Rationale for Field Trip Since my internship is now in an itinerant placement for the deaf and hard of hearing, I was not able to plan a field trip for all of my students. I did have the privilege to plan a field trip for one of my students’ class and other classes within the school. This particular student on my caseload is in a special education preschool. The teacher of this classroom was kind enough to allow me to plan the field trip for her and her colleagues’ classes. The classroom teacher of the preschool class in which my student attends, had informed me the venue of the field trip was already chosen, as well as a preferred date. The students would be going to Jumpin’ Jax Bounce Arena on February 1, 2012, given that the arena confirms the date. I found that a field trip to the bounce arena was not only age-level appropriate, but also academically appropriate. Since the students in the preschool class have special needs, their academic focus is on social and communication skills. A field trip to the bounce arena will provide opportunities in both social and communicative aspects of their curriculum. The students within the special education class will be able to practice their communication skills by indicating and/or asking to go to a certain bounce castle. They will also learn the vocabulary terms “bouncy,” “jump,” “castle,” “field trip,” and “socks.” These words will be integrated each day for two weeks prior to the field trip during circle time to get the students familiar with the terms and to reinforce them. Their social opportunities are found in their playtime with students within their class, as well as those students in other classes. Research for Field Trip Maggie Watson’s CCRESA Preschool Class and two Little Panther’s Preschool Classes will be attending the field trip to Jumpin’ Jax Bounce Arena. For each class, there is a morning class and an afternoon class, meaning there are a total of six preschool classes attending the field trip on February 1, 2012. The students must provide $5 to attend field trip and they must wear socks in order to access the bounce castles. All parents are encouraged to come, but must drive separately to Jumpin’ Jax Bounce Arena. Jumpin’ Jax Bounce Arena Information o Address: 1475 Lake Lansing Road, Lansing, MI 48912 Approximately 1 mile west of the Eastwood Town Center. Veer right to take Chamberlain Drive off the Round-About. o Phone #: (517)372-4200 o Website: www.jumpinjaxbouncearena.com o 26-50 children or more costs $5 per child o all children must have a signed waiver before jumping o socks are required o Rules can be found at www.jumpinjaxbouncearena.com/rules. o Bounce Castles: Adrenaline Rush 3, Castle 2 Jump, Double Lane Slide, Circular Combo, Firetruck 3-1 Slide, Happy Birthday Obstacle Course, Laugh N Learn Obstacle Course Pictures can be viewed at www.jumpinjaxbouncearena.com/houses Bus Information – Dean Transportation o address: 4812 Aurelius Road, Lansing, MI 48910 o phone: (517) 319-8300 o fax: (517) 319-8385 o website: http://www.deanschoolbus.com/ o Pick-up from Fuerstenau to Jumpin’ Jax Bounce Arena: 9:30AM & 12:30PM o Estimated arrival time at Jumpin’ Jax Bounce Arena: 10:00AM & 1:00PM o Pick-up from Jumpin’ Jax Bounce Arena to Fuerstenau: 11:00AM & 2:00PM o Estimated arrival time at Fuerstenau: 11:30AM & 2:30PM Medical Precautions o Medical guidelines can be found within the Student Handbook. Discipline Problem Precautions o See the Field Trip portion of the Behavior Matrix. o Teachers, paraprofessionals, and parent volunteers will also be present to aid in behavior management. Due to the amount of adults, there will be approximately one adult for every child within the special education classrooms. Contact Record Date Notes 1/5/12 Discussed field trip with Maggie Watson regarding where and when she would like the field trip. 1/12/12 Confirmed date and time of field trip with Maggie Watson. 1/13/12 Contacted Jumpin’ Jax Bounce Arena to request a visit for Maggie Watson’s preschool classroom and the Little Panthers preschool for February 1, 2012 at 10:00AM- 11:00AM and 1:00PM-2:00PM. I also requested a room available for the classes at 10:30AM-11:00AM and 1:30PM-2:00PM for snack time. They confirmed that that day and time was available and it would be $5 per child. They also informed me that all students must wear socks in order to bounce. 