Learn & Teach with American Museum of Natural History
Learn & Teach is an aspect of the American Museum of Natural History’s website. It offers programs and resources such as activities, games, articles, profiles of scientists, and student descriptions of their own projects and investigations for teachers and learners, PreK-12 through adult. Many programs and activities require a visit to the museum.
Students in grades PreK-2 investigate how animals hide from predators and ambush prey in Crazy Camouflage. Students learn how the flounder can change its coloring and pattern to match its surroundings and create a model of a flounder hidden on the sea floor.
Students in grades 3-5 can train their brains to process visual signals more quickly and accurately with the Brain Power game. A tutorial introduces the game, in which players click porcupine fish that conceal jewels, and provides graduated practice. In Life in the City, students discover that the urban environment isn’t all concrete and steel. Explorers use a magnifying glass to locate ten creatures in a city park.
Students in grades 6-8 can make a bracelet representing a section of DNA code from a chimp, bear, butterfly, sunflower, human, elephant, apple tree, red flour beetle, or a brown trout in Wear a Chimp on Your Wrist. For students who want to capture arthropods, Collecting Arthropod Specimens explains how to make a simple pitfall trap with a soda bottle or large margarine tub, how to set up a Berlese Funnel to safely separate arthropods from leaf litter, and how to attract flies, wasps, beetles, and other insects with a yellow pan trap.
Students in grades 9-12 can learn how to preserve plant specimens with How To Press and Preserve Plants.