Lesson Plans that Support Class Trips

Lesson Plans for Field Trips

360 Degrees Observatories Lesson Plan

Most major cities have an observation deck. Built on top of skyscrapers, they provide visitors with 360˚ views of the world below and give them an opportunity to view a city from a different perspective. Students observe the physical and human geography of a city from the vantage point of an observation deck.... More Info>

Amusement Park Lesson Plan

Which horses on a carousel move the fastest: the ones on the inside or the ones on the outside? Does a roller coaster have an engine? Amusement park rides can give a fun glimpse into the physics needed to make them work. You'll find physics can be pretty amusing!... More Info>

Aquarium Lesson Plan

Did you know a sea cucumber can shoot its intestines at predators in order to avoid being eaten? That an electric eel can produce 500 watts of electricity to frighten away predators? Let students act like scientists to observe marine life while focusing on habitat, survival, and defense mechanisms.... More Info>

Baseball Game and Stadium Tour Lesson Plan

Would it surprise you that a player who hits only 3 out of 10 pitches is considered an excellent hitter because their batting average is a .300? America’s favorite game is all about statistics, and a trip to the ballgame can be an opportunity for students to make predictions about the game they are watching.... More Info>

Boat Excursion Lesson Plan

Did you know a boat can be built out of concrete and it will still float? As long as the boat is lighter than the water it displaces, it will stay above water. Let students learn about how boats work, and explore hands-on activities students can do to “help” on the boat.... More Info>

Botanical Garden Lesson Plan

The diverse world of plants is perhaps the weirdest, and most fascinating, of all living things. Students act like plant hunters to observe plant life. Do a little digging on your next trip to a botanical garden (not literally!), and see what interesting plant facts you can find.... More Info>

Bowling Lesson Plan

Why are bowling lanes oiled with more oil placed at the start of the lane and less at the end? What is the advantage of throwing a “hook” ball? Students participate in activities to learn about the members of their team and how to work together in order to be successful.... More Info>

Caves and Mines Lesson Plan

In history, caves have been used as shelter, as canvases for cave paintings, for rituals, and for food and weapons storage. In addition to historical relevance, caves also have features like crystals, pools of water, stalagmites, and stalactites. Students observe the unique geological features of caves and learn how minerals are unearthed and mined. ... More Info>

Children's Museum Lesson Plan

Gravity, robotics, health and fitness, culture, engineering, environment, and art are just a few of the educational topics that young students can learn about and experiment with at children’s museums. Children’s museums provide hands-on, colorful, interactive exhibits that help young students learn about a variety of topics.... More Info>

Circus Lesson Plan

The circus actually dates back to Ancient Rome! And the first circus held in the US was in 1793, in Philadelphia. During that first season George Washington even attended a performance. Students learn about the history and inner workings of the circus, as well as its role in society.... More Info>

Farm Lesson Plan

The average American may eat 125 pounds of potatoes each year, but corn is actually America's number one field crop, providing ingredients for cereals, peanut butter, snack foods and soft drinks. Use a trip to an agricultural farm to find out where our fruits and vegetables come from. ... More Info>

Historic Site Lesson Plan

While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, such as Philadelphia’s Independence Hall or Washington D.C.’s National Mall, consider reasons for preserving them. They are historically significant and can be visited, toured, and admired. Students learn about the historical relevance of specific historical sites and the importance of preserving these sites.... More Info>

Horseback Riding Lesson Plan

Mankind has used horses throughout history for a variety of reasons: transportation, work, recreation, sport, and therapy. Despite the introduction of other vehicles, horses are still being used around the world as primary means of transportation and aid in farming. Students observe the anatomy and demeanor of horses and the physics relating to their abilities. ... More Info>

Ice and Roller Skating Lesson Plan

How are skaters able to jump from one skate, rotate their bodies three times, and land on their other skate, all while gliding on ice? How do skaters balance themselves on four-wheeled skates as they slide on oiled wood floors? The laws of physics rule the world of skating. Physics determines how a skater moves, how and when they stop, and even if they collide. ... More Info>

