Educator Resources The KU Natural History Museum has a variety of resources available for you to explore science topics with your classes onsite in the museum and in the classroom. Many items were created by museum educators and KU scientists as part of grant-funded projects, which reach more than 100,000 online users including K-12 students and teachers each year.
At the Museum
Explore our exhibits with your students using these differentiated activities suitable for middle school and above.
- Convergent Evolution
- Evolutionary Relationships in the Museum & Beyond
- Interpreting Evolutionary Trees
- Investigating VIST (variation, inheritance, selection, time) Principles
- Shared Characters and Evolutionary Trees
- Selection in Finches and Flies
- Weather across Space & Time
Museum discovery guides provide ways for groups to explore together.
In the Classroom & Online: Evolution
Use the Fisheye view of the tree of life online module to explore fish characters, relationships and evolutionary innovations.
In the Investigating A Deep Sea Mystery lab activity students unravel the mystery of deep sea fishes' classification by analyzing morphological and phylogenetic data to test alternative hypotheses.
Use these student activities from Virus and the Whale to follow seven scientists to their labs and into the field.