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  • Computer simulation of a small feathered dinosaur.

    Great Transitions

    From the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's BioInteractive, DCMP brings you the Great Transitions series. Stunning fossil finds have revealed the fascinating stories of major transitions in the history of life on Earth—from fish that gained the land, to reptiles that took to the air, and primates that walked on two legs. This trilogy features leading evolutionary paleontologists as they canvas for rocks of the right ages, discover transitional forms, and reconstruct historic environments of early life forms.

    19 min.
    Grades 7-12

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    Teacher Training About Reading Strategies

    Celebration of the joys and benefits of reading takes place each year on the second Tuesday in November (Young Readers Day). Into the Book is a DCMP teacher training package with nine 15-minute educational videos that help viewers learn to teach elementary students how to use eight different reading strategies.

    Goals of the videos are to improve students’ reading comprehension, as well as their ability to think and learn across the curriculum. This accompanying resource describes how the package addresses third grade Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, and provides lesson plans, teacher guides, downloads, and more.

  • Colonial minutemen run through the woods with muskets.

    What Our Members Are Saying...

    "This series, America — The Story of Us is fantastic! So glad to have it with captioning!! It truly enhances my 8th grade American History curriculum."

    "I am so pleased that there are more current videos for older students that are more interesting and relevant to the History curriculum! Thank you! It is fabulous to see and use this visual tool for Deaf and HH students."

    "It is wonderful to have access to this video series. It is paired with our textbooks in middle school and high school."

    "Students love it — very visual and easy to follow!"

New Media Releases

  • Image from Great Transitions: The Origin of Tetrapods

    Great Transitions: The Origin of Tetrapods - 2015 - 20 minutes

    Charles Darwin once boldly predicted that buried deep in the earth are transitional fossils of creatures with intermediate features between ancestral animal groups and the modern animal groups. Since Darwin’s time, many transitional fossils have been discovered, and they provide crucial insights into the origin of key structures and the creatures that possess them. And University of Chicago paleontologist and award-winning author Neil Shubin provides a first-hand account of the painstaking search for the transitional fossil of Tiktaalik, a creature with a mix of features common to fish and four-legged animals.

  • Image from Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds

    Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds - 2015 - 19 minutes

    The discovery of Archaeopteryx in a quarry in Germany in the early 1860s provided the first clue that birds descended from reptiles. In the last 40 years, scientists have identified many shared features between birds and two-legged carnivorous dinosaurs called theropods.

  • Image from Great Transitions: The Origin of Humans

    Great Transitions: The Origin of Humans - 2015 - 20 minutes

    Paleontologists have studied the fossil record of human evolution just like they have done for other major transitions, including the evolution of tetrapods from fish and the evolution of birds from dinosaurs. Sean Carroll and Tim White discuss the most important human fossils and how they illuminate key phases of human evolution, focusing in particular on three traits: larger brains, tool use, and bipedality.

  • Image from Solar Fuels: A Grand Challenge Of 21st Century Chemistry

    Solar Fuels: A Grand Challenge Of 21st Century Chemistry - 2009 - 3 minutes

    Solar panels are becoming a familiar site in communities across the United States, but what about solar fuels? A solar fuel is produced from sunlight through artificial photosynthesis, mimicking what Mother Nature has been doing for billions of years. Many chemists and chemical engineers are working to make solar fuels a viable option in the future. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”

  • Image from As Fast As Their Tiny Bot Legs Will Carry Them!

    As Fast As Their Tiny Bot Legs Will Carry Them! - 2009 - 3 minutes

    Imagine robots no bigger than a fingertip scrambling through the rubble of a disaster site to search for victims or to assess damage. That’s the vision of engineer Sarah Bergbreiter and her research team at the University of Maryland. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), they’re building micro-robots to create legs that will ultimately allow a millimeter-scale robot to traverse rough terrain at high speeds. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”

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