Student Activity Guides

Printable material for Bullock Museum films and exhibitions

Museum activity guides relate to films and exhibitions and support the Texas curriculum.

Use the links below to explore materials that will encourage conversation and help your students discover history, science, and culture.

 

Activity Guides

Activity guides help students focus on specific topics and skills during their Museum visit.

All Grade Levels

Artifact Adventure
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
Students use their analyzing and photography skills with this activity as they explore the Museum exhibits. Future activities using their creative photos are limitless.

Resources for Special Exhibitions

Enhance your students' experience with these activity guides and classroom resources to accompany the latest special exhibitions on view at the Museum.

Comanche Motion

Through historical artifacts and 34 paintings of Comanche artist and historian Eric Tippeconnic, Comanche Motion tells the story of a thriving Comanche culture rooted in the past but evolving toward the future. Tippeconnic’s art is full of movement, color, and life — a bold statement that Comanche culture is vibrantly alive in the modern world. Students can engage with the story by searching for symbols with a game board, touching painting tools, and designing colorful beadwork patterns.

Downloads 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.

 

Conquest of the Skies

The ability to fly is one of the greatest wonders in the natural world, and millions of creatures soar above our heads today. But how did animals make the incredible transition from land to air? Conquest of the Skies uses the very latest science and stunning special effects to uncover the 300-million-year story of flight—and it’s not simply about birds. The film captures the beauty and excitement of the whole world of flying creatures, from the fastest predatory falcons to the most acrobatic of insects, night flyers like owls and bats, and the soaring and gliding specialists capable of traveling huge distances. Students will leave the theater both stunned by the spectacle and thrilled by the story of how animals rose up and conquered the skies.

Dream Big: Engineering Our World

Dream Big: Engineering Our World is a heartfelt story of human ingenuity that will transform how people of all ages think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China to ground-breaking skyscrapers and bridges soaring above the clouds, Dream Big shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. Starring three young women engineers and a high school engineering team, Dream Big will encourage today’s young minds to become the innovators of tomorrow.

Conquest of the Skies

At Chengdu Panda Base in China, scientists are dedicated to protecting the species by breeding adult Giant Pandas in order to introduce cubs into the wild. Pandas, an adventure story perfect for the whole family, follows the story of one researcher whose passion leads her to initiate a new technique inspired by the work of wildlife conservationists a world away. What starts as a cross-cultural collaboration becomes a life-changing journey for a Chinese researcher; an American biologist who crosses an ocean to join her; a scientist from Inner Mongolia; and a very curious female cub named Qian Qian, born in captivity. Students will follow Qian Qian's first steps outside her protected habitat, discovering her true nature and facing the challenges of the unknown.

Amazon Adventure

Amazon Adventure follows the 11 year journey of explorer Henry Bates. In the 1850s, Bates traveled the Brazilian Amazon and identified over 8,000 species new to science. His amazing work led to the discovery of mimicry, whereby certain animals adopt the look of others in order to survive. Join us for this immersive and visually stunning experience where you can travel through the bio-diverse Amazon rainforest and open your mind to everything that's waiting to be discovered.

Support for the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and education programs provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.