ComEd Celebrates Careers in Energy Week

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   ComEd looked to the future of energy as employees informed a number of elementary and high school students about the opportunities in the STEM fields, and provided insights specifically about the energy field. During the week of October 13-19, 2014 students across Illinois learned about the many careers in energy. Students from the UIC Chance […]

Remember MyPlate During the Holidays

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Many Americans look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday each year. Food, family, friends – it doesn’t get better than that. Until you’ve had your second or third helping of stuffing and you feel stuffed. Some simple tips can help you avoid this mistake during the upcoming holidays. Remind yourself of the MyPlate recommended portions for […]

Thanksgiving Virtual Field Trip

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What was life like for the pilgrims and Wampanoag people who celebrated the first Thanksgiving? Check out the virtual tour of the Plimoth Plantation located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The tour features information about the English colony built by the pilgrims who journeyed to America on the Mayflower. You’ll see a fort, homes, and gardens and […]

Microsoft Retail Stores Now Host Free YouthSpark Field Trips (Grades 3-8)

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Integrating technology and digital literacy into the lives of your students has never been easier and more relevant. Take your group on a free field trip hosted by Microsoft stores as part of its YouthSpark initiative putting technology in the hands of students and educators. In addition on learning how to solve problems via organization […]

Tips for Successful Project-Based Learning

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Even though students drive the research and learning during a project-based lesson, it is these rich experiences that require the most planning. Here are some tips to help ensure your next project-based learning lesson is successful. If this is your first project-based lesson, start small and each year build on the successes and new ideas […]

Taking Time for Fall

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Leaves changing colors, birds flying south, days getting shorter and chillier – each of these events signals that fall is upon us. It is one of the most beautiful times of the year, full of changes and transitions. You and your students can learn a lot about how Mother Nature prepares for winter by just […]

The all-new FieldTripFactory.com has launched!

We’re excited to provide you an enhanced experience that makes finding field trip ideas and booking online easier than ever.  We’ll be continuing to add new experiences and resources as your preferred online resource for experiential learning.  Our new website looks aren’t the only thing we’ve enhanced.  Our new scheduling and communication backbone takes the […]

4 Ways to Encourage Questioning

It is inevitable that near the end of every field trip the person presenting to the group asks, “Does anyone have any questions?” The room may fall silent. Often this has to do with the energy the presenter emits to the group, however sometimes students need encouragement. But when one brave soul raises her hand […]

5 Ideas for Outdoor Field Trips

Before the cooler fall and winter months arrive, plan an outdoor field trip your students won’t forget. There are opportunities to learn about nature, history, and the community in which you live firsthand. Nature Walk If you live near a national or state park take advantage of the park ranger led activities at these locations. […]

5 Things to Consider When Setting Up Your Classroom

Back to school is around the corner and it is time to set up your classroom.  You may have already started! Your classroom learning space reflects your teaching style and sets the expectations you have of your new students. A well organized, inviting environment affects morale and student learning. Here are a few tips to […]