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MUSEUM VISIT  
KEY CONCEPTS TO BE LEARNED

PLANNING OUR TRIP TO THE MUSEUM

MUSEUM VISIT

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

REFLECTIONS

MUSEUM VISIT

Visiting The Franklin Institute was like putting icing on a cake. It was a great ending to a fun unit. The exhibits, displays, and lessons that we saw helped make connections to concepts learned in the classroom. Students enjoyed the hands on experiences in Electricity Hall and The Franklin Gallery. They loved the interactive lesson called "He's Electric" in the Franklin Gallery where they saw demonstrations on static electricity. It was especially fun having some of the students from our class participate. Students remembered some of the experiments we did on static electricity using balloons and combs. They were able to relate to what was going on in this lesson. This lesson was so age appropriate.

While we were at the museum, we visited the Planetarium. There we had a lesson called "The Sky Tonight" which prepared us for our next unit on space. We learned about the seasonal constellations and explored the weekly phases of the moon and planets. Students were engrossed with this journey through the night sky.

After leaving the Planetarium, time was of the essence. We had little time left, and I wanted my students to visit the Changing Earth/Weather Center. Here, again, the students could be active participants at this exhibit, making connections to ideas learned in the classroom.

Students went totally crazy in the "Sports Challenge" exhibit. It was like recess indoors. The children could be more physical here and let some energy out. The interactive devices and virtual reality experiences in this exhibit was thrilling to the kids. They never before made a connection between sports and science.

The children really enjoyed their trip to The Franklin Institute. When we got back to the classroom, students enthusiastically brainstormed all the things we saw and did at the museum. As a follow-up activity, I asked the students to make a four paneled booklet of the four exhibits that they liked the most and to write and draw a picture about them in each frame. we had fun sharing these booklets with each other. Students and chaperones were exhausted from this day filled with so many exciting activities.



 


 

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