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Lesson Plans


museum visit

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MR THOMAS J COURTNEY (SMGP08F)
Thu, 29 Jan 1998 19:12:42, -0500


Dear Maria,

I just recently subscribed to artsednet and I saw your message. I
work in the Public Programs Dept. at a museum in Massachusetts,
specifically with school tours/education and teacher workshops for
art and history. I spend a lot of time preparing kits and lesson
plans to help teachers get ready for museum visits. Our museums
include 2 art museums, a history museum and a science museum on one
campus. I have found many useful resources among them a book called
"How to Visit a Museum" by David Finn and "Teach the Mind, Touch the
Spirit: A Guide to Focused Field Trips" published by the Ed. Dept at
the Field Museum of Nat. History in Chicago.

You may also want to contact the school programs/tours dept. at the
museum you plan to visit and ask if there is an introductory kit that
can be borrowed. Classroom teachers call me all the time with that
request. We have many duplicate copies of our intro kits. Some kits
are theme based. They often include slides, background information,
vocabulary and lesson plan ideas. If they do not have a formal kit,
they may have some ideas for you. We give teachers a free pass with
confirmation of their trip so that they can come down and check it
out ahead of time. Many museums provide scavenger hunts, or you could
make one up of your own. My son had a teacher once that made up a
scavenger hunt which included the entire field trip (transportation
to and from and lunch break). She counted the hunt as a test grade
and the students received points based on the number of things they
were able to find. The kids had a blast, and were too busy to get
"antsy" on the bus! I hope this is helpful. Let me know how you make
out. J. C.