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Zoology Activities and Lesson Plans

  Web interactive activities: Zoology   

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Freshwater Mussel Identification Activity

This is an interactive version of the lesson plan in the Mussel Collection Web exhibit. Learn how zoologists use keys to identify mussels by shell texture, color, and shape. Choose among five shells to identify.

This activity requires a flash plugin on your computer, which may be downloaded for free on the Macromedia site.




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Protective Coloration in Butterflies and Moths Activity

Learn three principles of how butterflies and moths are protected from predators by their colors. Create your own coloration on butterfly and moth graphics, move them to their background and see if they are camouflaged or if they would startle a foe!

This activity requires a flash plugin on your computer, which may be downloaded for free on the Macromedia site.




Image from State Symbols Web Exhibit and Game
State Symbols Web Exhibit and Game
Play a State Symbols Identification Game and learn about all the Illinois State symbols.



  Web-available Lesson Plans: Zoology   

Image from Animal Adaptations Lesson from Midwest U.S. 16,000 Years Ago
Animal Adaptations Lesson from Midwest U.S. 16,000 Years Ago
Learn about adaptations in animals by studying the teeth of mastodons, mammoths, and saber-tooth cats. (pdf)(Middle school)


Image from Butterfly and Moth Collection Lesson plan: County Poster
Butterfly and Moth Collection Lesson plan: County Poster
Lesson plan for grades 4 - 7 on researching and making a county butterfly and moth poster


Image from County Butterfly or Moth Poster
County Butterfly or Moth Poster
Use the Museum's Lepidoptera database to find out what butterflies and moths have ever been spotted and reported in your county. Then find examples of the species in the Museum's Lepidoptera photograph gallery or elsewhere on the Web, save them, and use a photo program to create and print out a poster of your county's species.


Image from Dragonfly Anatomy Polymer Clay Model Lesson pdf
Dragonfly Anatomy Polymer Clay Model Lesson pdf
Study and review the anatomy of dragonflies by building this polymer clay model of a dragonfly.


Image from Dragonfly Collection Lesson Plan: County Poster
Dragonfly Collection Lesson Plan: County Poster
Lesson plan using Web research to create a county poster of local dragonfly images and information; for grades 4-7


Image from Forms for Exhibit Creation Lessons
Forms for Exhibit Creation Lessons
In the Classroom Exhibit lesson for the Behind the Scenes module, students can print out and use forms to keep records of the objects or specimens they are planning to exhibit.


Image from Freshwater Mussel Anatomy Lesson Plan
Freshwater Mussel Anatomy Lesson Plan
Lesson plan on freshwater mussel anatomy for grades 4 to 8.


Image from Freshwater Mussel Habitat Diorama pdf
Freshwater Mussel Habitat Diorama pdf
Construct your own model river or lake mussel habitat using printouts of animals and plants as your guide.


Image from Freshwater Mussel Identification Lesson Plan
Freshwater Mussel Identification Lesson Plan
Lesson plan on the identification process of mussels, grades 2-6


Image from Freshwater Mussel Lesson Plan on Habitat
Freshwater Mussel Lesson Plan on Habitat
Lesson plan on freshwater mussel habitat for grades 2 to 7


Image from Mussel Identification Chart pdf
Mussel Identification Chart pdf
Print out this mussel i.d. chart that shows how to use a key to identify a set of, in this case, mussels.



Image from Prairie Animals Classification Twenty Questions Game pdf
Prairie Animals Classification Twenty Questions Game pdf
Students learn questioning strategies to narrow down their choices while using information from the animal classification system.



Image from Spider Collection and Native American Collections Lesson Plan
Spider Collection and Native American Collections Lesson Plan
Lesson plan for grades 3-6 on making a spider-motif gorget based on an artifact from Dickson Mounds Museum



Image from Spider Collection Lesson Plan on Spider Anatomy
Spider Collection Lesson Plan on Spider Anatomy
Lesson plan for grades K-3 on spider anatomy


Image from Spider Collection Lesson Plan: Writing a Poem
Spider Collection Lesson Plan: Writing a Poem
Lesson plan for grades 3-6 for language arts and science: write a spider poem


Image from Spider Gorget Lesson Plan pdf
Spider Gorget Lesson Plan pdf
Early Native Americans in Illinois used shell to create gorgets, or neck pendants.


Image from Spider Poem Lesson Plan pdf
Spider Poem Lesson Plan pdf
Read the Spider and the Fly, view our spider collection and read about spiders, then write your own poem.



Image from Symmetry in Butterflies Lesson pdf
Symmetry in Butterflies Lesson pdf
There are three principles of protective coloration in butterflies. Explore these principles and create a 3-D painted butterfly with a symmetrical protective coloration. (also see the interactive on this lesson)


The ISM builds a replica giant ground sloth skeleton
For the Changes! Exhibition, the Illinois State Museum replicated a Jefferson’s Giant Ground Sloth, an extinct Ice Age mammal.


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