Project, Field Trip or Guest Speaker Ideas PLEASE

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  1. TeachLI123

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    Hi, My principal announced that all first grade teachers are responsible for coming up with either a field trip, new never before done project, or guest speaker for this school year. As far as projects we have a huge christmas celebration and a polar express day. Field trips consist of a trip to the movies and acquarium. Anyone have any suggestions?
     
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    The best thing you can do is to look at your curriculum for inspirations. Often your social studies or science unit will lend ideas for places to go that are related to what you've been teaching.

    In the spring, our first grade class will do an animal research report. At one point I had a webquest I designed around it. I couldn't put my finger on that at the moment. Basically I would give them choices based on what animals were at our zoo. Once the report was done, we would go to the zoo and they would have their picture taken with each animal. Then we would read the facts on that animal for further information. The kids often will retell their report as they come to their animal. The inspiration for this fieldtrip is from the curriculum. They are required to learn about animal habitats.
     
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    Ok, there's also:

    -Safety town at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow
    Safety Town, operated by the Nassau County Police Department, provides children with a variety of learning experiences, set in a miniature town. During July and August, there are children's programs at 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Children must be Nassau County residents, third grade students, and accompanied by an adult. From September through June, the facility is open to school groups. Call 516-573-3190 for more information.

    - any of the lighthouses: Fire Island, Montauk (can you go up in that one?) and probably one or two more.

    School Groups

    Limited dates are still available for the 2008-2009 school year

    Call 631-661-4876

    School groups are welcomed at the Fire Island Lighthouse weekday mornings during the school year. The program is designed to accommodate the fourth grade curriculum (Long Island History). Group size is limited to a maximum of 50 students.

    The program consists of three consecutive 45-minute segments, which include:

    1.Tower climb
    2.United States Life Saving Service (USLSS) lecture and demonstration
    3.Forces of Nature (nature walk)
    Trained volunteers conduct the tower tour and USLSS portions of the program. Every effort will be made to provide a guide for the nature walk segment. Based on volunteer availability, occasionally teachers may be asked to conduct this segment with the use of the self-guiding trail tour, which we will provide.

    The interpretive fee is $4.50 per student and chaperone.

    Children can bring bag lunches, which can be eaten on the terrace, following the program.

    The gift shop will be open at the end of the program. There is a selection of items suitable for students, ranging from $1 to $5. We encourage your support of the gift shop, which enables us to provide quality programs for a nominal fee.

    This is a very popular program, which fills up quickly so please make your reservations as early as possible. For reservations and additional information call the Program Coordinator at 631-661-4876

    -Sagamore Hill
    http://www.nps.gov/sahi/index.htm

    - The Vanderbilt Museum/ Observatory http://www.vanderbiltmuseum.org/home.php?section=planetarium

    - Sands Point
    http://www.sandspointpreserve.org/

    -The LI Maritime Museum in Sayvillehttp://limaritime.org/
     
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    We are taking our first graders to a play ("The Snowy Day") and we went to our local arboretum. We usually have a place called the Minnesota Center for Book Arts come and teach our kids how to make a book- not sure if something like this is available in your area? We have also gone to the university to a museum that has large dioramas which are something the kids make in our animal unit.
     
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    Our first grade reads The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo and then Edward Tulane (large stuffed animal) copmes to our school for a tea party in the library with "fancy" linens and all. Check out having Edward visit your school here: http://edwardtulane.com/
     
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    When we study careers, we have several different people come in and talk about their careers. The policeman is a very popular one with the kids. We also go to the post office and bank. We study transportation, careers, nutrition, and plants so this spring we are planning a field trip to a farm. Also, we go to a children's museum because there are so many activities there that go with our science and social studies curriculums.
     
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    Local Authors

    Most areas have local authors who are more than happy to visit schools and explain the writing process. Google "society of children's book authors" to find a local chapter. Famous authors can charge a hefty fee but many local authors will gladly do a school visit for free.
     

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