Step 3: Develop a student activity

Successful field trips provide students with an activity to focus their exploration of the Museum. Although the best student activities are developed by the teacher to be tailored to an individual class's needs, Museum educators have also developed some general activities that teachers can use or customize to fit their field trip needs. Use the information in the following sections to help develop a student activity for your field trip.

NHMU's Tips for Developing a Student Activity

Free Teacher Preview

Special Exhibit

NHMU's General Activities

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NHMU's Tips for Developing a Student Activity

Not sure where to start in developing a tailored student activity for your class? Our Museum educators have observed that students, Lead Explorers, and teachers have the best field trip experiences when they:

  1. Focus on one particular exhibit or topic in-depth rather than trying to see and do it all.
  2. Include:

  • Pre-visit component

  • During visit component

  • Post-visit component


Free Teacher Preview

Teachers bringing their students on a field trip to the Museum can preview the Museum for free by printing off your confirmation email and presenting it at the front desk.


Special Exhibit

In addition to our permanent exhibits, the​ Museum offers a special exhibition that changes from time to time and gives field trip visitors an opportunity to access unique content.

The current special exhibition is Vikings: Beyond the Legend which will run May 27, 2017 through January 1, 2018.

3rd-5th Vikings Student Activity and Teacher Tips

6th-12th Vikings Student Activity and Teacher Tips

To learn more about our permanent exhibits and upcoming special exhibitions, click here.


NHMU's General Activities

Pre-visit Classroom Activities

These activities allow students to hone their science skills before coming to the Museum. Junior Science Academy classes should complete at least one of the following activities before their visit.

Igniting Inquiry

Observation vs Inference

Recording Stars

At the Museum

NHMU's educators recommend using these activities as tools in guiding exploration rather than requiring everything to be completely filled out.

K-2nd - Observation Guide

3rd-5th - Gallery Guide Booklet

                Amazing Adaption

6th-8th - Utah's Unique Habitats (Middle School)

9th-12th - Utah's Unique Habitats (High School) or Human Evolution

Post-visit Classroom Activities

Post-visit activities in the classroom can help cement learning that occurred at the Museum.

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