By KAROLYN GEPHART
Alvin ISD educational leaders met at the Alvin Historical Museum to participate in a workshop recently. The workshop dealt with information designed to provide relevant field trip experiences for third grade students in the district.
Four hands on stations were created to signify timeline anchors with a historical and social studies perspective. Students and other participants will be able to examine tools and objects used by early native Americans in the area; by rancher or farmer settlers; by railroad workers; as well as by postal workers.
AISD had 10 educational leaders attend and they were led through the stations by AISD social studies coordinator for K-12 Virginia Lively. Each was asked to give feedback on grade level appropriateness, timing, depth of follow up discussion and suggestions for improvement.
A box supper was provided by the museum. Representatives from various campuses had a lively discussion and gave their impressions from different viewpoints.
The first student field trips for Alvin ISD begin in February.
Hasse Elementary will send 22 students on Feb. 1 with Don Jeter Elementary, Hood Case Elementary and WINGS Academy sending 19 on Feb. 12. Passmore Elementary will have 39 students participate on Feb. 22.
Prior to the workshop, Lively, Sherrie Matula, an experienced educational consultant, and Lynn Shigekawa, a museum board member, met for several months to develop the field trip experiences for students using exhibits, educators and hands on experiences with artifacts to bring the story to life.
The Alvin Museum is located at 300 W. Sealy in Alvin. Items and information inside reflect the history of the area of Alvin, Manvel and surrounding areas.
Admission is $3 for non-members. Museum members and children 12 and under are free. For more information, go to their website at www.alvinmuseum.org.