SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Planet Word
Even though most of our school trips to Washington, D.C. focus on history or science, there are other subjects that you can highlight on your next tour. Planet Word opened in the Fall of 2020 and is the only museum dedicated to linguistics and the English language in the D.C. area. Learn more about what the museum has to offer and why you should add it to your school trip itinerary!
Located a few blocks northwest of the White House, Planet Word took over the historic Franklin School building. This interactive museum aims to connect students with language entertainingly and educationally, and the fun begins as soon as you arrive.
Before entering the museum, groups can interact with the Speaking Willow Tree. As you walk beneath the branches, you will activate speakers that play clips of hundreds of different languages. Students (and adults) will enjoy that motion-activated light feature as well.
Once your group enters the museum, you’ll take the elevators to the top floor where students will learn about the origins of language.
One of my favorite exhibits was the “Where Do Words Come From?” exhibit that features a 22-foot tall talking word wall. A short presentation will explore how the English language is a mix of several different languages. Students can answer questions and interact with the word wall by speaking into different microphones around the room.
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