Pre- & Post-Visit Resources

Science and Nature at Cantigny Park

The videos, books, documents and activities listed with each field trip can be used to introduce topics before the trip or to reinforce concepts after the trip.

Eco-Exploration: Biodiversity and Adaptations in Multiple Ecosystems

Video: How Wolves Changed Rivers (Grades 4-12)
Lesson: Wolves Changed the Yellowstone National Park (Grades 7-12)

The Circle of Life: Exploring Energy Through Cycles

Book: A Log’s Life by Wendy Pfeffer (Grades 1-3)
Video: How Wolves Changed Rivers (Grades 4-8)
Lesson: Wolves Changed the Yellowstone National Park (Grades 7-8)

Tree Talk: The Tremendous Life of a Tree

Handout: Tree School (Grades 4-8)
Video: Ecosystems (Grades 4-12)

What’s the Buzz: Exploring Plant Adaptations, Pollinators, and Biodiversity

Activities: Monarch Butterflies (Grades 4-8)
Video: What Happens if All the Bees Die? (Grades 6-12)
Video: The Hidden Beauty of Pollination (Grades 9-12)

Ponder This: Cantigny Ponds and Human Impact

Video: How Wolves Changed Rivers (Grades 6-12)

Military History at the First Division Museum

Pre-Visit

Q-Storm – This quick activity related to the First Division Museum in general or the Duty First exhibit can prep students for what they will see on their visit.
Social Story – Help your students prepare by sharing wayfinding information about the First Division Museum.

Post-Visit

Modern Warfare Framework

History and Civics at the Robert R. McCormick House

Pre-Visit

Social stories
Help your students prepare by sharing wayfinding information about the McCormick House

Elementary Level
Walk from the Visitors Center to the McCormick House
Walk from the McCormick House to the First Division Museum
Inside the McCormick House

Post-Visit

Review Worksheet