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. 

Overview of Upcoming Livestream Programs

ProgramGradesDateTimeLength
Montana Dinosaurs 1012 – 6 Monday, September 20, 202110:10 a.m. MDT45 minutes
Montana Dinosaurs 1012 – 6 Monday, September 20, 202112:10 p.m. MDT45 minutes
Your Spooky, Scary Skeleton3 – 8Wednesday, October 27, 202110:10 a.m. MDT45 minutes
Your Spooky, Scary Skeleton3 – 8Wednesday, October 27, 202112:10 p.m. MDT45 minutes
Five Dinosaur FamiliesK – 3 Monday, November 15, 20219:10 a.m. MST45 minutes
Five Dinosaur FamiliesK – 3 Monday, November 15, 202111:10 a.m. MST45 minutes
Rocks that GLOW: Exploring Fluorescent Minerals2 – 4 Monday, December 13, 202110:10 a.m. MST45 minutes
Rocks that GLOW: Exploring Fluorescent Minerals2 – 4 Monday, December 13, 202112:10 p.m. MST45 minutes
From Tiny to Tyrant: Growing Up T. rex2 – 6Monday, January 3, 202210:10 a.m. MST45 minutes
From Tiny to Tyrant: Growing Up T. rex2 – 6Monday, January 3, 202212:10 p.m. MST45 minutes
Dinosaur Eggs and Babies2 – 6Thursday, February 3, 202210:10 a.m. MST45 minutes
Dinosaur Eggs and Babies2 – 6Thursday, February 3, 202212:10 p.m. MST45 minutes
The Rock Cycle4 – 8 Wednesday, March 9, 202210:10 a.m. MST45 minutes
The Rock Cycle4 – 8 Wednesday, March 9, 202212:10 p.m. MST45 minutes
T. rex, Triceratops, and MOR: Dinosaurs of the Hell Creek Formation2 – 6 Monday, April 25, 202210:10 a.m. MDT45 minutes
T. rex, Triceratops, and MOR: Dinosaurs of the Hell Creek Formation2 – 6 Monday, April 25, 202212:10 p.m. MDT45 minutes
Looking Inside Dinosaurs: Paleohistology4 – 8 Friday, May 27, 20221:10 p.m. MDT45 minutes
From Field to Lab: The Process of Paleontology2 – 8Monday, June 7, 202210:10 a.m. MDT45 minutes

Detailed Program Information, Montana Science Standards, and Registration Links

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 the links found in the below drop-down accordion list. (Registration links will be coming soon.)

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 these directions. Use the links below to sign up your entire class for a program. You will receive a confirmation email. Please check your spam or junk mail for this message. If you would like your students to join individually, once you have received the confirmation email, share the “click to join” link with your students. Your students will click the link and join the live stream under your (the teacher’s) name. Their privacy will be protected. 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 streamablelearning.com or email info@streamablelearning.com for subscription information.

    10:10 a.m. MDT Register Your Montana Classroom
    12:10 p.m. MDT Register Your Montana Classroom
    Grades: 2 – 6
    Length: 45 min.

    Join us to learn all about Montana’s dinosaurs! From Tyrannosaurus rex to Triceratops, Montana is home to some of the world’s most famous dinosaur discoveries. In this program, you will learn where some of Museum of the Rockies’ best fossils have been discovered in the state and why Montana’s geology is perfect for discovering some of the world’s most famous dinosaurs.

    Student Objectives:

    1. Name three dinosaurs found in Montana.
    2. Explain the study of paleontology and give a few examples of fossils.
    3. Give a simple explanation for where to search for dinosaurs.

    Montana Science Standards

    2nd Grade
    Life Science: Make observations of plants and animals to compare and contrast the diversity of life in different habitats.

    3rd Grade
    Life Science: Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.

    4th Grade
    Earth & Space Science: Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

    5th Grade
    Earth & Space Science: Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, or atmosphere interact.

    6th 8th Grade
    Earth & Space Science: 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.

    Life Science: 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. 

    10:10 a.m. MDT Register Your Montana Classroom
    12:10 p.m. MDT Register Your Montana Classroom
    Grades: 3 – 8
    Length: 45 min.

