Pre and Post-Visit Activities

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Illustration by Trish Roberts, Exhibits & Design Volunteer, 2016.

Pre and post-visit activities can help you introduce the museum to your classroom, explore concepts and vocabulary, or wrap up a visit to the museum. As you scroll through, you will notice that the educator resources provided on this page are organized by grade level within each category.

We encourage you to try an activity before and after your field trip, to help tie your visit into your current lessons.

 

 

Having your students keep a nature journal throughout the entire year is a great way to help them connect more with the outside world and gain a better understanding about nature. It can be a peaceful activity that may bring a sense of joy and wonderment to the science curriculum. Nature journals can be used in a variety of ways – both for every day use or tailored to the specific needs of unit or lesson plans. Nature journals can be used as a stand-alone activity or they can be used as the main book that your class uses to document their learning in Science throughout the year. Here are some resources compatible with the nature journal concept:

Adaptation Exploration: Bird Beaks
This resource package includes a lesson plan, suggested materials, and a worksheet to help your group explore adaptations with common objects while developing fine motor skills! | Grades K-3

Textures and Rubbings
This creative hands-on activity is designed to get students excited about textures they can find outside | Grades K-4

Creating a Nature Table
A nature table is an area in a classroom that is dedicated to collecting and displaying items found outdoors, and can help bridge the gap between the indoor classroom and the outdoor world. This resource package provides suggestions to help you incorporate a nature table into your classroom | Grades K-7

Nature Journal Blank Sheets
This document includes a printable, blank nature journal template to get your group started with their nature journals | Grades K-7

Nature Journal Blank Sheets with Labels
This document includes a printable, blank nature journal template with labels to get your group started with their nature journals | Grades K-7

Nature Journal Observation Sheets
These printable observation sheet templates will help your group incorporate drawings and images into their nature journals | Grades  K-7

Using a Nature Journal Year Round
This document will provide an overview for general uses of a nature journal, as well as ways in which it can be utilized for each of the four curriculum organizers in the British Columbia Science curriculum | Grades K-7

Entomology Collage
In this activity, students will draw and observe an invertebrate, then share their drawings to make an amazing entomology collage with the entire group | Grades 1-7

Marine Invertebrate Classification
Learn to classify marine invertebrates through observation and encourage group discussions in this drawing forward, critical thinking activity | Grades 1-7

Bird Guide
This document will help you learn about some local bird species found here in Vancouver | Grades K-12

Bird Log
Click here for a great resource for adding bird-specific nature journal template pages to your group's nature journals | Grades K-12

Insects Guide
Use this guide as you search for bugs that live in your UBC backyard. The creatures in this guide are divided into major groups that scientists call classes, and more specific groups called orders. Use the information in this guide to classify insects found in your classroom backyard! | Grades K-12

Insects Log
Click here for a great resource for adding insect-specific nature journal template pages to your group's nature journals | Grades K-12

Mammals Guide
Mammals aren’t the most abundant organisms on UBC campus, but they are here! Use this guide to learn about your common furry neighbours, and try to find signs of their presence | Grades K-12

Plants Guide
In this guide, you will find a few examples of local plant diversity around us here in Vancouver | Grades K-12

Plants Log
Click here for a great resource for adding plant-specific nature journal template pages to your group's nature journals | Grades K-12

Pressing Plants
Click here for step by step instructions on how to prepare plant specimens | Grades K-12

Five Minute Field Trips are quick excursions into your schoolyard to learn in a natural setting. They are a great way to provide cross curricular learning opportunities, make use of small chunks of time and ensure that your students have regular opportunities to learn in nature. These activities capitalize on students’ interest in and fascination with the natural world, allowing you to more easily engage them in the curriculum. It also provides students a chance to stretch, decompress or work off excess energy.

Alphabet Walk
Can you find something that starts with each letter of the alphabet? Combine classroom learning with an adventure into the outdoor world with this printable alphabet walk worksheet. | Grades K-4

Sketching
Map out your surroundings and learn to observe the world around you in this printable sketching activity worksheet | Grades K-5

Find and Sketch
Observe and sketch nature with this  printable worksheet. Take your group outdoors to find and sketch something that is decomposing, growing, ephemeral, permanent, new, or old in your classroom backyard! | Grades K-7

Inspire your group’s creative side with these artistic activities:

My Beaty Pet
Inspire your group's creativity while reinforcing the things they learned during a museum visit! This document provide instructions on how to create a story or movie from an organism at the museum | Grades K-4

Adaptation Exploration: Bird Beaks
Explore adaptations with common objects while developing fine motor skills with this lesson plan, teacher checklist and worksheet. This activity is a staple in many junior elementary classes. It can be adapted to different themes and body parts. In this example, we are discussing bird beaks and food. You could discuss mouths of other animals, different leg adaptations, different ways birds use beaks, etc. Get creative! | Grades K-4

