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Lesson Plans and Activities - High School

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



Ecology and Energy Flow - Inventory organisms in the Nature Gardens and use the data to create models to explore how energy is created and moves through an ecosystem.



My Wild L.A. - Tell your story about L.A. nature and use it to develop a narrative work and inspire a research project!

Squirrel ObservationsObserve, collect, and analyze data on a popular animal that's easy to find in a schoolyard!



Chemistry - See chemistry in action in this adaptable lesson set that examines mineral composition and formation.

Earth Science - Classify minerals by observable characteristics and relate mineral properties to the environments in which they form.



Global Processes - Review evolution by natural selection, then conduct a research project about a specimen in our halls to discover its evolutionary history. To watch the video associated with this lesson plan, click here!



Amazing Adaptation - Use a Tree Map to connect observations, inferences, and conclusions about an observed specimen in the Dinosaur Hall, then consider how natural selection played a role in that specimen's evolution.