Presentation on theme: "Great Field Trips Out and About in God’s Wonderful World"— Presentation transcript:
1 Great Field Trips Out and About in God’s Wonderful World LCMS Michigan DistrictAll Professional Church Workers ConferenceGood morning.
2 Psalm 104:24O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of your possessions.New King JamesThere’s so much to see and learn. What wonders God has made!
3 Wisdom from the Principals “A principal wants the students to get a well-rounded education using every possible means. This involves exposing the students to many experiences that open their eyes to the real world. Great field trips, collectively, allow students to use all their senses to take in the wonders.”Thanks to great principals!From Tom Weiss, a lifelong learner, now on retiree field trips working with Laborers for Christ
4 More Wisdom from the Principals opportunity for kids to represent Christ and their Christian schoolgreat occasion for strengthening classroom communitymight include service events for the kidsconnection to classroom learning all year longfun break from the regular routinegives parents exposure to the class culture
5 + are an important part of the curriculum, (from the school handbook)Field trips:+ are an important part of the curriculum,and field trip days are consideredofficial school days …+ should not exceed 5 per class per schoolyear; one should be a servant eventand one may be a social …+ should not exceed an annual total costof $35 per student …From our school handbook, guides and rules for field trips …
6 + must have a (rear) seat belt for each Field trip drivers:+ must have a (rear) seat belt for eachchild …+ must submit driver’s license numberand current valid insurance information to the school office …+ must submit to a background checkthrough the ICHAT system (Internet Criminal History Access Tool) …
7 Field trip vehicles: + must not stop at any location other than teacher approved destinations … + must not offer viewing of anything other G-rated material on screens … + must not carry any type of tobacco or alcohol while on school business …No stops along the way, not even for Slurpees!Not on screens, on radio, on CDs, etc.
8 Field Trip Master ListA school field trip master list helps to ensure that many wonderful field trip experiences are provided for students as they grow through the years at your Lutheran School. Students will become experts about the great things in their area.Our school policy is “no more than 5 per school year”, 1 of which may be non-curricular (skating, beach, etc.) At St. Peter, 25 teachers x 5 field trips = a lot of field trips!
9 Preschool FavoritesHistoric Trinity Lutheran Church (preschool puppets)Dinosaur Hill Nature PreserveDeneweth’s Pumpkin PatchWolcott FarmCranbrook Planetarium (Big Bird’s Space Adventure)Joe Dumars Fieldhouse (Soccer Day)Westview OrchardsAmerican Gymnastics CenterShadbush Nature Center
10 Kindergarten*Fire Station: October Fire Prevention Awareness Month *Barnes & Noble: story time with children’s specialist; tour of the store; receiving room, etc. *Lutheran High School North: band demonstrationLutheran High North right next doorLHN band director, Dean Kratz, is also our band director
11 1st Grade * Detroit Zoo * Blake’s Big Apple orchard * Humane Society * Barnum & Bailey Circus* Depot-to-depot train trip and picnicThe train ride was the favorite of Sandy when she taught in Wisconsin. She took the kids by Amtrak from Milwaukee to Sturtevant, about a 30-minute ride.
12 2nd Grade*Parade Company *Greenfield Village *Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum *Belle Isle Dossin Great Lakes Museum
13 3rd Grade *Diamond Jack Riverboat Tours *Andrews 1-Room Schoolhouse *Seven Ponds Nature Center*Webber Wildlife Taxidermy Museum
14 4th Grade*Wolcott Mill *Concordia AA *Michigan Science Center / Ann Arbor Hands-On *Macomb Symphony youth concert at the Macomb Center for the Performing ArtsCUAA campus tour, Ann Arbor Hands-on, and the District office.Wolcott Mill – great docents for early Michigan lessonsSymphony – goes with our science unit on sound; kids love the instruments
15 5th Grade *Detroit Art Institute *Stony Creek Metropark: Winter Survival*Lansing State Capitol andMichigan Historical Museum*Macomb County Jail*Martha T. Berry Nursing HomeLansing trip – hire a tour bus – that’s part of the fun!
