Field Trip Special Topics: Elementary Level

Each trip is designed to compliment the Georgia Performance Standards and the individual needs of each class. Listed below are some of the most often requested activities. These activities are designed for one class at at time with 30 or less students. Activities can be adapted to various grade levels. For large groups, special request or additional information, please call Annette Wise at 229-824-4104 ext.16.

Kindergarten

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

All Grades

KINDERGARTEN -SYMBOLS OF AMERICA

SSKH1 – Plains High School Museum
Students will identify the purpose of national holidays and describe the people and events celebrated. Our focus for this activity will be Presidents’ Day and President Jimmy Carter. (Students will use pictures of Jimmy Carter during this activity.)

Allow 30 minutes.

SSKH2 – Plains High School Museum
Students will identify important American symbols and explain their meaning. The focus of this activity will include the national and state flags, the bald eagle,the White House, Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner. (Students will identify the symbols and learn why each is important and describes proper etiquette during the “Pledge of Allegiance” and “The Star Spangled Banner” and describes proper flag etiquette, the significance of the stars, stripes and colors of the American flag. )

Allow 30-40 minutes.

SSKH3 – Plains High School or the Boyhood Farm
Students will correctly use words and phrases related to chronology and time to explain how things change. The focus now,long ago and past, present,future. (Students will be encouraged to use these words as they tour the museums.)

KPHS- Plains High School Walking Tour
Teachers will be provided a self guided tour sheet and rotating schedule to use in the museum. Each room will have objects to point out and discuss with students.

Allow 30 minutes.

 

FIRST GRADE – AMERICAN HEROS

SS1H1- Plains High School Museum
Identify the contributions made by Theodore Roosevelt with and emphasis on National Parks and the environment. (Students will identify pictures of Theodore Roosevelt, The White House and the National Park Service symbol. A short book will be shared with students about National Parks and Theodore Roosevelt.)

Allow 30 minutes.

SS1E1 & SS1E3 – Plains High School
Distinguishes between jobs that produce and jobs that perform services. (Students will view pictures of Jimmy Carter, his career and determine producer/consumer and jobs/services.)

Allow 20 minutes.

1PHS- Plains High School Museum Walking Tour
Teachers will be provided a self guided tour sheet and rotating schedule to use in the museum. Each room will have objects to point out and discuss with students.

Allow 30 minutes.

 

SECOND GRADE – GEORGIA, MY STATE

SS2H1 & SS2G2 – Boyhood Farm
Students will read about and describe the lives of historical figures in Georgia history. Identify the contributions made by Jimmy Carter:leadership and human rights. Describe how everyday life for Jimmy Carter(as a child) is similar to and different from everyday life in the present (food, clothing, homes, transportation, communication, recreation, rights and freedoms.(Students will participate in a walking tour and particpate in 1930s lifestyles at the Boyhood farm.)

Allow 60-120 minutes.

S2L1 – Boyhood Farm
Describes how plants and animals use water, nutrients, and  light. Identify the parts of the plant using the Boyhood Farm  garden. This can be incoporated with SS2H1.

Allow 20 minutes.

ELA2W1a- Plains High School Museum
Students demonstrate competency in the writing process in letter writing using date, saluation, body and closing. (Students will write a letter to President Carter concerning their field trip. Letters will be displayed at the museum.)

Allow 20 minutes.

ELA2W1b – Plains High School Museum
Museum scavenger hunt. Students look through the museum recording facts about the Carters. The activity focuses on childhood and his political career. (Students will be broken into small groups and record information about President Carter on a paper T-shirt.)

Allow 30-45 minutes.

M2M1 – Plains High School Museum
Measures length in inches and centimeters. Estimation of quantities (Students will use peanuts to make estimates and measure length.)

Allow 30 minutes.

SS2CG2 & SS2CG4 -Plains High School Museum
Students will identify the roles of the following elected offiicals: President and Governor. The focus will be on Jimmy Carter when he held these offices. (Students will use objects and pictures as they learn about the jobs of the President of the USA and the Governor of Georgia.)

Allow 30 minutes.

2PHS- Plains High School Museum Walking Tour
Teachers will be provided a self guided tour sheet and rotating schedule to use in the museum. Each room will have objects to point out and discuss with students.

Allow 30 minutes.

 

THIRD GRADE – OUR DEMOCRATIC HERITAGE

SS3H2 – Plains High School Museum
Students will discuss the lives of Americans who expanded people’s rights and freedoms in a democracy. The focus of this activity will be President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. (Students will listen to a story about the Roosevelts and use pictures and a timeline for this activity.)

Allow 30 minutes.

SS3CG1 – Plains High School Museum
The students will explain the importance of the basic principles that provide the foundation of a republican form of government and the executive branch of government. (Students will use Constitution bookets to research the requirments to run for President. At the end of this lesson, students will take the Oath of Office.)

Allow 30-40 minutes.

3PHS- Plains High School Museum Walking Tour
Teachers will be provided a self guided tour sheet and rotating schedule to use in the museum. Each room will have objects to point out and discuss with students.

Allow 30 minutes.

3Depot – The Depot
Students will learn about the 1976 Presidential Campagin Headquarters. A Depot Savenger Hunt is used as students learn about the different primaries and campagining.

