|PLANNING OUR TRIP TO THE MUSEUM
In planning our trip to The Franklin Institute, I found it most helpful
to visit the exhibits ahead of time. I wanted my students to see
all exhibits relevant to our unit on electricity, yet there were other
things to see and do. Remember, you can't do it all. I realized
this when I had to nix a scavenger hunt that I made up for Electricity
Hall. I never gave it out because there just wasn't enough time. I didn't want to compromise missing other exhibits. Time has to be set
aside for lunch, and I suggest you do it earlier rather than later in
the day. The students are hungry the minute they walk in the door,
so set your lunch time between 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Many chaperones are very important on a trip like this. The
museum is filled with many groups of visiting schools. It is
very helpful to be able to break the students up into groups no larger
than four. It is hard to keep track of your children when the exhibits
are crowded. Students tend to take off in all directions. I
had twenty nine students and seven chaperones.
I gave each chaperone a museum map and a time schedule of where
we had to be and at what time. You need to emphasize
the importance of being on time, especially for the shows.
Otherwise, I indicated which exhibits I wanted to include in our day's
visit, and the groups were allowed to explore these exhibits on their own.
It is necessary to go over bus and museum rules with all the students
before going there. The staff greeted us upon arrival and stored
our coats and lunches which was a real pleasure. They were very organized
and friendly, thus making our visit a pleasant one.
THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE MUSEUM
BEN FRANKLIN NATIONAL MEMORIAL
BEN FRANKLIN'S PRINT SHOP
Photos by Linda Warner