Livestream Programs

Livestream Programs

Museum of the Rockies wants all Montana schoolchildren to be able to engage with museum curators and staff, so we’re bringing the museum to you! In partnership with Streamable Learning, MOR connects with classrooms around the state and the country. Programs are always free for Montana schools and homeschool students with advanced registration! No special equipment is required to participate.

To receive updates on online learning, email us at visitmor@montana.edu to have your email address added to our teacher listserv. 

View past livestream program recordings on the Online Learning Resources page of this website. 

We look forward to seeing you online. 

Upcoming Livestream Programs

DateTimeGrade(s)Program
January 14, 202110:10 – 10:50 a.m. MST4 – 8Paleohistology: Looking Inside Dinosaur Bones
February 3, 202110:10 – 10:50 a.m. and 11:10 – 11:50 a.m. MST4 – 8The Rock Cycle
February 11, 202110:10 – 10:50 a.m. and 12:10 - 12:50 p.m. MST3 – 8Herbivores of the Mesozoic
March 16, 202110:10 – 10:50 a.m. MST4 – 8Mammals of the Cenozoic

Program Information and Registration Link(s)

All Museum of the Rockies livestream programs are 30 – 40 minutes in length.

Our partners at Streamable Learning have made MOR programs available for free to schools and districts in Montana. Montana schools and Montana homeschool families are invited to register using these links.

Please note that when you click to register for a program, it will take you to the Streamable Learning website where they will display each program's start time in Eastern Time. We list the time for each program in the equivalent Mountain Time.

Teachers, please follow the below directions.

  1. Use the links below to sign your entire class up for this event. You will receive a confirmation email. (Please check your spam or junk mail for this message.)
  2. If your students will be joining individually, once you have received the confirmation email, share the “click to join” link with your students.
    1. Your students will click the link and join the live stream under your (the teacher’s) name. Their privacy will be protected.
    2. All chats are private between the presenters and the participants.

Livestream programs utilize Zoom livestreaming rooms. These are not videoconferencing rooms; attendees are not visible, cannot be heard, and cannot share anything. To access you will be required to download Zoom, which can be done at zoom.us/download.

Schools outside of Montana or schools interested in a subscription to access additional programs may visit www.streamablelearning.com or email info@streamablelearning.com for subscription information.

Register for Paleohistology: Looking Inside Dinosaur Bones at 10:10 a.m. MST

Overview
What can we learn about dinosaurs by looking inside their bones? Join Museum of the Rockies Paleontology Histology Lab Manager Ellen-Thérèse Lamm to explore her unique role in science and discover how researchers use microscopic information to piece together details about extinct animals.

Student Objectives
Students will be able to:

  • Explain the basic internal structure of a bone.
  • Describe the process of paleohistology.
  • Construct a scientific explanation of what we can describe about extinct animals based on the internal structure of fossilized bones.

Standards Alignment

Montana Science Standards

GRADESUBJECT AREA

CONTENT STANDARD
Each student will:

4Life ScienceConstruct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction
6 - 8Life ScienceApply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern organisms and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships
6 - 8Life ScienceAnalyze 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

Next Generation Science Standards

Discipline and Core IdeaStudents who demonstrate understanding can:
4-LS-1. Structure, Function, and Information ProcessingConstruct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
MS-LS4-1. Natural Selection and AdaptationsAnalyze 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,

MS-LS4-2. Natural Selection and Adaptations

Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.



Register for The Rock Cycle at 10:10 a.m. MST

Register for The Rock Cycle at 11:10 a.m. MST

Overview
The Earth rocks, in more way than one! Join Museum of the Rockies Paleontology Collections Manager - Registrar Amy Atwater to learn all about the rock cycle and the three basic rock types: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. We’ll discuss how the Earth is continually changing rocks from one type to another, thanks to processes like plate tectonics and erosion.

Student Objectives
Students will be able to:

  1. Identify the three basic rock types.
  2. Explain that tectonic processes are continually occurring.
  3. Understand the forces that contribute to the rock cycle.

Standards Alignment

Montana Science Standards

GRADESUBJECT AREA

CONTENT STANDARD
Each student will:

4Earth and Space ScienceIdentify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time
5Earth and Space ScienceDevelop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
6 – 8Earth and Space ScienceConstruct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have change Earth’s surface at varying time scales and spatial scales.
6 – 8Earth and Space ScienceAnalyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of past plate motion.

Next Generation Science Standards

Discipline and Core IdeaStudents who demonstrate understanding can:
4-LS-1. Structure, Function, and Information ProcessingConstruct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

5-ESS-1. Earth’s Systems

Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.

MS-ESS2-1. Earth’s SystemsDevelop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.

MS-ESS2-3. History of Earth

Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of past plate motions.


Register for Herbivores of the Mesozoic at 10:10 a.m. MST

Register for Herbivores of the Mesozoic at 12:10 p.m. MST

Overview
Explore the Museum of the Rockies’ collection of plant-eating dinosaurs! What special adaptations do these species have to maintain their plant diet? Do we as humans have similar adaptations that allow us to consume leafy greens? Join John R. Horner Curator of Paleontology John Scannella, Ph.D., to learn about Herbivores of the Mesozoic.

Student Objectives
Students will be able to:

  1. Define an herbivore.
  2. Explain how certain shaped teeth helped dinosaurs survive and provide information about their diets.
  3. Describe the adaptations of several herbivorous dinosaurs.

Standards Alignment

Montana Science Standards

GRADESUBJECT AREA

CONTENT STANDARD
Each student will:

3Life Scienceuse evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing
4Life ScienceConstruct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction
6 – 8Life ScienceApply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern organisms and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships
6 – 8Life ScienceAnalyze 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

Next Generation Science Standards

Discipline and Core IdeaStudents who demonstrate understanding can:
3-LS3-1. Inheritance and Variation of Traits: Life Cycles and Traits

Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variations of these traits exist in groups of similar organisms.

4-LS-1. Structure, Function, and Information ProcessingConstruct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

MS-LS4-2. Natural Selection and Adaptations

Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.


Register for Mammals of the Cenozoic at 10:10 a.m. MST

Overview
The extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago paved the way for our current time period: The Age of Mammals! Join Museum of the Rockies Paleontology Collections Manager - Registrar Amy Atwater to learn all about prehistoric mammals and their fascinating adaptations. How did fur-balls come to rule the globe? Tune in to find out!

Student Objectives
Students will be able to:

  1. Define a mammal.
  2. Describe two extinct mammals.
  3. Compare and contrast characteristics that exist in both modern and prehistoric mammals.

Standards Alignment

Montana Science Standards

GRADESUBJECT AREA

CONTENT STANDARD
Each student will:

4Life ScienceConstruct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction
6 – 8Life ScienceApply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern organisms and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships
6 – 8Life ScienceAnalyze 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

Next Generation Science Standards

Discipline and Core IdeaStudents who demonstrate understanding can:
4-LS-1. Structure, Function, and Information ProcessingConstruct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
MS-LS4-1. Natural Selection and AdaptationsAnalyze 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,

MS-LS4-2. Natural Selection and Adaptations

Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.


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