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‘Open Door, Explore’ Self-Programmed Wednesdays at The Manchester Museum Birds and Insects Gallery – KS3 (Booking Essential)

This activity allows your students to investigate and find out more about the specimens that are on display in the Birds and Insects gallery. The Birds and Insects gallery contains a wide variety of spectacular specimens of birds from the UK and around the world, along with amazing insects that will intrigue your students. The worksheet attached should be printed off and provided to the students in pairs. Below is a guide for how the worksheet should be used in a 25 minute activity. 1. Hand out the attached worksheet in pairs with a clipboard and pencil. 2. Challenge your students to complete the worksheet in 15 minutes. Prompt them to choose specimens that display really clear adaptations to their habitats and to sketch/draw images in a scientific labelled diagram style of their chosen specimens to clearly display those features. 3. In small groups (based on the animals chosen), get your students to compare and contrast what features and adaptations were recorded. Materials required for activity (not provided): Worksheets (worksheet attached to be printed off) Pencil/pen Post Visit Suggestions: You could use their chosen specimens to make a display back at school or create a display about adaptations and habitats. They could research further about one of their chosen animals as a further task to supplement their visit. You might like to check out The Museum of Mystery (www.museumofmystery.org.uk). An interactive online learning resource aimed at KS3/4 which uses the Manchester Museum’s collections to complete tasks and complete mysteries.

Have you remembered to book your ‘Open Door, Explore’ Self Programmed activities with our Bookings Officer on 0161 275 2630? You can also request to use our lunch room for your group. Risk Assessments are available on the website. Also, please check for any suggested materials that you may need to bring with you on the day.


Birds and Insects Gallery

Choose 4 specimens from both the Birds and Insects gallery. For each one, find out the following and draw a quick sketch to show its key features:

Animal 1: Species name: Where does it normally live? What does it eat? Describe its interesting features and adaptations:

Animal 2: Species name: Where does it normally live? What does it eat? Describe its interesting features and adaptations:

Animal 3: Species name: Where does it normally live? What does it eat? Describe its interesting features and adaptations:

Animal 4: Species name: Where does it normally live? What does it eat? Describe its interesting features and adaptations:


Birds and Insects Gallery: Adaptations