Yesterday, I mentioned using your digital camera as an alternative to taking a field trip outside the classroom. Today, I had an opportunity to create a neighborhood field trip using my digital camera. I took the photos and I'm considering turning them into a book to put in our library. This would be the perfect addition to the unit on "Community" we do at the beginning of the school year. I've added some ideas and questions I might want to ask.
What is this sign? Can you see a number? What does it make you think of?
Have you ever been to a 7-11? What was your reason for going?
Have you been here before? Some friends go here when they are sick.
Some friends go here when they need shots to keep them well.
What can you tell me about your visit here?
What do you think this place is for? Why?
Do you remember passing one of these? What is it?
What does the red and white striped pole remind you of?
This is a place where people might sit and wait.
What might they be waiting for? How do you know?
What else could you do while you're waiting?
I chose most of these familiar places because of the location of the center. Most of my students live near or in the area and would have been to or at least seen these places before.
I look forward to hearing about your alternative to field trips.