Part of the experience - is to get students to understand their own city. I am going to show them two picture books that relate to London and New York by author/illustrator Salvatore Rubbino :
And, a pop-up by Sarah McMenemy London : A 3D Keepsake Cityscape.
(Tenth Floor of the Main Library - Louis Stokes Wing features great skyview of Public Square, Terminal Tower and the Mall - there is also a 3-D model of the downtown area that includes Cleveland Public Library's Main Library and Louis Stokes Wing)
Will hopefully - encourage kids to consider how they might make a promotional brochure for the city.
Any thoughts -recommendations?
Sounds like fun! Will they have mobile devices? If so, I think the History Pin app could be really interesting for them, to see images of the city over time. Or, this Field Trip app could give them other ideas for their brochure. Good luck, and I'd love to hear how your students' projects turn out!
National Museum of American History
Thanks Naomi - as it turns out - many of the kids had their Smartphone/I-phones with them. I confess - phones and apps are not my thing, but they were using their phones to take photos and look up information. It was a great time - and your app suggestions reminded me that Cleveland State is working on this app Cleveland Historical - will pass this all on to the teachers who are also taking them to a Playhouse Square production of a Christmas Carol - We navigated using the buses today - which was also a learning experience for many of the students!
What a great opportunity for a scavenger hunt. Given a list of what students might see, they work in small groups and taking pictures with their cell phone to verify when they return to school.
I do like Naomi's idea to collect pictures for a brochure.
Anything to bring back memories and extend student learning beyond the field trip itself.
Love to read more ideas from community members. What'cha got to share?
Thanks Jane - I found out--after the trip-- that our Main Library does have a scavenger hunt - attached above. Cleveland Public Library's Ohio Center for the Book is a resource trove - I had no idea that Nancy Drew author Carolyn Keene aka Mildred Wirt Benson was an Ohio author.
WOSU Presents Ohioana Authors
Great! Thanks for sharing the app from Cleveland State and I'm glad to hear that the trip was a success. Working in a museum, I know how many challenges teachers have to taking field trips these days, but it's so important to get kids out into the resources of their communities to help them learn in new ways!
Thinking about the question in general, preparing a class for an upcoming field trip (even if it is virtual) is very rewarding. There is a "Finance Park" in our area where Grade 8 students are encouraged to participate in financial planning, decision making, and real world monetary situations. It has been very successful especially when math teachers prepare students beforehand by reviewing key skills such as computing interest and creating a family budget.