Today's Topic: Field Trips!
Ironically, we went on a field trip today! :)
We went to a local fort to see what life was like in 'olden times'.
As a newbie in this school, I don't have anything to do with scheduling :) (although that may change!)
In our 4th grade, we take two trips-one to this fort (spring) and one to our State House and Capital (Hello Gov'nr!) (fall)!
Since we (they) live in the middle of almost no-where, it takes us about 2 hours to get to either of these places.
Meaning the kids have to come to school early (before 8-we usually have them coming in at 8:30-8:45), so we can leave early.
Good thing? Field trips take all day :)
Bad thing? This year's 4th grade class is so small we all go on one bus (
To organize for a field trip, I collect their permission slips and stack them in alpha order (also their number order). They get papercliped together and put on my desk (I'm a piler....but I can find everything!)
Usually the field trips cost $5 to cover things. If the kids don't come in with the money, I write NO MONEY in pencil on the top of their field trip form. When they bring it it, I erase it.
All money goes into a large envelope. When I have everyone's (or most everyone's) I turn it into my teamie in charge of the field trip-who then turns it in to the office.
Since we get back so late-about 15 minutes before dismissal-I just bring the kids up to the room, and have them work on Thank You notes while I read a story.
Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy days!
Since we live in the middle of almost nowhere, we do some virtual field trips.
I highly recommend Scholastic's Webcasts! They have something for everyone, and their webcasts are about a 1/2 hour long.
They have an author talk with JK Rowling, a tour of the Smithsonian American History Museum and more!
What do you do for field trips?
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Smiles and Sunshine,