Use these customizable graphic organizers for remote or in-person experiences.

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As the pandemic wanes, in-person field trips may start to resume. But over the past year many teachers also discovered that virtual field trips have a lot to offer -- from museums to the International Space Station, these online excursions can take kids places they may otherwise never get to go.

For students to get the most out of virtual field trips, teachers will want to establish objectives and give kids whatever context they'll need. These graphic organizers can help students keep track of their observations, connections, and critical thinking before, during, and after the experience. Check out these printables for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 to see if they fit your needs. Feel free to copy and customize!

Virtual Field Trip Worksheet for Grades K–2

Use this simple handout to encourage younger students to observe, using all their senses, and then write or draw what they noticed.

Virtual Field Trip Worksheet for Grades 3–5

Older elementary students can use a KWL format to tap into prior knowledge, identify what they're curious about, keep track of observations, and note what they've learned. They can also decide what they might want to learn next.

Virtual Field Trip Worksheet for Grades 6–8

Middle schoolers can write more extensively about their discoveries and make connections. Then they can dig in deeper to one or more connections and identify what they're still curious about.

For high schoolers, you probably have a pretty specific learning goal in mind. But feel free to take and adapt any of the worksheets above to suit your needs.

Looking for more virtual or online field trip ideas? Be sure to check out our editors' picks for some of the best virtual field trip sites on the web.

Image courtesy of Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action.

Christine Elgersma

Christine Elgersma is Senior Editor, Learning Content, Strategy which means she manages the newsletter about learning, edits writing about learning, and loves to learn. Before coming to Common Sense, she helped create ELA curriculum for a K-12 app and taught the youth of America as a high school teacher, a community college teacher, a tutor, and a special education instructional aide for about 18 years. Christine is also a writer, primarily of fiction and essays, and loves to read all manner of books. When she's not putting on a spontaneous vaudeville show with her daughter, Christine loves nature, music, and almost any form of dark chocolate.