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Hawk Mountain visit teaches education majors to integrate field experience

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary entrance sign
Hawk Mountain

Students enrolled in the Teaching Health Education to the Elementary School Child course will learn ways to integrate field trip experiences into various areas of the curriculum through an interdisciplinary field trip to Hawk Mountain on Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

Approximately 20 students will participate in the trip to Hawk Mountain. Utilizing the field trip experience, students will learn how to design cross-curricular lesson plans incorporating health and movement to explore curriculum areas such as environmental science, mathematics, social studies, and language arts. In addition, Rachel Taras, Environmental Educator at Hawk Mountain, will present a program titled "Raptors Over the Ridge Introduction plus Raptor Presentation” to help the education students make connections to traditional curriculum areas.

"Students who participate in this hands-on experience acquire practice in developing a lesson plan based on the various educational opportunities offered at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary,” explains Valerie Cholet, Lecturer in Kinesiology. “These pre-service teachers learn everything involved in developing a lesson plan in various curriculum areas, as well as understanding the nuances of planning the field trip experience for their future elementary students."

For more information, contact Cholet at 610-396-6418 or via e-mail at VAC110@psu.edu.

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