These museum worksheets don't involve finding "the answers," but rather serve as tools to structure your visit around a given theme. Slow down, make careful observations, and engage in science discourse with your peers!

Selected Worksheets for Grades preK-1

Color Vision Hunt

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gouldian finch

© David Liittschwager

Explore how patterns in nature help animals camouflage and discover how some animals see colors humans cannot!

Ocean Life Opposites

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octopus

© Michael Bentley

Use observation skills to find "opposites" within aquarium animals.

Selected Worksheets for Grades 2-3

Color Vision Hunt

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gouldian finch

© David Liittschwager

Explore how patterns in nature help animals camouflage and discover how some animals see colors humans cannot!

Rainforest Necklace Scavenger Hunt

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RainforestDome_DaveSchumaker

© Dave Schumaker

What types of plants and animals are found in the rainforest? How do they depend on one another for survival?

Finding Rainforest Frogs

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GoldenMantella_BrianGratwicke

© Brian Gratwicke

Visit our Rainforest exhibit to observe adaptations that make frogs well suited to survive humid environments.

Reptiles Scavenger Hunt

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CentralianPython_RonDeCloux

© Ron DeCloux

Learn about reptiles and discover adaptations that help snakes and lizards survive in their environments.

The Sharp Eyes of a Naturalist

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African Hall California Academy of Sciences

© Adam Fagen

Before your students explore African Hall, prepare them with fun games to practice their observation skills.

Selected Worksheets for Grades 4-5

Finding Rainforest Frogs

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GoldenMantella_BrianGratwicke

© Brian Gratwicke

Visit our Rainforest exhibit to observe adaptations that make frogs well suited to survive humid environments.

Predator Prey Scavenger Hunt

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PredatorJaguar_TambakotheJaguar

© Tambako the Jaguar

What are some physical traits shared by different prey? By different predators?

Rainforest Necklace Scavenger Hunt

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RainforestDome_DaveSchumaker

© Dave Schumaker

What types of plants and animals are found in the rainforest? How do they depend on one another for survival?

Marine Invertebrate Adaptations

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sea slugs

© Mark Actually

Observe invertebrates in an outdoor or aquarium setting to find evidence of how organisms survive.

Animal Adaptations Scavenger Hunt

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Jelly_RonDeCloux

© Ron DeCloux

Trek through the Aquarium to observe and describe animals surviving in both aquatic and desert environments.

African Safari Cards

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AfricanLion_IsaacLee

© Isaac Lee

Explore the amazing diversity of plants, animals, and ecosystems that are found on the continent of Africa!

Selected Worksheets for Grades 6-8

Light in Air and Water

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refraction, light and water, two mediums

Ask questions about the light phenomenon called refraction while you explore the Academy exhibits!

Reptiles Scavenger Hunt

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CentralianPython_RonDeCloux

© Ron DeCloux

Learn about reptiles and discover adaptations that help snakes and lizards survive in their environments.

Space Rocks! Scavenger Hunt

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Asteroid belt

Students will learn more about asteroids, and explore what happens when they crash into planets.

Earthquake Scavenger Hunt

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© National Archives

Explore our entire Earthquake exhibit using this scavenger hunt as a guide.

Marine Invertebrate Adaptations

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sea slugs

© Mark Actually

Observe invertebrates in an outdoor or aquarium setting to find evidence of how organisms survive.

Selected Worksheets for Grades 9-12

Gouldian Finch Behavior

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finches

© Bill & Mark Bell

Visit the Gouldian finches in the Color of Life exhibit and discover how their head color relates to behavior.

Evidence of Evolution Hunt

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RedNeckedWallaby_MarkSeton

© Mark Seton

How do scientists use DNA, fossils, and comparative anatomy to draw evolutionary relationships among species?

Earthquake Scavenger Hunt

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© National Archives

Explore our entire Earthquake exhibit using this scavenger hunt as a guide.

Educator Exhibit Guides

Educator Exhibit Guides

Explore key concepts of Academy exhibits to help shape your students’ field trip experience, or to learn more about our scientific research.

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