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Farms and Food
2011-2012 school year notes
Drumlin Farm Field Trip
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
Learning Targets (just for the field trip):
I can list three animals that live at the farm and what they provide to people.
I can explain how farmers take care of the crops at the farm.
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:
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
September (or at the
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
Mousekin's Golden House
(out of print) and
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?
* and do
choose study groups (example of a choice sheet):
Farm Project Choices Drumlin.doc
(available from Guided Reading shelves) and make vegetable soup as a class (the last day before Thanksgiving)
In math data unit, do
in study groups instead of the data collection projects suggested by the curriculum.
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