Welcome to our virtual resources page! While we’re all social distancing, we thought we’d share links to courses, books, interactive tours, and other educational resources [all free while we’re sheltering in place]. We’ll try to keep this page updated. Big thank you to everyone who has shared with us. Stay healthy and safe!
Sam Noble Scientists in the Classroom
Canadian Museum of Nature
Alf Museum Virtual Experiences
Interactive Globe of Ancient Earth
Royal Tyrrell Museum From Home
Media and Science
Use this lesson plan to help your students read beyond the headlines about scientific studies.
I Know Dino Lesson Plans
Access multiple I Know Dino, dinosaur-themed lesson plans. For elementary, middle school, and high school students.
An engaging and powerful series of science investigations that improve students’ critical thinking.
How Bones Fossilize ... or Don't
This video features Paleontologist Kay Behrensmeyer, who specializes in the study of how things fossilize, or don’t.
Mass Extinction – Solving the Dinosaur Mystery
This video features Dr. Kirk Johnson, a paleobotanist and Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History.
What Tiny Fossils Explain about Big Dinosaur Ecosystems
This video features Dr. Matthew Carrano, a paleontologist at the National Museum of Natural History.
The Science of Verbs
The student will connect science to everyday, unusual, or rare actions carried out by people.
Fossil Lesson Plans
Lesson plans on fossils of individual phyla and introducing fossils and how they are formed.
I Notice, I Wonder, It Reminds Me Of
Help student develop a mindset of curiosity, and provide language tools to engage with the natural world.
Family Activity: Birds and Worms
In this activity, children will discover the value of camouflage as they pretend to be birds in search of colored worms.
Science Red Flags
The more red flags you can identify in a claim, the less reliable it will be. They should be compared to the Hallmarks of science, which indicate science that’s conducted properly.
Dinosaurs and Fossils
Information about fossils, with links to even more resources. Big thanks to Lyndhurst STEM club for sharing.
Fossil Friday Webchats
Join the Alf Museum and the Western Science Center online every Friday for Fossil Friday chats!
SUE the T. rex Virtual Tour for Classrooms
Learn about this famous fossil’s history, complete with trivia and interactive 3D model, in this virtual tour just for classrooms.
Dinosaurs and the Scientific Method
How to use dinosaurs to teach the scientific method, conservation and ethics
Giraffatitan dinosaur: Back to life in 360 VR
Teleport to the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin to encounter the Jurassic giant Giraffatitan.
How Fossils Explain the Rise of Dinosaurs
This video features Dr. Hans Sues, a paleontologist at the National Museum of Natural History.
Inside the Smithsonian's Fossil Prep Lab
This video features Michelle Pinsdorf, fossil preparator at the National Museum of Natural History.
What evidence exists for the extinction of the dinosaurs and 75% of all animal and plant species at the end of the Cretaceous Period?
Nature Nuggets: A Hummingbird's Nest
Learn about nests and their builders as you observe a hummingbird building its nest.
By solving a logic puzzle, students will learn about the speciation of the Galápagos mockingbirds.
This site contains a number of resources that various people (including educators and students) can use to make puzzles of various types.
University of Hong Kong: Dinosaur Ecosystems
Because birds are dinosaurs, and live cams are fun.
Amy Karle & The Smithsonian
The basis for this collection by Amy Karle is “Hatcher”, a 66-million-year-old Triceratops skeleton in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History who made history as the first “digital dinosaur”.
Paper Dinosaurs, 1824–1969
Paper Dinosaurs is an exhibition of original printed materials related to the history of dinosaur discovery.
Coloring Pages, Activity Sheets, and Games
Royal Tyrell Coloring Pages and Zoom Backgrounds
Free downloadable coloring pages and Zoom backgrounds from the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
Science Focus Worksheets
Worksheets aimed at Key Stage 3 and 4 students. Includes a quiz, a set of questions based on a feature, and a project idea.
More Paleontology Books
Even More Reading
Join your favorite authors on Zoom where you can have spirited discussions from the privacy of your own quarantined space!