Smithsonian Science How? Webcasts

Teachers are encouraged to use our science education resources to maximize the learning potential of the Smithsonian Science How? webcasts! This is a new and unique resource that taps the learning power of our curriculum while aligning with standards. 

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December 11, 2014: Bird Extinctions - Time Travel through Lava Tubes

Book cover for the STC unit, Exploring Plate Tectonics.

Book cover for the STC unit, Investigating Biodiversity and Interdependence.

Teacher Resources

Igneous Rocks (Exploring Plate Tectonics)
Vertebrates and Their Habitats (Investigating Biodiversity and Interdependence)

Student Resources

Igneous Rocks (Exploring Plate Tectonics)
Vertebrates and Their Habitats (Investigating Biodiversity and Interdependence)









 

MORE INFO Dr. Helen James is an ornithologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Have you ever considered how a species as abundant as the passenger pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) could have gone extinct? Analyze their disappearance and consider what factors make birds vulnerable to extinction. Follow Helen into Hawaiian lava tubes to look for fossil evidence of bird life on the islands. See which bird species survived and which did not after humans arrived on the scene. Use modern tools and technologies to interpret bird extinctions.
Image courtesy of Carla H. Kishinami, The Bishop Museum.

Watch live on December 11 at 11am and 2pm EST











 

October 8, 2014: Mass Extinction - Solving the Dinosaur Mystery

Book cover for the STC unit, Studying the Development and Reproduction of Organisms.

Teacher Resources

Taxonomy Taken a Step Further (Studying the Development and Reproduction of Organisms)
Extinction: Rivet by Rivet (Studying the Development and Reproduction of Organisms)

Student Resources

Taxonomy Taken a Step Further (Studying the Development and Reproduction of Organisms)
Extinction: Rivet by Rivet (Studying the Development and Reproduction of Organisms)









 

MORE INFO Meet Dr. Kirk Johnson, a paleobotanist and Director of  the National Museum of Natural History. See how he and other experts joined forces to figure out what happened at the end of the Cretaceous, 66 million years ago. While you may be familiar with the extinction of large dinosaurs, you might not realize that much of the other life on Earth went extinct as well. Join Kirk as he explores the extinction and recovery stories told by fossils found at the Hell Creek Formation in North Dakota. Examine evidence for the causes, the consequences, and the aftermath of the mass extinction for life on Earth.

Watch live on October 8th at 11am and 2pm EST






 







View the 2013-2014 Smithsonian Science How resources here
 

About Smithsonian Science How? Webcasts

Smithsonian Science How? delivers real-world science into classrooms through free, interactive, live webcasts and supporting classroom resources. The 25-minute programs feature the research and personalities of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, providing your students with positive STEM role models, information about science careers and pathways, and connections to current research.

 

Smithsonian Science Education Center has resources for teachers that accompany the Smithsonian Science How web series

 

 

Smithsonian Science Education Center

Smithsonian Science Education Center has been a leader in inquiry-centered science curriculum for grades K-8 since 1985. In addition to our work in science curriculum, we have been active in disseminating information on science teaching resources, preparing school district leaders to spearhead science education reform, and providing technical assistance to school districts. These programs have had a significant impact on science education throughout the country and internationally. Learn more about our work in transforming science education, inquiry and digital initiatives. 

 

 

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