Planning Field Trips
First you have to actually prepare your student for him to get the most out of your trip. For her to have an amazing experience, the pre-trip lesson plans (if they have any) are a great way to get your student excited and thinking about the theme. If there are no lesson plans on your location, you can determine which areas you are going to concentrate on (in our case the rainforest, tropical plants), and get books, free resources online, and plan away. Once you have it, go over it with your student, get him engaged and ready to learn. During the visit there are activities the students can do, which will keep them enthusiastic.
The last step before you leave would be to print out a map of the place, and have your student locate the areas which you have studied, and which are about to be visited. He can also locate restrooms, concession stands, and other such points of interest. Why not stop for ice cream afterwards? It goes without saying that as a the parent teacher, you know exactly where to go and where to park. You don't want to get lost and miss precious time.In addition, how much money you are willing and able to allocate for this trip.
If you have done your homework so to speak, by this time your student will be excited to go. Once there, she will see it as a familiar place, and be ready to interact with the exhibits and know what to do.
Lastly, there are sometimes post-visit lesson plans already drawn for you, or you can set up a field trip sheet where your student can report her experience and what she has learned in the process.
Have fun! Field trips should be educational and fun. If it's only educational, the learning won't stick. If it's only fun, there won't be much to write about.
- Determine what you're studying or what your child is interested in
- Actually study and read the material before your field trip
- Decide what place would be the best to expand the learning
- Visit the website of the location you have chosen, and research free admission
- Based on your findings, set a date
- Dig for free resources (check Education or Community key words)
- Print out any resources and use
- Familiarize your child with the particular area within the location you're focusing on
- Plan directions, meals, and the budget
- Print out a map of the place, and have students lead the way (age appropriate)
- During the visit, revisit the concepts, have students do activities/sheets, take pictures, narrate in a recorder, and/or sketch in a sketchbook
- After your visit, review and document the learning- have students write a report, essay, create a scrapbook or online photo journal. Older students can write an entry on your blog.
- Have FUN!