For Teachers - Lesson Plans and Activities | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

All of our lesson plans are created by teachers for teachers for your use in the classroom and at the Museum, and are updated to reflect the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and 21st Century Skills. Feel free to download any of our offerings at no cost!
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Field Trips on the Metro!

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Check out the Metro! The Transit Education Team is now offering the Student Field Trip Program, which provides access to 20 approved destinations - including the Natural History Museum!

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Click on each grade to the left to find lesson plans. These are updated often - keep checking back to see what's new!

Grandes Maestros Lesson Plans

Visiting our newest traveling exhibit with your class? Download Grandes Maestros-related curriculum below!

Pre-K/Kindergarten                                                                    6th Grade

1st Grade                                                                                    7th Grade

2nd Grade                                                                                   8th Grade

3rd Grade                                                                                    9-10th Grade

4th Grade                                                                                    11-12th Grade

5th Grade                                                                                    Visual Arts Vocab

Folk Art Creatures                                                        Dia de los Muertos Calacas

For Teachers, By Teachers

Where do these lesson plans and activities come from? We collaborate with classroom teachers to create curricula that works for you. Interested? Learn more here!


Thanks to the For Teachers By Teachers team!


2013-2014 Nature Gardens

Arlene Casis, Grades PreK - 1
Tamara Flores, Grade 7
Andrea Lofthouse-Quesada, Grades 9 - 12

2011 - 2012: Gem and Mineral Hall

Arlene Casis, Grades PreK - 2
Gina Goodman, Grades 3 - 5
Hailey Foster, Grades 6 - 12

2010 - 2011: Dinosaur Hall

Gwen Campbell, Grade 2
Schlonda Chapron, Grades PreK - 1
Riley Leary, Grades 6-12
Janet Mazon, Grades PreK - 1
Cate Tolnai, Grades 3 - 5
Christy Waishwile, Grades 6 - 12

2009 -2012: Age of Mammals

Luisa Barba, Grades K - 3
Margarita Fernandez, Grades K - 3
Lena Garcia, Grades K - 3
Cate Tolnai, Grades 4 - 12
Sara Zinsser, Grades 4 - 12

2008 - 2009: Bird and Mammal Teachable Moments

Luisa Barba, Grades K - 3
Margarita Fernances, Grades K - 3
Magdalena Garcia, Greads K - 3
Annie Lefkowitz, Grades 4 - 5
Jaime Reichbach, Grades K - 3
Margit Edwards, Consulting Educator
Sarah Zinsser, Consulting Educator

At the Tar Pits

Planning a trip to the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits? Check out their teacher resources!