United States Route 66

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Children are naturally curious about the world around them. Once a child gains mobility it is a constant exploration to absorb all they be able to. Bringing this exploration into the classroom is the focus of this lesson. It is created to both allow for investigation and to present their discoveries to others and share what they learned on their expedition. With educational funding as it is today it is difficult to take students out of the classroom setting to explore their world so it is up to teachers to creatively find ways to incorporate the outside world into the classroom. Using technology, students’ imagination and a few objects of interest you can construct a world of discovery in your own classroom. Through this lesson I have created an excursion to travel through the United States along Route 66. Students will discover new landmarks, search through local histories and spread their imaginative wings exploring the world outside of the classroom.
Stephanie Jayanandhan wrote an article surrounding the difficulty of defining place (Jayanandhan, 2009). She takes a deeper look into the educational philosophy of John Dewey and his connections to the ideas of environment, experience and democracy (Jayanandhan, 2009). My unit on Route 66 stands firm on the principles of environment from Dewey’s standpoint. It is designed to take the classroom and transform it into an environment outside of the classroom by representation of landmarks, locations and historical events. Jayanandhan mentions, “Dewey’s understand of environment as potentially miseducative and his call for education environments to be “wider and more balanced” than individuals’ environments, is overlooked in some conceptions of place-based education. (Jayanandhan, 2...

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