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  • Bear Bucks: Beginning Economics

    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 Using Bear Bucks withdrawn from the bank, students role-play the parts of business owners and consumers.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 dollar denominations, adding, subtracting, and beginning multiplication.

    1 hour
    K.CC.2, 1.OA.1, 1.OA.2, 1.OA.5, 2.OA.1, 2.OA.2, CDOS 2
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Language Arts

  • Ernie's Alphabet

    Ernie has lost his letters! Students help Ernie find his letters by using environmental clues to point the way to where they are hidden in the Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street exhibit. During their search, students practice letter identification and letter-sound recognition. This lesson can be expanded to include word-building and word-play.

    1 hour
    RF.PK.1, RF.K.3
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  • Fairy-Tale Fantasy Theme Day

    Literature comes alive and students get the royal treatment as they make fairy-tale costumes and crafts for the Royal Ball! Students meet the Queen of Play, dance in the banquet hall with lords and ladies from the Queen’s court, play knights and dragons, and practice bow and arrow skills in Sherwood Forest. Students leave the museum happily ever after.

    Arts 1, Arts 2, RL.PK.2, RL.PK.3, RL.PK.4, RI.K.10, RL.K.11, RL.1.11, RL.2.11, SL.K.1, SL.K.6, SL.1.1, SL.1.6, SL.2.1, SL.2.6

    February 26, 27, and 28, 2014

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  • Once Upon a Time…

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

    1 hour
    RL.K.1, RL.K.2, RL.1.1, RL.1.2, RL.2.1, RL.2.2, Arts 1
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  • Who Dunnit?

    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
    RL.K.1, RL.K.3, RL.1.1, RL.1.3, RL.2.1, RL.2.3
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  • Wings of Fantasy

    Inspired by the fantastical costumes in the Wizard’s Wardrobe, a magic wand, or an original potion created in the Alchemist’s Laboratory in the fantasy section of Reading Adventureland, students develop a fantasy character. The Wing Shop by Elvira Woodruff fuels creative imaginations as students decide on their character’s source of magical power, good deeds, and method of travel to unknown places.

    1 hour
    RL.K.1, RL.K.3, RL.1.1, RL.1.3, RL.2.1, RL.2.3, Arts 1
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Special Offerings

  • Field Days

    Museum educators can come to your school with custom-designed field day games and playful activities sure to energize students of all ages. Please call 585-263-2700 to learn more or to book a date.

  • Independent Study

    Customize an experience to best meet the needs and interests of your students. Schedule a day and time to explore the museum independently. Groups may add a 15-minute introduction to the museum presented by a museum educator.  

  • Monday Kicks

    The youngest museum guests learn, play, and explore at a different pace from older children. Pre-K and kindergarten groups can enjoy Monday Kicks’ fun experiences and delightful early childhood activities one Monday each month (October through June). Designed by museum educators, this series helps teach little ones important skills through play.

    Programs take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    • October 7, 2013: Build It!
    • November 4, 2013: Let’s Create
    • January 13, 2014: ABCs and 123s
    • February 10, 2014: Celebrate Friendship
    • March 3, 2014: Fairy Tale Fun
    • April 7, 2014: Animal Pals
    • May 5, 2014: Spring into Action
    • June 9, 2014: Let’s Move, Let’s Play

Health, Family and Consumer Science

  • Healthy Beginnings

    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 and exercise guide, students discover what each symbol reveals about healthy eating. After shopping in Wegmans Super Kids Market, students create healthy and balanced snacks by playing an interactive food group game.

    1 hour
    Health 1, PK.MD.2, K.MD.2
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  • Let's Move! Theme Day

    Students get a workout as they visit a variety of heart-healthy stations in the museum and learn how to develop healthy habits for the summer ahead! Students challenge friends in a miniature golf tournament, stretch their understanding of anatomy with yoga for kids, strengthen their cooperation skills with playground games, develop an understanding of nutrition by planning a healthy menu, and more.

    Health 1, Arts 1

    Pre-K through Grade 2
    June 6, 10, and 11, 2014

    Grades 3 through 5
    June 12 and 13, 2014

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  • NEW! Garden Science Theme Day

    Explore the wonders of garden science through engaging hands-on activities. Observe, sketch, and analyze garden specimens. Check out live garden creatures such as millipedes, meal worms, cockroaches, and spiders, and meet the museum’s entomology staff. Hop, wiggle, and fly through a bug-themed obstacle course. Stroll through the museum’s outdoor Discovery Garden or add a Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden tour ($4 additional per person). 

    Arts 1, ST 1, ST 4, RI.K.1, RI.1.1, RI.2.1, RI.3.1

    May 1316, 2014

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  • Very Hungry Butterflies

    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 butterfly stage of the life cycle and take on the role of butterflies in a fun movement activity.

    1 hour
    RI.PK.2, RI.K.2, RI.1.2, ST 4, Arts 1
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  • NEW! Little Builders Expedition

    Grab a tool belt and join in playful learning about the science of construction. Children become master builders, scientists, and architects as they create, play, and learn in this interactive expedition. Students explore concepts related to building, playing with air, and simple machines at the Construction Site, Tool Wall, and other hands-on activities in the Little Builders exhibit.

    1 hour
    ST 1, RI.PK.10, RI.K.10

    Offered September 30 through December 20, 2013 only.

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Social Studies

  • Playthings and Pastimes from Long Ago

    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 by role-playing the games and pastimes of this bygone era.

    1 hour
    SS 1, Arts 1
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