Students visiting Oak Ridge Farm

Written by MCJStaff   // February 20, 2014   // 0 Comments


Tony Tagliavia, Media Manager-Milwaukee Public Schools

Learning Journeys, which are exclusive to MPS, are more than just field trips.

The grade-specific, highly-developed programs are aimed at engaging the senses and imaginations of students. And the real-world experiences they create for are directly connected to curriculum and what students are learning in classrooms. MPS Learning Journeys take place at some of the region’s finest museums, cultural centers and scientific venues.

For the newest MPS Learning Journey, dubbed The Farm, kindergarten students will understand the connections of Wisconsin farming to their everyday experiences, what animals and plants need to survive and where they live or grow. The Learning Journey, set to begin in 2014-15, will primarily focus on science while also connecting to literacy, social studies and mathematics curricula.

The announcement of MPS The Farm Learning Journey is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, February 20 at MPS Burbank School, located just south of I-94 near the Hawley Road exit at 6035 W. Adler Street, Milwaukee 53214.  MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton will join the principal, K5 students, a farmer and farm animals for the announcement. Dr. Thornton will be
available for brief interviews prior to the event at 9:15 a.m.

Real-world learning experiences are critical for our students and those experiences work best when they’re directly connected to what students learn in the classroom. That’s why Learning Journeys are so important, Dr. Thornton said.

For this MPS Learning Journey, students will visit Oak Ridge Farm near Dousman in southwestern Waukesha County. The farm is owned by the state of Wisconsin and operated by Milwaukee Public Schools for school field trips and Milwaukee Recreation programs available to students from across the region.

Other MPS Learning Journeys include:
– All 3rd-grade students experience part of their science curriculum at
the Milwaukee Public Museum, thanks to a partnership with MPM and the
Helen Bader Foundation.
– All 4th-graders study the Great Lakes and freshwater with experiences at
Discovery World , thanks to a partnership with Discovery World and the
Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
– All 8th-grade students take part in a financial literacy curriculum that
includes hands-on experience at the Junior Achievement Kohl’s Education
Center on Milwaukee’+s northwest side, thanks to a partnership with JA.

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