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We want our students with intellectual disabilities to experience and have hands-on exposure to animals in the life science strand of the access points to the Sunshine State Standards. In order to accomplish this, we would like to take them to Zoo School at Busch Gardens. Zoo School will supplement and enhance our curriculum by providing additional opportunities for our students to acquire new skills as well as generalize knowledge in a variety of settings.

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Zoo School

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School:
Largo Middle School 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Katherine Hawley 
 
Melissa Colgan 
Students Impacted:
15 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
January 23, 2014

Investor

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Jan Chase Rutz Fund within Community Foundation at Tampa Bay - $255.00

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Goal

We want our students with intellectual disabilities to experience and have hands-on exposure to animals in the life science strand of the access points to the Sunshine State Standards. In order to accomplish this, we would like to take them to Zoo School at Busch Gardens. Zoo School will supplement and enhance our curriculum by providing additional opportunities for our students to acquire new skills as well as generalize knowledge in a variety of settings.  

 

What will be done with my students

Zoo School will allow our students with intellectual disabilities to discover and have opportunities for hands-on learning that will turn classroom basics into hands-on fun. We must adapt the curriculum to meet the individual needs of our students. Most of our students are visual and tactile learners and must have hands-on learning experiences for optimal success. Therefore, we need to have realistic and varied opportunities within and outside the classroom. Our school is a Title 1 school and the students do not have the means or the opportunities to experience real-world learning outside the classroom. Most of our students have not seen wildlife in real-life and their only encounter with animals are in textbooks and videos.
The students will be able to explore animal-focused areas of the park to see hippos, lions, and more.  

 

Benefits to my students

Our students will be able to learn about wildlife through active and exciting learning experiences. Our students will have a one-of-a-kind educational experience and will be introduced to wildlife that they have only seen in books and videos. Zoo School connects the Next Generation State Standards Access Points with hands-on learning. Our students will have the opportunities to generalize knowledge outside of school walls. 

 

Describe the Students

We teach students with intellectual disabilities in a self-contained setting. We have students with characteristics on the autistic spectrum, Down Syndrome, physical disabilities, social and emotional disabilities, and deficits in communication. We must adapt our curriculum to meet the individual needs of all our students while providing them access to the general education curriculum to the maximum extent possible. We must present our students with opportunities to generalize the information in various contexts. Our classrooms are also in a Title 1 school. Most of our students come from economically disadvantaged homes with a free/reduced lunch rate of over 80%.  

 

Budget Narrative

We need 15 student admission and 9 chaperone tickets. We must have a lower adult to student ratio to maintain the safety of all our students. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 15 student admission tickets to Zoo School $120.00
2 9 chaperone admission tickets $135.00
  Total: $255.00

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