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Informal Learning and Field Trips: Engaging Students in Standards-Based Experiences Across the K-5 Curriculum

by Leah Melber Corwin Press
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Hbk 160 pages
AU$122.00 NZ$126.09
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Informal Learning and Field Trips provides teachers with concrete guidance for creating high-quality learning experiences that take advantage of informal educational environments.

Based on constructivist philosophy and inquiry learning, the author shows teachers how to develop lessons that align with content standards while focusing on the treasures housed at informal learning sites. The book provides numerous sample lesson plans and activity suggestions and includes information for:

Structuring field trips
Developing corresponding classroom activities
Building partnerships with informal learning sites
Incorporating museum-type activities into the classroom when a trip is not possible

Foreword by Doris B. Ash
1. Where to Begin? Planning for Field Trips
2. Active Investigators: Science Explorations
3. Language Alive: Language Arts Explorations
4. More Than Names and Dates: Social Science Explorations
5. 1, 2, 3, Go! Math Explorations
6. An Artistic Eye: Fine Art Explorations
7. Access for All: Everyone Can Go on Field Trips
8. Technically Speaking: Using Technology to Enhance Field Trips
9. Making Your Case: Information to Share With Administrators
10. When You Have to Stay on Campus: Alternatives to Off-site Field Trips
11. Learning for You: Teacher Resources at Informal Learning Sites

'A highly accessible work on all facets of informal learning opportunities that will be of immense value to teachers. The focus on specific content areas is an excellent tool for teachers, and the inclusion of a section related to English Language Learners is especially welcome and unique.' Robert Rueda, Professor of Education 'This great resource for both teachers and administrators demonstrates how to gain more meaning from field trips and includes rubrics that make it easy to assess student learning. This book proves that just as much, or more, learning can be achieved when not in a classroom setting.' Mark Johnson, Principal and Curriculum and Assessment Facilitator 'Very useful in providing logistical advice, lesson planning ideas, curricular integration, and Internet resources. The particular attention to methods of implementing constructivist learning for each content area is especially helpful.' Pender Kimball, Director 'Provides straightforward, thoughtful, necessary information of which all teachers should be aware. The grade level activities with objectives, standards, and procedures are so thorough and easy to follow that they are a godsend to busy teachers.' Kael Sagheer, Former Teacher 'A solid resource for educators and professionals to helping K-5 students get the most out of a field trip. Step-by-step procedures, a wealth of resources, and wisdom garnered from hands-on, practical experience make for an invaluable supplement to any K-5 teacher's reference collection.' Library Bookwatch, March 2008 'An excellent set of interrelated lesson plans using field trips as a foundation for exploring new experiences.' The Bookwatch, June 2008
Leah M. Melber, Ph.D. brings fifteen years of experience within the formal and informal education sector. She has served on teams supporting the creation of exhibits, developed several professional development programs aimed at connecting classroom teachers with museum resources, and has authored curriculum to better bridge classroom and informal learning experiences. Dr. Melber holds a BA in zoology, an MA in education together with a multiple subject teaching credential in the state of California, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Southern California. She has over twenty refereed publications exploring the dynamics of informal and formal education and how they can best intersect. She is currently an assistant professor within the Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles.