Before you take a field trip, think of some ways to document your field trip. This is useful for documentation purposes and it can be useful for follow-up work that you might require your students to complete, such as a field trip report. Here are some ideas to help you do this:
- Photos. Pictures are a great way to document a field trip. Consider providing each student with a single use or disposable camera. In addition to being quite inexpensive, you don't have to worry about them becoming lost.
- Video. A video camera is another great way to document a field trip. Designate a camera operator for the day so that you are free to manage the field trip. The downside of using a video camera is that they are expensive and on a field trip there are usually lots of opportunities to lose or damage one.
- Notes. Providing your students with a simple notepad or sketchpad is also a good way to have them document the field trip. Of course, you need to make sure they understand what kind of notes or sketches you want them to make!
- Programs, maps, or pamphlets. If your field trip destination provides programs, maps, brochures, or other documents, take some copies home with you as documentation of your trip.
- Exercises. If you have developed exercises that you want students to complete during the field trip, they can also serve as your documentation of the trip.