Indoor Amusement Lesson Plan

Indoor Amusement Centers offer many games and sports activities that are played in a group. Students participate in activities to learn about the members of their team and how to work together in order to be successful. Discuss the importance of teamwork or “playing the game.” In what other situations might you need these skills? Is it important to play by the rules? Why or why not?... More Info>

Kayaking & Rafting Lesson Plan

Next time you take a rafting trip, think about the physics involved: learn about how things float, the force and torque from the water and paddle, and the logistics of crossing running water. Most guides can also give you interesting facts about the river in which you are rafting.... More Info>

Laser Tag Lesson Plan

The idea for laser tag was born when creator George Carter III was watching a battle scene in the film Star Wars. What we once thought of as far-fetched future technology is now a widely played game. Students participate in activities to learn about how to work together in order to be successful.... More Info>

Living History Lesson Plan

Two hundred thousand Civil War soldiers were boys no older than 16, and an estimated 300 women were brave enough to disguise themselves as men and fight in the war. The average soldier weighed only 145 pounds due to poor diet, long marches, disease, and tough living, and earned about $15 per month more. ... More Info>

Museums & Exhibits Lesson Plan

Hunting for ideas to make museum trips more exciting? Allow a sculpture to inspire a creative story. Enact a skit from a painting. Sketch creatures from a science exhibit. Giving your students a fun focus can make a trip to the museum more enjoyable.... More Info>

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.... More Info>

Railroad Excursion Lesson Plan

Did you know that before the invention of the railroad, Americans told time by the position of the sun in the sky? After the development of the railway system, Standard Railway Time was adopted to tell time more accurately. Students gain an understanding of how the railroad impacted many facets of American life. ... More Info>

Restaurant Trip Tips & Lesson Plan

When taking your students out for a meal, try discussing the purpose of etiquette rules, who created them, and how they differ from culture to culture. Students can also use addition, multiplication, and division to calculate bill and tip totals.... More Info>

Rock Climbing Lesson Plan

Climbing walls are very popular, especially in urban areas because they provide an opportunity for “rock climbing” without having access to outdoor mountains. Whether climbing a rock wall or the real thing, climbers get the same grueling workout. Students learn about the physical fitness involved in rock climbing, with an emphasis on anatomy, nutrition, and exercise. ... More Info>

Rope Course Lesson Plan

Did you know that the British Royal Marines use an advanced ropes course as training for their troops? The course builds confidence and tests troops’ ability to overcome both physical and emotional obstacles. The same ideas are used in recreational ropes courses.... More Info>

Sports & Games Lesson Plan

Students participate in activities to learn about the members of their team and how to work together in order to be successful. Discuss the importance of teamwork or “playing the game.” In what other situations might you need these skills? Is it important to play by the rules? Why or why not?... More Info>

Theater Lesson Plan

Throughout the ages, theater has been used to record history, depict religious stories, spread information and more. When visiting the theater, discuss what jobs people can have at the theater and the process of producing a stage play.... More Info>

Tours Lesson Plan

A sightseeing tour can provide your youth group with an opportunity to see entire cities in a short amount of time and learn about many aspects of that city such as, architecture, history, geography, and culture. Students gain knowledge about specific places they’ve toured through a variety of activities. ... More Info>

Water Park Lesson Plan

Why do you think some water park rides have height requirements? Predict what percentage of rides have requirements. Students can determine the purpose of ride restrictions by collecting numerical data and representing the data in graphs.... More Info>

Zip Line Lesson Plan

Your experience on a zip line course actually all comes down to science. Ask your students to guess who will go faster, people who weigh more or less, and then test your hypothesis and figure out why.... More Info>

Zoo Lesson Plan

When you go to the zoo, be on the lookout for the clever ways animals adapted to their surroundings and developed traits that help them survive. Students act like scientists to observe animal life while focusing on the diets and eating habits.... More Info>