The weather was perfect today for a trip to Angel Island, Immigration Station. My school has wall to wall Academies- which allows extra funding for field trips and student bonding activities. I am part of the Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources Academy(ESNR) and I teach my Academy kids U.S. History. This is the second year that I have been able to take my US History students to Angel Island during our immigration unit. Its a long day, but the kids get to have fun in the fancy discovery bus with a movie and snacks then we all get on a boat and motor over to the island. We then hike to Immigration Station, short but pretty strenuous for some students(a wake up call for some) and finally arrive at the tour with the ranger, all with beautiful views in beautiful nature. And today the weather was perfect! The tour focused on creating discussions about immigration- which is a year theme in my class- so it was perfect. And my oh my the students actually knew some stuff!. Their assignment today was to take pictures which we will put into a slide show with a voice over of poems they wrote about immigration and Angel Island( tech tool-Animoto or movenote). They got into it. Kids love this field trip even though we don’t get back til 6pm (I think its cuz we stop at In-n-out on the way home!)
I am tired but so grateful I can share learning, nature and new experiences with my students.
Bus drivers can make or break a field trip ( we got Washington- he’s bomb-yay!)
Ask about payment methods before going on a big class trip.