Homeschool Exploration Days

October 16: 9 am – 3 pm

April 16: 9 am – 3 pm

Are you looking for a field trip experience for your home-schoolers? These special days offer BFK exhibit exploration and Discovery Classes to enhance your curriculum!

$5 per child

$3 per Discovery Class per student (Discovery Classes are optional)

 

Register for October 16 today!

Reservations and payment are required at least two weeks before the Homeschool Exploration Day you are attending. After filling out the reservation form, you will be contacted within the week about providing payment. Adults are required to accompany students at the BFK and the Discovery Classes. Membership rates do not apply to Field Trips or Homeschool Exploration Days.

October 16 schedule:

9:30 am & 10:30 am 

BEING A SCIENTIST, GRADES: 4K-1

Young scientists will use their five senses to do experiments and make observations. The class finishes with a sensational experiment.

Objectives: Students will…

  • Learn about scientists and what they do.
  • Identify their five senses and use them to collect information (data).

Standards:

WEMLS: Cognition & General Knowledge: A.EL.1 (Uses multi-sensory abilities to process information)

WMA-Science: A.4.11, C.4.1, C.4.2, C.4.4, C.4.5

KALEIDOSCOPE, GRADES: K-3 (both times for this class are closed!)

Students experiment with light using lenses, prisms and various objects that are translucent, transparent or opaque. They will also create a kaleidoscope to take home.

Objectives: Students will…

  • Learn about prisms and how they refract (or bend) light.
  • Sort different materials based on how light passes through them.
  • Use mirrors and build a kaleidoscope to observe how light reflects off a surface.

Standards:

NGSS: 1-PS4-2, 1-PS4-3

WMA-Science: C.4.1, C.4.2, C.4.5, C.4.7, C.4.8, D.4.8

ART IN OUR WORLD, GRADES 2-3

Students will use detective skills to learn about another country through its art, rely on scientific principals to create a group art piece and discover the remarkable ways art impacts our lives. They will gain an understanding of how the visual arts connect with history, science, entertainment, design and career through activities and art projects.

Objectives: Students will…

  • Be introduced to, explore and understand real-life applications for art, including careers, research, personal use of art and business or entrepreneurial contexts.
  • Gain new perspectives as they learn to apply art to multidisciplinary areas of work and study.
  • Experiment with different aspects of design to create original works of art or utilitarian pieces.

Standards:

Wisconsin Academic Standards for Art & Design: A.4.2, A.4.6, B.4.1, B.4.8, C.4.1, C.4.2, D.4.4, D.4.6, F.4.1, F.4.2, F.4.6, G.4.1, I.4.5, J.4.1, K.4.1, K.4.5

11:30 am 

Lunch

1:00 pm 

MAGNIFICENT MATTER, GRADES: 1-4

Students will investigate the three states of matter by participating in multiple experiments. They will explore polymers, make carbon dioxide gas and dip into a crazy colloid!

Please have at least 10 chaperones to assist with larger class sizes.

Objectives: Students will…

  • Identify and describe the three states of matter.
  • Conduct experiments to observe how the states of matter interact.
  • Learn about polymers and be introduced to three different examples.
  • Interact with a colloid and learn how it behaves.

Standards:

NGSS: 2-PS1, 2-PS1-1

WMA-Science: C.4.1, C.4.2, C.4.4, C.4.5, C.4.7, C.4.8, D.4.1, D.4.3, D.4.4

 

April 16 schedule:

9:30 am & 10:30 am 

STORYBOOK STARS, GRADES: 4K-1

The story comes alive as students listen along with the storybook character! They will be able to meet the character, take photos and do a project based on the story.

Objectives: Students will…

  • Listen to a story and learn about its characters, setting and sequence of events.
  • Create a craft or conduct an activity that enhances the core ideas of the story and corresponds to themes found in the book.

Standards:

WI Model Early Learning Standards: C.EL.3 Shows appreciation of books and understands how print works

WI Common Core State Standards-Reading: RI.K.1, RI.K.3, RI.K.7, RI.1.1, RI.1.3, RI.1.7

WHAT’S THE WEATHER, GRADES: K-3

Through different weather stations, students will discover how weather affects their everyday lives and how different factors create weather. They will create a wind streamer, make a cloud in a jar and build a small structure to reduce sun exposure for a small toy animal.

Objectives: Students will learn…

  • Weather is a combination of many factors that affect our lives daily and throughout the year.
  • Meteorologists use different tools to collect weather data. Students will use or make models of some of these tools.
  • How the Sun affects different areas of the Earth’s surface. Students will read a thermometer to take the temperature of sand, soil and water.
  • About the conditions needed for clouds to form and characteristics of the major types of clouds.

Standards:

NGSS: K-PS3-1, K-PS3-2, K-ESS2-1, ESS2.D

WMA-Science: C.4.1, C.4.2, C.4.4, C.4.5, C.4.6, C.4.7, C.4.8, E.4.5, E.4.6

WMA-Social Studies: A.4.6

SIMPLE MACHINES, GRADES: 1-3

Students are introduced to six simple machines that help make work easier (wheel & axle, lever, pulley, screw, inclined plane and wedge).  They will become engineers and team up to build their own invention.

Objectives: Students will…

  • Learn about force, work and simple machines.
  • Identify six simple machines and how they make work easier.
  • Construct an invention that uses three simple machines to move an object.
  • Demonstrate and communicate to the group how their invention works and the simple machines used.

Standards:

NGSS: K-2-ETS-1, 3-PS2-1

WMA-Science: C.4.1, C.4.2, C.4.4, C.4.5, C.4.7, C.4.8, D.4.5, G.4.4

11:30 am 

Lunch

1:00 pm

MAGNIFICENT MATTER, GRADES: 1-4

Students will investigate the three states of matter by participating in multiple experiments. They will explore polymers, make carbon dioxide gas and dip into a crazy colloid!

Please have at least 10 chaperones to assist with larger class sizes.

Objectives: Students will…

  • Identify and describe the three states of matter.
  • Conduct experiments to observe how the states of matter interact.
  • Learn about polymers and be introduced to three different examples.
  • Interact with a colloid and learn how it behaves.

Standards:

NGSS: 2-PS1, 2-PS1-1

WMA-Science: C.4.1, C.4.2, C.4.4, C.4.5, C.4.7, C.4.8, D.4.1, D.4.3, D.4.4

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