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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
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:
- Focus on one particular exhibit or topic in-depth rather than trying to see and do it all.
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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 Nature's Ultimate Machines which will run February 10, 2018 through September 3, 2018.
These Activity Guides provide extension activities that can be used as pre- or post-visit activities in conjunction with a field trip to NHMU.
English Language Activity Guides:
Spanish Language Activity Guides:
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.
At the Museum
NHMU's educators recommend using these activities as tools in guiding exploration rather than requiring everything to be completely filled out.
NHMU EDUCATORS ARE CURRENTLY REVAMPING OUR ACTIVITIES FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR. CHECK BACK IN AUGUST!
Post-visit Classroom Activities
Post-visit activities in the classroom can help cement learning that occurred at the Museum.