What is a Field Trip?


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A field trip is an away from school function. It’s usually limited to students in elementary school. They mostly take place on a Friday, so kids aren’t so wound up from the trip to do schoolwork the next day. Classes only take one a year. They are usually to educational, yet fun places. The zoo and museum are the most popular. The entire grade will go on the trip together. Each class goes on a separate school bus with their teacher. Children bring a sack lunch with their name on it. They have a lunch period like they would if they were in school for the day. This is because they spend the entire day on their trip. They also get a recess. Prior to the trip, teachers pass out permission slips. The slip states when and where the field trip will be and the parent must sign it. There is also a small fee the parents must provide for the outing. In all likelihood, they were given a group discount. On the day of the field trip, students arrive in class but are only there for a short time. The teacher takes attendance and explains some ground rules about behavior. Then all the teachers and students gather at the front of the school to load into buses. The teacher may call attendance again on the bus to make sure everyone got on. Shortly after, the bus is on its way to the field trip destination. The children are then allowed to talk and have fun on the bus. Sometimes students will sing "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall." It’s a very long song that helps to pass the time. It goes like this: “99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 98 bottles of beer on the wall. 98 bottles of beer on the wall, 98 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 97 bottles of beer on the wall.” The song continues on like this until students get bored or reach their location. They also like to get trucks to honk at them. They do this by moving their arm up and down to get a trucker to pull his horn when the truck passes by. The students may bypass these activities altogether. Instead, they could just be loud and talk a lot. Also, you may want to send your child off with a little extra money for a gift shop souvenir. Teachers always make a stop in there and let students get something.