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On-site Workshop: Go Extinct! - No slots currently available

Discover amazing extinct Irish animals in the Museum in this workshop led by a Museum Educator. Your class will be welcomed, and discover some of the most special museum specimens on display on the ground floor Irish Room, all of which have something in common – they are extinct! Short videos will be combined with Q&A and close-up inspection of museum teaching specimens i.e. skulls, skeletons and skins.

On-site workshop at a glance

Level: 3rd to 6th Class
Duration: 45 mins
Capacity: One class per session
Days: Thursdays (No slots currently available)
Times: 10am & 11.30am
Description: Short videos of extinct museum animals are combined with a Museum Educator-led introduction, Q&A, and virtual close-up inspection of museum teaching specimens including skulls, skeletons and skins!

Please note: The teacher will remain with the class throughout the duration of the workshop.

Curriculum links

SESE Science

Investigating and experimenting
Collect information and data from a variety of sources

Living things
Human life; Plant and animal life

Environmental awareness and care
Environmental awareness; Science and the environment; Caring for the environment

Learning outcomes

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 used during this workshop

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); Wolf (3 min 27 sec). Total: 9 min 50 sec.

Before your visit

Teachers, please preview short curriculum linked videos that will be screened to your class during the virtual session. Please do not show these to your class in advance of your visit!

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 enquiry

Please note: Due to low staffing, for the coming term we only have self-guided visit options for school visits, we apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. Self-guided visits must be booked, 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 to the Museum please complete this enquiry form.

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