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 […]

6 Fun Activities and Ice Breakers for the First Week of School

These activities will help you learn more about your students and create a sense of community in your classroom. 1. Create a Class Jigsaw Puzzle Use a large piece of tagboard to make a class jigsaw puzzle. Tracing pieces from a large floor puzzle will ensure the pieces fit together properly. Number each puzzle piece […]

The Importance of Student Reflection

The Common Core Standards stress student reflection and self-assessment. It can be difficult for students to participate in these two activities. But when students stop and think about their own learning, they become aware of their strengths and challenges and begin to make connections between what they are doing and why they are doing it. […]

5 Ways to Keep Kids Thinking Over Summer

Summer is a great time to give students’ skills a stress-free tune up! There is such a wide variety of fun activities to keep kids engaged over the summer…and none of them feel like school work! One of the best ways to keep kids learning over the summer is to take the pressure off. Imparting […]

4 Must-Have Tips: Get the Most out of Summer Field Trips

As we head into the second half of summer, it’s important to savor these last few weeks of vacation. For many, that means a family trip, lazy days spent in front of the pool, playing in the front yard…it’s different for everyone. For us, naturally, wrapping up the summer means signing off with a Field […]

5 Summer Learning Crafts & Creations We Love for Kids

Did you ever go to summer camp? As kids, it was the tradition each year. We loved going and trying out every single activity under the sun, putting together new crafts and creations. The best part of summer is that we had time just to relax and be creative.  So we thought, why not gather […]

3 Creative Tips to Plan for Back-to-School this Summer

School’s out for summer! So the battle cry goes. But for those of us who like to keep organized all year round, the summer sun is no excuse to slouch. Whether you are a teacher, a group leader or parent, there are fun ways to either catch up or stay ahead of the game during […]

Field Trip Factory on the Road + More FTF News for You

Field Trip Factory Visits Winning Schools [soliloquy id=”1093″] May and June have been busy here at Field Trip Factory! Team FTF has been traveling to the Columbus, Cleveland and Pittsburgh areas to celebrate with the winners of the Giant Eagle Health & Wellness Giveaway. Each winning school saw students get up on their feet in […]

Great Ways to Keep Learning Fun Over the Summer

For most of us, school is out and summer vacation is in full swing. While it’s great to take it easy and relax, another important part of summer is keeping kids engaged in fun activities that will enrich their summer. We’ve gathered a collection of fun and educational ideas that we hope inspire you to […]