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.

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.

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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