I know field trips are a fantastic way for students to learn. In our district, field trips are a grade level/district decision. One field trip our kindergarten classes go on each year is a trip to the Nature Center run by our local college. We are an urban district, so this trip to the Nature Center is some of our students' first trip to the country. It is always interesting to hear their reactions.
The last 2 or 3 years, we have visited a house about 3 blocks from school that is a former Underground Railroad house. We visited different rooms in the house and did lessons on long ago and today. It has not been mentioned this year, but I'm hoping that we can continue this trip since it is in walking distance.
In the past, we have also walked to the fire station, local library and a grocery store for a tour. These trips weren't consistent from year to year. The last 2 years we have visited our local college for a tour and lunch in the cafeteria. The goal of that trip was to get our kiddos excited about college at an early age.
For the past 4 years, donors on DonorsChoose have also sponsored a trip to our local "paint your own pottery" studio. This is an evening trip that parents have to transport their child to. My kiddos who come love this experience every year!
In September/October, my team has been inviting our students to join us at the apple orchard. We usually do this on a Sunday afternoon and in the past 8 years, it has been cold and/or rainy most times. The trip goes really well with our fall unit. Students and families can pick apples and pumpkins after the short presentation by the orchard staff.
So what do I want to learn from this chapter? I would love to give my students even more experiences. I would like to look into some virtual options to "take" my kiddos students I can't actually take them out of the classroom. I'd love to hear your ideas to bring my students experiences. How do you bring real world learning to your students?