Teacher of lesson:
Lesson Topic/Subject: Field trip to PACE
Grade Level: Kindergarten
Estimated Time: 90 minutes
- Students will have the opportunity to
see and interact with people who have different disabilities.
- Students will view equipment that people
with disabilities can use to help make their lives easier.
- Students will ask questions in order to
help themselves understand more clearly what it is like to be disabled
and how people with disabilities feel.
- three parent drivers as well Jane and
- During calendar time explain to the students
that they are so lucky today because they get to go on a field trip to
PACE, which is place that helps people with disabilities learn new ways
to make their lives easier. They are going to get to see and talk to people
who have the kinds of disabilities they have been learning so much about
for the past three weeks.
- Remind the students how very important
it is to be polite and kind to all people, even if they look different
or talk different than themselves. Also tell the students that since they
are going to be guests, they need to be on their best behavior, and they
need to be very good listeners. Ask the students if they can think of some
things they can do in order to be good listeners while they are there.
Sequence of Instruction
- At about 9:15, have all of the students
get ready to leave and line up.
- Once all of the students are in line,
assign four students to each driver, and make sure each student has a partner.
Explain to the students that they have to stay with their partner for the
- Make sure you give each driver a copy
of directions on how to get to PACE, and get on your way!
- When you arrive, have the students stay
in the cars while you first go in to make sure they are ready for you.
Then line the students up and take the students with to the where the tour
- Now the students will have the chance
to listen attentively to different people with disabilities, and they will
get to see different types of equipment that help people who have disabilities
with their daily lives. They will see things such as special computers,
Braille writers, walking canes, special wheel chairs, hearing aides, a
sign language interpreter, as well as equipment used to help people with
disabilities strengthen their muscles.
- After the students have had the chance
to listen to everyone and look at everything, make sure there is some time
for them to ask questions in order to further their understanding. Since
the students have had a chance to study what they will be viewing for three
weeks, they will probably have some good questions.
- When it is time to leave, first have the
students thank their hosts for the wonderful experience, and then send
the students out with the parents one group at a time. Explain first to
the students, that when they get back to school it will be almost lunch
time so they should go ahead and get all of their things ready for lunch
and meet on the carpet.
EVIDENCE OF STUDENTS MEETING OBJECTIVES:
- Students will listen attentively and politely
to the people with disabilities who have come to talk to them. They will
show that they listened and learned from these people by discussing the
field trip later in class.
- Students will view equipment used by people
with disabilities to help make their daily lives easier such as Braille
writers, special computers, walking canes, hearing aides, special wheel
chairs, a sign language interpreter, etc.
- After being attentive listeners, the students
will try to further their understanding by asking appropriate questions
which will help them learn even more about people with disabilities.
- After the field trip is over, get a feel
for what the students learned by holding a discussion with them. If you
feel that the students missed some key points, retell the students what
you wanted them to learn.
- If one student is having a particularly
difficult time behaving and listening, make that student your partner during
the field trip.
- Hold a discussion afterwards about what
the students thought was most interesting about the field trip.
- Have the students each create one page
of a class book which will help others learn about the things they discovered
on their field trip.
- Did the field trip run smoothly?
- Was there adequate planning?
- Were three parents enough, would two have
- How did the students react to the field
- Was the material the students were introduced
to interesting and meaningful?
- What would I do differently in the future?
FIELD TRIP, APRIL
The kindergarten students in room10 will be
going on a field trip on Friday, April 18. We will be going to a counseling
center for people with disabilities called PACE (Persons Accepting Challenging
Environments). At this center we will have the opportunity to meet and
interact with people who have different disabilities, and we will also
be able to view equipment that people with disabilities can use to help
make their lives easier. After that, we will be visiting Beckwith, the
building where University of Illinois students with disabilities live.
The students will be given a tour of the building and some of the apartments
which were all designed especially for handicapped people. We will also
have the chance to meet some of the students who live there and to ask
them questions to learn more about what it might be like to be disabled.
In order to end our morning nicely, we will then have a picnic lunch at
a park which was designed especially for children with disabilities. Please
send your child to school on April 18 with a sack lunch so they will be
able to enjoy the picnic.
My child _____________________ has my permission
to take part in a Kindergarten room 10 field trip on Friday, April 18.
The class will be going to PACE, Beckwith, and the park.
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