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School Groups and Teacher Resources

 

Thank you for your interest in the Kenosha Public Museum.  Please note the Museums have suspended all group visits until October 1.  Please see below for new virtual experiences, or details for in-person visits after October 1.

 

Virtual Curator Conversations

These live educational discussions led by museum professionals are 30 to 45 minutes long and can be modified to fit the age range and background knowledge of your group. These programs are held with your students via Zoom, Google Meet, or potentially another platform that you use. For more information or to book a Curator Conversation, please contact the group tour coordinator at cmanwaring@kenosha.org.

 

Science

Fossils – What fossils are, how they are formed, where they are found, what they can tell us
Dinosaurs – What dinosaurs are, major groups of dinosaurs, what happened to them
Animals – Any number of animals, or ecosystems in general
Insects – What insects are, impact of insects on our planet, diversity of insects
Mammoths – The discovery, archaeology, and study of the Schaeffer Mammoth
Basic Evolution & Adaptations – Basic concepts, evidence of evolution, adaptations in animals

 

Art

The Color Wheel – The many uses of the color wheel and how it helps artists
Artists & Nature – How artists are inspired by the natural world around them, includes famous examples
Frida Kahlo for Beginners – The life and artistic style of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo

 

Anthropology

Wisconsin American Indian Nations – The history and relationships of local nations of Wisconsin
Anishinaabe Nations – Traditional life ways of the Potawatomi, Ojibwe, and Odawa nations
Fur Trade Era – The characters, history and significance of the Fur Trade Era in Wisconsin

 

Civil War and History

Reading Artifacts – Methods used by historians to interpret material sources – for older students
Equipment & Gear of the Union Soldier – Clothing and various tools of Civil War Union soldiers
Women of the Civil War – The remarkable lives of famous local women of the Civil War
The Underground Railroad – The dramatic stories and common misconceptions of the Underground Railroad

 

 

In-Person Group Visits

Kenosha Public Museum field trips include an hour long, Museum-led Learning Lab, one 30-minute Museum Experience, and self-guided class discovery time in our museum galleries. The best part is that you get to choose which Learning Lab and Museum Experience best fit your students.

 

How much do field trips cost?

The cost of the entire program, including one Learning Lab, one 30-minute Museum Experience, and self-guided class discovery time, costs $6 per student. The cost is $4 per student for Kenosha Unified School District schools.

To register for a field trip, you may use our School Group Reservation Request form. You may also like to take a look at our School Group FAQs.

 

What are Learning Labs?

Learning labs are one hour, focused field trip activities that take place in both the Kenosha Public Museum exhibits and classrooms. All of the Learning Labs focus on problem-based learning and help develop critical thinking skills, covering topics in natural science and social studies. Every program aligns to Wisconsin, Illinois, Common Core, and National Academic Standards. Each teacher will pick one Learning Lab, which lasts approximately an hour.

Theme: Midwest Ecosystems
PreK-1st – Woods, Ponds and Dunes | Description and Learning Standards Alignment | Pre- and Post-Visit Materials
2nd-4th – Animal Adaptations | Description and Learning Standards Alignment | Pre- and Post-Visit Materials
5th-8th – Skull Lab | Description and Learning Standards Alignment | Pre- and Post-Visit Materials

Theme: Fossils
PreK-1st – Fantastic Fossils | Description and Learning Standards Alignment | Pre- and Post-Visit Materials
2nd-4th – Evolution Revolution | Description and Learning Standards Alignment | Pre- and Post-Visit Materials
5th-8th – Jurassic Mystery | Description and Learning Standards Alignment | Pre- and Post-Visit Materials

Theme: American Indians of Wisconsin and Northern Illinois
PreK-1st – Kwétkemek (Potawatomi for of all the land on the earth) | Description and Learning Standards Alignment | Pre- and Post-Visit Materials
2nd-4th – Anishinaabe | Description and Learning Standards Alignment | Pre- and Post-Visit Materials
3rd-6th – CSI: Mammoth | Description and Learning Standards Alignment | Pre- and Post-Visit Materials
5th-8th – 11 Nations of Wisconsin (coming soon)

Theme: Environmental Science (coming soon)
PreK-1st – The Power of the Sun
2nd-8th – Wind Power
2nd-8th – Water Detectives

 

What are Museum Experiences?

These experiences last 20-30 minutes and take place in different locations around the Museum. These are excellent additions to any Learning Lab to round out your group’s Museum visit. Remember, one Museum Experience and self guided class discovery time are included with every Learning Lab. For additional prices and information, visit our School Group FAQs or click on the Museum Experience title.

Art + Science: The Nature Behind the Art
Class Discovery
Field Station Fun
Native Stories
Owl Pellet Dissection (note: this experience has a $2 per student supply fee)
Rocks and Minerals
Scientific Illustration
Thinking Art
World Games

 

Here are field trip grants and subsidy options.

A map of the Kenosha Public Museum is here.

If you have questions, contact the group tour coordinator at 262-653-4424 or email cmanwaring@kenosha.org.