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Informal Learning and Field Trips Engaging Students in Standards-Based Experiences Across the K-5 Curriculum by Leah M. Melber

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


Informal Learning and Field Trips Engaging Students in Standards-Based Experiences Across the K-5 Curriculum by Leah M. Melber

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


An excellent set of interrelated lesson plans using field trips as a foundation for exploring new experiences. -- The Bookwatch, June 2008 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 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 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 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 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

About the Author

Leah M. Melber, Ph.D. has nearly 20 years experience within informal and formal science education. She holds a BA in Zoology, an MA in education together with a multiple subject teaching credential for the state of California, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Southern California. She has presented widely on inquiry-based instruction and effective methods of connecting with cultural institutions such as museums. In addition to numerous journal articles she has written on this topic, she has recently published a book titled Informal Learning and Field Trips . She was awarded the 2001 Informal Educator Award through the California Science Teachers Association. She joined the staff of Lincoln Park Zoo in December of 2008.

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Publication date

9th January 2008


Leah M. Melber

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SAGE Publications Inc


160 pages


Teaching skills & techniques
Primary & middle schools



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