The Field Trip Friday program at the Hessen Cassel Branch Library meets mostly on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. But in January they will meet on the 2nd and 4th Fridays. In November we studied the Arctic using the Magic Tree House Book Polar Bears Past Bedtime as the jumping point into the subject.
During the first session we do an introduction to the subject, read aloud from the Magic Tree House Book, and do an activity. While the students work on the activity, like making an Arctic food chain, I book talk other books available on the subject including fiction, non-fiction, chapter books, early readers, and picture books.
After our first meeting in November the students went home with two assignments.
1. Finish reading Polar Bears Past Bedtime
2. Work on making an arctic scene
When we came together again on the 3rd Friday we added to our arctic scenes, already in progress, and created icebergs with Styrofoam.
We had a ton of fun carving out the ‘ice’ and inserting it into our dioramas.
For the month of December we’ll start with Tigers at Twilight and study India and it’s endangered animals.
The rest of the year for Field Trip Fridays are:
January 10th & 24th – Dingoes at Dinnertime – Investigating the country and continent of Australia.
February 7th & 21st – Good Morning Gorillas – Whisking back to Africa to research the mountain regions.
March 7th & 21st – Eve of the Emperor Penguin – Tackling the southern cold region of Antarctica.
April 4th & 18th – A Perfect Time for Pandas – Focus our inquiry on China’s culture, art, and animals.
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