Adaptation Creation
Students will make up a creature – this can start like a plant, animal or fungi (or anything else you can think of). The students will need to determine where it lives and come up with three adaptive features of the creature that will make it most suited to its habitat. This document contains detailed instructions and proposed modifications  for this activity | Grades 3-7

Beaty Biodiversity Museum Phylo CardsPlaying cards on a table
Phylo is a card game that celebrates ecosystems in all their awesomeness.  Building off the popularity of trading card games like PokemonPhylo showcases the many weird, wonderful, and wacky species that live on Earth and deals with some serious threats to ecosystems, such as wildfires, oil spills, and climate change. Players use their cards to build food chains, create stable ecosystems, sabotage opponents’ ecosystems, and rack up points in the process. Phylo works like other trading card games, allowing players to add extension decks and trade cards with fellow players. Check out the Beaty Biodiversity Museum Phylo cards page, the PDF of the downloadable Beaty Phylo cards, and Phylogame.org for the rules and guidelines of the game and other information.

Black-Capped Chickadee Colouring Sheet
Showcase the beauty of black-capped chicadees with these printable colouring sheets, two per page.

Butterfly Colouring Sheet
Encourage your group's artistic creativity with these printable butterfly colouring sheets, two per page.

Butterfly Origami
Make your own butterflies with these printable instructions for three methods for creating origami butterflies for all skill levels.

Herring Colouring Sheet
Boost your lesson with these printable herring colouring sheets, two per page.

Invasive Plants Colouring Sheet
Learn about local invasive plants with these printable invasive plant colouring sheets.

100 Treasures
We’ve opened our cabinets to reveal 100 Treasures in honour of UBC’s 100th anniversary and our 5th birthday. Inspire your group's creativity and curiosity by looking at stunning images, reading stories about each treasure, and exploring at BeatyTreasures.com.

The Five Senses Research Package
Inside you’ll find activities, worksheets, and vocabulary lists to enhance your student’s awareness of all of their senses | Grades K-3

A Day In The Life of Our Class Invertebrate
Learn about the invertebrates in your classroom backyard! For this activity, the teacher is encouraged to bring the students outside around the school grounds and have them find one invertebrate to “adopt” as a class pet | Grades K-4

An Invertebrate's School Life
Document the invertebrates in your classroom backyard and prepare a report of your choice! The educator is encouraged to take students around the school grounds looking for as many invertebrates as they can find in order to kickstart a number of creative classroom activities | Grades K-4

Build an Ecosystem
Find what it takes to make a complete ecosystem in this inquiry-based activity. Included here is an activity outline to inspire your group's project! | Grades 4-7

Bone Structures Activity Package
Complement your museum visit and encourage the use of deductive reasoning to determine the feeding habits of some of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s skull specimens using this activity package. Included are printable templates, diagrams, a vocabulary list, as well as an additional collaborative, research-based project. | Grades 6-7

Intriguing Insects Activity Package
The goal of this activity package is to enhance your museum visit while helping familiarize students with insect morphology, encouraging observation and critical thinking. This activity package includes a diagram, cue card template, and vocabulary list. | Grades 6-7

Comparing and Contrasting Birds Activity Package
Encourage observation of the natural world and complement your museum visit with this multi-part activity package. This package includes pre and post-visit instructions as well as printable templates, vocabulary lists and worksheets. | Grades 6-8

Discovering Fossils Activity Package
Complement your museum visit and learn about how different fossil types are formed in this comprehensive activity package including a fact sheet, detailed activities, and printable templates. | Grades 7-8

Extending the Field Trip
After visiting the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, you may wish to continue on with some of the knowledge and experiences that your students participated in. Extending their learning can help put the field trip in a more relevant context and can provide an opportunity for exploration of a pathway of interest. Find out how to extend your museum experience with this resource page for educators | Grades 4-12

Quadrats and Transects in your Schoolyard
Scientists need to collect data, and they need to collect it in a way that represents the landscape well without using too many resources. Using the techniques taught in this activity package, learn to survey and analyze data in your classroom backyard using quadrats and transects. This activity package includes teacher instructions, lesson plans, and data sheets | Grades 4-12

Canada's Celebrity Species
Learn about the animals that are found in Canada and those that have become symbols of the country with this modifiable activity outline | Grades 5-12

Exploring Plant Life Resource Package
Inside you’ll find lesson plans and worksheets to explore plant life in the classroom, as well as the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. The lessons can be introduced in any order depending on your needs and unit plan | Grades 8-12

