Resources For Educators: Life at the Limits

Part of the Life at the Limits exhibition.

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Explore incredible adaptations that allow life to thrive even in the most unlikely places on Earth. The educator's guide will help you and your students investigate the exhibition.

Educator's Guide

Science and Literacy Activities

These activities, which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts, introduce students to scientific knowledge and language related to life science. Students will read content-rich texts, visit the Life at the Limits exhibition, and use what they have learned to complete a CCSS-aligned writing task. Please note: The activities below are aligned for science and literacy standards in the grade levels indicated. For other grades, choose the level closest to your students’ needs and make the appropriate adjustments. 

StepReads are alternate, more accessible versions of the original grade-level text developed by ReadWorks. They can be downloaded below. In addition, research-based question sets focused on literacy are available for each text at (see links below).

Grade 2

ReadWorks Questions Set for Grade 2

Grade 4

ReadWorks Questions Set for Grade 4

Grades 6-8

ReadWorks Questions Set for Grades 6-8

Grades 9-12

ReadWorks Questions Set for Grades 9-12

More Resources

Use these free online resources before or after your visit to further explore themes presented in the exhibition.