As a child, you think of field trips as a fun get away from the monotonous classroom schedule. You get to go somewhere new and experience different things. It is exciting and filled with good times. You don’t think of it as an educational experience, but with every good field trip comes learning.
During practicum, my second grade class went on a field trip to Salem Hills High School to watch their production of Peter Pan. The students enjoyed it very much and talked about it for the rest of the day. They thought it was just a fun field trip away from school and they thought they didn’t have anything to learn from the play.
But like I said, with fun field trips comes learning. My very experienced mentor teacher knew exactly how she was going to tie this play into the curriculum. She had the class pull out their Writer’s Notebooks and write a thank you letter to the high school for inviting them. They were learning how to write letters, as well as practicing spelling. On top of all of that, they were also learning the importance of common courtesy. Also, they were able to develop their creativity and imagination.
Teachers may have to put a lot of work into setting up a field trip and they do not come free, but it keeps learning fun and engaging. Field trips can tie so perfectly into the curriculum or the teacher can find ways to tie the curriculum into the field trip. It’s a win-win situation.
What kind of field trips do you want to take your class on? How will you tie it to the curriculum?