    We all have skeletons in our bodies, but have you ever wondered why we have a skeleton? Learn about the evolution of the skeleton, what your bones do for your body, and how your skeleton is not so different from a dinosaur’s as you might think! Join MOR Paleontology Field Professional Lee Hall for a journey through time, evolution, and biology and learn all the wonderful secrets of your skeleton!

    Student Objectives:

    1. Explain the difference between a vertebrate and an invertebrate organism.
    2. Give examples of a few basic functions of a skeleton in vertebrates.
    3. Make comparisons between the skeletons of dinosaurs, humans, and other animals, and how their bones have changed and adapted based on their environment, diet, evolutionary lineage, etc.

    Montana Science Standards

    3rd Grade
    Life Science: Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.

    4th Grade
    Life Science: Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

    5th Grade
    Physical Science: Use models to describe that energy in animals' food was once energy from the sun.

    6th – 8th Grade
    Life Science: 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.

    Life Science: Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth and development of organisms.

    9:10 a.m. MST Register Your Montana Classroom
    11:10 a.m. MST Register Your Montana Classroom
    Grades: K – 3
    Length: 45 min.

    How do scientists categorize dinosaurs? Long-necked sauropods, frilled ceratopsians, and duck-billed hadrosaurs are only three of the five groups of dinosaurs that we will explore in this program. Join museum educator Dillon Warn to learn more about the lives of these incredible dinosaurs!

    Student Objectives:

    1. Recall the five simplified dinosaur families.
    2. Identify one unique feature that defines each dinosaur family.
    3. Categorize dinosaur species that make up Museum of the Rockies collections.

    Montana Science Standards

    Kindergarten
    Life Science: Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals, including humans, need to survive.

    1st Grade
    Life Science: Use information from print and other media to identify patterns in the behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.

    2nd Grade
    Life Science: Make observations of plants and animals to compare and contrast the diversity of life in different habitats.

    3rd Grade
    Life Science: Use 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.

    10:10 a.m. MST Register Your Montana Classroom
    12:10 p.m. MST Register Your Montana Classroom
    Grade: 2 – 4
    Length: 45 min.

    Did you know that rocks can GLOW? While some rocks and minerals can look plain and dull under different wavelengths of ultraviolet light, they fluoresce hot pink, orange, purple, red, and more! Why do some rocks fluoresce while others don’t? Explore the world of brightly colored fluorescent minerals with paleontologist and educator Ashley Hall.

    Student Objectives:

    1. Explain fluorescence and the mechanism by which objects fluoresce.
    2. Give examples of objects besides rocks (animals, plants, objects) that fluoresce.
    3. Understand that different wavelengths of light affect how we see and perceive objects.

    Montana Science Standards

    4th Grade
    Physical Science: Make observations to provide evidence of transfer of energy from place to place by sound, light, heat, electric currents.

    5th Grade
    Physical Science: Observe and record qualitative and quantitative evidence to support the identification of materials based on their properties.

    6th 8th Grade
    Physical Science: Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.

    10:10 a.m. MST Register Your Montana Classroom
    12:10 p.m. MST Register Your Montana Classroom
    Grades: 2 – 6
    Length: 45 min.

    What did T.rex look like growing up? Through Montana’s rich fossil record, paleontologists have pieced together what these incredible dinosaurs looked like - from tiny hatchlings to bone-crushing adults. What did their eggs look like? Did they have feathers? What did a teenage T.rex look like? Join Scott Williams, Paleontology Lab and Field Specialist to learn about the dynamic life of Tyrannosaurus rex.

    Student Objectives:

    1. Understand that all baby animals go through changes in their bodies as they grow and that young animals may look very different from adults of the same species.
    2. Describe how T.rex changes from hatchling to adult based on our understanding and interpretation of paleontological discoveries and current hypotheses.
    3. Give three examples of morphological characteristics T.rex juveniles inherit from their parents.

    Montana Science Standards

    2nd Grade
    Life Science: Make observations of plants and animals to compare and contrast the diversity of life in different habitats.

    3rd Grade
    Life Science: Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.

    4th Grade
    Life Science: Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

    5th Grade
    Earth & Space Science: Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, or atmosphere interact.

    6th-8th Grade

    Life Science: 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 & Space Science: 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.

    10:10 a.m. MST Register Your Montana Classroom
    12:10 p.m. MST Register Your Montana Classroom
    Grades: 2 – 6
    Length: 45 min.

