Field Trips, YAY!! They are one of most fun learning experiences for my students every year, but they also can be stressful. Sign this. Return this. Pay this. Who turned in what? Why can’t you go again? I need more adults. Wear this shirt, please. The list goes on and on and on, but we love them and always fight for more of them because of the rich, hands-on experience that they provide for our students. They truly bring life to their learning! Here are my facorite two tips for field trips!
Tip #1: Involve the Students in the Prep Work
Yes, have them help you! Why? Because it teaches them that there is work that has to be done before the trip gets to happen. Also, they LIKE being involved. Here is a simple way that I did this.
Using a piece of construction paper and markers, I created a sign to build excitement. When the students brought in their field trip money and form, they got to sign their name on the field trip sign! We would celebrate, too! This also make it SUPER easy to see who had turned in things and who hadn’t.
My little friends look forward to the day they get to “sign their name on the door” and they are sure to let everyone know that they can go on the field trip!
Tip #2: Make it Easy for You to Keep Students Safe
Another one of my favorite tips for field trips is to keep safety as simple as possible.
- We would all wear the same school shirt.
- I would put a colored bandana on each student that was one color so I could easily see which students were mine.
- We would all wear a sticker with the school’s name and phone number on the back of our shirts (Tip: Always on the back so that they don’t mess with it!).
Two simple tips for field trips that make a BIG difference! Do you have any tips for field trips you’d like to share? I would love to know them!
For more bright ideas, check out the links below!! You may also enjoy this Pinterest board FILLED with all of the ideas in one place!!
I love the field trip sign! My first graders just went on a field trip and I had to constantly check my bundles of paperwork to see who was going on the field trip. Your idea is MUCH easier lol!
Buzzing With Mrs. McClain
I love your idea of having kids sign the poster!! I bet it gives them extra incentive as well! We’ve got 3 field trips in the next 2 1/2 months so this will come in handy! Thanks for sharing your ‘bright idea!
Love this! I’m going to use the sign your name idea this year for our field trip. Thanks a bunch!
I soooo remember putting name tags on backs when I taught K!!! I love the idea of signing the sign for permission slips. Great motivator!
The Schroeder Page
We are going to the zoo next month and these will come in handy! Thank you 🙂
Owl Be in Kindergarten
I love your idea of having the kids sign their names on the chart when they turn their info in! That will be so helpful for managing and motivating them them to turn in the permission slips. Thank you!
Sarah’s First Grade Snippets
Love the idea of having kids sign the poster. I bet it’s a huge motivator for the students to return their information on time!
The Colorful Apple