Traveling to the Titanic

  • Project Cost: $957.00
  • Teacher Name: Katherine Marler
  • School: Phelps Center forGifted Education
  • Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, Natural Disasters
  • Description:

    How do we learn to be safe during a natural disaster? This popular gifted class is offered to grades 3-5 as a Major unit for Springfield students at the WINGS program. In this curriculum, over 30 different disasters are presented with the conditions as to why they occur. Resources, experiments, and experiences are provided to equip students to react safely and help others in the case of a real disaster.
    By providing this particular museum experience, students would practice skills and understand how this disaster happened and analyze how the challenges were handled. Being able to actually visit a museum of this professional nature gives students an authentic way to role play and solve problems.

  • Planned Use for Funds: Pick-a-Project Funds would be used to pay for cost of transportation from the Phelps Center to the Titanic Museum in Branson to the Titanic Museum- Branson, MO

    (Students would be responsible for the admission price of $9.00 to participate in learning activities hosted by the museum educational staff.)
  • Need Represented: The Natural Disaster unit includes grades 3, 4, and 5. There are currently 87 students that attend over four days. Students attend from the public, private, and parochial schools in Springfield. These students need challenges and problem solving opportunities. They also need to learn new and historical concepts that can be practiced in authentic and "hands-on"ways. Our curriculum is written in a challenging and enriching format to give them a new way to learn from their home school offers. We feel as teachers that field trips such as this one gives opportunities to connect learning from the classroom to real-world experiences.
  • Academic Impact: Students will increase their knowledge of the importance and content of a disaster safety plan.

    Students will learn about the forces of nature and the impact of human reason, decision-making and consequences.

    Students will explain the reasons that time and place affect the severity of the disaster.
  • Student Population: Students attend the WINGS program one day a week with different schools attending each day. They belong to private, parochial and public schools from all over Springfield and have a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds. The one day of enrichment we provide needs to be engaging, personal, and relevant.
    We also incorporate high order thinking opportunities in the curriculum.

    We have designed lessons to meet the rigor for gifted students and have designed this field trip to coordinate with the Natural Disasters unit to complete a gifted student challenge.

    Getting help for this field trip would enable such an experience to take place.

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