Chicago Adventure, Part Four: Rodents of Unusual Size (And Other Mammals, Too)

The Chicago Field Museum is home to some amazingly large creatures! The installment from a larger mammals playlist takes young biologists on a tour of the mammal curation labs. Experts explain the specimen collection in terms of their value in research.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the video to support a lesson on evolution, biodiversity, or animal anatomy
  • Show the class a short video about flying squirrels so they can experience their unique adaptation
Classroom Considerations
  • Pause the video as needed to explain a few of the anatomical terms used throughout the video
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Pros
  • Each elephant bone is carefully explained in terms of what structures are represented
  • The scientists discuss the importance of having a wide variety of species available to study, an important concept for younger learners to appreciate
Cons
  • None
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