What are Field Trips?

A field trip is a structured activity that occurs outside the classroom. It can be a brief observational activity or a longer more sustained investigation or project.

What are their purposes?

Field trips offer an opportunity for students to get exposure to "real" people and events and the opportunity to make connections with others. Students on field trips visit people and places that they are not normally exposed to during the school day.

How can I do one?

While field trips take considerable organization, it is important to:

  • be clear about what the field trip will accomplish
  • prepare students for the learning
  • have a debriefing session for students to share their learning when they return to the classroom

With actual field trips, teachers can introduce the field trip site prior to the actual visit with pictures or descriptions of the destination. Helping students to develop a sense of familiarity with the field trip destination before their visit may enhance the amount and quality of their learning.

How can I adapt it?

Virtual Field Trips allows both students and teachers the opportunity to travel to areas of the world that would otherwise be out of reach Teachers can take their students on a field trip right in their own classroom. Students can gather information about areas in the world that would have been impossible for most of them to see.

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