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Great Lakes Science Center Field Trip

Christie Ellis
Site Description
Dike School of the Arts A performing arts-focused
pubic school located in Central Cleveland
362 students enrolled (2015-2016) in Pre-K to
Grade 6, population is 97.6% African American.
Third Grade: 37 students
4 students with IEPs (Specific Learning Disability)
1 student with IEP (vision impairment)
Great Lakes Science
Playhouse Square Center

Opportunity: Field trip or Opportunity: Free field trip

performance and scientific
Performing arts theatre
with musicals, ballets, and An inquiry-based museum
plays available. focused on childrens ability
to access and understand
Contributes to our school- science.
wide goal of promoting the
fine arts within our Contributes to school-wide
curriculum, and exposing and classroom big goals of
students towards careers in promoting growth in the
the performing arts. sciences.
Classroom Resources
Junior Achievement Cleveland Botanical
Program Gardens Resource Kit

Opportunity: In-class Opportunity: Resource kit

programming to teach students to increase productivity of
about economic decisions. science inquiry lessons.
Wise economic decisions are a Kits are catered to fit with
boon in the 21st century for all
Clevelands scope and
scholars as it will increase their
sequence, and with Ohio
opportunity to function as
capable adults. science standards.

Opportunity is free and Will encourage stronger

available to all students in lesson plans and inquiry
Cleveland with contact made projects within the
to organization. classroom.
Great Lakes Science

Their mission is simple: to make science, technology, engineering

and math come alive.
Statement of Purpose
My scholars will experience an inquiry-based field trip at
the Great Lakes Science Center. This trip will focus on
self-guided science inquiry and exploration. Scholars will
leave the science center having learned and prepared to
speak about one topic. Students will practice the habits
of managing impulsivity and gathering data through the
Benefits of a Field Trip
Science inquiry: Students will be heavily engaged in
inquiry-based science experimentation both before and after
the field trip, increasing their knowledge of the scientific
process and providing them with vital background
information that will allow them to succeed in science.
Impulse Management: Students will be prepared both
before and after the field trip to manage their impulses in
order to gain responsibility and rewards. The reward of
being able to freely explore the science center can be
majorly impactful for student and teach them lifelong
Joy Factor: A field trip is an extrinsic reward that student
can strive for through their performance in-class prior to the
experience. Students will know the field trip is coming and
use it as an external motivator.
Habits and Mindsets
Managing Impulsivity: Students must learn to manage their
impulses in order to freely engage with inquiry-based projects.
Students will practice managing impulses over a series of inquiry-
based classroom experiments. I will make it a part of our
classroom culture to check our impulses and make wise decisions.
Integrating these habits through daily instruction will ensure that
students are able to fully embody this skill by the end of the field
Gathering Data Through The Senses: Gathering data through
the senses is the heart of science inquiry, as well as the heart of
the scientific method. Students must learn through inquiry and
exploration, and this field trip (as well as the inquiry experiments
leading up to the field trip) will provide a strong backbone of
learning how to properly gather data and utilize this information.
Admissions: Free for all students and Ohio teachers,
may cost up to $15 for chaperones.
Lunch: Students may either bring lunches or eat at
the school beforehand.
Busing: If field trip is for entire day, buses will need
to be hired for the length of the field trip.
Student Groupings: 37 students total, up to 3
teachers and 4 chaperones. Can do groups of 5-6
students, up to 10 students per teacher.
Action Plan:
Preliminary Stages
Step 1: Make Contact & Step 2: Acquire
Plan Field Trip Chaperones

Weeks 1-2: Make contacts

with parents in order to
obtain chaperones who
Week 1: are potentially willing to
Contact Great Lakes pay for admission for
Science Center, school themselves. Requires 1
admin, and secretary to chaperone per group of 10
plan field trip dates, students (4 total - ~$60).
times, and busing
costs. 2 weeks before field trip:
Reconfirm chaperones and
acquire back up plan.
Action Plan:
Preparing Students &
Step 3: Announce intentions
to students and families Step 4: Inquiry Laboratories

Morning Meeting
Perform a science inquiry
laboratory each week (for 4
announcement to weeks) leading up to the
generate excitement field trip. Resources can be
amongst students. sourced from curriculum
(Science Fusion), Great Lakes
Newsletter, class dojo Science Center website, or
notice, and phone call ChickQuest curriculum. As
(IVR goes to all the science center includes
exhibits from all areas of
parents) to inform about
science, inquiry lessons can
field trip dates and follow scope and sequence
potential busing fees. (States of Matter).
Action Plan:
Week of Field Trip
Step 5: Preliminary Visit Step 6: Classroom Visit
and Planning Planning

Visit the museum the

weekend before the field
trip to make a map of the Present topics/exhibits
area and figure out that students might
exactly what resources experience and ask
will be provided. students to pick a topic
and generate multiple
Create presentation for questions that they will
class with photos and answer by the end of
descriptions in order to their field trip.
help students create a
learning plan.
Action Plan:
Week of Field Trip
Step 8: Reflection and
Step 7: Field Trip Sharing

Provide students with the Provide students with the

opportunity to engage in an opportunity to break into small
groups and present their
inquiry-focused field trip.
Ensure that students are all Utilize SOLE technique asking
grouped with a responsible the question What did you learn
chaperone, and are on your trip? and providing
prepared to engage in students with the freedom to
meaningful learning. present knowledge to the best of
their ability.
Entire class views free Plan future curricular
science demonstration by opportunities for students to
GLSC staff. engage in.
Evaluating Success
Student Assessment
Students will share their knowledge about one topic,
including answering three questions that they
generated prior to the trip.

Survey of Students, Colleagues, and Chaperones

I will conduct an anonymous survey of students that
asks them to rate their experience, joy factor, and how
much they were able to learn. I will ensure that all
parties involved have a say in the success of the trip in
order to make motions for the next possible field trip. I
will include a portion of the survey that asks each
party to rate their ability to manage impulses and
gather data through the senses.
By December 23rd GLSC contacted, field trip date
set and busing scheduled.
January 10th Parents and students notified,
permission slips sent home, and chaperones
January 10th - February 3rd- Classroom training
including habits & mindsets lessons, science inquiry
lessons and student goal setting.
February 6th February 10th Potential field trip dates
Additional Resources
Educator Guide 2016-2017. (2016). Retrieved from http://
This educator guide contains a wealth of information pertaining to
field trip offerings at the Great Lakes Science Center, including
admissions pricings, program information, and professional
development opportunities for educators.
Field Trip Planning 101 (2014). Retrieved from

A video that includes information on how to plan a GLSC field trip,

and which gives information on what can be expected at the GLSC.
This resource discusses all of the levels of the science center and
how to solve certain issues that might occur during the field trip.
Additional Resources
Free Science Demonstrations (2016). Retrieved from
This page contains a list of free science demonstrations that can be scheduled
alongside the field trip. Apart from the main mission of the field trip to promote
freethinking inquiry, these 30-minute science demonstrations fully align with
Ohios Science Standards. Additionally, hands-on workshops are outlined but will
most likely not be utilized on this field trip (cost of $100 per class up to 30
students or $3 per student).
Special Exhibition Activity Guides (2016). Retrieved from

The activity guides provide a wealth of activities for use both before and after
attending the GLSC. Each packet contains lesson plans, resources, and activities
that can be integrated within the classroom and that align to fit Ohios science
standards and provide amazing in-class science laboratories. These packets will be
particularly useful after students have shared their knowledge from the GLSC, and
we are working towards completing additional science inquiry laboratories.