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Virtual Field Trip/Web Quest

 

Fort: Project Title: Fort Hartsuff and the Calamus Fish Hatcheries and Dam
Software Used:
Internet Browser
Powerpoint or Keynote
Microsoft Word

Subject and Grade Level:
7th and 8th Grade (but it could work for any grade level, for any field trip, to any destination)

Intergrated Subject Areas Also Covered:
Science (for the fish hatcheries and the dam)
History (for the Fort Hartsuff section)
English (for the play writing assignment following the real field trip)

Lesson Plans/Directions:
Prior to going on a field trip, each of the core subject teachers prepare their students for what they will be experiencing. I created a powerpoint to show students what they would be doing. The assignment for the field trip day will be to visit each of the buildings on Fort Hartsuff (there are about 9-12 depending on if any are closed for renovation or weather). The powerpoint was used to show these buildings and spark a conversation about what happened in each of those buildings during the “hayday” of the Fort. At the end of the presentation, the students got into small groups and decided which building they were most interested in learning more about. Once each group chose a building then they had to divide up the work to gather information the day they are at the Fort.

One student is in charge of each of the following:

  • drawing the layout of the room (walls, windows, furniture
  • wall decorations, props, knick-knacks, things on the furniture, etc.
  • taking notes during the speaker about their particular building
  • drawing or describing the view from each window (and the direction if faces)
  • drawing or describing the outside of the building and any props outside the building

Once the data is collected and brought back to school, the students will use that data to write their own original play. They will use all the conventions of play writing, create a set (including the backdrop and bringing props), and write a story that could have actually happened on the Fort from names, places, events and other information gathered throughout the day. The play is then performed for the class and possibly video taped for parents and other classes to see.

Example:
Fort Hartsuff Field Trip
Calamus Dam Field Trip
Calamus Fish Hatchery Field Trip

Materials needed:
Digital Camera while on field trip
Scanner if you have pictures or clippings
Otherwise you don’t need much extra