

Satellite observations that detect and map fires provide important insight into the widespread nature of fire activity around the world. This visualization, which shows global satellite observations of fires in 2002 and 2003, goes on to focus on a region where fire plays a dominant role in the landscape: Southern California. The wildfires that roared through Southern California in the autumns of 2003 and 2007 were particularly fast-burning and destructive because people have actively suppressed fires in the region where residential development is expanding further and further into wild land areas.

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Imagine It's the Year 2020: Thinking About Genetics Now
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This fun Web site is part of OLogy, where kids can collect ...

This fun Web site is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual trading cards and create projects with them. Here, they take a look at some of the questions that go hand-in-hand with genetic cloning technologies. The site opens by telling kids that in the future, technologies like cloning may be very common and that some of the decisions we will need to make in coming years are hard. Then, they are asked to imagine that it is the year 2020 and to take a peek at what's on the minds of one future family. Using this family's thoughts as a base, kids are asked hard questions such as, "Do people have the right to know the chicken they're eating is from a clone?" and "Is it okay for parents to clone their favorite child?"

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Imagine It's the Year 2020: Thinking About Genetics Now
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This fun Web site is part of OLogy, where kids can collect ...

This fun Web site is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual trading cards and create projects with them. Here, they take a look at some of the questions that go hand-in-hand with genetic cloning technologies. The site opens by telling kids that in the future, technologies like cloning may be very common and that some of the decisions we will need to make in coming years are hard. Then, they are asked to imagine that it is the year 2020 and to take a peek at what's on the minds of one future family. Using this family's thoughts as a base, kids are asked hard questions such as, "Do people have the right to know the chicken they're eating is from a clone?" and "Is it okay for parents to clone their favorite child?"

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Parallax and Luminosity: Developing a 3-D Model of the Galaxy
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In this Digital Universe activity, students practice the scientific skills of observation, ...

In this Digital Universe activity, students practice the scientific skills of observation, inference, and modeling and learn about scale, perspective, and distance by building a three-dimensional model of something they usually perceive as two-dimensional. The 11-page printable PDF activity includes illustrated step-by-step instructions for the following hands-on and computer-assisted activities:Introducing the Constellations, Making a Two-Dimensional Constellation Model, Introducing Parallax and Luminosity, Using Parallax and Luminosity, and Viewing Orion in Three Dimensions.

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The 3-D Universe
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A 2-D map is a great guide here on Earth—and virtually worthless ...

A 2-D map is a great guide here on Earth—and virtually worthless for finding your way around in outer space. Take a 3-D look at mapping our solar system and universe. This Moveable Museum article, available as a printable PDF file, looks at how astronomers use data to create 3-D models of the universe. Explore these concepts further using the recommended resources mentioned in this reading selection.

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3-D Model of the Big Dipper
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Students see firsthand that stars and constellations are not arranged in a ...

Students see firsthand that stars and constellations are not arranged in a flat, 2-D pattern in this Moveable Museum unit. The five-page PDF guide includes suggested general background readings for educators, activity notes, step-by-step directions, and a Big Dipper map. Students make their own 3-D models of the Big Dipper using readily available materials and examine their models, observing the 3-D constellation from new perspectives.

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Modeling and Representation in 3-D
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In this Digital Universe activity, students learn about observation, representation, perspective, and ...

In this Digital Universe activity, students learn about observation, representation, perspective, and modeling by working up from two-dimensional perspective drawings to constructing and examining three-dimensional models. The printable PDF activity includes illustrated step-by-step instructions for the following hands-on and computer-assisted activities: Rendering Perspective in Two Dimensions and Creating a Three-Dimensional View. The American Museum of Natural History‰'s ‰"Digital Universe" program, including the Partiview software and Milky Way Atlas data set are needed for this activity and can be downloaded.

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The Adventures of George Amato, "DNA Detective"
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This fun Web site is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual trading cards and create projects with them. Here, they see how DNA is used to solve crimes against animals. The activity starts with an introduction to George Amato, an AMNH scientist who sometimes helps the U.S. government solve mysteries. In a three-part online slide show, students see how Amato earned the title "DNA Detective" in 1993 when he helped the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service catch someone trying to sneak protected reptile skin into the United States. Then students are challenged to Crack the Code, an online game in which they play DNA detective and determine which of a collection of handbags, clothing, figurines, and other items are made from protected species.

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The Adventures of George Amato, "DNA Detective"
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This fun Web site is part of OLogy, where kids can collect ...

This fun Web site is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual trading cards and create projects with them. Here, they see how DNA is used to solve crimes against animals. The activity starts with an introduction to George Amato, an AMNH scientist who sometimes helps the U.S. government solve mysteries. In a three-part online slide show, students see how Amato earned the title "DNA Detective" in 1993 when he helped the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service catch someone trying to sneak protected reptile skin into the United States. Then students are challenged to Crack the Code, an online game in which they play DNA detective and determine which of a collection of handbags, clothing, figurines, and other items are made from protected species.

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African Ethnography Collection
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This online database of our African Ethnographic collection includes artifacts that were ...

This online database of our African Ethnographic collection includes artifacts that were found throughout the continent of Africa, from The Gambia to Madagascar, from Algeria to South Africa. The database allows you to see all artifacts for a country by clicking on a map or list of country names, search by object type, culture, and keyword find out what items are currently on display, and learn about recently acquired artifacts. There are two ways to search the collection as a picture-only gallery, or as a catalog that describes each artifact's provenance (country, locale, culture), materials, dimensions, and year of acquisition.

