Education

The Caterpillar Visitors Center is pleased to offer curriculum aligned with the Illinois Common Core State Standards for grade levels Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade in Mathematics, English/Language Arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. These fun and educational materials are designed to engage and educate students before, during and after their field trip.

In addition to curriculum you will also find information to assist in planning a visit to the Caterpillar Visitors Center. Educators are encouraged to use an Educator Day Pass for a complimentary visit prior to the field trip to familiarize themselves with the facility. The Educator Resource Guide provides teachers and chaperones with talking points and critical thinking topics for each gallery. Field trip policies and reservation forms are also available here.

We look forward to seeing you and your students at the Caterpillar Visitors Center.

 

Plan your Field Trip

School Groups

The Caterpillar Visitors Center offers field trips and learning experiences for students of all ages. Below you will find resources to help you plan your visit, from making reservations to getting to know our facility and exhibits. The Educator Resource Guide makes it easy for educators and chaperones to plan an engaging, interactive day with students and offers tips on how to extend the experience from the classroom - to the field trip experience – and back to the classroom.

 

Schedule a Field Trip

 

Curriculum and Activities

The Caterpillar Visitors Center is committed to energizing students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Below you will find curriculum arranged by grade-level that is aligned to the Illinois Common Core Standards, as well as supplemental activities suitable for multiple grade levels.

Educator Resource Guide

Global Mining Curriculum

Pre-K

MATH

Kindergarten

MATH

  • MA.CC.K.CC.1 – Know the number names and count sequence – machine game
  • MC.K.CC.6 – One to one correspondence 
  • CC.K.CC.5-6 – Count to tell the number – more or less 

SCIENCE

  • CCK.LS1-1 – Patterns of what plants and animals need to survive 
  • K-2-ETS1-3 – Comparing Animals and Machines
1st Grade

ENGLISH & LANGUAGE ARTS

  • CC.1.R.L.1 – Key ideas and details – Here is a dozer. 

SCIENCE

  • K-2-ETS1 – Comparing Animals and Machines 
2nd Grade

MATH

  • MA.CC.2.G.1 – Reason with shapes and their attributes – on-site shapes at the Caterpillar Visitors Center
  • MA.CC.2.MD.2 – Measure and estimate lengths in standard units – Choose a tool

ENGLISH & LANGUAGE ARTS

  • CC.2.RA.L.1.F – Sentence types – command, question, statement, exclamation 

SCIENCE

  • K-2-ETS1 – Comparing Animals and Machines
3rd Grade

MATH

  • MA.CC.3.MD.3 – Represent and interpret data – machine count
  • MA.CC.3.G.1 – Reason with shapes and their attributes – Identify Dragline angles (*Updated*)

ENGLISH & LANGUAGE ARTS

  • CC.3.W.3 – Text type and purposes – My Day at the Caterpillar Visitors Center

SCIENCE

  • K-2-ETS1 – Comparing Animals and Machines
  • E-3-ETS1 – Simple Machines - (*NEW*)
  • E-3-ETS1 – Simple Machines - teacher key (*NEW*)
4th Grade

MATH

ENGLISH & LANGUAGE ARTS

  • CC.4.W.3 – Text types and purposes – My day at the Caterpillar Visitors Center
  • CC.4.R.L.1 Key ideas and details – 797F Mining Truck vocab matching & multiple choice 
  • CC.4.L.5.c – Vocabulary acquisition and use - homophones

SCIENCE

  • 4PS3.C – Forces 
  • E-4-ETS1 – Simple Machines - (*NEW*)
  • E-4-ETS1 – Simple Machines - teacher key (*NEW*)
5th Grade

MATH

  • MA.CC.5.G.2 – Draw and identify lines and angles and classify by properties of their lines and angles – Plot to spot

ENGLISH & LANGUAGE ARTS

  • CC.5.L.4b – Vocabulary acquisition and use – Greek and Latin. 
  • CC.5.L.4b – Vocabulary acquisition and use – Greek and Latin - teacher key. 
  • CC.5.L.5.c – Vocabulary acquisition and use – homophones. 

SCIENCE

  • 5PS3.C – Forces 
  • E-5-ETS1 – Simple Machines - (*NEW*)
  • E-5-ETS1 – Simple Machines - teacher key (*NEW*)
6th Grade

MATH

  • MA.CC.6.G.1 – Solve real-world problems involving area, angels and volume 

ENGLISH & LANGUAGE ARTS

  • CC.6.W.3 – Text types and purposes – My day at the Caterpillar Visitors Center
  • CC.6.W.7 – Research to build and present knowledge – Panama Canal Expansion 
  • CC.6.L.4b – Vocabulary acquisition and use – Greek and Latin 
  • CC.6.L.4b – Vocabulary acquisition and use – Greek and Latin – teacher key. 
  • CC.6.W.1 – Text Type & Purposes 

SCIENCE

  • PS2.A – Forces and Motion 
7th Grade

ENGLISH & LANGUAGE ARTS

  • CC.7.W.7 – Research to build and present knowledge – Panama Canal Expansion 
  • CC.7.W.1 – Text Type & Purposes 

SCIENCE

  • PS2.A – Forces and Motion
8th Grade

MATH

  • CC.8.G.1 Reflection, Rotation, Transition

ENGLISH & LANGUAGE ARTS

  • CC.8.W.7 – Research to build and present knowledge – Panama Canal Expansion 
  • CC.8.W.7 – Research to build and present knowledge – Sustainability around the world.
  • CC.8.W.1 – Text Type & Purposes

SCIENCE

  • PS2.A – Forces and Motion

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