Lesson Plans

All lesson plans provided by The Neon Museum are free for educator use, arts-integrated, and are NVACS standards-aligned.

Dazzling Descriptors (Grades K-2)

Students will learn about The Neon Museum, typography,  the history of sign design and neon, and its function in the Las Vegas community. They will then design their first initial in a style inspired by signs in the museum’s collection and decorate the border with adjectives that describe them. 

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Signs, Stories, & Superheroes: Creating Neon Comics (Grades 3-5)

In this lesson, students will read Green Lantern: The Light King Strikes! and analyze and discuss the characters, setting, and plot. Using signs from The Neon Museum collection, students then create characters and write their own story that they will illustrate and compile into a comic book. **If you are interested in loaning a class set of the book to use with this lesson, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Fabulous Float-Making: Self-Expression & Celebrating Community (Grades 3-5)

In this lesson, students will be introduced to Raul Rodriguez, designer of the Flamingo Hotel sign in 1976. They will learn about his background as a Rose Parade float designer. Students will also learn fun facts about flamingo birds and the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat. Inspired by the Flamingo Hotel sign and Raul Rodriguez, students will construct a mini-float on top of shoe boxes. Students will be challenged to create “show-stopper” designs that celebrate our community and ourselves, using accessible materials found at home.

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 Paper Circuit Cards (Grades 4-8)

Students will learn about electric circuits and explore iconic Las Vegas signs and architecture. They will then create a sign-inspired greeting card using a simple circuit that lights up an LED in their design. 

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Online Guide

Explore the Neon Boneyard and learn Las Vegas history from your classroom or from home.  Access this free, online guide here and use password Neon for text, audio, and historic images. 

School Tours

Education programming at The Neon Museum includes guided tours of the Neon Boneyard for students in grades K through 12. 

School tour topics include Las Vegas history, art/design, architecture, museum careers, and science. 

Cost is $10.00 per student. Title I schools receive a discounted cost of $5 per student. We can accommodate a maximum of 60 students per tour (split into smaller groups). Groups larger than 60 must visit over two separate days.

Interested in bringing a college group? Please contact us for pricing and availability.

 School Tour Request Form

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Can't bring your students to the Museum? We'll come to you! Email us about a guest speaker presentation in your classroom.

Pre- and Post-Visit Activities

Printable activity sheets for K-8 and homeschool classrooms to further enhance their field trip to The Neon Museum. 

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