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Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:56 PM
Hello, I'm a Pre-Service Teacher in Iowa. I am curious to know what science-led field trips you have planned for your classroom? How did you introduce the field trip? Any tips you would like to share on preparing a science-led field trip?
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Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:02 PM
I am currently a student teacher in 2nd grade. We recently took a field trip to our city's Children's Museum. There were tons of different hands on activities for them to engage in over a broad subject matter. However, they did have some wonderful areas for science specifically. One part of our Children's museum has a place called "force works" where the children can use basically a large cauldron that rushes water through the entire exhibit! The children can see how the force of the waves move whatever the put in the cauldron.
In addition to this, there were areas where the children were able to see the life cycle of certain animals, specifically chicks.
These are just a few of the science-related exhibits there are, but it was a great way to get the students more engaged and interested in how science works!
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Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:04 PM
I am a first semester student teacher for a 5th grade class in Houston, Texas. Living in a large city affords our students many opportunities for meaningful field trip experiences. One place I have visited in the past that is an excellent field trip location is The Houston Museum of Natural Science. There students can experiences dinosaurs fossils, natural gems, local plant and wildlife exhibits, as well as touring exhibits that may be passing through at any particular time. Furthermore, attached to the museum is The Cockrell Butterfly Center. Students can view and even touch dozens of species of butterflies and view them in there natural habitat as they walk through a man made tropical forest. The Museum also has programs set up specifically for field trips. They will take the students on a tour and pass along information about each exhibit. I am sure that there are probably some centers, perhaps agricultural, in your area that would welcome a tour and would be glad to teach the students about day to day operations that can be applied to a science lesson. Also, if you are near Dubuque, I think there is a National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. I am sure they do tours. Good Luck.
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Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:16 AM
Hi Jessica. I have taken my class to our local Challenger Center and found the activity very stimulating, inspiring, and educational for the kids. Here's a link to see if there's one near you. https://www.challenger.org/where-we-are/
Also, any NASA facility has periodic tours for free. Good experience!
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Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:41 PM
We study habitats and take our students to a place called Outdoor Campus West in Rapid City. The students get to experience a whole bunch of habitats and even get to take a nature walk and go fishing. We do this as final activity to wrap up our habitat unit. Where in Iowa do you live? If you are close to Sioux Falls they have an Outdoor campus there as well.
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