Field trips are an amazing opportunity for a hands-on learning experience in whatever topic you’d like to focus on. You can use these field trip journal for any field trip you attend this year.
If you’re studying animals, you can visit the zoo, if you’re studying history, you can visit a local historical site.
If you’re studying dinosaurs, visit the museum. Nothing can replace the excitement of being in those places and seeing it in real life. You get a real life size comparison for dinosaurs and a visit back into time at a historical site that is hard to imagine just from books.
While we’re always on the go during a field trip and chasing kids around making sure we don’t lose anyone. I do like to capture what they’ve learned afterwards to see what the kids took away from the experience.
Each child has their own interests and they’ll take away what intrigued them.
When we visited the art museum, my boys were very interested in the war and battle theme artwork while my daughter really enjoyed the dog ones.
By asking for their written narration or drawing, you’ll see what they learned and what caught their interests. These always make for wonderful keepsakes.
To extend this activity, find some books that are relevant to the time period or the topic that you’ll be studying during the field trip.
Read ahead of time so they know and recognize the terms and items you’ll find on your trip. This gets them more excited and more engaged during the trip.
Science museums or any museums in general can be hectic and crazy so if you can learn about their favorite topics ahead of time. they’ll be able to make those connections during the trip.
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Before or after you’ve returned from the field trip, you can always dive even deeper. Ask them what they’d like to learn more about and just jump in. It doesn’t have to be planned or structured but you can follow their lead.
Ask each of your kids the same question and you can get all different answers. They will remember things that stuck out to them or that they found really interesting.
I have a child who loves history and one who is more science minded and loves animals. When we go to the museum their favorite things and the things they stopped to read more about are different.
They’ll take away different things and I love seeing what lit up their eyes.
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