Getting to Know Your New Students

Back to school means getting to know a whole new group of students. Of course you want to know the usual things about them: What activities they are interested in or if they have siblings. But here are twelve questions you may want to ask your students to gain insight into what makes them tick […]

Teachers – An Appreciation

One week each May is designated Teacher Appreciation Week. The National PTA has been honoring teachers in this way since 1984. This month schools across the country celebrated the priceless contributions teachers make to our communities and future generations. Field Trip Factory would like to thank all of the teachers who tirelessly work to provide […]

Lessons to learn at the farmer’s market

Thankfully, it is farmer’s market season! That means a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meat products, including some unusual items just waiting to be discovered. There is something special about visiting an outdoor market in your community where you can connect with your neighbors as well as the men and women who grew […]

The Value of Field Trips (May 2018)

In this month’s excerpt from Education Week’s field trip series, a theatre arts educator provides suggestions for engaging students before, during, and after an artistic field trip, such as attending a play, music venue, dance performance, or museum exhibit. Response From Effuah Sam Mrs. Effuah Sam has 15 plus years knowledge and experience in the […]

Apply for These Grants This Summer

This summer consider applying to one of these grants for activities and programs you’ll be excited to bring to your classroom for the 2018-19 school year! Crayola awards twenty $2500 grants to schools who are members of the National Association of Elementary School Principals and want to deliver innovative art-infused education to their students. Applications are […]

Outdoor Classroom Day – May 17

We are ALL anxious to get outside and enjoy warmer weather this spring, students and teachers alike. It feels like spring has yet to arrive in many places, but on May 17 classrooms around the world will take learning outside to participate in Outdoor Classroom Day. This global campaign is led by Project Dirt and Unilever […]

The Value of Field Trips (April 2018)

Otis Kriegel, teacher and author of Starting School Right: How do I plan for a successful first week in my classroom? (ASCD), describes how he prepares for a successful field trip in this month’s article from Education Week. Response From Otis Kriegel How many checklists can I make? It seems that there are a million details […]

Carton 2 Garden Spring Contest

Time is running out, but, if you are preparing your school garden for the season, you’ll want to get in on this spring contest to win 1 of 14 prizes, including a grand prize of $5000. Evergreen Packaging, who specializes in providing sustainable packaging from cups to envelopes with support from KidsGardening.org, is sponsoring the […]

Music Field Trip Ideas

March is Music In Our Schools month. Here are some fun field trips school and community groups can take to support and celebrate music education. Attend a concert Professional touring musicians, local school bands, church choirs, and weekly concerts in the park all expose students to a variety of experienced and amateur musicians. Each can […]

The Value of Field Trips (March 2018)

In this month’s excerpt from Education Week’s field trip series, three experts discuss the importance of timing and relevance when it comes to providing explanations for what students are experiencing on a field trip. Response From Daniel L. Schwartz, Jessica M. Tsang & Kristen P. Blair Daniel L. Schwartz, PhD, is the Dean of the Stanford […]