Chapter 3 - Worksheet Don't Grow Dendrites

Happy Saturday!
   Today I'm linking up with Mrs. Wills Kindergarten for the second installment of this book study!


Chapter 3 of the book was entitled Field Trips.  While I love a good field trip, I can't help but dread them as well.  I always end the day feeling like I've been run over by a truck!  Trying to keep track of all my little ones, and make sure that the parents are organized and well informed at the same time runs me ragged!  Field trips are one of the times that I wish I could be a more laid back person, and just enjoy the ride and the children's excitement, and let the controlling monster inside me take a break!

The only thing that saves field trips in my book is the pure joy that the students get out of it!  They come back years later, and reminisce with me about their field trips and the various things that they remember from it (like the elephant farting : )  I am blessed to live in San Diego, and have so many wonderful places to explore around us!  Every year we normally take a trip to the Pumpkin Patch, and to the San Diego Zoo!

My kids always have a wonderful time!  We also have done some in-school "field trips" when we have guest speakers, this picture is from when we had one of the parents (who is a dentist) come in and speak about dental health and getting rid of germs. 

I loved the idea in the book, that just getting out of the classroom can be a benefit to the students.  Getting some fresh air and changing your point of view is so beneficial!  I know getting up and walking around really gets my creative juices flowing, and we've all seen this graphic as to the brain's activity after some movement.

I created this simple little form for the students to use as they got out of the classroom, walked around the school, and found some 2-D and 3-D shapes.  If you would like a free copy, just click on the picture below.

I think that this chapter was a good reminder to me to let them out of the class every now and then!  We have a beautiful grass area just outside of our classroom, and I always forget to just have them do their work out there on beautiful sunny days!  It is always so peaceful, and the kids really enjoy it!

After reading this chapter, I am going to try and look for ways to allow my students more interaction with the outside world to get their creative juices flowing and allow them memories that will really stay with them for a lifetime.


  1. I love the graphic you included about the brain... such a great visual. It's so great that even something as simple as changing the scenery can have an impact on the brain. Quick and easy ways to enhance the learning in our "classrooms".

  2. I also love that this chapter reminded us that just getting outside the classroom and going on a schoolyard walk is a field trip! I think sometimes we get caught up in thinking that a field trip is organizing transportation, collecting permission slips, collecting money, etc. and forget we have so much we can learn about just by walking outside our classroom!! Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of the weekend!!


  3. Oh my goodness...I absolutely love that visual of the brain after some activity! That encourages me even further to step outside of the walls of my classroom!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  4. LOL! The elephant! Too funny!
    Field trips ARE worth the memories and hands-on learning! (I just need to drink extra coffee those days!)
    Thanks for the shape hunt recording sheet. We've done a shape hunt in school by taking pictures, but I like the writing and drawing extension.