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School Field Trips

2016-17 School Year

School programs are designed for students in PreK through grade 12. Field trips include a guided tour and an activity. Though these programs are designed with schools in mind, they can be booked for any group of ten children or more. View our Flickr photostream to see past school field trips.

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. There is a maximum of 120 students per time slot. Time slots are available between 10:30am and 2:30pm. We require one chaperone for every ten students. If the students are under six-years-old, we require one chaperone for every six students. Any additional chaperones will be charged general admission.

All field trip programs are $5 per student. Title I schools may be eligible for free field trips.

 

 

JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS
Presented in partnership with Lyric Unlimited. Lyric Unlimited is Lyric Opera of Chicago’s department dedicated to education, community engagement, and new artistic initiatives.

Spirit of a Hero: Jason and the Argonauts (Grades 1-3)
What makes someone a hero? Is it the endurance of Pheidippides? The leadership of Jason? The perseverance of Stylianos Kyriakides? Students will hear the tales of both legendary and historic Greek heroes and learn how to be heroes in their own communities. Then, students will celebrate heroes by creating their own heroic shields.
ISBE Standards: SS 14C, 16A, 16B and 18A; Fine Arts 26A and 27B
Common Core Standards: CCSS RL1.2 and RL1.9

 

Storytelling Through Pottery: Jason and the Argonauts (Grades 3-6)
Students will learn about ancient Greek pottery and how it can be used to tell stories. They will use self-discovery to analyze pottery and examine how the Ancient Greeks told stories. After analyzing the pottery, students will act out the myth of Jason and the Argonauts. At the end of the program, students will decorate their own pottery to tell their version of the myth or create their own story.
ISBE Standards: SS 14C, 16A, 16B and 18A; Fine Arts 26A and 27B
Common Core Standards: CCSS R16.2 and SL4.1

 

Democracy in Action: Jason on Trial for Retrieving the Golden Fleece (Grades 5-8)
Students will learn about the Athenian democracy and law systems by studying artifact replicas and then will put Jason’s heroism on trial. After the trial, students will get into groups for an art integration activity that will creatively express democracy, law, and the myth of Jason and then will present their pieces to the whole group. ISBE Standards: SS14.D.5, 14.C.4, 14.C.5, 18.B.4 and 18.B.5
Common Core Standards: CCSS RI6.1, SL6.1 and SL6.3

 

 

SCHOOL FIELD TRIP PROGRAMS

 

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Spirit of a Hero: Pheidippides, the Modern Marathon; Jason and the Golden Fleece (Grades PreK-3)
What makes someone a hero? What is the difference between myth and legend? Students will learn about the legend of Pheidippides, Jason and his Argonauts, and modern Greek runner Stylianos Kyriakides, and be able to distinguish heroes in myths, legends, and history. Students will then celebrate heroes by creating their own heroic shields.
ISBE Standards: SS 14C, 16A, 16B and 18A; Fine Arts 26A and 27B
Common Core Standards: CCSS RL1.2 and RL1.9

 

Spirit of a Hero: Trojan War, Hercules, 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, Hercules, and world champion wrestler Jim Londos, and be able to distinguish heroes in myths, legends, and history. Students will then celebrate heroes by creating their own heroic shields.
ISBE Standards: SS 14C, 16A, 16B and 18A; Fine Arts 26A and 27B
Common Core Standards: CCSS RL1.2 and RL1.9

 

Spirit of a Hero: Trojan War, Hercules, and Papaflessas (Grades PreK-3)
What makes someone a hero? What is the difference between a myth, legend, and history? Students will learn about the Trojan War, Hercules, and the Greek revolutionary leader Papaflessas. Learning about Greek heroes, students will be able to distinguish between heroes in myths, legends, and history. Then, students will celebrate heroes by creating their own heroic shield.
ISBE Standards: SS 14C, 16A, 16B and 18A; Fine Arts 26A and 27B
Common Core Standards: CCSS RL1.2 and RL1.9

 

Storytelling From Alexander to Agamemnon (Grades PreK-4)
Students will help act out stories centered on heroes synonymous with the history of Hellenism, such as the legendary kings Agamemnon of Mycenae and Leonidas of Sparta. Stories also include the philosophers Plato and Socrates, as well as both Philip and Alexander the Great of Macedonia. This chronicled storytelling experience through ancient times will teach children the history of Greece and the people who shaped it. At the end of the program, students will create artifact replicas that depict the life of the legendary kings.
ISBE Standards: SS 14C, 16A, 16B and 18A; Fine Arts 26A and 27B

 

Byzantine Iconography (Grades 1-12)
Students will learn about the various aspects of Byzantine iconography, including the meaning of colors and the symbolism of the icons. Students will participate in an activity using the IC XP NI KA symbols found on Byzantine icons.
ISBE Standards: 27.A.2a, 27.B.3, 27.A.1b and 16.A.3b
Common Core Standards: CCSS SL2.2

 

Junior Archaeologists (Grades 3-5)
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. In addition, they will create their own clay pull toys, a common children’s toy found at dig sites.
ISBE Standards: SS 16A, 16B and 18A; Fine Arts 26B, 27A and 27B
Common Core Standards:
CCSS RH 6-8.2 and SL4.1

 

Storytelling Through Pottery (Grades 3-6)
By acting out the myth of Hercules and Cerberus, students will learn how the Ancient Greeks told stories and kept historical records on vases and pottery. At the end of the program, students will decorate pottery with their own story using stamps and paint.
ISBE Standards: SS 14C, 16A, 16B and 18A; Fine Arts 26A and 27B
Common Core Standards: CCSS R16.2 and SL4.1

 

Culture Shock: Tour of “Reaching for the American Dream” (Grades 5-8)
Follow the journeys of Greek immigrants and learn how they adapted and created a Greek American identity. During the tour, students will participate in a scavenger hunt on the immigration theme. Afterwards, students will place themselves in an immigrant’s shoes and write postcards home using calligraphy.
ISBE Standards: SS 14D, 14F, 15D, 16A, 16C, 16D, 18A, 18B and 18C; Fine Arts 27B
Common Core Standards: CCSS W6.3 and SL6.1

 

Democracy in Action: Hercules vs. the Nemean Lion (Grades 5-8)
By examining Ancient Greek voting artifacts, students will understand the concept of voting and the relationship between decision, action, and consequence. Later, they will participate in a mock trial charging Hercules for slaying the Nemean lion as part of his Labors.
ISBE Standards: SS18.B.2b and 14.B.5
Common Core Standards: CCSS SL4.1, SL4.3 and RL4.1

 

Loot of the Afterlife (Grades 5-8)
Students will learn the difference between burials of the elite and those of the working class by investigating artifacts related to ancient Greek burials. They will compare and contrast the artifacts to determine if they belong to an elite or working class person’s burial site. Students will conclude the program by creating red and black figure pottery as depicted in elite burials.
ISBE Standards: SS 18.A.3 and 17.C.3b
Common Core Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1 and RH.6-8.2

 

Democracy in Action: “The Odyssey” on Trial (Grades 9-12)
By examining Ancient Greek voting artifacts, students will understand the concept of voting and the relationship between decision, action, and consequence. Then, students 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: SS 14.D.5, 14.C.4, 14.C.5, 18.B.4 and 18.B
Common Core Standards: CCSS RI6.1, SL6.1 and SL6.3

 

 

Fill out the School Field Trip Request Form to book your class trip.

 

For questions about school groups, contact

Dan Perkey, School and Docent Coordinator
(312) 655-1234, ext. 29
dperkey@hellenicmuseum.org