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Live Webcast: Plesiosaurs and other Large Marine Reptiles with Paleobiologist Laura Soul

from Smithsonian Institution- National Museum of Natural History

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Join Paleobiologist Laura Soul to learn about giant marine reptiles that once dominated the sea, like plesiosaurs. Laura will introduce your students to several related groups of marine reptiles, like pliosaurs and elasmosaurs, exploring their unique features and adaptations for living in marine environments. Laura will also share some of her while research and discoveries about how the body shapes and sizes of these animals, like their long-necks, evolved and changed over time. Throughout the broadcast, Laura will take questions from your students via text chat and there will be opportunities for students to share what they think using live polls.

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Length

30 minutes


Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Parent, Adult Learners

Minimum participants:

No minimum

Maximum participants:

No maximum


Primary Disciplines

Sciences


Program Delivery Mode

Live streaming webcast



Booking Information

This is a free, live, interactive webcast that will be aired live twice on Thursday, April 11 at 11am and 2pm EDT at https://naturalhistory.si.edu/education/distance-learning/plesiosaurs-and-other-large-marine-reptiles-paleobiologist-laura-soul

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The program is free and a recording will be available online after the live program ends. There is no cancellation policy.

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Smithsonian Institution- National Museum of Natural History

Washington, DC
United States

The National Museum of Natural History is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s preeminent museum and research complex. The Museum is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through its unparalleled research, collections, exhibitions, and education outreach programs.

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Maggy Benson
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2026330129

Program Details

Format

1. Segment 1- Introductions – the program will begin with an introduction to mythical sea monsters and exploring what features are similar among sea monsters of different cultures. Students will be introduced to Mary Anning, the female paleontologist who collected the first plesiosaur skeletons.

2. Segment 2- Meet the Plesiosaur- the students will be introduced to Paleobiologist Laura Soul, a scientist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, who travels the world exploring and taking measurements of all the plesiosaurs discovered around the world. Laura will use fossils, models and other objects to teach students about plesiosaurs and their unique adaptations for living in a marine environment.

3. Segment 3- Laura’s Research- Laura will share her current plesiosaur research with students, exploring how their body plans changed over time.

Throughout the program, Dr. Soul will show specimens from the Smithsonian’s collection, will interact with students through live polls and Q&A, and will discuss her career path as a paleobiologist and will answer as many questions from student viewers as possible.

The live program and interaction will all happen on the Natural History Museum website at: https://naturalhistory.si.edu/education/distance-learning/plesiosaurs-and-other-large-marine-reptiles-paleobiologist-laura-soul

Objectives

The participant will gain an:
-Increased interest and excitement about science
-Enhanced understanding of scientific content and knowledge
-Increased reflection on the process of science
-Increased experience using the tools and language of science
-Enhanced ability to identify with science careers

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Next Generation Science Standards

Life Science

3rd Grade

• 3-LS2-1 Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.

• 3-LS3-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.

• 3-LS3-2 Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment

• 3-LS4-3 Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

4th Grade

• 4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

5th Grade

• 5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.

Grades 6-8

• MS-LS4-1 Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past.


Earth Science

4th Grade

• 4-ESS1-1 Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

Grades 6-8

• MS-ESS1-4 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6-billion-year-old history.

State Standards

Next Generation Science Standards

Life Science

3rd Grade

• 3-LS2-1 Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.

• 3-LS3-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.

• 3-LS3-2 Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment

• 3-LS4-3 Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

4th Grade

• 4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

5th Grade

• 5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.

Grades 6-8

• MS-LS4-1 Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past.


Earth Science

4th Grade

• 4-ESS1-1 Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

Grades 6-8

• MS-ESS1-4 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6-billion-year-old history.