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The following California State Science Standards are relevant to this Pathway:
Students create powerful memories on field trips. These memories can be used back in the classroom to help students deepen their understanding of curriculum concepts. The museum experience helps to develop students’ intuitive understanding of what happens, and reflecting on why it happens can be done in the classroom.
Before Your Visit
2. Choose 2–5 exhibits. You might pick out some exhibits ahead of time that relate to your class content or you might ask students to find an exhibit that relates to the topic you’re studying now or a specific topic you’ll study in the future. It can be valuable to have at least one exhibit that all students have experienced so your discussion back in school can involve everyone. On the other hand, it is also valuable to have groups of students visit different exhibits and share what they learned with the rest of the class to broaden the experience. (NOTE: You will need to photocopy the Student Investigation Page to correspond to the number of exhibits the students will visit.)
During Your Visit
2. Groups of 2 or 3 work well for this pathway.
3. Remind students how many exhibits they should be visiting, and make sure they have a Student Investigation Page for each exhibit.
4. For each exhibit your students visit, they will answer the following three questions:
2. Have a class discussion after the field trip. Here are a few ideas for structuring the discussion.
•Jigsaw: Break students into small groups. In each group, each student should have visited a different exhibit or set of exhibits. Have students share their pathways with each other and discuss how each of their experiences fits into the curriculum goals.
• Student presentations: Have a few students who visited different exhibits present their pathways to the class. Have other students reflect back what they hear about what is interesting about the exhibits and how they relate to the curriculum goals
• Whole Group: As a class, discuss shared experiences in the museum.
3. Use this pathway to begin a longer-term project. The responses to the first question, "What do you like?" should serve as a launching point for further questioning and investigation. This question emphasizes the value of a personal experience rather than a right answer. Responses to the second question should serve as a reference to help students remember the experience and details of the exhibit.