Even fun trips to amusement parks and bounce centers can be learning opportunities with the right planning…
The secret to planning a focused field trip is to make connections between the trip and your curriculum, learning goals and other projects. Trips have to be integrated into the big picture so that their lessons aren’t lost. A trip to an amusement park will always be fun, but with planning and preparation, it can also be a vehicle for learning about topics ranging from engineering to why we have to obey the rules.
Integrating topical resource materials into class activities is just one way to prepare kids for a field trip. You also want to prepare them by teaching observation skills so that they can get the most out of the experience. Try integrating the following exercises (or similar ones) into the day leading up to the trip:
Below are some other ways to get kids prepared and excited in the days before the trip: