Teachers

We would like to know your input on the current Museum programs, activities, and exhibits and what you would like to see from us in the future.

 

Lessons/Curriculum Guide

 

Birds in Our Backyard Native Wildlife Program

9 Day Lesson Plan Curriculum

The TNHMSM is very proud of the Birds in Our Backyard kit, which is available to all teachers free. It can however only be checked out to schools and programs on the Central Coast.

Teachers on the Central Coast may call the museum and ask for a copy (805-614-0806).

The kit contains curriculum of lessons/experiments on the subject of birds and insects. Items needed to complete the experiments are all included in the kit.

We acknowledge the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and the W. M. Keck Foundation for allowing use of this curriculum.

Bird Lessons Intro

Field Trip Suggestions & Bibilography

Bird Lessons Glossary

Lessons Day 1-9 Pages for Teachers

Day 1 Lesson

Day 2 Lesson

Day 3 Lesson

Day 4 Lesson

Day 5 Lesson

Day 6 Lesson

Day 7 Lesson

Day 8 Lesson

Day 9 Lesson

Lesson Activity Pages for Students to Complete 1-15

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15


Wee Beasties Native Wildlife Program

10 Lesson Plan Curriculum

Below are the links to the bugs and Insect Curriculum written by Sarah Thompson especially for TNHMSM.They are appropriate for fourth grade and above.

Table Of Contents

Why Study Insects?

Insect Curriculum

Insect Lesson Plan Format

Keeping Arthropods in the Classroom-Setting up a Cricket Colony

Keeping Arthropods in the Classroom-What to do with the Used Cricket Colony

Lesson 1-Arthropods are Amazing Pages: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5

Lesson 2-Grasshoper Anatomy Pages: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5

Lesson 3-Marvelous Mouthparts Pages: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5

Lesson 4 -Staying Safe Pages: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4

Lesson 5 -Communication Pages: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5

Lesson 6 -Metamorphosis Pages: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5

Lesson 7 -Have to Have a Habitat Pages: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4

Lesson 8 -Oak Wood Lands Pages: 1 , 2 , 3

Lesson 9 -We've Got a Job to Do! Pages: 1 , 2 , 3

Lesson 10 -The Good Guys and  . . Pages: 1 , 2

Vocabulary Pages: 1 , 2


Rocks and Fossils

An Education committee is currently reviewing the Museum School OutReach Kits. A new rock and fossil kit has just been completed with the generous donation from The Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Super new Rock and Fossil kits available for loan. Ideal for 6th grade science frameworks. The kit contains interesting rock and mineral samples. If you have an interest in checking out the kit please call and leave a message for Laura Lee Dias, Education Committee Chair at the Museum, just call (805) 614-0806. The kit is free of cost to use and the rocks are heavy, so you need muscles to pick this one up and bring it back.

Program sponsored by The Society of Petroleum Engineers.


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