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Use these customizable graphic organizers for remote or in-person experiences

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As the pandemic wanes, in-person international journal field trips may start to resume. But over the past year many teachers also discovered that virtual field trips have a lot to offer — from museums to the International Space Station, these online excursions can take kids places they may otherwise never get to go.

For students to get the most out of virtual field trips, teachers will want to establish objectives and give kids whatever context they’ll need. These graphic organizers can help students keep track of their observations, connections, and critical thinking before, during, and after the experience. Check out these printables for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 to see if they fit your needs. Feel free to copy and customize!

Using livestreams for virtual field trips
If you want kids to practice their observation skills, this is the way to go. Plus, there’s something truly amazing about opening a window and seeing an elephant drinking from a watering hole in Africa — right now. The immediacy of real-time footage captures something an edited video can’t, and watching animals in their own environments is a great observation opportunity for students of all ages.

One of the best things about these livestreams is that they connect kids to the pace of nature. Unlike an edited movie that highlights an exciting narrative, these cams show the everyday, sometimes mundane moments. Acknowledge and explore that with kids!

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