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Teaching/Learning Companion Ontario

Teaching/Learning Companion Ontario

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education, teaching/learning, elementary, middle school
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Published by: bgeller4936 on Mar 27, 2010
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A field trip occurs when students, teachers, and volunteers leave the school building in the
pursuit of learning. A field trip is used when active exploration and investigation away
from the school will best promote learning by seeing things in authentic contexts. Field
trips are relevant when teacher plans require students to apply learning in real settings or
when field trips create a real-life experience related to classroom curriculum expectations.
Field trips provide concrete, experiential learning opportunities and motivate students to
gather data. Field trips can involve the exploration and investigation of a variety of
resources by students (natural settings, museums, factories, community settings) and may
be facilitated by guides/specialists in partnership with teachers and volunteers.


The teacher:
• identifies settings that will support learning through use of resources not available in the
• determines costs and obtains funding;
• books the location and transportation;
• incorporates health and safety considerations such as providing a list of student names,
identifying specific student needs, obtaining administrative and parental/guardian
approval, and organizing additional supervision during trip;
• consults with staff at the field trip location if appropriate;
• involves students in planning and organizing the field trip by establishing clear learning
• pre-teaches and prepares follow-up learning experiences, including debriefing on return
from the trip (e.g., journals, artwork, and group discussion);
• incorporates the use of technology into the trip, when appropriate, such as digital or
video cameras;
• encourages sharing of the experience and findings with other classes, parents, or
community members.


Field trips:
• often involve cost;
• can vary in time from part of a day to several days and may require that students miss
other in-school learning opportunities;
• should match the length of trip to the age and maturity of students;
• involve extensive teacher preparation;
• require adherence to ministry and board policies and guidelines, including the use of
permission forms for students under 18 and the assistance of parents/guardians and
other members of the community in providing extra supervision.



identify products that Canada imports (6z26)

Ontario Curriculum Unit Planner: Teaching/Learning Strategies Companion © Queen’s Printer for Ontario, 2002


Students visit local places such as a grocery store, variety store, music store, and bookstore.
Students ask questions of the proprietor, read product names, and use pictures, labels, or
information on wrappers in order to compile lists of products and the countries of origin.


gather, organize, and record data through regular observations of the night sky


Students observe the night sky with the unaided eye and with binoculars to locate a number
of important constellations.

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