Lesson Plans, Activities, and Worksheets
These materials are available to help supplement your museum education program either at the museum or in your classroom. They can help students prepare for their visit, practice the vocabulary, review important concepts, and reflect on their program.
Native American History and Culture:
- Archaeology Word Challenge (ANSWER KEY)
- Archaeology Detective Worksheet (ANSWER KEY)
- Archaeology Crossword Puzzle (ANSWER KEY)
- Artifact Analysis Form Worksheet
- Geology Word Search (ANSWER KEY)
- Geology Crossword Puzzle (ANSWER KEY)
- Geologic Word Challenge (ANSWER KEY)
Animals and Habitats:
- Animal Teeth and Skulls Handout
- Habitat Detectives Lesson Plan (Grades K-2)
- Wild Animal Exploration Lesson Plan (Grades K-2)
- Habitats and the Ecosystem Lesson Plan (Grades 4-8)
- Animals and their Habitats Lesson Plan (Grades 4-8)
- Animal Adaptations Lesson Plan (Grades 4-8)
Campus Scavenger Hunt:
Take your students on a journey across campus to find the hidden geologic and historic treasures.
MNCH Web Galleries
View items such as basketry, skulls, fossils, and much more, from the different museum collections.
Visit the museum's YouTube channel for videos from current and past exhibits, lecutres and more.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Lesson plans, web-based activities, and other educational resources in science and natural history topics.
National Native American Heritage Month
November is National American Indian Heritage Month. Browse ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids.
Old School Mammals (YouTube video)
A science rap on old school mammals by Coma Niddy, featureing the museum's Explore Oregon exhibit.
Professional Development for K-12 Teachers
Want to deepen your knowledge and enhance student learning about Oregon's cultures and ecosystems? Take advantage of the museum's professional development opportunities! You can gain new skills and resources for teaching about Oregon's Native American societies as well as its geology, geography, and history. Check out our workshops page for more information.
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