Learning Labs 2018-2019

Learning Labs

Learning Labs are a great way to enhance your field trip with interactive learning. Each lab lasts approximately 45 minutes to an hour and is designed specifically for your grade level (PreK-3rd). Learning Labs includes a story (not 3rd grade) and a hands-on activity. Our goal is to introduce science and art in an informal and fun setting! Learning Labs are $2 per student (added to a $4 admission fee) and each class is limited to 30 children. Schools with more than 30 children may be asked to split into smaller groups. A 5:1 child to adult ratio is required when visiting the Museum. 1 adult will be free for every 5 children. 

Learning Labs are scheduled between the months of September and May. 


The 5 SensesDescription: Our five senses help us learn about the world around us. Read a book about sounds and learn about your senses. We will test your senses with challenges and games and even create a craft to take home.Standards: 2.A.ECa, 2.B.ECa,2.D.ECa
Mixing It Up!Description: Go on an adventure with some dots and learn about mixing colors. Use scientific tools to create a new and different colors and create a piece of art with the newly mixed colors.Standards: 2.A.ECd, 2.A.ECa, 2.B.ECa, 2.D.ECa


Growing GardenDescription: Join us to learn about how plants grow. Let’s read a story about pollinators and how they are important to a healthy garden! Create a home for your own seed and watch it grow after you’ve left the Museum. Color a beautiful butterfly to take home to help pollinate your garden.
Standards: K-LS1-1, RL.K.1, RL.K.4, RL.K.7, RI.K.7, SL.K.2’
The Monster BashDescription: Oh no! Monsters have invaded the Museum. Create your own monsters with organic shapes and learn once we get to know them, monsters aren’t so scary after all. Standards: 1.A.K.a, 1.C.K.a, 1.C.L.b, 2.B.K.c, 4.a.Ka, 9.a.Ka, 9.a.Kb, 9.a.Kc

1st Grade

Description: What goes up, must come down! Read and learn about the force of gravity. Afterward, create a work of art by using gravity. Watch out- it could get messy!Standards: ESS1.1.1, L.1.5.d CC.1.5.d, MD.1.2
Art Mayhem!Description: Roll up your sleeves and get ready to get messy! Every kid knows that sometimes you need to cause a little mayhem in order to make a masterpiece. Standards: 26.B.1d, 26.A.1e, CC.1.R.L.1

2nd Grade

Ooey Gooey SlimeDescription: Oh No! Slime has taken over the museum! Read a book about what happens when a science project went wrong. Afterward, mix and experiment to make your own slime. Standards: 2-PS1-1, 2-PS1-4, RI.2.1
Meet MatisseDescription: Learn about Henri Matisse and why he drew with scissors. Then create Matisse-inspired artwork to take home. Standards: V.ACr1.1.1a, V.A.Cr1.1.1b,VA:Pr1.3a, VA:Pr1.2a, VA:Pr6.1.2a. 2.G

3rd Grade

An A-bridged Guide to EngineeringDescription: Join us for a Make Space inspired project! Can your team build the strongest bridge out of the materials we give you? Let’s find out!Standards: 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-3, 3-PS2-4, MP.2, MP.5, W.3.7
YOU-nique!Description: What makes you, you? Use various materials and media to create a piece of art that represents YOU. Choose colors, forms, and materials that show the world what makes you YOU-nique.
Standards: VA: Cr1.1.3a, VA:Cr2.1.3a, VA: Cr2.2.3a, VA:Re.7.2.3a, VA:Cn10.1.3a

For a printable version, click Learning Labs 18-19

Maker Mondays

Maker Mondays are an opportunity for students in the 4th-6th grades to explore the Children’s Museum of Illinois’ Make Space with their entire class! What is a Make Space? It’s a place where you can think with your hands. Cool, right?

Students and teachers will be encouraged to create, design, and investigate problem-based learning activities during their time at Maker Mondays.  The activities are Common Core aligned, are structured to align with Teacher Evaluation Domain 3 (engaging students in learning), and have extension activities to continue the learning at school.

Each program will last approximately 1.5 hours and are designed specifically for your grade level.  Due to space constraints, each class is limited to 30 students.  Cost is $4.00 per student or $8.00 per student if your students would also like to explore the Museum.  Looking for a specific experience? We do that! Call and ask us how we can create curriculum specifically tailored for your class. There is a one-time $50.00 fee for the learning opportunity and a two-week notice is required.  

4th Grade

Tennis Ball TowerDescription: Students will use various materials to build a tower that is both tall and strong! Will your tower be the tallest?NGSS Standard(s): 3-ETS1-1, 3-ETS1-2, 3-ETS1-3, 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-2, 4-ETS1-1, 4-ETS1-2, 4-ETS1-3, 5-ETS1-1, 5-ETS1-2, 5-ETS1-3, 5-PS2-1

CCSS Standard(s): ELA, Math, MP.2, MP.5, W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1

5th Grade

Ramp RaceDescription: Students will investigate how to slow an object’s speed as it travels down a ramp. How slow can you go?NGSS Standard(s): 3-ETS1-1, 3-ETS1-2, 3-ETS1-3, 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-2, 4-ETS1-1, 4-ETS1-2, 4-ETS1-3, 4-PS3-1, 5-ETS1-1, 5-ETS1-2, 5-ETS1-3

CCSS Standard(s): ELA, Math, MP.2, MP.4, MP.5, W.3.2, W.4.2, W.5.2

6th Grade

ZiplinesDescription: Teams will construct an apparatus to transport as many AA batteries as possible across a span of 6 meters in the air at one time.
NGSS Standard(s): 3-ETS1-1, 3-ETS1-2, 3-ETS1-3, 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-2, 4-ETS1-1, 4-ETS1-2, 4-ETS1-3, 5-ETS1-1, 5-ETS1-2, 5-ETS1-3

CCSS Standard(s): 4.MD.1, ELA, Math, W.3.10, W.3.3, W.4.10, W.4.3, W.5.10, W.5.3


For a printable version, click Maker Mondays

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To book a field trip, call Children’s Museum of Illinois at 217-423-5437 or email Abby at akoester@cmofil.org.