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  1. Select one activity to include in your field trip guide. Your selection will be shown on the right.
  2. Click "get your guide" on the right to save to your computer.
  3. Edit and print your saved field trip guide, as desired.

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The following activity sheets match one or more of your selections.

  • Bio Poem

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    An excellent language arts connection, the Bio Poem worksheet helps students write a creative poem about an animal in the Museum. After choosing an animal from our living collections, students fill in each line of the poem, highlighting the animal's characteristics, adaptations, and environment. This activity works well for students in grades 3 – 5, but we've also used it in the Museum with learners ranging up to adulthood.

  • Butterfly Garden Observation - Butterfly Behavior

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    Suggested for students in grades 3 &ndash: 5, this activity encourages students to make and record observations about butterfly adaptations in the Butterfly Garden. Students observe the various movements and behaviors of butterflies and tally their results. The activity sheet includes a graph that can be used either during the visit or back in class to display the results of the students' data collection.

  • Butterfly Garden Observation - Colors and Patterns

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    Suggested for students in grades 3 – 5, this activity encourages students to make and record observations about butterfly adaptations in the Butterfly Garden. Using this worksheet, they record the various species' colorations, camouflage, and defense patterning. This activity includes a graph that can be used either during the visit or back in class to display the results of the students' data collection.

  • Butterfly Sentence Starters

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    Suggested for grades 2 – 3 as a language arts connection, this activity helps students make and record observations about the Butterfly Garden. The worksheet prompts students to fill in basic sentences with ideas, questions, and observations relating to their experience learning about butterflies in the Museum.

  • Compare and Contrast

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    Students can use this Venn diagram graphic organizer to compare and contrast interesting objects, artifacts, or animals that they find in the Museum based on their characteristics. This activity can be applied to any exhibit about any topic. It is recommended for grades 3 – 5 but could easily be successful with older or younger students.

  • Creative Scavenger Hunt

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    This worksheet allows educators to select a theme and a specific exhibit or group of exhibits in which the theme might be explored. A theme from the classroom can be introduced, expanded, reconsidered or assessed through this activity.

    Some teachers of upper grades have had success in making this a contest in which the group that finds the most exhibit connections (and explain them) wins a prize. Remember that asking new questions can be an appropriate part of searching for connections to a theme.

    Variation: Instead of writing a list of connections on a worksheet, students use a digital (or disposable) camera to take pictures and record the connections they find. They can then write about or present their connections back at school.

  • Everyone's a Critic

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    Individuals or groups visiting the Museum of Science can use this worksheet if the trip's objective is for the learners to experience an exhibit and think critically about it. Learners are asked to write a review of the exhibit after experiencing it during their field trip. Teachers can assign a specific exhibit or involve the students in selecting an exhibit before their trip by using our Web exhibit descriptions and/or floor plan.

  • Evolution Adventure

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    These four-page study sheets are designed to help engage learners in the evolution stories of one or two organisms while exploring the Museum's Natural Mysteries exhibit. Each Evolution Adventure cover page presents a picture of something to find within the exhibit. The next pages include an activity, background content on the connection between the activity and the study of evolution, and common misconceptions. The final page provides additional activities for home or school, standard connections, and references. Topic areas include: Birds, Geese, Hippos and Whales, Leopards and Jaguars, Rhinos, Trilobites, Turtles, and Woodchucks. The eight study sheets are packaged together in one PDF, available below.

  • Graphical Stories - WeatherWise

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    Ask a question, collect data, and find the answer using a graphical story, such as a line graph or pictograph. Find worksheets below for WeatherWise.

  • Physics in Science in the Park!

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    These focusing activity sheets utilize exhibit components to explore the science of physics. Students perform tasks including calculation, data collection, and graphing. The activities cover concepts that are generally suited to students in middle school and above. Although the PDF includes all seven activities, we recommend that students work in groups or pairs to complete a portion of the sheets rather than the whole suite.

  • Rock Garden Guide and Map

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    In the Museum's shady outdoor rock garden, students can examine rocks and minerals from all over the world and explore their often fiery origins. Download this guide for a helpful glossary, detailed map of the garden, and suggestions for related Museum exhibits to visit.

  • Simple Machines Bingo

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    As your students explore the Museum of Science, they look for simple machines and gears being used in different areas. This activity sheet is a bingo card that they use to keep track of their progress.