North Augusta Middle School’s sixth graders had a chance to take a field trip Nov. 26 without ever leaving their school building.
The on-site field trip featured speakers with interactive activities on topics such as wildlife, archery and polymers.
The on-site field trip was first held last school year in response to a shortage of funds for traditional trips, said Beth Burckhalter, a sixth-grade math teacher.
“This allows us to bring the field-trip experience to the students, hit more standards – and it’s cheaper,” she said.
While creating stations that the pupils would enjoy visiting, each station also addressed at least one South Carolina standard for sixth grade. Standards covered during the event included hunters, hunting and gathering, history of religion, polymers, animals and adaptations.
Riley Morris, 11, said she enjoyed making the connection between the classroom and the activities.
“We get to see a lot of the things we’re learning about up close and personal,” she said.
Chloe Sweat, also 11, agreed.
“I like that we get to see some things we never saw before, like making diapers, a coyote and archery,” she said.
Teachers hope that the activity helped pupils see the relevance of what’s being taught in the classroom, said Burckhalter.
“All of the things they’re learning applies in the real world,” she said.