• Cultural Kaleidoscope

  • Fulton County Schools (FCS) has developed its Bridge to Success plan to help students recover from learning loss due to the pandemic. Cultural Kaleidoscope is a component of the Expanded Programs option of that Bridge plan.

    The vision of the program is to provide every FCS student with enriched, educational learning beyond the classroom through field trips offering authentic experiences, cultural exposure, and building background knowledge and vocabulary.

    Supporting the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE), the field trips will begin this fall. Each grade level from Pre-K through 8th grade will participate in an experience at a specific venue. High school students will participate in teacher-selected trips. Logistics will be handled through the Cultural Kaleidoscope team at the Teaching Museum. Admission and transportation costs will be covered through the Bridge to Success funding.

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Overview of the Cultural Kaleidoscope Trips for 2022-23

  • Below is more information on the venue for each grade level trip, links to the venue website, the title of the program in which students will participate, and study guides/related program descriptions. Please note, these links may be updated as content is created.



    Elementary Venue Program Resources
    Pre-Kindergarten Atlanta Botanical Gardens Early Conversations in the Garden  
    Kindergarten Atlanta Botanical Gardens Early Conversations in the Garden  
    First Grade Center for Puppetry Arts Dragon King
    Duke Ellington’s Cat
    Penguin In My Pocket
    Second Grade Chattahoochee Nature Center Creek and Cherokee Teacher Guide
    Third Grade Alliance Theater The Incredible Book Eating Boy Study Guide
    The Boy Who Kissed the Sky Program Description
    Fourth Grade Atlanta History Center Price of Freedom Classroom Companion
    Fifth Grade Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Concerts for Young People Study Guide's Page


    Middle School

    Middle Venue Program Resources
    Sixth Grade Fernbank Science Center Impact Earth Program Description
    Seventh Grade High Museum of Art STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math Tour Program Description PowerPoint
    Eighth Grade Option A National Center for Civil and Human Rights Look, Listen and Learn: A Visit to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights Student Guide
    Teacher’s Guide
    Eighth Grade Option B Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse Much Ado: 90 Study Guide


    High School

    Venue Program Description Subject Area
    APEX Museum African American History Students will tour 8 exhibits representing African American history and view two videos.  The learning objective is to share the story of the Journey from Africa, a timeline of Africa, the history of Sweet Auburn business district, and Black Inventors and Women in STEM who have made contributions to science and technology. History/Social Studies
    Chick-fil-A Support Center Original Backstage Tour The Chick-Fil-A® Backstage Tour is a storytelling experience inspired by the fascinating history, culture, values and unique business model of the company and founder S. Truett Cathy.  Students will experience an age/grade appropriate tour that focuses on the following areas: Character, Entrepreneurship, Servant Leadership, Chick-fil-A History Video, a 10-minute video about the history, vision and values of the company. Each group will have a dedicated tour hosts to answer questions and share some of our best kept secrets CTAE/History

    Computer Museum of America 

    Apollo Computing: A Giant Leap for Technology 

    While the program focuses on lessons specifically tied to Apollo computing, the museum houses additional exhibits that will supplement learnings. Students will have the opportunity to explore these exhibits, which include a STEAM Timeline, Supercomputing, the BYTE Magazine Wall, an Enigma Machine, and more, once groups complete the Apollo Computing: A Giant Leap for Technology program, depending on the total visit duration. 

    Computer Science, CTAE, History 

    Fernbank Museum of Natural History 

    Making Georgia Home 

    Students will: discuss the various groups of people who have inhabited Georgia throughout history, explore the push/pull factors of these groups moving into and out of Georgia, and assess how these groups have contributed to Georgia’s growth and development from prehistory to modern-day. 

    History/Social Studies 

    Fernbank Museum of Natural History 

    Reflections of Culture 

    Explore world cultures through an examination of personal adornment, including jewelry, costumes, and body modification. Students will gain a better understanding of cultural diversity and how people use personal adornment or ornamentation to communicate social, political and economic information about themselves and the societies in which they live.  

    History/Social Studies 

    Fernbank Museum of Natural History 

    Fernbank Forest Tour 

    Students will gain a better understanding of the interconnected Piedmont forest ecosystem from the ground up and including the importance of native biodiversity during a guided interpretive tour of Fernbank Forest. Participants will see first-hand the ecology and characteristics of this old-growth forest while developing an appreciation for the natural world.  

    History/Social Studies/Science 

    Fulton County Water Works 

    Fulton County Facility Tours 

    The goals of Fulton County’s facility tours are to demonstrate the real-world applications of basic microbiology, ecology, and environmental science principles, while highlighting careers in the water and wastewater industry. Upon completion of our tours, students should be able to understand the interconnectedness between human interactions and our environmental resources, like water and air. Finally, students should be able to understand how advancements in biotechnology and industry aid in the elimination of human health hazards, while protecting limited environmental resources.  


    Georgia Aquarium 

    Oceanic Occupations 

    Students will explore a variety of career pathways one can follow here at Georgia Aquarium. They will dive deep beneath the waves and explore how animal care specialists, chemists, engineers, and nutritionists keep the Aquarium afloat! 

    Science/ CTAE 

    High Museum of Art 

    Various Exhibits 

    Check their website for details and dates.


    Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum 

    Self-Guided Museum Tour 

    High School students will review primary sources related to the early life, adult life, political life, and post-presidency of Jimmy Carter, and the social, political, and economic impact of the Carter administration on U.S. and World History. 

