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Informal Learning and Field Trips

Engaging Students in Standards-Based Experiences across the K?5 Curriculum

Foreword by Doris B Ash

Turn every field trip into a high-quality learning experience!

What youngster isn't excited at the prospect of taking a field trip? Enthusiastic students present teachers with the ideal scenario for creating meaningful out-of-the-classroom encounters and giving students the building blocks to help them become active participants in their own educational process.

This resource helps educators take full advantage of off-site educational opportunities by developing lessons that connect informal learning with content standards. Based on constructivist philosophy and inquiry-based learning, the book provides numerous sample lesson plans and technology tips, and includes:

• Learner-centered activities for language arts, math, science, social studies, and fine art
• Ways to support English Language Learners and special education students
• Guidelines for developing corresponding classroom activities
• Strategies for building partnerships with informal learning sites
• Methods for bringing museum-type activities into the classroom when a trip is not possible

Field trips turn the whole world into a classroom. Informal Learning and Field Trips helps enrich students' lives as they explore the world outside the school grounds and gives teachers a prime opportunity to revitalize the learning experience.