    Birds are dinosaurs, and they are hard-working parents! Birds care for their babies by providing food and protection so that they can grow strong enough to leave the nest, but what about their ancient dinosaur relatives? Dinosaur parental care was a real mystery until the discovery of Maiasaura nesting grounds in northern Montana. Join MOR Paleontology Field Professional Lee Hall for a trip to Montana’s ancient dinosaur nursery, where you will learn about dinosaur nests, eggs, and babies, and why Maiasaura really was the “good mother lizard”!

    Student Objectives

    1. Name three dinosaurs that lay eggs, both modern and extinct.
    2. Describe how paleontologists know that some dinosaurs took care of their young.
    3. Compare and contrast dinosaur parental care vs. parental care of birds today.

    Montana Science Standards

    2nd Grade
    Life Science: Make observations of plants and animals to compare and contrast the diversity of life in different habitats.

    3rd Grade
    Life Science: Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.

    4th Grade
    Life Science: Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

    5th Grade
    Earth & Space Science: Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, or atmosphere interact.

    6th – 8th Grade
    Life Science: 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 & Space Science: 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.

    10:10 a.m. MST Register Your Montana Classroom
    12:10 p.m. MST Register Your Montana Classroom
    Grades: 4 – 8
    Length: 45 min.

    Rocks, rock! While rocks aren’t living things (or even squishy, for that matter!), they still go through cycles – changing and morphing from one type to another over time. Learn about the three basic rock types with paleontologist Ashley Hall, and how sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks form and change through Earth’s dynamic forces.

    Student Objectives

    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.

    Montana Science Standards

    4th Grade
    Earth & Space Science: Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

    5th Grade
    Earth & Space Science: Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.

    6th – 8th Grade
    Earth & Space Science: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time scales and spatial scales.

    Earth & Space Science: Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of past plate motion.

    10:10 a.m. MDT Register Your Montana Classroom
    12:10 p.m. MDT Register Your Montana Classroom
    Grades: 2 – 6
    Length: 45 min.

    The Hell Creek Formation in Montana and surrounding areas contain the fossils of some of the last non-avian dinosaurs to walk the Earth. Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Pachycephalosaurus, and more all roamed the area about 66 million years ago. Join MOR Curator of Paleontology Dr. John Scannella to travel back to the end of the Cretaceous Period and meet the dinosaurs of the Hell Creek Formation!

    Student Objectives

    1. Recall three dinosaurs from the Hell Creek Formation.
    2. Understand that fossils at MOR are excavated from Montana by our team of paleontologists.
    3. Explain what the ecosystem was like in Montana, 66-68 million years ago.

    Montana Science Standards

    2nd Grade
    Life Science: Make observations of plants and animals to compare and contrast the diversity of life in different habitats.

    3rd Grade
    Life Science: Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.

    4th Grade
    Earth & Space Science: Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

    5th Grade
    Earth & Space Science: Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, or atmosphere interact.

    6th – 8th Grade
    Life Science: 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 & Space Science: 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.

    1:10 p.m. MDT Register Your Montana Classroom
    Grades: 4 – 8
    Length: 45 min.

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

    Student Objectives

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

    Montana Science Standards

    4th Grade
    Life Science: Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

    6th-8th Grade
    Life Science: Apply 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.

    Life Science: 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.

    10:10 a.m. MDT Register Your Montana Classroom
    Grades: 2 – 8
    Length: 45 min.

    Lots of kids dream of becoming a paleontologist but may not truly understand what the job entails! Learn all about the process of paleontology - from discovering fossils in the field to mounting dinosaurs for display - with Paleontology Lab and Field Specialist Scott Williams.

    Student Objectives

    1. Explain multiple steps in the process of paleontology.
    2. Describe how paleontologists use a geologic map to find fossils.
    3. Explain the role erosion plays in the process of paleontology.

    Montana Science Standards

    2nd Grade
    Earth & Space Science: Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.

    3rd Grade
    Life Science: Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.

    4th Grade
    Earth and Space Science: Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time. Make observations or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.

    5th Grade
    Earth & Space Science: Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, or atmosphere interact.

    6th– 8th Grade
    Earth & Space Science: 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. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time scales and spatial scales. Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions.

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