Taking your students on a fun-filled yet educational field trip is something they’ll remember and talk about all year long.
Here are the top five destinations for Toronto-based field trips that provide great opportunities for learning outside the classroom.
#1: Ontario Science Centre
The perfect place to bring students from nearby Toronto schools, the entire facility is one big talking point for teachers. It’s perfect for new teachers to get their feet wet for their first field trip experience, as the staff is well-versed in class trip protocol.
Lesson Idea: You don’t really need to plan a lesson for a visit to the science center, as it’s all done for you. This is why it’s one of the most popular destinations for Toronto classrooms.
If you want, you can check it out ahead of time to have an idea of what to expect and to brainstorm potential lessons.
#2: Riverdale Farm
Taking a trip to Riverdale Farm will be a memorable experience and a chance to learn what farms were like before big farming took over. The farm has almost closed a few times over the years, but private donations keep it going.
Lesson Idea: This is a great field trip to support a lesson on anything related to farming and agriculture, as well as anything historical or local to Toronto.
#3: Bata Shoe Museum
The Bata Shoe Museum might not be as immersive as the Ontario Science Center, so you’ll have to use your skills as a teacher to jazz it up and pique their curiosity.
Lesson Idea: We don’t really give a lot of thought to our footwear, so a lesson could hinge around how shoes are made, and how the materials have changed throughout the years.
As you peruse the different shoes on display, the students can ask questions about how and why they were made the way they were.
#4: Royal Ontario Museum
The Royal Ontario Museum is fit for the Queen, and your students will get to check out one of the top-rated museums in the world.
As amazing as it looks on the outside, the really interesting things are on the inside, with new offerings coming in regularly.
Lesson Idea: Call ahead and see which exhibits are currently on display. Base your lesson around the featured exhibit and it will come to life as you walk through the museum.
#5: Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village is a must-see for your students when it’s time to learn about pioneer living. Everyone here is in character and will help the kids appreciate what things were like before there was the Internet.
Lesson Idea: This field trip dovetails nicely with most history lessons, helping students get a feel for how people lived in days past.
Ask thought-provoking questions about how daily life back then differs from how it is now (beside the obvious lack of smartphones).
There you have it, five student-friendly places in Toronto that are worth the trip. Get those permission slips signed and go have fun!