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After-School Educator's Guide to OLogy: Astronomy
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This comprehensive guide to the Astronomy section of OLogy, the Museum's science ...

This comprehensive guide to the Astronomy section of OLogy, the Museum's science Web site for kids, explains how after-school educators can make the most of the site. An introduction to the Big Ideas in Astronomy brings educators up to speed on how astronomers study the universe, the questions they ask, and the key concepts that govern what happens in space. A Site Map shows where to locate all Astronomy resources, from stories to quizzes to hands-on activities. Astronomy units offer ways to combine different types of resources around a topic such as Our Solar System or Scientists Who Study Space. Follow-up questions encourage inquiry-based learning. Wrap-Up Astro Projects suggests fun ways to wrap up any of these units. A Links and Resources section lists recommended astronomy-related books and Web sites for educators and for kids. A glossary of terms wraps up the guide.

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After-School Educator's Guide to OLogy: Paleontology
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This comprehensive guide to the Paleontology section of OLogy, the Museum's science ...

This comprehensive guide to the Paleontology section of OLogy, the Museum's science Web site for kids, explains how after-school educators can make the most of the site. It focuses on dinosaurs because that's what kids are most familiar with. An introduction to the Big Ideas in Paleontology brings educators up to speed on how scientists study early life on Earth, what kind of information the fossil record contains, and why dinosaurs are not extinct. A Site Map shows where to locate all Paleontology resources, from stories to quizzes to hands-on-activities. Paleontology units offer ways to combine different types of resources around a topic. Follow-up questions encourage inquiry-based learning. Wrap-Up Paleo Projects suggests fun ways to wrap up any of these units. A Links and Resources section lists recommended paleontology-related books and Web sites for educators and for kids. A glossary of paleontological terms wraps up the guide.

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Alexandria Wise and Dr. Susan Perkins: Student and Mentor at Work in the Lab
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This online article, from the museum's Musings newsletter for educators, profiles a ...

This online article, from the museum's Musings newsletter for educators, profiles a student and mentor at work in the AMNH's molecular biology lab. It has an overview of the museum's Precollege Science Collaborative for Urban Minority Youth (PSC) program and discusses the benefits of the program to both students and mentors.

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All About Cloning
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"Normally, an animal gets half its DNA from its mother and half ...

"Normally, an animal gets half its DNA from its mother and half from its father. But Dolly had three mothers: one mother gave Dolly her DNA; one supplied an egg; and the third, her surrogate mother, gave birth to her. Dolly is an identical twin of the mother who gave her her DNA. But Dolly is six years younger."This kid-friendly Web page helps kids understand how and why Dolly was cloned, and understand the potential benefits of cloning as well as the controversy it raises.

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All About Cloning
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Normally, an animal gets half its DNA from its mother and half ...

Normally, an animal gets half its DNA from its mother and half from its father. But Dolly had three mothers: one mother gave Dolly her DNA; one supplied an egg; and the third, her surrogate mother, gave birth to her. Dolly is an identical twin of the mother who gave her her DNA. But Dolly is six years younger. This kid-friendly Web page helps kids understand how and why Dolly was cloned, and understand the potential benefits of cloning as well as the controversy it raises.

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Amazing Mundo
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The Amazing Mundo is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual ...

The Amazing Mundo is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual trading cards and create projects with them. In this interactive comic strip (also available as a printable PDF), kids are challenged to determine the composition of everyday objects. They learn the variety of things made from materials like sand, metal, bauxite and oil.

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American Museum of Natural History-Resources for Learning
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This site presents a collection of scientific learning resources for educators, parents, ...

This site presents a collection of scientific learning resources for educators, parents, kids, after-school coordinators, informal learning center staff, and anyone else interested in teaching or learning about science. The site provides a searchable database of resource materials, including activities (computer based and otherwise), curriculum materials, articles, evidence and analytical tools and procedures, exhibition materials, reference lists, and special collections of resources organized around a particular theme. Users can browse resources by topic, sub-topic, grade level, or resource type. Each resource is displayed with a concise description that includes the title, resource type, grade level, and key concepts. Clicking the icon next to the title displays the full resource description. If available, other icons link to the resource in print format, Web format, or both.

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The Ancient City of Petra
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This fun Web article is part of OLogy, where kids can collect ...

This fun Web article is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual trading cards and create projects with them. Here, they learn about the ancient city of Petra. The article begins with an overview of this city, which was located along the ancient trade routes between Arabia, Egypt, and the Mediterranean Sea. Kids then have the chance to take a walk through Petra's ruins. This clickable illustration has 11 places for them to explore. The article concludes with an extensive information section on the history of the city.

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Antarctica in Images
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This classroom activity introduces students to Antarctica's organisms, landscapes, and seascapes. After ...

This classroom activity introduces students to Antarctica's organisms, landscapes, and seascapes. After examining the images in the photo gallery, students work in small groups to discuss their conclusions about the living conditions on this continent. The printable three-page handout includes a series of questions to help students structure their thoughts while viewing the gallery images and a group worksheet that guides students through a discussion of their evolving hypotheses and conclusions.

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Antarctic Extreme Jeopardy
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This activity, which centers on Antarctica, challenges students to research and create ...

This activity, which centers on Antarctica, challenges students to research and create the answers and questions for a game of classroom Jeopardy. The printable six-page handout includes a series of inquiry-based questions to get students thinking about Antarctica and guidelines for conducting additional research, illustrated activity directions and a worksheet that helps students craft their Jeopardy-style answers and questions.

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History, Law, Politics
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Physics
Geoscience
Space Science
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