    History/Social Studies 

    Michael C. Carlos Museum 

    Water: The Source of Civilization 

    Students are invited to explore the ways in which different cultures have approached the excess and scarcity of water and how this natural resource has influenced civilization throughout history, particularly through art, design, ritual, and religion.  

    Social Studies/ELA/Visual Arts 

    Museum of History and Holocaust Education 

    Self-Guided Tour 

    Each field trip consists of four rotations. The first rotation will challenge common misconceptions people have about women’s wartime contributions and illustrate the variety of ways women contributed to the war effort. Teachers may pick one of two Holocaust-related exhibit activities for the second rotation: Parallel Journeys or Moral Passports.  For the third rotation, students will explore the Georgia Journeys exhibit. In this activity, students will connect the individual stories of World War II veterans, home front workers, and Holocaust survivors to larger world events but also to the state of Georgia. In the fourth rotation, students will do a primary-source-based activity on the U.S. decision to and justification for dropping atomic bombs on Japanese cities. They will see, read, and hear a variety of perspectives from the event to develop a better understand the complexity of understanding and telling history when there are so many experiences and perspectives of the same event. 

    World History/US History/Social Studies 

    Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) 

    Hip Hop Architecture: CAD Communities 

    Students will:  

    Practice design thinking processes and hone essential soft skills like empathy, curiosity, ideation, collaboration, iteration, and resilience 

    Analyze the history and disciplines of community planning and architecture through an equity lens 

    Learn about architect Sekou Cooke’s design philosophy of Hip Hop Architecture through the exhibition Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip Hop Architecture 

    Share ideas with others and listen to what others are thinking 

    Compare, contrast, and synthesize the roles and influence of various artistic media like music, architecture, and graphic design 

    Work collaboratively to design and prototype a community inspired by their favorite music that is welcoming to all 

    Learn to use free CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software TinkerCAD to create 3-dimensional models to bring their ideas to life 

    Give and receive constructive feedback 

    Music/Visual Arts 

    Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) 

    The Future Happened: Designing Digital Album Art 

    Students will:  

    Practice design thinking processes and hone essential soft skills like empathy, curiosity, ideation, collaboration, iteration, and resilience 

    Analyze trends and shifts in the music industry through an equity lens by exploring the exhibition The Future Happened: Designing the Future of Music 

    Learn the fundamentals and principles of graphic design 

    Compare, contrast, and synthesize the roles and influence of various artistic media like music, visual art, and graphic design 

    Practice visualizing concepts using text, imagery, and iconography 

    Learn to use free digital software Canva to design a powerful poster or album art inspired by their favorite music 

    Practice getting and giving constructive feedback 

    Music/Visual Arts 

    Oakland Cemetery 

    Sights, Symbols, and Stories of Oakland 

    Students will: 

    Understand that anyone can make history and will be inspired to contemplate how they can make history.  

    Learn that several Oakland residents made contributions that impacted Georgia and American history in meaningful and enduring ways.  

    Recognize that cemeteries are spaces of cultural and historical value.    

    Learn how our natural and built environments reveal unexpected and underrepresented stories.   

    Learn that cemeteries reflect a community’s cultural diversity through displays of symbolism, funerary art, and burial traditions.   

    History/Social Studies 

    Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking 


    Students will learn about various pre-paper writing surfaces from early civilizations such as Clay Tablets from Mesopotamia, Leaf manuscripts from Thailand, and Papyrus from Egypt as well as their purposes and roles in culture/economy. 

    Students will learn about the invention of paper in China as a new technology and the process by which it was originally made. Then students will learn how the knowledge of papermaking spread along a path similar to the silk road into Europe.  

    Students will learn about the western style papermaking process, and the tools and materials used to make paper in Europe. Students will also learn about wood block printing methods, the invention of the printing press, and how papermaking and printmaking functioned together. 

    World History/Visual Arts/STEM 

    Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse 

    Much Ado:60 

    By the end of the performance (and review of the study guides included in the support materials), students will be able to: identify characters and describe the plot and subplot of Much Ado About Nothing; describe the central conflict; identify the primary themes and motifs; identify the various representations of love presented in the text and explain how they contribute to character and to plot development; define and explain the role of women and their sense of honor as it relates to men and to society as presented in the play.


    William Root House 

    The Civil War and Reconstruction

    The high school program is geared toward students learning about U.S. History during the Civil War and Reconstruction period. This program will allow them to understand the movements of the Root family as they met the uncertainties of life and the economics of war. Students will read primary source documents from our museum’s archives written by the Root children as they gain new perspectives of what it meant to be a teenager during wartime. Students will also meet Lall Burge and Elsay Blake, the Root family’s enslaved butler and maid, and learn what happened to them after the Civil War and how the Reconstruction amendments affected their lives on the local level. This program can be adapted to meet the specific needs of each class or to focus on multiple aspects of the nineteenth century.

    History/Social Studies 

    Zoo Atlanta 

    Self-Guided Tour 

    Students will be able to explain how specific keystones species are important to their ecosystems.


    Zuckerman Museum of Art 

    Art Prospects 

    In this field trip experience, high school students will observe contemporary art on display at the ZMA and examine and discuss key issues of thematic relevance. Drawing on multiple meanings of the word prospect, teachers can expect this experience to be a search for understanding through intellectual excavation and to reinforce in students the possibility of a future career path in the visual arts. 

    CTAE/Visual Arts 




    NOTE: Please contact individual schools for information on their Cultural Kaleidoscope trips. For general information on Cultural Kaleidoscope, please contact: