Integrate STEM activities into your beginning-of-year math and economics lessons by inviting your students to plan a field trip, calculate costs, and follow a budget.
Back to School STEM Project – Plan a Field Trip
The Plan a Field Trip Project is a fun way for your students to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.
Students will plan an amazing field trip experience with this project. They will use their creativity, analytical skills, organizational strategies, critical thinking skills, and imagination to complete different tasks to develop their business. The project provides opportunities for students to:
- Brainstorm ideas for a field trip.
- Choose a field trip location.
- Plan a trip by choosing transportation and a lunch meal.
- Find the total spending amount while remaining within a budget.
- Complete a mock field trip letter.
- Reflect on the field trip and process.
Why is STEM Important in Early Childhood Education?
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education prepares students to succeed in their careers. The skills gained from STEM activities extend far beyond the classroom walls. By experiencing STEM education in elementary school, students develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills and learn to be curious and creative thinkers.
Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding
A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your Science lessons.
In addition to individual student work time, use this STEM project to enhance learning through partner projects, whole-class discussions, or remote learning opportunities.
If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts:
🆘 Support Struggling Students
Assist students with learning challenges by guiding their brainstorming discussions and listing ideas and notes from conversations with them.
➕ Challenge Fast Finishers
Encourage fast finishers to write persuasive or opinion letters on why the class should be allowed to attend their field trip.
Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students
Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to download the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource.
This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and Teach Starter Collaborator.
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