Student Activity Guides
Printable material for Bullock Museum films and exhibitions
Explore materials that will encourage conversation and help your students discover history, science, and culture.
We suggest selecting one or more Activity Guides for museum exhibitions that you would like to use with your students on a field trip, then print them, and distribute them amongst chaperones and students. Not sure which one might be best for your group's field trip length and content focus? Contact Reservations@TheStoryofTexas.com for assistance.
Activity Guides for All Grade Levels
Activity Guides help students focus on specific topics and skills during their Museum visit.
Making a Living Activity Guide
What jobs have Texans done over time, and how has the state’s geography influenced which industries grew here? How have trade and new industries shaped the economy of Texas? Find out by using the Making a Living Activity Guide. Explore the Texas History Galleries, looking closely at the artifacts and following the guide as it leads your students through six activities in the Museum.
Send your students on an adventure to find an artifact in the Museum, and learn how to analyze it like a historian.
Find and Sketch
As they visit the Museum galleries, your students become artists by sketching artifacts that represent thematic topics. Later, enjoy using their sketches in various ways in your classroom.
Museum Rotunda Mosaic Search
Head up the Grand Staircase to the third floor Rotunda, and look down. Using the Mosaic in the Rotunda floor, students will explore the history of Texas and learn the importance of a detailed examination of artifacts.
Photo Scavenger Hunt
Have your students become keen observers as they take on this Photo Scavenger Hunt. Using cameras, students will find artifacts that represent the concepts in the activity.
Activity Guides for Special Exhibitions
Throughout the year, the Bullock Museum hosts special exhibitions that allows visitors to explore history, art, and science in a different way. Use these downloads to enrich your students' experience while visiting the Museum or back in the classroom.
GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World
From its origins in the Nile Valley to today, the guitar has rocked the world for more than 5,000 years. This exhibit takes visitors on a fascinating exploration of the science, sound, history, and pop culture behind the world's favorite instrument. Featuring an impressive display of rare and antique guitars, the exhibition is fun and educational for all ages.
- Use the Educator Guide for curriculum connections and ideas for hands-on classroom activities. Please note, some elements of the exhibit have been modified due to COVID-19 protocols, so may be displayed differently than described in the Educator Guide.
- More details on the exhibition
GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World is a Touring Exhibition of the National GUITAR Museum.
Sponsored by The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Hall Fund.
Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow
Through personal stories, artifacts, music recordings, and historic footage, students will explore the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War. Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow takes a national perspective on these transformative years with a particular focus on evolving definitions and expressions of equality and citizenship. Narratives center on African Americans who pursued the ideals of Reconstruction and persevered in the face of a developing legal system of Jim Crow laws and policies promoting racial inequality.
- Request the Downloadable Classroom Poster Set to display. This free 8-piece poster series explores the years from the Civil War through World War I.
- Use this Curriculum Guide with your students for an in-depth study of many of the primary source artifacts, images, and documents from the exhibition
- "Visit" this interactive, virtual version of the exhibit and use this Discussion Guide to lead engaging and thought-provoking conversations with your students.
- History @ Home lessons that can be used at home or in the classroom to explore the topics from the exhibition as well as lessons that look more broadly at Black historical figures and the Black experience in American history.
- More details on the exhibition
Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow was organized by the New-York Historical Society. Lead support for the exhibition provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Major support provided by the Ford Foundation and Crystal McCrary and Raymond J. McGuire.
Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Local support provided by Jeanne and Michael L. Klein.
Activity Guides for Films
Both the Texas Spirit Theater, a multi-sensory experience, and the IMAX® Theatre offer a memorable and fun way to understand history, science, and culture. Want to enrich your students' experience in the theater? Use these downloads to accompany films currently on view with activities in the classroom before or after your trip to the Museum.
This film explores the unique life cycle of an Australian green sea turtle named Bunji and her journey across the open ocean. Follow Bunji from a hatchling into adulthood as she swims thousands of miles, meets incredible creatures and has some really wild encounters. She will eventually migrate back to the very beach where she was born--to lay her own eggs that are the foundation of the next generation. Researchers trek though these same aquatic wonderlands, encountering the majestic corals of the Great Barrier Reef and breathtaking breaching whales. Turtle Odyssey gives a prime example for students about how interconnected we all are with the ocean. The Tennessee Aquarium has produced a suite of educational materials to stimulate interest in marine conservation and exploration in elementary and middle school children and families.
Into America's Wild
From rugged coast to mystifying desert, from soaring forest to buzzing city, Into America’s Wild reveals the unbreakable human-nature bond in action. A Native American astronaut’s mind is awe-struck when he spies our earth on a daring mission aboard the International Space Station. Clinging to a Utah hillside, scientists discover one of the world’s largest organisms, a golden-hued grove of aspens all connected at the root, revealing the power of unity. These are just some of the unforgettable moments in a film that takes students to see natural treasures, both far-flung and right in our backyards. The guides in the film, groundbreaking Native American astronaut John Herrington and Alaskan bush pilot and youth advocate Ariel Tweto, share a passion for connecting students with experiences in the wild.
- View the trailer made just for Educators.
- View the film's Curriculum Connections so you can plan activities in the classroom before or after your trip to the museum.
- Making the Film with director Greg MacGillivray, producer Shaun MacGillivray and line producer Meghan MacGillivray.
- More details on the film
School Field Trips presented by The John M. O'Quinn Foundation.
School Programs are generously funded by Featured Sponsor The Marie M. and James H. Galloway Foundation, Supporting Sponsors EOG Resources, Inc. and The William Stamps Farish Fund, and Contributing Sponsors the Betty Stieren Kelso Foundation.
The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the State Preservation Board. Additional support of exhibitions and programs is provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.