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Explore Smithsonian: How do Scientists Sample Populations of Fish and Invertebrates Along the Shorelines?

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Seining is the method of using a long net, with weights and floats, to capture fish and invertebrates. Learn how Smithsonian scientists are using this sampling method to look at the health of populations of nearshore fish and invertebrates in the Chesapeake Bay.

Explore Smithsonian: How do Scientists Track and Monitor Blue Crab Populations in the Chesapeake Bay?

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Blue crab populations are severely declining and scientists want to know why. Ride on a trawl boat with Smithsonian researchers as they trawl the Chesapeake Bay. Learn how they capture, identify, tag, and release the crabs for population studies.

Explore Smithsonian: How Does a Curator of Great Cats Monitor the Health of Individual Lions in a Pride?

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Great Cat Curators at the National Zoo need to track the health of the lion pride, and one way they are doing it is with glitter. Join us to find out why lions are eating glitter.

Explore Smithsonian: What can we Learn from Lion Poop?

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It may sound gross, but poop can tell you a lot about an animal’s health. Join the Smithsonian’s Great Cat Curator to learn how and why they collect lion poop and why it’s sparkly!

Explore Smithsonian: What External Adaptations do Pandas Have for Their Unique Diet?

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Even though giant pandas are carnivores, almost all they eat is bamboo and plants. Discover the special external adaptations these bears have to eating this tough plant

Explore Smithsonian: Courtney Dressing - Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Graduate Student

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Are there other planets like Earth? Discover the research of Courtney Dressing, a PhD candidate at the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Discover how she became interested in science and her fascinating research to find exoplanets, or those planets that are Earth-like.

Explore Smithsonian: How Can a Greenhouse Use Technology to Meet the Needs of Different Types of Plants?

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Discover how Smithsonian scientists use technology in a greenhouse to meet the needs of different types of plants. 

Explore Smithsonian: How Do Astronomers See the Invisible Parts of the Universe?

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Learn how scientists at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory use the Chandra X-ray Observatory to see the invisible parts of the universe. 

Explore Smithsonian: James Smithson - The Founder of the Smithsonian

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Uncover the history of the crypt of the Smithsonian’s founder James Smithson and the journey of his crypt and bones to Washington, DC.

Explore Smithsonian: How Can Electricity Correct a Telescope in Outer Space?

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Learn how scientist at Smithsonian Astrophysical Society are using electricity to correct mirrors on telescopes in outer space!

Explore Smithsonian: How Are Optical Instruments Tested Before Space Flight?

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Telescopes have mirrors that help them gather light, but the challenge of modern telescopes is getting the mirrors to bend and move to collect the most light. Discover how Smithsonian researchers are making their own mirrors, and testing them, to go into space.

Habitats

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Do you know where the red-eyed tree frog calls home? Play this game based on animal habitats to learn! Explore the desert, coral reef, jungle, and marsh to discover where many animals live by matching each animal to their correct habitat!

Expedition: Insects

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Giant deadly hornets, gorgeous fluttering butterflies and stealthy crawling stink bugs: readers cannot tear their eyes away from these fascinating creatures. They can discover these and more mesmerizing world insects in Expedition: Insects, an e-book written, illustrated and animated by the Smithsonian Science Education Center.

Expedition: Insects is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards for grades 3-5. In the book, readers travel around the world to visit six different types of insects in their natural habitats. The young explorers learn about how evolution is responsible for all the beauty, fearsomeness and awe found in nature’s insects.

Weather Lab

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What happens when ocean currents and air masses interact? Find out in Weather Lab! Take on the role of a meteorologist by predicting spring weather and how people should dress for it in particular regions of the United States.

Weather Lab is a tool to help visualize how North America’s weather is formed. This lab is designed to model the complex interactions between air masses and ocean currents, but like all models it represents probable outcomes. Each prediction you make is for possible outcomes during Spring.

Animals in Song -- Elizabeth Mitchell: Animal Songs for Children

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Lesson plan designed to teach music skills (singing, time-keeping, creative writing) through stories and movement games about animals.

Singing In the Harvest: Music from the Zuni

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Explores life and music of Pueblo people of the Zuni in New Mexico. Includes rhythm exersizes, singing a Zuni lullaby, Zuni Harvest Dance steps, share their personal culture's ceremonial music and songs, and compose music based on stylistic conventions of certain Zuni songs.

Austria: Land of Waltzes and Polkas

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Basic location/culture/music of Austria. Students practice both polka and waltz rhythms/dance steps, as well as play simple tunes using instruments.

A Little Romani Music

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Analyze Russian Romani music. Students sing and practice Romani folk music rhythms.

From the Heart of England: Traditional English Songs for Children

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Using three English children's songs, students practicing singing and movement. Students compare different versions of same song.

Eine Kleine Kindermusik: Children's Songs from Germany

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Students are invited to sight-read (solfege), play recorder, listen critically, and create, all in exploration of traditional German children’s songs. They take a further step in comparing these new songs to American children’s songs with which they may be familiar.

Irish Music: Experiences in Dance, Singing, and Instrument Playing

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Exploration of Irish culture through music and dance. Students learn Irish dance steps, play simple recorder tunes, and sing.

Northern Lights: Journey North to Norway

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Interactive study of Norwegian folk music. Students listen to multiple versions of same song, discuss musical qualities, and play their own unique version. Intended for orchestra students.

An Exploration of Spanish Music and Dance Traditions

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Introduces history, traditions, and music of Spain. Students practice Flamenco dances, learn about Romani people,and sing children's/Christmas songs.

Dance Traditions of Argentina

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The goal of the lesson is to introduce students to two contrasting dance traditions from Argentina: the Chacarera and the Tango. Elements of the music used to accompany both types of traditional dance will be explored
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