Explore Evolution Resource Package
Inside you’ll find lesson plans, worksheets, and a complementary activities to explore evolution in the classroom. The lessons can be introduced in any order depending on your needs and unit plan. Use the Explore Evolution Map and Speciation Sleuthing Project to complement this package | Grades 10-12

Exploring Extinction Resource Package
This resource package is intended to supplement the Science 10 Natural Selection unit focusing on extinctions. Inside this package, you will find three printable worksheets with adapted versions for students with IEPs or requiring additional assistance, additional resources, and answer keys | Grade 10

Renewing Biodiversity Resource Package
This resource package is created for the Environmental Science 11 course, focusing on the concept of biodiversity. Students are encouraged to think about biodiversity as a renewable resource, like minerals and oil, and think about how biodiversity can be sustained by land conservation efforts of provincial parks with scientific significance. This package includes two activities, additional links, and answer keys | Grade 11

Beaty Collections
Explore the Beaty's collections and fall in love with the diversity of life as you explore over 500 natural history exhibits, showcasing myriad fossils, shells, insects, fungi, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and plants from around British Columbia and the world.

Researchers Revealed
From oceans to deserts to far-off jungles, scientists at the Biodiversity Research Centre are roaming the globe and uncovering the answers to questions they have about our world. Learn about scientists at the Biodiversity Research Centre and the work that they are doing via infographics.

Citizen's Coolkit on Climate Change and Urban Forestry
Do you want to climate-proof your home and block while bonding with your neighbours? Are you interested in discovering signs of climate change on your street and neighbourhood? If so, look no further – check the Citizen’s Coolkit on Climate Change and Urban Forestry! Developed by the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP), the Coolkit is full of informative and engaging resources and activities that’ll help you learn more about climate change and urban forests and how they are connected to you, your family, your friends and others around you.

If you would like to join them at any of their fun and interactive workshops to know more about the Coolkit and how to get started, please email them at ubc.calp@ubc.ca.

Science Lesson Plans from Modules in Ecology and Evolution Development (MEED)
The goal of the MEED program is to provide hands-on learning in ecology and evolution to local K-12 students through modules (experiential classroom learning activities) developed by trained UBC Faculty of Science graduate students. Program participants attend workshops on outreach and science communication, meet with local teachers, and ultimately create their own module for educators to use.

Our program specifically targets ecology and evolution education due to the importance of these disciplines to understanding current problems such as the loss of biodiversity with climate change, the spread of invasive species, the vulnerability of species at risk and species range shifts.

Browse and download past MEED lesson plans.

Sky, Water, Earth Project
Sky, Water, Earth is a collection of free, online, and self-paced experiences that will prepare you for a career in the sciences. It is available from September 08, 2017 to September 01, 2018.

Sky, Water, Earth is about following your passion for science, building competencies valued by employers, and preparing yourself for a career in the sciences. As you complete the learning playlists of your choice, you will earn the associated badges as well as points you can use towards redeeming a real-world opportunity. Project partners include UBCThe Vancouver Aquarium, and H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.

The following activities were designed to enhance your museum visit and can be completed in 90 minutes or less:

Beginner Biodiversity Quiz
Gauge your students’ understanding of biodiversity using this printable quiz and answer key | Grades K-3

Symbiotic Concentration Game
Explore symbiotic relationships with the printable cards included in this activity | Grades K-7

Biodiversity Rap
Learn how your students could create a musical tribute to biodiversity! | Grades 1-7

Dinosaur Poem
In this activity, students use their imagination to write their own simile poem about a dinosaur. This activity includes teacher instructions and a printable template for students to compose their poem and create illustrations. Included is a student example | Grades K-3

My Pet Dinosaur
Complement your museum visit using this writing activity. Using the templates provided, students are asked to use their imagination to write and draw about what it would be like to have a pet dinosaur in order to create a sequencing story. Check out this student example for ideas | Grades K-3

Roll-a-Story: Paleontologist for One Day
In this activity, students will write a creative story about discovering a fossil as a paleontologist. Using the roll storyboard provided as story prompts, students select one item to discover, the location in which they found it, and a problem they encounter. Check out this student example for ideas on how to get your group started | Grades 1-4

Advanced Biodiversity Quiz 
Gauge your students’ understanding of biodiversity using this printable quiz and answer key | Grades 4-7

Biodiversity Crossword Puzzle
Find out how to create your own biodiversity crossword puzzles with this puzzle template and answer key | Grades 4-7

Biodiversity Word Search
Learn how to create your own biodiversity word searches with this word search template and answer key | Grades 4-7

Parts of a Flower Worksheet 
Learn about the parts of a flower using this printable worksheet and its answer key | Grades 4-12