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!

When transportation and admission are FREE – Science and nature can be discovered

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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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Check out our Scavenger Hunt for a student-centered learning activity to do anywhere in the Museum! Suitable for grades 2-12.

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



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


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