Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.
Activity 33: Science in Museums
Most communities have access to some type of science museum. In a large city such as New York, there is a choice of museums to visit ranging from the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan to the New Hall of Science in the Queens and the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Science. In smaller communities, the possibilities will be much more limited, and may include sites that combine multiple topics, such as local history and science. For example, the Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville has exhibits and activities on Florida history and science, as does the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Whether the museum is large or small, students can ...