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At a Glance

The Museum provides both field-trip-related and non-field-trip related lesson plans, web-based activities for students, and other resources that can help you teach a range of science and natural history topics.

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Lesson Plans

Prepared lesson plans related to Museum exhibitions and science departments


Lesson plans to prepare students for field trips and follow-up after a field trip

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Web-based Student Activities

Information and activities to incorporate into your lesson plans


Interactive activities designed specifically for use on the web


Museum and other websites that provide searchable information about natural history and other science topics

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Resource Packages for Middle School

Organized by science topic


Each resource package lists related national science standards


More Resources

Links to the Museum’s science department and scientist homepages


Links to the Museum’s searchable collections databases and images

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