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 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.
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
Join an immersive IMAX® adventure to experience the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. Journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs who save lives and discover the powerful bond they share with their human partners. Follow Halo, a rookie puppy training to join one of the most elite disaster response teams in America. Meet Henry, an avalanche rescue expert in the mountains of British Columbia, Reef, a Newfoundland lifeguard with the Italian coastguard, Ricochet, a Californian surf legend helping people with special needs, and the Bloodhound brothers, Tipper & Tony, who are leading the fight to save endangered species in Africa. Students will discover the astonishing science behind their superpowers, such as how the fur, ears, and noses of certain breeds have developed over time to give incredible abilities to these superhero dogs.
Wings Over Water
Discover the compelling story of three amazing bird species—the Sandhill Crane, the Yellow Warbler, and the Mallard Duck—with extraordinary footage of their fascinating behaviors. All of them depend on the wetlands for their survival. As the glaciers retreated at the end of the last ice age, they left an astounding gift of connected rivers, lakes, and wetlands across the heartland of North America. Today, these largely unknown water highways remain an oasis for wildlife, from the herds of bison that still roam part of the Great Plains to the swaying grasslands, wildflowers, and vital honeybees that pollinate our crops and especially for the millions of magnificent birds that migrate along these “flyways.”
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 Museum, a division of the Texas State Preservation Board, is funded by Museum members, donors, and patrons, the Texas State History Museum Foundation, and the State of Texas.