Lesson Plan

Pick Your Own Field Trip

Students will work in collaborative groups and select a field trip for the class. Students will research, plan, budget and promote why this is the best field trip for the class.
Brian M.
Classroom teacher
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My Grades 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
Objectives

Students will be able to... work productively in collaborative groups, research sites of historical importance in their state, plan a field trip to their selected location, create and present a budget in Google Sheets, promote their destination with a short Adobe Voice video, defend their arguments for their selection, choose which field trip they think would be the best option for the class.

Subjects
English Language Arts
discussion
forming arguments
reading comprehension
speaking
text analysis
using supporting evidence
writing
Social Studies
cultural understanding
geography
history
Grades 4 - 5
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 HOOK/ATTENTION GETTER

Activity: Exploring

The teacher will engage the students by asking them to create two lists. First, the teacher will ask the students to write a list of their favorite field trips. Along with the list, students must write a brief statement why this was such a memorable or "good" field trip. Next, tell the students if they have the opportunity to select a field trip to anywhere in the state. Where would you take the class and why? Have the class write a second list of what they think would make the best field trip for the class. Students must also list the reasons why they think these trip ideas would make a good field trip. There are no budgetary constrictions to their ideas.

Finally, with the whole class, create a class list of possible field trips along with the reasons that these would be good choices for the class.

2 HOOK/ATTENTION GETTER

Activity: Other — Activity Introduction

Teacher presents the project to the class. In this activity, the students will work in collaborative groups of 3-4 students and select a field trip for the class to take. There are no budgetary restrictions. Students must select a site of historical significance within their state. Then plan their trip to this location for the entire class along with 6 chaperones and the teacher. Planning must include: transportation, admission, lodging, food, and extra activities (tours, docents, instructional programs...). Each group will organize their budget in a Google Sheet and present their budget to the class. Also, each group will make a short (2-3 minute) video in Adobe Voice where they state the reasons why this would be the best field trip for the class to take. After all the presentations, students will defend their choice and discuss what would be the best trip. Finally, the class will vote on their selection for the class trip.

3 GUIDED PRACTICE

Students will work in collaborative groups and use a search engine to identify where they think the class should take their next field trip. They will learn about the historical significance of the location and formulate their reasons why this would make the best trip for the class.

Click here to go to a2zhomeschooling.com and see a state-by-state list of field trip ideas.

4 GUIDED PRACTICE

After selecting and researching their field trip destination, students will plan a budget for the trip. Planning must include: transportation, admission, lodging, food, and extra activities (tours, docents, instructional programs...). Each group will organize their budget in a Google Sheet and present their budget to the class. There are no budget restrictions to the trip. It simply must be to any historically significant location within the state.

Click here to visit gcflearnfree.org and find some great tutorials on Google sheets.

5 INDEPENDENT PRACTICE

Once students have selected their site, developed their reasons why this would make the best trip, and planed and presented their budget they will create a short video outlining their arguments for why this is the best choice for the class. Students will use Adobe Voice and class ipads to make and present the videos. Collaborative groups will then present their videos and arguments to the class. 

Click here to learn about Adobe Voice.

Click here to see a helpful youtube video tutorial. Good for the whole class to watch.

6 WRAP-UP

Activity: Debating

Following the presentations, students will debate and argue for which field trip they think the class should take. Students will state which field trip they think they should go on and defend their rational. Students will be encouraged to consider all trips (not just their own) and to reflect on the actual cost, relevance to their grade level, location, time away from the classroom, and enjoyment for every class member. The teacher will remind the students to consider all trips equally and the arguments that the different groups presented as to why this will be the best class trip. Students at this time should be reflective about the realities of the project and not just be trying to promote their group's trip. Although there were no financial restrictions for the trip, at this time, students should incorporate all possible realities of taking a trip such as this.

Following the debate, students will vote secretly on their selection for the class trip.