Title: Rocky Mountain expedition : a teacher's curriculum guide for the Florida Museum of Natural History summer camp program (abstract)
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Title: Rocky Mountain expedition : a teacher's curriculum guide for the Florida Museum of Natural History summer camp program (abstract)
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Language: English
Creator: Matisoff, Lauren
Publisher: University of Florida
Publication Date: 2007
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Summary of Project in Lieu of Thesis
Presented to the Graduate School of the University of Florida
In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the
Degree of Master of Arts

ROCKY MOUNTAIN EXPEDITION:
A TEACHER' S CURRICULUM GUIDE FOR THE FLORIDA MUSEUM OF NATURAL
HISTORY SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM

By

Lauren Matisoff

December 2007

Chair: Susan deFrance
Major: Museology

The Summer Camp program at the Florida Museum of Natural History is constantly

evolving based on the educational and entertainment needs of program participants. To meet the

increasing requests of camp teachers for more support and guidance in developing lesson plans,

the public programs department has been focusing its efforts on developing instructional

materials, providing resource materials, and offering training sessions for the instructors.

The Rocky Mountain Expedition curriculum guide is a prototype of a series of teacher

guides that will be created by the Florida Museum of Natural History. Each guide will include

an introduction, age expectations, learning objectives, talking points, suggested activities, and

additional resources for each objective. After a brief introduction on how to use the guide, the

section on age expectations will provide inexperienced teachers with guidelines on which to base

their activities. The sections on learning objectives and talking points will then narrow down

overall topics into age-appropriate themes. For the Rocky Mountain Expedition, topics covered

include how mountains are made, plant and animal adaptations, and native people of the

Rockies. The suggested activities sections will provide teachers with educational opportunities









that may not have been explored through the formal education realm, such as museum exhibit

visits and inquiry-based activities. Finally, additional resources will suggest websites, books,

and activity guides that will allow teachers to individually explore topics and activities to further

complement their lesson plan.

Initial feedback from teachers during summer 2007 suggests that these teacher

curriculum guides are effective in helping teachers create beneficial learning environments for

campers. By providing camp teachers with the guidance and resources they need to create

topic-based lesson plans, the Florida Museum of Natural History will ensure quality, educational

programming.




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