Field Trip Fun: Collaborating and Creating to Chronicle Our Crusade
Begin the lesson by asking students to close their eyes and envision the field trip they went on last week. Have them picture the one moment that stands out in their mind. Ask students to share that moment with the class. Jot down some of their moments on the whiteboard.
2 Direct Instruction
Now, ask a student to take one of the moments mentioned as a class and verbally describe it - remind students of using colorful, descriptive words, specific terms they have learned in science, and figurative language to help paint pictures in others’ minds. Type the first student's description and project it on the whiteboard so that the class can see the description. Ask other students to continue to contribute to, and edit, the description to help create a richer, more vibrant description as a class. End with a well-constructed, very detailed description of this one particular event.
3 Guided Practice
The teacher will create a Google Slideshow ahead of time. The slideshow will include approximately 30 slides - each slide will contain a photograph from the class field trip to the living museum from last week. Additionally, the teacher will need to share the Google Slide presentation with each student in the class via Google. In class, open the shared Google Slides presentation for the students to see and click on a slide. Work together as a class to write the description of the picture, as you did with a student's memory in the Direct Instruction section of this lesson. Type the students’ descriptive sentences into the slide as they share their ideas, explaining how to add the text to a slide if necessary. Encourage students to edit and make the group description even better with more powerful vocabulary from science class and colorful descriptors. Explain that this activity that was just completed as a class is what they will now do on their own individual slides. Have students log into their Google Drive account and open the shared Slides presentation that the teacher shared prior to class.
4 Independent Practice
Assign each student a slide to add text to. Allow students ample time to create descriptive sentences to describe the field trip event that is taking place in the photograph on their individual slide. While students are working, encourage them to go back and use more descriptive, colorful vocabulary and figurative language to paint pictures in their audiences' minds.
Share the class’s final presentation as it is currently. Discuss some of the ‘great’ vocabulary and figurative language used throughout. Explain to students that tomorrow they will help edit and make even better a classmate’s slide to help polish the final product which will be shared with their parents, school administrators, and the museum staff as a 'thank you' for the trip.