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NATURE: A Visit to the Museum

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Science Age Levels Preschool (0 to 4 years old), Primary (5 to 8 years old)

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Having conversations with young children contributes to their thinking and language development. All conversations are good, but research shows that the quality of words children hear matters more than the quantity. Further, what’s best is an exchange; in other words, talk with children, not at them.

The Talk with Me Toolkits give parents and caregivers thematically organized high-quality, authentic materials to make children their conversational partners in discussions that matter. Each online toolkit features captivating videos and real-world photographs, as well as intriguing paintings and other artworks to observe and discuss through conversation prompts.  Hands-on activities and books complete each toolkit. Simple instructions appear right in the toolkits, so you can jump right in. See what interests your child and get started. There’s a lot to talk about!

To read more, see, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Usable Knowledge site, The Brain-Changing Power of Conversation.

NATURE: A Visit to the Museum

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TALK: What will we see?

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Get ready to go: Land Animals

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Phascolarctos cinereus

NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Mammals Division

Columbian Ground Squirrel

NMNH - Education & Outreach

Red Fox

NMNH - Education & Outreach

Get ready: Ocean Animals

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Amphiophiura rowetti Smith, 1923

NMNH - Invertebrate Zoology Dept.

Get ready: Dinosaurs

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Tyrannosaurus rex Osborn, 1905

NMNH - Paleobiology Dept.

Pteranodon ingens Marsh, 1872

NMNH - Paleobiology Dept.

Get ready: hands-on activities

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Be Q?rius

National Museum of Natural History

Tarantula Attack

Smithsonian Magazine

Get ready: Look at the website

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Get ready: Talk about rules

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Pack your bag

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Pack your bag: comfortable shoes

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Bring toilet paper binoculars

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Bring a sketch book

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Start at the Visitor's Desk

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Go big!

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At the Museum: Take Pictures

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