Field trips are an amazing opportunity for a hands-on learning experience in whatever topic you’d like to focus on. 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.
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