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? Want to use them on the visit, but are unable to print them in advance? Contact 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.

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.

Bobstagram Photo Scavenger Hunt

Have your students become keen observers as they take on this Bobstagram Photo Scavenger Hunt. Using cameras, students will find artifacts that represent the concepts in the activity.

Activity Guides for Special Exhibitions

Special temporary exhibitions at the Bullock Museum bring in different topics and disciplines for your students to explore.

To enhance your field trips, use these downloads to accompany exhibitions currently on view with activities in the classroom before or after your trip to the Museum.

The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper

Use the Look and Discover pages to help young visitors uncover more about the artworks, artists, and historic facts found through the exhibition gallery.

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.


The Serengeti is known for one of nature’s most spectacular events — the annual migration of more than one million wildebeest, followed by an array of other iconic African animals. Experience it through the eyes of the youngest members of the animal cast as they embark on their life’s journeys.

Secrets of the Sea

Prepare to meet some of the ocean’s strangest and most spectacular creatures. From adorable pygmy seahorses and opalescent squid to manta rays, tiger sharks, barnacle blennies, a coconut octopus, and much more, Secrets of the Sea takes you face-to-face with an astonishing array of marine critters and shows the fascinating ways they interact with each other and their environment. Many marine animals depend on one another for survival, and Secrets of the Sea demonstrates the critical importance of marine biodiversity to keeping our oceans healthy. Dive in and experience this extraordinary underwater world!

Fungi: The Web of Life

Much of life on Earth is connected by a vast, hidden network that we are only just beginning to understand. Out of sight, between the world of plants and animals, another world exists—the kingdom of fungi. For learners and adventurers of all ages, Fungi invites you to experience a whole new side of nature and gain a richer understanding of the need for its stewardship. A rich tapestry of cinematography, music and science, the film explores these miraculous organisms, their connections to the rest of life on land, and the promises they hold for humanity’s future.

Flight of the Butterflies

This film tells two stories: the natural history story of the annual monarch butterfly migration and the almost 40-year search by a determined scientist to discover where the monarchs disappeared to each year when the weather turned cooler. Students will gain an appreciation for the monarch butterfly, its remarkable ability to navigate, orient and migrate, and the Super Generation that makes the longest-known insect migration on Earth.

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 sponsor The Lange Family Foundation, and Contributing sponsors The Honorable Kent R. Hance and Bella and Chase Cooley.

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.