⁣Lesson Plan: Exploring the Indianapolis Children's Museum

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⁣Lesson Plan: Exploring the Indianapolis Children's Museum

Grade Level: 3-5

Subject: Social Studies and Art

Duration: 60 minutes

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.7: Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

- Students will learn about the Indianapolis Children's Museum, its history, and its significance.
- Students will analyze information from texts and illustrations to gain an understanding of the museum's exhibits and offerings.
- Students will express their opinions and support them with reasons and information.
- Students will engage in collaborative discussions to share their knowledge and ideas.

- Various resources about the Indianapolis Children's Museum (books, articles, websites, brochures)
- Maps of Indianapolis and the museum layout
- Drawing materials (paper, pencils, crayons)


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
- Begin the lesson by discussing the concept of children's museums and their purpose.
- Introduce the Indianapolis Children's Museum as a prominent example.
- Ask students if they have ever been to a children's museum and what they enjoyed about the experience.

2. Research and Analysis (20 minutes):
- Provide students with various resources about the Indianapolis Children's Museum.
- Instruct students to read and explore the texts and illustrations to gather information about the museum's exhibits, history, and significance.
- Encourage students to take notes and highlight key details.

3. Museum Exploration (15 minutes):
- Display maps of Indianapolis and the museum layout.
- Discuss the location of the museum and its surroundings.
- Have students identify and locate key areas and exhibits within the museum using the maps.

4. Opinion Writing (10 minutes):
- Ask students to individually write a short opinion piece about why they would like to visit the Indianapolis Children's Museum.
- Instruct students to support their opinions with reasons and information they have gathered from the research.

5. Collaborative Discussion (15 minutes):
- Divide students into small groups and have them share their opinion pieces with each other.
- Instruct students to engage in a collaborative discussion, building on each other's ideas and expressing their own clearly.
- Encourage students to ask questions and provide feedback to their peers.

6. Artistic Representation (10 minutes):
- Have students create a drawing or artwork representing their favorite exhibit or aspect of the Indianapolis Children's Museum.
- Provide drawing materials and allow students to express their creativity.

7. Conclusion (5 minutes):
- Gather the students together and allow a few volunteers to share their artwork and explain their choices.
- Recap the main points learned about the Indianapolis Children's Museum and its significance.
- Encourage students to visit the museum if possible and continue exploring other museums in their area.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

With four levels of indoor exhibits and a huge outdoor sports complex, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum is the largest children’s museum in the world!! There were more things to see and do there than we could visit in a single day, but we explored and filmed as much of it as we could! Come along with us today!#IndianapolisChildrensMuseum #Indianapolis #travelvlogThanks for watching!? LauraLet’s be friends! http://www.instagram.com/Small....StuffBigFamilyBlende family + coparenting resources:http://www.smallstuffbigfamily.com

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