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Field Trip Tips

Suggestions for making your field trip a success are provided here.

Before Your Visit:

    • Find out what your students already know, if anything, about grain elevators and ask them to share this information with the class.
    • Tie the concept of grain elevators to other subjects your students are learning about, such as farming, simple machines, history, or gravity.
    • Visit the J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum website and allow students to explore the interactive online exhibits.
    • Use the J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum Pre-Visit Lessons to stimulate interest in the elevator visit.

Field Trip Day:

    • Remind students to bring any necessary supplies (pencils, paper, etc., depending on your planned activities) they will need while at the museum.
    • Let students know what to expect before arrival in terms of instructions, activities, and your expectations.
    • Allow sufficient time to travel to and from the museum.

After Your Visit:

    • Find out what your students learned about the grain elevator and how it was used.
    • Ask them to make predictions or research the use of elevators in present times and how this has changed.
    • Provide opportunities for students to share their field trip experiences with others.
    • Use the J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum Post-Visit Lessons to extend student learning beyond the field trip.
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