Discover the amazing extinct animals of the Museum in this live virtual session, led by a Museum Educator and beamed straight to your classroom. Your class will be virtually welcomed, and guided through some of the rarest museum specimens, all of which have one thing in common – they are extinct!
Virtual session at a glance
Level: 3rd to 6th Class
Duration: 45 mins
Capacity: One class per session
Days: Wednesdays, (no slots currently available)
Times: 10am & 11.30am
Description: Short videos of extinct museum animals are combined with a live presented introduction, Q&A, and virtual close-up inspection of museum teaching specimens including skulls, skeletons and skins!
- This session will be facilitated via Microsoft Teams, and can be joined either by using the application or any web browser.
- This workshop is designed to be run from classrooms and is not currently bookable for pupils learning from home.
- The teacher will remain in the room throughout the duration of the workshop.
Investigating and experimenting
Collect information and data from a variety of sources
Human life; Plant and animal life
Environmental awareness and care
Environmental awareness; Science and the environment; Caring for the environment
On completion of this live session students should be able to:
- Describe the meaning of “extinct” and recognise examples of different extinctions throughout the Earth’s history.
- Describe animal extinctions specific to Ireland in the distant past, and historical e.g. cases studies of Giant Irish Deer, Hyena, Wolf
- Describe “extinction” versus “local extinction”.
- Describe the role of conservation and identify how animals can be re-introduced into a habitat, and describe the pros and cons e.g. re-introduction programme example of Wolves in Yellowstone, USA and Eagles in Ireland.
Resources and suggestions:
Video resources: Welcome to the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History (1 min 47 sec); What Does “Extinct” Mean? (1 min 07 sec); Giant Irish Deer (1 min 39 sec); Hyena (1 min 17 sec); Dodo (2 min 00 sec); Thylacine (1 min 49 sec); Wolf (3 min 27 sec). Total: 12 min 06 sec.
Before your session
Teachers, please preview short curriculum linked videos that will be screened to your class during the virtual session.
Prepare the class for the virtual session. Give pupils an idea of what to expect to see or have a discussion about the Museum in advance of the visit.
Why not take a 3D virtual tour of the NMI - Natural History in the classroom with your students.
Make an enquiryPlease note: Due to low staffing, for the coming term, we don't currently have Virtual Session slots available. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. Self-guided visits can be arranged, by contacting the Bookings Office. We can also supply Activity sheets on request, to use during the visit.
To enquire about arranging a self-guided visit for your class please complete this enquiry form.
After your virtual session
Comprehensive teacher notes on the session will be provided, which include a number of fun follow-up learning activities for your pupils to explore in the classroom.