Prehistoric Gallery Characters (Hums)

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Materials required for this activity (not provided): Resource sheet (print out as required) Pencils Clipboards This activity uses observational drawing as a means to explore the gallery specimens creatively and as a prompt to compose imaginative narrative. This simple technique involves the collaborative effort of every student in the group to design a number of animal-based characters for them to create a series of stories about in order to encourage creative thinking.

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  • Open Door, Explore Self-Programmed Wednesdays at

    The Manchester Museum

    Prehistoric Gallery KS4

    (Booking Essential)

    This activity uses observational drawing as a means to explore the gallery specimens creatively and as a

    prompt to compose imaginative narrative.

    The Prehistoric gallery on the ground floor houses the north-west's own T.rex and the best of our 250, 000

    fossils in the Museum have been selected to take you and your students on a journey through time.

    This simple technique involves the collaborative effort of every student in the group to design a number of

    animal-based characters for them to create a series of stories about in order to encourage creative thinking.

    Below is a guide for how to engage your students in this activity:

    1. Provide each student with a piece of paper divided into four sections (use the ones provided if you

    like) and tell them to find a skeletal head on display to record in the top section. Give them a time

    limit of two minutes to record as much detail as possible.

    2. Encourage students to use the items on display to fuel their imagination and draw from the plentiful

    examples amongst nature for each section of their new character. 3. Once this has been done, ask students to fold down their contribution and ensure there are clear

    markings where the next student should start from.

    4. Each student must now swap their piece of paper with a classmate.

    5. Repeat this process with each of the sections being filled in with a part of the body, remembering

    that the paper must be folded down each time. They will each draw:

    a. Head

    b. Torso/Arms

    c. Legs /Hands

    d. Feet

    6. Once everyone has contributed to each section get students to do a final swap and reveal their new

    character. 7. With the remaining 15 minutes encourage students to write a biography of the animal on the back

    of the page. This might be how it survives in the natural world, what skills and abilities might it

    have, or how it interacts with others of its kind.

    Materials required for this activity (not provided):

    Resource sheet (print out as required)

    Pencils

    Clipboards

    Post-visit suggestion:

    Use the stories created back in the classroom to develop the students writing skills and vocabulary and write some excellent fictional narrative to bring their favourite designed characters to life! Link the work in

    with the science curriculum to discuss the likelihood of these characters surviving in the natural world and the adaptations that could have evolved to support this.

    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.

  • In each section below draw one part of a monster using the specimens on the gallery as inspiration. Once you have drawn one section, fold the

    paper over and pass onto a classmate. Remember to draw lines down

    over the fold to show the next person where to start from.

    HEA

    D

    TOR

    SO/A

    RM

    S LE

    GS/

    HA

    ND

    S FE

    ET