Get Active in May

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and we want get your students moving. We all know the health benefits of physical movement, but equally important are the learning benefits. Students pay closer attention and often retain information better. It can be difficult to carve out time for extended playground or gym time when […]

Maximizing Engagement

To maximize the potential for engagement and learning, Camille Farrington, at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, says there are five Action experiences and five Reflection experiences, she and her colleagues find are key for building rich out-of-school adventures. Read about these important factors in the following piece shared with you from the […]

Earth Day Toolkits Help Increase Environmental Literacy

Earth Day is April 22nd. Now is a great time to plan and coordinate activities for your classroom or community group. The Earth Day Network is providing free downloadable toolkits to help you create a successful Earth Day event or lesson plan. Check out for complete information on how you can get involved in […]

March is Nutrition Month!

Field Trip Factory has several field trips that focus on health and nutrition, taking students to grocery stores all over the United States and Canada. Where better to learn the basics of a nutritious diet, participate in hands-on activities about the food groups, and practice shopping for healthy foods, than right in your local grocery […]

The Value of Field Trips (Series) – Part 3

This month we feature a piece from educator Ron Berger who discusses the difference between simply taking a tour on a field trip and having students engage in field work research on site. As part of the Education Week series on field trips, he provides thoughts and examples of the power of deeper learning through […]

The Value of Field Trips (Part 2)

In our ongoing series of articles previously published by Education Week on important field trip topics, educators and other experts tackled the question of how teachers can maximize the learning potential of field trips. Last month we heard from educator Jennifer Orr. This month professor Herb Broda tackles the same question by providing insights for […]

Outdoors Education: Resources for Bringing Students Outside This Spring

Spring will inevitably  arrive in a few weeks — though the weather may not always cooperate with the calendar – now is a good time to plan some activities to get your classroom or group outdoors in the coming months. Schools that invest resources into creating outdoor experiences for their classes have felt the rewards […]

Money Experiences to Teach Good Habits

Plenty of young kids believe the bank doles out money anytime you need it. When our kids ask to buy a toy or other treat, it is important to talk about the value of money and how money is earned. Kids also need to learn about saving and managing money. These are all important conversations […]

Six Tips for Field Trip Peace of Mind

Taking 20+ students outside the classroom to a museum, park, or science center can seem daunting. But with a little planning and a few tricks, you’ll have the peace of mind to take your class or group on an awesome adventure. 1. Count them often – before getting on the bus, when all together after […]

Bring Real World Experiences to the Classroom

Helping students make real-world connections with the material they are studying brings a level of engagement that just can’t be found in a typical lecture or textbook. When students connect what their learning in school with what is going on in the world or in their own lives, they take ownership over learning about the […]