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.

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

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.

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.

Superpower Dogs

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.

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.