Prepare! Prepare! Prepare!
Between our two third grade classes we had 51 students and 17 chaperones including two classroom teachers and two literacy interns.† Our student to adult ratio was 3 to 1 which afforded us the luxury of being able to learn from the students as well as enjoy being in the museum with them.
Having a set itinerary in every adultís hand was essential (with a map attached).† That way, everyone knew where to be, when to be there and how long to stay.† Even the restroom breaks and gift shopping were included in the schedule!
The Franklin Institute sent us a confirmation letter with our arrival, lunch and departure times.†
†We needed a schedule of free shows that were taking place during our visit. The museum made our visit effortless as did our chaperones.
We thought that this was the most successful field trip we had ever taken with students.† The parents were happy because their children had a purpose for being in the museum.† They did not have to chase anyone around.† The students were happy because it was meaningful work for them and they were learning and having fun without even knowing it.† We as teachers were ecstatic because everyone came to the museum with a purpose for learning and left with some valuable information.† They learned how athletes really ARE scientists.
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