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Off Site Children’s Programs


2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

School programs are designed for students in PreK through grade 12. Off-site programs include a lesson by a museum educator and activity. Though these programs are designed with schools in mind, they can be booked for any group of ten children or more.

All programs must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. Programs are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and last for 90 minutes.

Please call for off-site program pricing.


Spirit of a Hero: Herakles, Trojan War, and Jim Londos (Grades PreK-3)

What makes someone a hero? What is the difference between myth and legend? Students will learn about the Trojan War, Herakles and world champion wrestler Jim Londos, and be able to distinguish heroes in myths, legends and history.

ISBE Standards: Early Learning: 1.A.ECa-ECd;1.D.ECc; 1.E.ECe; 2.B.ECc; 25.A.ECb; 25.B.ECa Theater: Cr3.1.PK-K; Pr4.1.PK-K, Pr6.1.1-3, Re8.1.1-2.a; Re8.1.1b; Re9.1.PK-2a; Cn10.1.1-3 Social Science: EC.1.K-2; H.1.K; H.2.1; H.3.2
Common Core Standards: 
ELA-LITERACY.RL.K-2.2; RL.K-1.9 ELA-LITERACY.SL.K.1, SL.K.2, SL.K.3, SL.K.4, SL.K.6 ELA-LITERACY.SL.1.1, SL.1.2, SL.1.3, SL.1.4, SL.1.6 ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.1, SL.2.2, SL.2.3, SL.2.4, SL.2.6 ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.1, SL.3.1.B, SL.3.1.C, SL.3.1.D, SL.3.2, SL.3.3, SL.3.4, SL.3.6

Junior Archaeologists (Grades 3-6)

Students become archaeologists for the day, recording and sharing their observations about objects in our education collection. By studying artifacts, they will learn how the Ancient Greeks lived, how they governed themselves, and what they did for fun.
ISBE Standards: Social Science: CV.1.3; CV.2.4; CV.1.6-8.LC; CV.1.6-8.MdC; CV.4.6 -8.LC; G.2.6-8.LC; G.2.6-8.MC; G.4.6-8.LC; H.3.3; H.2.4-5; .H.3.6-8.LC
Common Core Standards: ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.1, SL.3.1.B, SL.3.1.C, SL.3.1.D, SL.3.2, SL.3.3, SL.3.4, SL.3.6 ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1, SL.4.1.B, SL.4.1.C, 4.1.D, SL.4.2, SL.4.3, SL.4.4, SL.4.6 ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.1, SL.5.1.B, SL.5.1.C, SL.5.1.D, SL.5.2, SL.5.3, SL.5.4, SL.5.6 ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1, SL.6.1.B, SL.6.1.C, SL.6.1.D, SL.6.2, SL.6.4, SL.6.6 ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2


Democracy in Action: Herakles vs. The Nemean Lion (Grades 6-8)

By examining Ancient Greek voting artifacts, students will understand the concepts of democracy, voting, and how ancient Greek ideas still influence today’s society. Later, they will participate in a mock trial charging Herakles for slaying the Nemean lion as part of his Labors.

ISBE Standards: Social Science: IS.6.6-8.LC; IS.7.6-8; CV.1.6-8.LC, MdC, MC; CV.3.6-8.LC, MdC, MC; CV.6.6-8.MdC; H.3.6-8.LC, MdC

Common Core Standards: ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1, SL.6.1.C, SL.6.1.D, SL.6.2, SL.6.3; SL.6.4, SL.6.6; W.6.1 ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1, SL., SL.7.1.C, SL.7.1.D, SL.7.2, SL.7.3; SL.7.4, SL.7.6; W.7.1 ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1, SL., SL.8.1.C, SL.8.1.D, SL.8.2, SL.8.3; SL.8.4, SL.8.6; W.8.1 ELA-LITERACY., RH.6-8.2, RH.6-8.4


Democracy in Action: The Odyssey on Trial (Grades 9-12)

By examining ancient Greek voting artifacts, students will understand the concepts of voting and the relationship between decision, action, and consequence. They will compare and contrast the voting systems in Ancient Greece and the United States. Finally, they will participate in a mock trial, charging Poseidon with the death of Odysseus’s men in the Odyssey.

ISBE Standards: Social Science: IS.6.9-12; IS.7.9-12; CV.1.9-12; CV.2.9-12; CV.3.9-12; CV.5.9-12; CV.7.9-12; H.1.9-12; H.3.9-12; H.5.9-12; H.7.9-12

Common Core Standards: ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.1C, SL.9-10.1.D, SL.9-10.2, SL.9-10.3, SL.9-10.4, SL.9-10.6 ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1, , SL.11-12.1.C, SL.11-12.1.D, SL.11-12.2, SL.11-12.3, SL.11-12.4, SL.11-12.6

Fill out the Off-Site Program Request Form to book your class trip.


For questions about school groups, contact

Maggie Baker, Lead Docent
(312) 655-1234, ext. 16