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The Sharp Eyes of a Naturalist

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    California Academy of Sciences

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The Sharp Eyes of a Naturalist

In this creative activity, learners will practice looking carefully to observe details and to become familiar with dioramas as a method for displaying naturalistic scenes. Educators present learners with three rounds of observation tasks, each with a different challenge. Although designed to improve observations in a gallery, this activity can be used to enhance observation skills for many scenarios. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • The Scientific Worldview
      • Asking Questions
      • Gathering Data


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Access Rights:

  • Free access



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