Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Field Trip Writing Record Freebie

One last field trip before we journey into the lazy days of summer... 

We took our learning on the road for a day and became one with some other wild animals.  Hey, if you can't beat them, join them...right?

Our annual trek to the zoo is an absolute whirlwind of animalness!  This trip takes us on an hour long bus ride with one mission ~ Don't lose anyone!  Bring learning to life for our little friends. 
Fortunately, we had a little help keeping an eye on everyone.
We got to watch the penguin feeding above ground and the kids were excited. But, when we took them downstairs to see the frosty friends literally playing on the glass, they flipped out!  Sometimes the best things happen accidentally.  They asked if we hired them to perform for our class...We took all the credit, of course.    
 
Wasn't really sure if this guy was cool or just weird honestly, but had to share... Let's just say we're glad he lives at the Zoo, but  if we ever want to change up our classroom management approach he might come in handy.  Especially around this time of year... HA!
Our favorite part is seeing how many kids fall asleep on the bus ride home.  It's always the ones you would least expect and they just c.r.a.s.h.  Last year, we had a Dad fall asleep too.  That was a funny picture...
The only problem with our day is the time before the bus arrives and the time after they drop us off. Everyone is bouncing out of their cages to go, and once we've reviewed bus rules, passed out nametags, used the bathrooms, and assigned groups, there is not enough time to do much but we need them to do something before the ever so slow bus arrives.  When we return, everyone is absolutely exhausted, but we still have time in our day and no nap mats in sight...so, we work. A little.

To fill the bits of unstructured time we have before and after any of our field trips, we came up with this generic Field Trip Record.  It's a perfect time filler before the bus pulls up, and it was a good way to wrap up our day. It's quick and easy, and gives them a chance to predict and reflect in a quick and easy way. 
We also customized one specifically for our zoo trip, which you can download below.

  We let them draw or write (or both). 
This friend was really anticipating a fun day...
He wonders if he will get to slide down the big grass hill. Nope.  
He also thinks he will feed the giraffes. Nope.  
Gosh, we do hope he still had a great time too.

I guess we should have prefaced that we weren't actually going to a petting zoo or feeding animals...But, we can confirm that they do have a giraffe. He did see one. And thank goodness he will always remember the animals.  At.the.zoo. Hmmm... 

Now this one is just either completely honest, or has absolutely ZERO faith in their teacher!  
"I think I will get lost."  
Really?!?!  
Oh, be still our hearts...
You think we would lose you?!?
Or, maybe they just know their limits...
They're a wanderer...They get lost...It happens. Right?
Yes, let's go with that scenario... 
It makes us sound way better.  :)

At least he will always remember, "Staying together".  Phew!  
This was a great little time filler and didn't make us feel like zoo keepers whilst awaiting the bus or bell.   
Enjoy!

11 comments:

  1. You must be exhausted! I love field trips but I am always afraid of losing kids too... That worksheet about before and after is really cool.

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  2. We went to the zoo today, too! Great day for it, but definitely exhausting. Love the freebie!

    Kara
    Spedventures

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  3. Looks like fun! Thanks for sharing your wonderful worksheets!

    Lori (luvyorkies@gmail.com)
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

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  4. That's a cute sheet. Thanks!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  5. What a cute field trip reflection! I'm saving it for next year. Thanks for sharing! :)

    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  6. THANK YOU so much for this!!! We are getting ready for our zoo field trip right now!!!! :-) I'm glad you didn't lose anyone! (Especially your little friend who thought he would get lost! Haha)

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  7. I love your activity! I love the way you had something for them to think about before they left and when they returned. I've given assignments that they did during the field trip and after the trip, but never before. I LOVE IT!

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  8. I just found you guys . . . your ideas are fantastic! This field trip form will be perfect for next year. I "pinned" ya, so I wouldn't forget :) Pop in for a visit if you get a chance.

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

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  9. I would love a copy of your field trip form, which I found on google. When I come to your site, it doesn't appear. Thanks, Lauren

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    1. The post and links are all fixed. You can download them now Lauren! :)

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