I used to LOVE field trips when I was in school. It seemed like we took so many! Unfortunately, now, my kids don't get to take as many as I remember, mostly due to their financial situation (we just don't get enough money in when we ask for it). It's also because we can only be gone for a few hours because our school buses have to be back by a certain time to pick up the high schoolers, and can't leave until after they drop off all the middle schoolers. We take a couple each year, but nothing super extravagant.
This year, we are going to go on some virtual field trips! I found a great website: onlineeducation.net that enables students to "visit" places virtually- most of my students would never get the opportunity to see these places in real life, so I think they will love it!
A Teacher's Ultimate Destination for Virtual Field Trips
Teachers can take their students on field trips across the country and around the world. They can explore the Library of Congress or Lincoln Memorial through interactive tours. A baby panda, mysterious octopus and curious orangutan are just a mouse click away by way of zoo and aquarium web cams like the AnimalCams at the National Zoological Park. Tech Robotics, the Paleontology Portal and Amusement Park Physics are just a few of the virtual science adventures that can spark the imagination of young minds. Virtual field trips open up the world and the universe to students and their teachers. Whether it's a teacher-guided group field trip or individual student projects, the wide array of virtual tours freely available online can add an exciting dimension to the classroom.
Having a SMART Board will really come in handy for these, too! I've already checked out a couple that I want to do this year. Some are actual tours or trips- some are just really neat clips or pictures that you can get through in a couple minutes.
Here are a few I'm definitely going to do this year:
Have you ever done any "virtual trips" in your room? Any other resources I should check out? Please share with us in the comments below!