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KEY CONCEPTS TO BE LEARNED

PLANNING OUR TRIP TO THE MUSEUM

MUSEUM VISIT

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

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When planning this unit, I found it difficult to keep within the two month time frame that we were allotted according to our district's scope and sequence. It took more time to get all the concepts taught and this cut into my next unit of study. One good thing is that the students loved working with the circuits. I did notice that some students did have more difficulty than others getting their results written on their recording sheets. When you have a large group of children doing cooperative science labs, it is difficult getting around to all the groups. I found that some of the children had difficulty following the directions of the lab, and were not on task. It was then that I would review the directions with the children and redirect them.

It was rewarding to see my students so involved in the research of Ben Franklin and then being able to tie in much of what we learned with the museum visit. I think this gave the children a deeper understanding of the many aspects of such a wonderful man.

I do regret not taking my school's digital camera along on our field trip to the museum. It would have been fun to see their excited faces when engaged in an exhibit or lesson. When I do this again, I will give my students the opportunity to do a scavenger hunt on the electrical exhibits and Ben Franklin. When we return to school, I will encourage my students to show their understanding of what they learned about electricity and Ben Franklin only, in their four-panel story frame booklets.

In the end, I think my unit on electricity was a lot of fun for my students. I enjoyed observing them while actively engaged in their assignments, helping them troubleshoot problems and share the excitement of success. Going to The Franklin Institute was certainly an added plus supplying the children with a deeper understanding.

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