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Learning Journeys

Learning Journeys are curriculum-aligned field trips for all MPS students. Students attend Learning Journey programs throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. These hands-on learning experiences take students beyond their classrooms to develop applicable knowledge based on exposure, K3-grade 3; experience, grades 4-8; and exploration, grades 9-12. Each Learning Journey is accompanied by pre- and post-instructional materials and a teacher/chaperone guide. The program is externally sponsored through the MPS Foundation and strives to ensure that every MPS student is provided with a cost-free, equal opportunity in experiential learning.

Transportation for Learning Journeys is arranged and paid for on behalf of schools by MPS Central Services. All schools are expected to participate, and all students are expected to participate regardless of classroom, academic, or personal performance.

Teachers - visit mConnect for teacher guides and additional Learning Journeys resources.

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2019-20 Learning Journeys

K5 Oak Ridge Farm

Students will visit Oak Ridge Farm for a hands-on experience with farm life and learn how the farm is important to them and the community. Students also will learn which goods and products come from the farm as well as how they are produced.

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Grade 1 Snackin' on Plants

Students will be led through a firsthand experience with plants at Boerner Botanical Gardens, where they will discover that the foods they eat every day are actually different parts of plants!

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Grade 2 Survive Alive House

Students will visit the Survive Alive House Fire Education Center to learn about fire safety and prevention.

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Grade 3 Habitats

Students explore local ecosystems and habitats as well as other North American natural environments.

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Grade 4 Energy Around Us

Students will explore types of invisible energy, properties of light, and tour through the "Les Paul’s House of Sound" exhibit to learn about the history and innovations of Waukesha native Les Paul.

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Grade 5 BizTown

Students will experience life as an adult when they apply knowledge they have learned in class to participate in an interactive, simulated town where they will operate one of 15 businesses.

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Grade 7 COSBE Be the Spark

Students will tour local businesses and explore potential careers to begin developing skills and education pathways essential to their future success.

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Grade 8 Finance Park

Students will have the opportunity to learn financial literacy in banking, budgeting, credit, taxes, and careers. Students are assigned a life scenario and then must manage their finances and construct a workable household budget.

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MPS Foundation


Michelle Wade
Social Studies Manager
Phone: 414-475-8090

Mary E. Grant
CAO Planning Assistant III/Learning Journeys
Phone: 414-475-8614

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