Allow 30 minutes.

3Plains – Downtown Plains Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour
Students will particpate in a scavenger hunt using various historic markers and signs in Plains.

LA.3.4 &LA3.6
Recalls and interprets information presented orally  and responds to various types of questions through museum scavenger hunts.

Allow 45 minutes.

M3.37
Solves oral one- and two-step word problems. (Students will listen to a 1940’s math story and solve the problems orally.)

Allow 20 minutes.

S.3.16 &S.3.21
Discuss how fossils are formed and construct one. Students will examine fossilized rocks found in the fields around Plains. (After a short history of this area of the state, students will use materials to make a clay model of a fossil.) Allow 30 minutes.

SS.3.1 &SS3.5 &SS.3.9 &SS.3.10
Identifies common symbols of Georgia and government leaders. Recognizes duties and responsibilities of U.S. citizens. (Students will focus on Jimmy Carter’s life as these objectives are covered through museum activities.)
Allow 40 minutes.

SS.3.20
Characteristics of rural communities. (Students will visit President Carter’s Boyhood Farm to learn about his life on the farm.)
Allow 90 minutes

FOURTH GRADE

LA.4.4   & LA. 4.3 &LA.4.59 &LA.4.28
Use various sources for information, follow multiple directions, draw conclusions and summarize information. (Before arriving at the museum, divide your class into small  groups with 1 adult per group for a Scavenger Hunt to record information about President Carter.)

Allow 45 minutes.

M.4.22
Solves 1, 2 or 3-step word problems orally. (Students will visit Miss Julia’s classroom to complete a math lesson from the 1940’s.)

Allow 30 minutes.

S.4.5
Demonstrates how a compass can be used to find directions. (Students will use compasses to location areas on a map while touring the boyhood farm and completing farm related activities)

Allow 90 minutes.

S.4.11
Describes how electricity impacts our life. (Students will participate in an object analyze activity using items from the 1930’s to learn about President Carter’s childhood while living in a home without electricity.)

Allow 40 minutes.

S.4.25
Discuss causes and possible solutions for pollution. (Students will participate in a Water Quality unit developed by Georgia Power about pollution and learn about Carter Center. This is a hands-on approach investigating, identifying and tracing the sources of pollution as well as seeing how our political system works.)

Allow 45 minutes.

SS.4.1
Identifies the structure of government. (Students will use Constitution booklets to research facts about our government.)

Allow 30 minutes.

SS.4.3
Identifies words of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” (Students will listen and sing our National Anthem as we visit the 1930’s restored classroom. The history of the flag will be discussed as well as citizenship.)

Allow 20 minutes.

SS.4.26
Impact of technology in The Early United States. (Students will use a hands-on unit on cotton. They will explore lifestyles, music, boll weevils, cotton, and cotton carders.)

Allow 45 minutes.

PE.4.5
Identifies and applies components of rhythm and dance. (Students will listen to music from the 1930-40’s and learn a simple dance.)

Allow 30 minutes

FIFTH GRADE

LA.5.4 &LA.5.42 &LA.5.64 &SS.5.20
Writes three or more paragraphs about a topic. (Students will  visit Miss Julia’s restored 1930’s classroom and write with fountain pens after completing research based museum activities. The writing will be based on information about Jimmy Carter.)

Allow 60 minutes.

SS.5.1 &SS.5.3
Explains duties and responsibilities of the three branches of government and identifies the process by which citizens affect the U.S. political system. (Students receive Constitution booklets to research the legislative, executive and judicial branches. We will concentrate on the eligibility of becoming President, the duties of the President and citizenship responsibilities. This will be related to President Carter’s life and his dedication to his country, Georgia and his community)

Allow 40 minutes.

SS.5.7
Explains growth due to transportation. (Students will go on a downtown walking tour of the town of Plains and the Depot to hear the history of the town and growth due to the railroad. A downtown scavenger hunt is available. Recommended adult supervision is 8 students per adult.)

Allow 45-60 minutes.

SS.5.13 &SS.5.14 &M.5.23 &M.5.36
Discuss the impact of electricity and transportation on lifestyles in the 1920’s through the Depression. (Students will  visit President Carter’s Boyhood Home to learn about life on the farm with no electricity or indoor plumbing. A short taped message of President Carter will be used so students can learn about his childhood. Students will also participate in an object identification lesson based on 1930’s household and farm objects.)

Allow 90 minutes.

S.5.1
Uses Science inquiry, process skills and problem solving.  (Students will use peanuts to make observations. The lesson will use peanuts, magnifying glass, and mortal/pedestal to learn about peanuts’ growth, harvest, and economic impact on Georgia.)
Allow 45 minutes.

ALL GRADE LEVELS

Plains High School Museum
Includes exhibits,1930’s classroom, time lines, and movies about Jimmy Carter. An excellent opportunity for research and fact finding skills through museum activities and active participation.

Depot and Town of Plains
Includes the history of Plains, the depot, transportation, and the 1976 Presidential campaign. An excellent opportunity to examine campaign items and the election process.

Boyhood Farm
Includes the childhood home of Jimmy Carter, a tenant farm house, and farm buildings. An excellent opportunity to learn about pre-electric life styles, farming during 1930’s, and Jimmy Carter’s childhood.