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Plan a Field Trip

Students will identify essential elements for planning a field trip and brainstorm a list of local places they could visit. Then they will write a proposal and create an itinerary for a field trip to one or more of these places.

PROCESS:

  1. As a class, create a list of items to consider when planning a field trip. If necessary, remind students to include essentials such as funding, transportation, permissions, chaperones, etc.
  2. Have students brainstorm a list of places in your area that would be fun to visit. If any of these places offer tours, what do those tours include?
  3. Ask students think of ways that one or more of these places could tie into what they are learning, what they will be learning or what they hope to learn about this year.
  4. Instruct students to write a proposal and create an itinerary for a local field trip that has a direct link to your curriculum.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to share their proposals and itineraries with the class. Challenge them to summarize what they would learn and why the field trip would be a valuable addition to their education.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3–4:
As a class, select one location that would be interesting to visit on a field trip. Divide the class into small groups. Instruct each group to investigate one aspect of the field trip, such as funding, transportation, permissions, chaperones, or what they would see, learn and do if they visited this place. Work together as a class to write a proposal and create an itinerary for a field trip to that place.
Grades 5–6:
As a class, identify essential elements of planning a field trip and a create list of locations the class could visit to learn more about what they are studying. Then divide the class into small groups. Instruct each group to pick one location, write a proposal and create an itinerary for a field trip to that place.
Grades 7–8:
As a class, identify essential elements of planning a field trip. Then divide the class into small groups. Instruct groups to brainstorm a list of local places they could visit that would add to what they are or hope to study this year. Then have each group pick two places on their list, write a proposal and create an itinerary for a field trip that visits each place.
Grades 9–10:
Assign each student a partner. Instruct partners to identify essential elements of planning a field trip. Then have them brainstorm a list of local places they could visit that have a connection to what they are or hope to study this year. Instruct partners to pick two places that address different aspects of the same topic. Challenge them to write a proposal and create an itinerary for a field trip that gives a balanced view of the subject and emphasizes its connection to your community.