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Learning Journeys

Learning Journeys

Learning JourneysLearning Journeys are highly-developed, beyond the classroom, learning experiences that connect standards-based classroom instruction for MPS students with real-world learning opportunities at Southeastern Wisconsin’s finest museums, cultural experiences and scientific venues.  The district is developing a common set of field-based enrichment experiences, specific to each grade K-8 and aligned to grade-level standards and curricula in the core subjects. 

A Learning Journey connects learning in the classroom with the greater community where students have the chance to have hands-on learning experiences, engage their senses and imagination, and experience beyond their neighborhoods. Also included are pre- and post-instructional and assessment materials so teachers can prepare students to fully benefit from the Learning Journey before the experience and apply what they learned after participating in the experience.  The externally-sponsored Learning Journey promises not only to help extend and improve classroom learning, but also ensure that every MPS student completes eighth grade having had a diverse set of experiences in the greater Milwaukee community that they might not otherwise experience.

Learning Journeys are provided to MPS students free of charge.  Schools will need to arrange and pay for transportation for their students to each scheduled Learning Journey.  This cost is not passed down to students. 

K5 – Oak Ridge Farm

All Milwaukee Public Schools five year old kindergarten (K5) students will be attending a FREE  Learning Journey to Oak Ridge Farm starting in September 2014!!! This hands –on experience of farm-life up close engages students with many opportunities to learn how the farm is important to them and the community.

Admission costs for both students and teacher/chaperones are of no charge to the school. Teachers will need to obtain field trip permission slips as well as organize the class in groups of 15-18 students with an adult chaperone for each group.

Schools will be scheduled for a specific date. However, each school must make transportation arrangements for their school site. All programming is scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m. (10:15 a.m. late schools). Students will be with a farm guide from 9:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (10:15 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. for late schools). All schools should plan to eat lunch on the premises. Buses are scheduled for departure from the farm at 1:00pm (1:45pm late schools).

Grade 3 – “Planet Earth”

Have you ever wanted to time travel?  Then be prepared as students travel back in time 4.6 billion years to when the Earth was beginning to be formed.  This Learning Journey, which takes place at the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM), extends students’ knowledge of the Solar System and history of the planet Earth.  Students will experience an interactive planetarium show with an MPM educator which focuses on what we see in the night sky.  Classroom teachers, with the support of a teacher’s guide, will then lead their students through the MPM Third Planet exhibit to see the changes on Earth through time.

This Learning Journey takes place on Tuesdays through Thursdays from October through January, and will be an all-day experience (9:15am-1:30pm for traditional schools or 10:15am-2:30pm for late schools).  Students will need to bring a lunch.

Grade 4 – “Where We Live”

Students will become certified Aquanauts during this Learning Journey as they learn about the precious resource right in our backyard – the Great Lakes.  This Discovery World Educator-led experience will allow students to interact with a scale-model of the Great Lakes, learn how water from Lake Michigan gets to our home and back again, investigate properties of water, and get up and close with the fish who call the Great Lakes home.

This Learning Journey takes place only on Mondays from October through June from either 8:45 - 11:00 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Students will need to eat at school before or after their scheduled time.

Grade 5 – “BizTown”

At Junior Achievement’s BizTown students will be able to experience life as an adult when they apply the knowledge they have learned in class to participate in an interactive, simulated town where they will take part in operating a bank, restaurant, city hall, newspaper, retail store and 10 other businesses. This experience will enhance their understanding of free enterprise and increase their knowledge of how a local economy works. The lessons that lead up to the visit at BizTown can be taught during the social studies allotted time frame and are aligned to the state standards.

This Learning Journey will take place throughout the school year. Fifth grade social studies teachers need to attend a curriculum training session and the student visit date will be assigned to each school at that time. Students will be at the Junior Achievement facility from 9:00-1:30 for early schools and 9:30-2:00 for late schools and students will need to bring a lunch.

Grade 8 – “Finance Park”

The 8th grade Learning Journey is in partnership with Junior Achievement and will give every 8th grader in MPS the opportunity to learn financial literacy lessons on banking, budgeting, credit, taxes, and careers.  These lessons will be taught within their 8th grade social studies class, which are in alignment with the state standards.

At Finance Park, students are assigned a life scenario – age, family information, occupation and income and then must manage their finances and construct a workable household budget.

This Learning Journey will take place throughout the school year. Eighth grade social studies teachers need to attend a curriculum training session and the student visit date will be assigned to each school at that time. Students will be at the Junior Achievement facility from 9:00-1:30 for early schools and 9:30-2:00 for late schools and students will need to bring a lunch. 

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