Instructionally-Aligned Field Trips

Instructionally-Aligned Field Trips

In partnership with Model Teaching, an industry leader in supporting educators, this course will teach you the four components of planning for an effective field trip, the methods to ensure your content standards are integrated into the field trip, and ideas for engagement through the experience. Model Teaching's Mission is to improve student performance by directly supporting teachers with quality content and resources. You will know exactly what you need to do before, during, and after the field trip to ensure it is effective, impactful, and aligned with your class lessons.

3 Months Access / 1 Course Hrs
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This teacher professional development course will teach you how to design an impactful field trip for your students that is purposeful and well-aligned with specific classroom concepts. You will learn about the essential components required to plan a field trip and how to ensure you provide meaningful activities for your students. The course provides practical examples and ideas across grade levels, and you will leave with a field trip planning template to assist you in building an excellent, rigorous, and instructionally appropriate field trip experience.


  1. Instructionally Aligned Field Trips Course Content
    1. The video and article will provide you with a rationale for how you can structure field trips to match your classroom instruction. You will learn the four components of the field trip planning process and the three strong qualities of an effective field trip. The course also includes some "Reflect or Discuss" prompts to help you connect with the course content and ends with a "Try This Task" to guide you explicitly on how you might implement the ideas into the classroom.
  2. Quiz
    1. You will answer questions related to instructionally aligned field trips. Quizzes are automatically scored and provide feedback on answer choice rationale.
  3. Implementation Reflection
    1. The reflection prompt requires you to plan for use of the "try this task" by either reflecting on the content yourself or discussing them with the colleague. You will then discuss a new concept you can attempt to implement in the future based on something you learned in the course.
  4. Considerations for Implementation
    1. This short statement helps you reflect on your ideas and assess whether you might be successful in your implementation.
  5. Videos and Further Reading
    1. Additional content suggestions are provided to enhance and expand your understanding of instructionally aligned field trips.



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Editing of a Microsoft Word document is required in this course. You may use a free version of Microsoft Word Online, or Google Docs if you do not have Microsoft Office installed on your computer. Model Teaching can provide support for this.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Self-Guided Course Code: T14722