16 6th Grade *Nursing Home, Assisted Living, and Memory Loss Center *Outdoor Education at YMCA Storer Camp*Nursing Home, Assisted Living, andMemory Loss Center*Stony Creek Metropark*Selfridge Air Base and MuseumAlso shut-in at his home
17 7th Grade *Greenfield Village *Ford Field Tour *Chicago downtown overnight trip*Eagle Village camp*Creation Museum overnight tripJason, Ford field tour and Eagle Village with a former schoolAndrea, Chicago alternating with Creation Museum from Bethalto (southern Illinois)
19 On-Campus Field Trips*Thanks to our organist for organ lessons and a pipe chamber tour… *and to our facilities manager for a mechanical/electrical systems tour.“Organ Blower” sign on door – a whole room for the organ blowerPipe chambers - WOW! Even Ed does not have a keyOrgan lessons one Friday a month
20 Before the Trip Plan and teach meaningful related lessons. If possible, visit the site before the field trip.Request printed information for teachers.Secure parental permission well in advance.Prepare students for the experience.Provide parents with vehicle group lists.Provide drivers/chaperones with maps, site information, and itineraries.Map and itinerary – we don’t need anyone getting lost on the way.
21 Before the Trip Explain behavioral expectations to students. In written form on hard copy and/or , explain behavioral expectations to parents.Verify field trip with the venue the day before or the morning of your excursion.Leaves copies of permission slips and a list of car groups with your school office staff.
22 On Field Trip DayProvide drivers and chaperones with copies of permission slips for all students in their care.Remind students and parents/chaperones of behavioral expectations en route, and on site.Pray with the group for safety, for a great learning experience, and for their Christian witness while out and about in God’s wonderful world.
23 After the Trip Discuss the experience with your students. Plan and teach a lesson and/or activity to reinforce the learning of the field trip.Write thank-you notes to your contact person, docent, or guide/instructor at the venue.Write thank you notes to drivers/chaperones.Write and draw about the trip. Share in pairs or with the class.
24 Free Field Trips !!!*Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Library; Grand Rapids *Detroit Institute of Arts (bus transportation free as well) *Webber Wildlife Museum; Clinton Township *Detroit Historical Museum; Detroit *Matthaei Botanical Gardens; Ann Arbor (nominal parking feeDon’t forget bakeries (Krispy Kreme), newspapers, post office, library, police department, etc.Medical facility – St. John’s health facility gave us a great tour, complete with x-ray darkroom, electrodes (parent present), lying on the test table, kids had a ball!
25 More Free Field Trips!!!* Teddy Bear and Factory Tour and Toy Museum, Chelsea* Jiffy Mix Factory Tour, Chelsea* Morley Candy Company, Clinton Township* Belle Isle Nature Zoo, Conservatory, Aquarium; Detroitfree with State of MI Recreation Passport
26 Gifted and Talentedbenefit of a gifted program in a Lutheran School: high level processors dreaming and thinking together with like-minded kidstheme units 4 to 6 weeks, each culminating in a final project or a field tripunique field trip opportunities available only to small groupsCould say much more about the virtues of a gifted program, but that’s another conversation.
27 Theme unit 1: Ancient Greece Greek language lesson with the pastorcompare/contrast map of ancient Greece and modern-day Greece with recognition of Biblical cities and sites“toga party” with Greek food samplingdramatization of Greek mythsproduction of a ‘travelogue’ on the mainland and islands of Greece*“New Testament” field trip to Historic Trinity Lutheran ChurchOlympics – things like “stack and carry the boxes”Foods most likely to actually eaten – baklava, olive, feta cheese
28 Theme unit 2: Aviation *field trip to Selfridge Military Air Museum principles of flight modeling and diagrammingflight navigation with latitude and longitude coordinatesaviation phonetic alphabetmock airline corporate organization with auction for purchase of structural materialspaper aircraft design and flight contest, judged by church/school Fed Ex pilots*field trip to Selfridge Military Air MuseumAlpha, bravo, charlieFed Ex pilots and CFOstraightest flight, most aerobatic flight, longest flight.Flight simulator
29 Theme unit 3: Baseball *field trip to Comerica Park baseball card statisticsbiographies of sports figures and discussion about ‘heroes’ and their qualitiesbaseball dissection and reproduction using alternate materialsumpire lesson and practice with former NCAA baseball umpletters to MLB teams and requests for franchise information and complimentary memorabilia*field trip to Comerica Park3 on 3 top and bottom half of an inning, took turns calling balls and strikesHoping for team shirts, tickets, etc., received window clingies, etc.
