Drumlin Farm Field Trip Planning

During the third week of October, we move on from the apple orchard study to our "spark experience" field trip to Drumlin Farm.

Learning Targets (just for the field trip):

  1. I can list three animals that live at the farm and what they provide to people.
  2. I can explain how farmers take care of the crops at the farm.
  3. I can explain how farmers take care of the animals at the farm.

Logistics and To Do

Spring / Summer

  • Get in contact with Drumlin Farm and schedule a 3-hour visit that includes working on the farm with a working lunch. The cost is $11 per child but there are scholarships (we usually end up paying $5/ child). Be sure to send (or email) a letter to Robin for scholarship money to get this price reduced by half. Here is a sample letter:
Robin Stuart
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

September (or at the latest two weeks prior to the trip)

  • Complete field trip request and give to Abby in the office. Check with Jinny about funding for the bus.
  • Communicate with Robin about what focus we would like for the field trip and what chores we want to do. Mention bees, compost, picking produce, farm animal chores. Mention if there's something we could collect to bring back to school to count in math.

Week before trip

  • Confirm bus and lunches with Abby
  • Get family members as chaperones

Day before trip

  • Call Robin to confirm
  • Look up directions online in case bus driver doesn’t know them

Before the field trip activities

  • introduce and rehearse learning targets; record predictions for each learning target

After the field trip activities

Sample Drumlin reflection sheet

  • go over learning targets and record what they have learned; check predictions
  • Read Mousekin's Golden House (out of print) and How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?* and do pumpkin math
  • choose study groups (example of a choice sheet):
  • read Stone Soup (available from Guided Reading shelves) and make vegetable soup as a class (the last day before Thanksgiving)
  • In math data unit, do taste tests in study groups instead of the data collection projects suggested by the curriculum.