IDEAS FOR USING ACTIVITY
Following are some examples of ways in which different
teachers have actually used the activities in this packet:
- Use scissors and glue stick to cut-and-paste the portions of
the packet desired, then duplicate the modified packet for
each student. Alternatively, download the Word version of the
activity and modify it to meet your needs. Then print out the
finished worksheet and duplicate.
- Choose a few "core" activity sheets that are then duplicated
for all students. Limited quantities of other sheets are run
off, and students select a specified number of these as their
choice to complete on an individualized basis.
- Use some activities as-is from the packet, and rewrite
others to reflect your own priorities. All students have the
same packet. Even in this limited packet, some items are
designated as first priority items for all students to
accomplish, and others are left to students' choices.
- Post all activity sheets and let students choose the ones
they want to do. You review choices to ensure they are
realistic and not trivial or overwhelming.
- Assign activity sheets on a lottery basis.
- Assign one mini-packet of four activities per group.
- Students work in groups of two. Each group picks six rides.
- Each student does one roller coaster, one vertical loop
ride, one circular ride, and one free-fall ride.
- Students pick one ride from each of the three categories.
They also pick a second choice for each category in case the
ride is not operating or the lines are too long. They register
their choices with you. Non-riders make measurement from
pre-set "spots" and make other off-ride measurements.
- Students pick up an activity packet from a manned station or
place in the park. They turn it in when completed and get the
next one. They continue the process until the required
activities are completed. If you do not want to be tied down
manning the station consider having parent volunteers help.
- Pass out activity sheets in advance. Have students determine
what data they actually need to gather at the park and note
this on a minimal amount of paper. Reduce any resource
materials which the students must actually have with them
(time schedule, formulae, measurement instructions, etc.) to
half-size on the copy machine (actually more like 75%) to get
more information on a small amount of paper. Students can then
leave the actual activity sheets at school, and take to the
park only a few sheets of paper that they can fold and keep in
their pockets. Data can be recopied when they return to class.
It may take a year or two to get a feel for how much
material is appropriate for the time available, whether/when to
collect packets and/or grade them, how much time to spend on
discussion pre- and post-trip, whether to give a quiz or a test,