30 Theme unit 4: Birds *field trip to Stony Creek Metropark bird species classificationbirdhouses and feeders constructed from recyclablesbirdseed volume and consumption charting over many daysowl pellet dissection and meal identificationmigration patterns*field trip to Stony Creek MetroparkThis is how I discovered owl pellets, favorite activity every year
31 Theme unit 5: Dogs *field trip to animal hospital pet pros and cons debate: Dogs vs. Catsvinegar “Sniff and Search” on the lawnstudies of Iditarod, WWII Army dogs, Hollywood dog training, American Kennel Club, Search & RescuePavlov’s experiment of conditioned response using “puppy chow” made in classveterinarian and dog visit at school*field trip to animal hospitalVinegar sniff and search: dog’s sense of smell may be as much as 100 times stronger than ours!
32 Theme unit 6: Flowers and Fruits garden architecture blueprintsfruit and flower botany studyflower research and species identificationapple varieties: testing, tasting, and ranking of crunchiness, color, fleshiness, juiciness, etc.applesauce made in class from apples purchased during visit to fruit market*field trip to Belle Isle Conservatory
33 Theme unit 7: Nutrition *field trip to local grocery or market weekly meal plan creation with all food group requirementsstudy of product ingredient labelsbutter churningcontinuum of fat in dairy products and sugar in cerealsblind taste test, including identification of sweet, salty, sour, and bitter*field trip to local grocery or marketBlind taste test – check allergies FIRST!
34 Theme unit 8: Pioneers *field trip to one-room schoolhouse cooperative work group study and simulation of the Oregon Trail journeyhistory and meaning of quilt patterns and quilting beestrail maps and wagon train diariessquare dance lesson and “barn dance”sampling of old farm tools and equipment*field trip to one-room schoolhouseOlder couple from congregation taught us the square dances, fully dressed, official “caller”Old tools – what is it? Make up scenarios and uses.
35 Theme unit 9: Pizza *field trip to pizza parlor pizza parlor menu creationItalian language lessons – live, CD instruction, and English/Italian dictionaryNeapolitan-style pizza baking and servingwait staff practice for short-term memory and organizationrestaurant management tutorial*field trip to pizza parlor“Original” with tomato, basil, and mozzarella (Italian flag)
36 Theme unit 10: Rainforest charting compare/contrast average annual rainfall of various global habitatssampling of rainforest foodspapier-mâché rainforest birdsletters to the president on the topic “Saving the Rainforest”chewing gum manufacturing process from raw chicle to sweet chewy gum novelties*field trip to Rain Forest CafeOne of my favorites, two small (4 or 5 people) groups, led by the plant manager and office boss, hard hats and nets, hands back because we were right on top of the all the mechanisms. 30 phone calls –got in because I was “persistent”. We brought back treats for everyone to take home and classroom rewards for the entire school year.
37 Theme unit: Architecture Field Trip: downtown walking architecture tour Theme unit: Drama Field Trip: matinee, catwalk and backstage tour Theme unit: Weather Field trip: television news/weather station
38 Theme unit: Electricity Field trip: Christian Radio station Theme unit: Garbage and Recycling Field trip: Landfill and compost garden Theme unit: Elections Field trip: County party headquarters
39 Trusty Trip Tips from Teachers “Watch the school calendar!”“If kids misbehave, let them worry about the consequence until the next day.”“Don’t assume kids and parents will know your expectations unless you tell them.”“Count heads!”College friend in response to facebook request – how far did she get before she realized?Don’t assume …came from teacher, preschool director, principal. She knows.BEFORE # We all love field trips, but they’re a lot of work, right? …Go to # getting to the heart of the matter …
40 Life’s a field trip. Go with God! Life is kind of a field trip. Go with God.