1/13/12 Contacted Dean Transportation to request 2 buses to transport Maggie’s preschool class and the Little Panthers preschool classes. I informed Dean Transportation that we would be leaving Fuerstenau at 9:30AM on February 1, 2012 to Jumpin’ Jax in Lansing Twp., and they would wait on-site until 11:00AM. The buses would return to Fuerstenau. I also informed Dean Transportation that we would need 2 more buses leaving Fuerstenau at 12:30PM on February 1, 2012 to Jumpin’ Jax in Lansing Twp., and they would wait on-site until 2:00PM. The buses would return to Fuerstenau. 1/19/12 Dean Transportation contacted me approving my request for buses and confirming the information given. I then informed the classroom teachers through verbal communication on the same day. 1/24/12 Field trip information and waivers are sent home with students. Letters to the family and waivers for the students are attached. 1/27/12 Called Dean Transportation and Jumpin’ Jax Bounce Arena to confirm field trip on February 1, 2012. 1/30/12 Field trip waivers and money is due to Maggie Watson and Little Panther teachers. 2/1/12 Field Trip to Jumpin’ Jax Bounce Arena Explicit Statement of Michigan GCLE Early Learning Expectation: Children develop and exhibit a healthy sense of self. [HSCOF-SED 6.1.1, 6.5.1] Continue to develop personal preferences. Early Learning Expectation: Children develop abilities to express themselves clearly and communicate ideas to others. [HSCOF-LD] 1.2.1, 1.2.2, 1.2.3, 1.2.4; L2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.4. 2.2.3] Continue to develop vocabulary by using words learned from stories and other sources in conversation. If appropriate, show progress in learning alternative communication strategies such as sign language. Adaptations for Individual Students Due to the age of the students, the field trip was modified to include a snack break and opportunities to use the bathroom. These are also two components of their typical classroom routine. A routine is very important to the students within the preschool special education classroom due to the needs of the children. Several students will be using PECS to communicate. Also, several students are required to eat certain foods during snack, which are typically provided by the families, so it is important to bring those along as well. Lesson Plan for Field Trip Lesson Plan - Michigan State University Intern: Trisha Vandemark MT: Clarisa Miller CCRESA Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 Subject: Language Grade Level: Preschool Intended of Duration Lesson: 30 minutes State of Michigan Standards/Benchmarks: Early Learning Expectation: Children develop and exhibit a healthy sense of self. [HSCOF-SED 6.1.1, 6.5.1] Continue to develop personal preferences. Early Learning Expectation: Children develop abilities to express themselves clearly and communicate ideas to others. [HSCOF-LD] 1.2.1, 1.2.2, 1.2.3, 1.2.4; L2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.4. 2.2.3] Continue to develop vocabulary by using words learned from stories and other sources in conversation. If appropriate, show progress in learning alternative communication strategies such as sign language. Lesson Goal: Make a choice between two destinations. Review the five vocabulary words and/or signs previously integrated within multiple lessons. Lesson Objectives: Individually, the student will indicate understanding of three of the five vocabulary words related to the field trip through expressive language or receptively through behavior. Individually, the student will choose a preferred destination when given a choice between two destinations four out of five times. Materials: socks for each individual students Prior Knowledge: Some level of understanding of the five vocabulary words. Procedure: Upon arrival, place shoes and coats in designated area. Pair each student with an adult. Those students who have parents present are with the parent. Ask the student which bouncy castle he/she would like to jump on. Give the student two options. Allow five to ten minutes of bouncing at each castle. Repeat choice five times. If student doesn’t spontaneously use vocabulary, sporadically prompt the student by asking questions involving the vocabulary words. Assessment: Informal Observational Expansion: If the student finds making choices easily, ask preference between three destinations. If the student finds making choices difficult, expand on the destination through acting or observation. If the student finds the vocabulary too easy, introduce and use more challenging vocabulary found within the environment (i.e., slide, stairs, line, etc.) If the student finds the vocabulary too difficult, have the student experience each vocabulary word when appropriate (i.e., bouncy, jump, socks) and further describe the vocabulary that cannot be experienced.
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