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

All of our lesson plans are created 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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Check out our new History and Creative Writing lessons for our Becoming Los Angeles exhibit:

Grade 3 

Continued Traditions - Explore traditions of the Gabrielino-Tongva people and how those traditions live on today. Become a museum archaeologist to examine artifacts and write, draw, and record your findings. 

Grade 4 

Coming to California - Discover how 49ers traveled to California during the Gold Rush by examining Museum objects and historical photographs. Investigate one migrant's journey to California in search of riches. 

Grades 2 - 5 

Found History - Get your students' creativity flowing by using exhibit text to create their own unique poetry.

Grades 6 - 12 

Found History - Creative writing and critical thinking come together in this L.A. history-inspired, found poetry exercise.


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? Many of these lesson plans were written by local teachers. We collaborate with classroom teachers to create curricula that works for you. 


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 Pre K - 2
Gina Goodman, Grades 3 - 5
Hailey Foster, Grades 6 - 12

2010 — 2011: Dinosaur Hall

Gwen Campbell, Grade 2
Schlonda Chapron, Grades Pre K - 1
Riley Leary, Grades 6-12
Janet Mazon, Grades Pre K - 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


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