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

Junior Science Academy Pre-Visit 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 galleries, the​ Museum offers a special exhibition that changes from time to time and gives field trip visitors an opportunity to access unique content.

The upcoming special exhibition is Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed which will run November 10, 2018 through May 27, 2019.

Check back after the exhibit opens for activity guides to use on a field trip and as extension activities before or after your visit! 

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


Junior Science Academy Pre-Visit 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


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