Draw a picture of two different balls used in your experiment today and tell how they are different.
Graph the result of the fastest ball.
Create a Venn diagram of the results for the experiment.
Make comparisons between the balls created or used by the teacher and their balls.
Draw conclusions about ramps and how ramps can be used in the world.
These were the comments given at the end of the visit to compare the visits taken without planning and with planning.
“I like this visit the best. We learned more about science and more about our balls. We floated our balls in water and discovered how air pushed our balls up a ramp.” Taylor, age 7
“I like this one the best because we work and work and work. I love to work!” Quran, age 6
“I liked this one the best because we got to put our balls into the water. We tried to throw the balls to see which ball went the most distance, the paper or the foil ball.” Lanajmal, Age 6
“During the trip, I found that following a schedule proved to be beneficial in keeping students on task. Without a schedule or specific tasks to complete this would not have taken place. However, while the assignments were helpful in providing structure, I would limit the number of sheets to two, because there was a problem with students leaving them behind even with the clipboard, which each student carried with them. Overall, my team was able to complete the learning tasks.” Sherie Hobbs, Student Teacher
Non-planned Trip --- “Off to the Franklin Institute”
We got on the bus with no directions from the leader. We arrived at the Institute and were given a pass and map. Information when to meet back for the return to the school and off we went to explore the museum.
Too much time was wasted trying to find locations of exhibits. No real purpose for the trip was stated and each person in charge of a group was left to make decisions of what the children needed to see or not see. No information as to what the students were learning in class to make connections to activities done at the museum. No pre-activity or post-visitation activities were done. With no clear directives, this trip became just a fun activity for a day at the museum.