Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What would I need to do to adequately prepare my students before the visit (consider adaptations for English learners and students with special needs)

Before going to the Discovery Science Center, there are a few things that need to be considered and reviewed with the students.

1. Safety- Discuss with the students the importance of safety for all while visiting the science center. The students will be grouped in pairs while visiting the science center. The students need to know that they must wait their turn at each of the stations. It is also important to let the students know the locations of the restrooms.

2. There is a gift shop next to the exit. A list should be sent home to the parents to inform them of items carried in the gift shop and the prices for each item. The parents could check off the items they wanted for their child and send the money to the teacher. By doing the list, it leaves out the temptation from the students to spend their money on candy and junk food, but rather on science gadgets and science toys.

3.The students need to understand that the imporatnce of going to the science center is to have the students experience science hands on and letting their imagination run free.


  1. Your idea of the gift shop list is interesting. Many teachers usually don't allow the students to visit the gift shop because not all students can purchase something and also to avoid any problems like children damaging merchandise or shoplifting.

  2. I agree that when going on a field trip it is beneficial for students to be on the buddy system, and remind them that they have to take care of eachother. I really like the idea of the gift shop list too, I have not seen or heard anything like it before. By sending a list of a the gift shop items it can give parents an idea if of what they will allow their students to purchase.

  3. Kristie,
    I am glad that you took the time to visit the science center- it is a good experience. Hopefully you will be able to take your students to this center after you begin teaching. Nice work on your blog- the photos are great.
    Dr. G