Saturday, May 2, 2015

Field Trips & Animal Reports ~ Fun for Primary Grades!


Field trips can be so fun and exciting for students! They're especially engaging if they involve animals. Do you take your class on a field trip to the zoo, aquarium, or farm? If so, you can have your students do some research for an animal report before and/or after your field trip adventure.

Make sure to find out what animals are at the zoo ahead of time and make a list for your students. Have your students select from the list and begin their research. It will be exciting for them knowing that they'll see the animal they're learning about on their zoo field trip!

If I lived near a zoo, I would love to take my students there on a field trip! Instead, we have a special exhibit of lions, elephants, dolphins, and even white tigers! I've enjoyed taking my students on that field trip before. Sometimes a lucky student gets picked to be an assistant dolphin trainer!

This animal report mini-book is perfect for beginning researchers and writers. It would also make a great take-home project or "buddy" project with upper grade classes.


PebbleGo is a great online research resource for primary grades. It requires a paid subscription, but it is totally worth it! You can request a free trial period.

For many years, I was able to take my class on a field trip to a farm festival. It was always such a wonderful experience! Many students had never seen farm animals up close before. PebbleGo also has a section on farm animals for students to research.

With this Awesome Animals research project, students will learn about several animals and make an Awesome Animals booklet. This project is great for a themed animal book such as zoo animals, farm animals, ocean animals, desert animals, and more!


Although I don't live near SeaWorld, we do have an amazing local aquarium that is a popular field trip destination. It even has a glass tunnel to walk through where sharks swim around you. The kids love it!

Have fun on your field trips and creating animal reports with your students!


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