Discovery Classes

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Classes for the 2021/22 school year:

Available Discovery Classes depend on type of field trip:

* At the Museum

* BFK at School

* Virtual Discovery Class


Art of Collage * *

We’ll look at different storybook artists and the ways they use collage to help tell their stories. After students look at examples, they will create their own masterpiece! Recommended for grades K-3 (classes will be adjusted based on grade).

Objectives:  Students will…

  • Be introduced to children’s authors/illustrators and how they use collage in their books.
  • Learn about the different types of media used in collage.
  • Create a collage using the techniques learned in class.


WI Standards for Art and Design A.A.Cr.1.e, A.A.Cr.2.e, A.A.Cr.3.e, A.A.Cr.4.i, A.A.Pr.1.e, A.A.Cn.2.e

Being a Scientist * *

Students will enter the world of scientists and use their senses to experiment with color, make observations, and identify scents. The class finishes with a sensational experiment! Recommended for grades 4K – 1.

Objectives: Students will…

  • Learn about scientists and what they do.
  • Identify their 5 senses and use them to collect information (data).


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

Coding with Ozobots * *

Students can be creative while learning about coding with Ozobots, our tiny coding robots! They will learn some coding basics and use colors, lines and patterns to design paths for their robots. Recommended for grades K-3 (classes will be adjusted based on grade).

Objectives:  Students will…

  • Learn how lines, colors and patterns give Ozobots directions.
  • Work together to create a coded maze for their Ozobot.

Forces & Simple Machines *

Students will explore the concepts of force, work and simple machines by experimenting with how various objects move and teaming up to build their own invention! Recommended for grades K-3 (classes will be adjusted based on grade).

Objectives: Students will…

  • Learn about forces, work and simple machines.
  • Identify some simple machines and how they make work easier.
  • Construct an invention that moves an object and uses simple machines.
  • Demonstrate and communicate to the group how their invention works.


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

WI Standards for Science (DCI): SCI.PS2.A.K, SCI.PS2.B.K, SCI.PS3.C.K, SCI.PS2.A.3

Magnificent Matter * * *

Students will investigate the three states of matter by participating in multiple experiments.  They will explore polymers, make carbon dioxide gas, and more, making predictions along the way! Recommended for grades 1 -3.

Objectives: Students will…

  • Identify and describe the 3 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


NGSS (DCI): 2-PS1: Matter and its Interactions; 2-PS1-1

WI Standards for Science (DCI): SCI.PS1.A.2, SCI.PS1.A.5, SCI.PS1.B.5

Storybook Stars *

The story comes to life as students listen with a character from the story! They will also participate in hands-on activities based on themes from the book.

Characters for the 2021/2022 school year:

  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Pete the Cat
  • Biscuit (April 20 & 21 only)
  • the Grinch (November & December only)

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.


WEMLS: C.EL.3 & C.EL.4

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 * * *

Through different weather stations, students will discover how weather involves a variety of factors that affect their everyday lives. They will learn about different weather tools, how the Sun affects the Earth’s surface, types of clouds, and build a small structure to shade a toy animal. Recommended for grades K-3 (classes will be adjusted for 3rd grade).

K-2nd graders will learn about the different seasons, while 3rd grader students will learn about severe weather.

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.


NGSS (DCI): K-PS3-1, K-PS3-2, K-ESS2-1, ESS2.D., 3-ESS2-1, 3-ESS2-2, ESS3.B (3rd grade)

WI Standards for Science (DCI): SCI.ESS2.D.K, SCI.PS3.D.K, SCI.ESS2.D.3 (3rd grade), SCI.ESS3.B.3,4 (3rd grade)



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