Field trips enhance the curriculum, but you can keep the learning going even after the bus pulls back up to the school. Follow-up activities help your students process what they do on the field trip. They also help you connect the trip back to the curriculum. Here are some post-field trip activity options.
Have the kids summarize what they did on the field trip. This can be done in many ways. You can have them write a report or a recap of their favorite parts. You might have them draw a picture or create a similar artifact that shows what they did. Or have them do a graphic organizer that shows what they learned and how it relates back to the classroom. You can also have the kids give a verbal summary of what they got from the field trip.
Another option is to create an experiment related to something you saw on the field trip. If the kids saw a science experiment on the trip, do a similar one at home. You can compare the results to see if they turn out the same.
A similar option is to recreate an artifact or object you saw on the field trip. If you saw fossils in a museum, have the kids recreate fossils in the classroom. If you went behind the scenes at a bakery, have the kids bake something at school.
Have the kids create some type of display to share with their parents or other classes at school. A video that showcases what they learned is one option. Play it over the video system at school or add it to the school website. Another option is to create a bulletin board display in the hallway. Include pictures from the field trip, written summaries from kids or pictures from kids.
Don’t forget to thank the people who hosted your class for the field trip. This teaches kids how to follow up and show your appreciation when someone does something for you. It also gives them a chance to practice their writing skills. For young kids, write a group thank you note and have the kids draw pictures. Older kids can write their own thank you notes and draw pictures.