Lessons for Pre-K to Grade 3 School Groups

The Strong offers a wide range of educational programs for students in pre-K through grade 3 amid dynamic, hands-on exhibits and world-renowned collections. Make reservations by calling 585-263-2700.

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  • Bear Bucks: Beginning Economics

    Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2

    The Berenstain Bears: Down a Sunny Dirt Road exhibit provides a bustling environment with Mama Bear’s Quilt Shop, Papa Bear’s Woodworking Shop, the Bear Family Restaurant, Farmer Ben’s Farm, and Dr. Bearson’s Dentist Office. Using Bear Bucks withdrawn from the bank, students role-play the parts of business owners and consumers. This is a fun way for students to apply basic math skills of adding, subtracting, beginning multiplication and recognition of dollar denominations.

    1 hour
    Subject areas addressed:

    Math; Social Studies; Health, Family, and Consumer Science

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Science

  • Butterfly Life Cycle Exploration

    Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3

    Students build knowledge about the butterfly life cycle by observing chrysalises and butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Students use informational text and science talk (a discussion protocol designed to promote student questioning and speaking scientifically). Working in small groups, students demonstrate what they have learned by illustrating and acting out the butterfly life cycle.

    1 1/2 hours
    Subject areas addressed:

    Science, Arts, English Language Arts

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  • Predators and Protection

    Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3

    With a keen eye for design, color, and a splash of curiosity, students enter the fabulous Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden and learning lab. Students become lepidopterists as they visit the garden to observe live butterflies and spend time in the lab closely observing preserved specimens. After playing an interactive game about predators and prey, they make valuable discoveries about butterfly predators and how butterflies protect themselves.

    1 1/2 hours
    Subject areas addressed:

    Science, Arts, English Langauge Arts

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  • Very Hungry Butterflies

    Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grade 1

    What do butterflies do when they are hungry? Students explore this and other questions as they observe real butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Eric Carle’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is the springboard for this imaginative experience. Children focus on the stages of a butterfly's life cycle through a magical music and movement activity.

    1 hour
    Subject areas addressed:

    Science, Arts, English Language Arts

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Language Arts

  • Ernie's Alphabet

    Pre-K, Kindergarten

    Ernie has lost the letter vests he made for his friends, Grover and Cookie Monster. Students help Ernie to find the missing vests by hunting in the Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street exhibit. While searching, they practice letter identification and letter-sound recognition. This lesson can be expanded to include word building and word-play.

    1 hour
    Subject areas addressed:

    English Language Arts, Social Studies

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  • Once Upon a Time…

    Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2

    Students transform into a character from one of five stories in the dramatic fairy-tale section in Reading Adventureland: Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, or Three Billy Goats Gruff. Students become the cast as they select a setting, retell, and reenact one of the above classic tales.

    1 hour
    Subject areas addressed:

    English Language Arts; Arts

  • Playing with Setting: Literacy Foundations

    Grade 3

    Working in small groups, students analyze the importance of setting by developing the plot of a short story. All groups will deal with the same main character, conflict and theme, but each group will be assigned a different setting in Reading Adventureland. Groups share their story outlines and discuss how setting can have a major impact on a story, before leaving with new inspiration to continue writing back at school.  

    1 hour
    Subject areas addressed:

    English Language Arts, Arts

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  • Sleuth School

    Grade 3

    Students attend the Mystery Mansion School of Artful Sleuthing in Reading Adventureland to learn and practice the skills detectives use to solve mysteries. After exploring the Mansion in small groups to discover what makes a great detective, these groups create their own detective and begin work on a possible mystery that could occur in their own school. Each group shares its ideas, after which all students graduate from Sleuth School with honors!

    1 hour
    Subject areas addressed:

    English Language Arts; Science

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  • Who Dunnit?

    Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2

    A mystery at the Mystery Mansion needs to be solved and your students are the detectives! Through deductive reasoning, prediction, mapping skills, and collaboration, detectives use their clues to crack the code of “Who Dunnit?” in the captivating mystery section of Reading Adventureland.

    1 hour
    Subject areas addressed:

    English Language Arts

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Health, Family and Consumer Science

  • Health Nuts

    Grade 1, Grade 2

    What foods do we need every day to be healthy? Meet Francine, a life-size puppet who can’t keep up with the kids at recess and falls asleep during school. What can she do to have more energy? Students take on the challenge of helping Francine become healthy. Using the USDA's “MyPlate” food guide, students shop in Wegmans Super Kids Market and have fun packing a healthy lunch for Francine. Together, Francine and her new friends learn a “Fit as a Fiddle” cheer to help them remember what it takes to be healthy.

    1 hour
    Subject areas addressed:

    Health, Science, Math, Arts

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  • Healthy Beginnings

    Pre-K, Kindergarten

    Students use dramatic play, movement, and math skills to determine what foods keep people healthy and strong. Dressing in the colors of the symbols from the USDA’s “MyPlate” food guide, students discover what each color on the plate reveals about healthy eating. Acting as "Super Shoppers," students visit Wegmans Super Kids Market to select foods that promote healthy eating. After shopping, students create healthy and balanced snacks by playing an interactive game.

    1 hour
    Subject areas addressed:

    Health, Science, Math, Arts

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Social Studies

  • Playthings and Pastimes from Long Ago

    Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2

    What did children play with before the era of plastics, batteries, computers, and videos? Students visit One History Place to learn about early 20th century America. Through examination and discussion of toys from today and long ago, students draw conclusions about how they are alike and how they are different. They continue the experience by playing in and exploring the exhibit.

    1 hour
    Subject areas addressed:

    Social Studies, Arts

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  • X Marks the Spot

    Grade 1, Grade 2

    Ahoy! Drop anchor in Reading Adventureland to work on mapping skills and have an adventure. Students work in small groups to create and follow maps, explore Reading Adventureland, and play a treasure hunt game. Using mapping techniques, students find hidden puzzle pieces to complete a map that will help them solve a mystery.

    1 hour
    Subject areas addressed:

    Social Studies

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