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.

Grades K-3

This activity guide prompts students to find personal connections, make comparisons, analyze artifacts, and reach creative decisions in the galleries. The guide takes approximately 45 minutes to complete at the Museum.

Grades 4-7

This activity guide leads students through the Museum in six activities that analyze artifacts and exhibitions, focusing on how jobs and industry shaped Texas over time. The guide takes approximately one hour to complete at the Museum.

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.

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Step back in time to era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance workers, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation. This exhibition from the National Constitution Center is the first comprehensive exhibition about America's most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup, spanning from the dawn of the temperance movement, through the Roaring 20s, to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment. Experience the Prohibition era through over 100 rare artifact and multi-media exhibits highlighting the 18th Amendment, fashion, music, and culture of the Roaring 20s.

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.

 

Flight of the Butterflies 3D

This film tells two stories: the natural history story of the annual monarch butterfly migration - the longest known insect migration on Earth - 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, why and how hundreds of millions of butterflies migrate thousands of miles every year, and how their over-wintering sites were discovered.

 

Wild Africa

Wild Africa takes audiences on a spectacular journey across, over, and through the magical realms of the wildest continent on earth. Water, the interconnecting force of this enchanted kingdom, serves as a guide, shaping wild Africa and conjuring up life wherever it journeys…travelling above the plains on seasonal winds, cascading along raging rivers or sheltering coral cities. It’s an adventure where you will truly believe the real world is more extraordinary and awe-inspiring than any fiction.

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.

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