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Ilustrates, for teachers of K-12, how to use field trips to teach and enhance writing and higher-order thinking skills, as well as to construct a framework of cooperative learning within which whole language skills and resource-based learning can be utilized. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874366389
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1992
  • Pages: 175

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Field Trip Philosophies and Policies 3
Developing and Following School District Field Trip Policies 6
Ch. 2 Determining Your Objectives and Focus 15
When To Take a Field Trip 16
Involving Students in the Planning Process 16
Developing Field Trip Objectives 18
Understanding the Cost of Field Trips 19
Keeping a Record of the Journey 20
Ch. 3 Deciding Where To Go 27
Possible Destinations 28
Finding Information on Field Trip Destinations 30
Matching Objectives and Destinations 33
Ch. 4 Pre-Trip Activities 45
Making a Site Visit 45
Creating Graffiti Boards and Webs of Knowledge 46
Identifying Questions 48
Creating Interest 48
Taking Mini-Field Trips 54
Developing a Student Field Trip Checklist 55
Writing Letters prior to the Trip 56
Keeping Journey Journals 57
Developing Observation Skills 61
Making Audio and Video Recordings 62
Predicting Success 63
Ch. 5 Activities during and after the Trip 65
Developing the Trip Schedule 65
Processing, Linking, and Learning 66
Post-Trip Activities 67
Cooperative Learning 78
Conclusion 79
Appendix A: Sample Forms and Lists 81
Recommendations for School Board Field Trip Policies 81
Request for School Bus Field Trips 84
Emergency Medical Authorization 86
Parental Acknowledgment Form for Extended Trips 88
Sample Objectives and Activities for a Field Trip 89
Checklist: Should I Take This Trip? 92
Water Use Tally Sheet 93
Animal Observation Fact Sheet 94
Checklist for an Imaginary Trip to a Foreign Country 96
Teacher's Checklist for Planning a Field Trip 97
Student Field Trip Checklist 98
Sample Field Trip Rules 99
Sample Letter to Parents 100
Sample Schedule 101
Appendix B: Women in Art Research Project Guide 103
Criticism Worksheet 107
Research Paper Time Table 108
Appendix C: Phone Numbers for State Geological Surveys 109
Appendix D: Books about Zoos 111
Bibliography 113
Index 125
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