Discovery Classes

Discovery Classes are a great way to align your field trip with your curriculum, and add a bit more hands-on education to your visit!

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 5 senses* and use them to collect information (data).

*This class explores the 5 senses, including taste. Though we try to keep all our taste samples allergy free, we cannot guarantee the samples. If your student has food allergies or sensitivities, please let your BFK teacher know so we can adjust as needed!

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

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. Characters include the Cat in the Hat, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George, the Grinch, Little Critter, Pete the Cat and Splat the Cat.

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.

KALEIDOSCOPE, GRADES: K-3

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.

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 daily lives 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.

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.

WHERE IN THE WORLD, GRADES: 1-3

Students will use an atlas to explore the different continents and features found on maps. Then create their own maps that represent the uniqueness of each continent.

Objectives: Students will…

  • Use an atlas to gather information and identify the different features of maps.
  • Identify the seven continents and compare and contrast some of their unique qualities.
  • Communicate to the whole group some qualities specific to the continent studied.

Standards: NGSS: 2-ESS2-2,  2-ESS2-3. WMA-Social Studies: A.4.2, A.4.4, A.4.5, A.4.7.

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.

ART IN OUR WORLD, GRADES 2-3

Students will gain an understanding of how the visual arts connect to our world in the areas of history, science, entertainment, design and career. Hands-on activities and art projects will reinforce these connections and allow students to explore their own ideas.

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.

SCIENCE OF MAGIC, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HISTORY MUSEUM AT THE CASTLE, GRADES: 2-4 (STARTS JAN. 22 2019 FOR THE 2018/19 SCHOOL YEAR)

Explore science in a whole new way with this two-part field trip. First, learn that many of the mysteries behind magic illustrate math concepts, optical illusions and the properties of air pressure at The History Museum at the Castle. Then, at The Building for Kids, students will investigate the three states of matter by participating in multiple experiments, and learn how science can be magical.

The History Museum at the Castle Class Objectives: Students will…

  • Learn about famous magician Harry Houdini and why he is important to local history.
  • Learn how magic tricks can often be explained by scientific principles.
  • Participate in magic trick demonstrations dealing with air pressure, math, and force.

The Building for Kids Class 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.

Standards: NGSS: 2-PS1, 2-PS1-1

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