Field Trips Make Learning Come Alive

Field Trips Make Learning Come Alive
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Jay Berstein

There’s no substitute for hands-on experience, and teachers and students on both Brawerman campuses rave about their exciting educational field trips, where they explore arts, science, the outdoors, and history. Lessons come alive, information becomes tangible, and experiences strengthen comprehension.

Kindergartners enjoy interactive exhibits and team-building activities during visits to TreePeople, the Eco Station, and the California Science Center. “We teach our students about oceans and rainforests, but nothing can compare to walking through the rainforest biome at the Science Center,” said Ms. Handelman. Grade 1 children travel to a recycling center and Heal the Bay to connect real-world experiences to their science curriculum. Social and emotional development are emphasized in the Grade 5 field trip with the nonprofit Shane’s Inspiration when each student is paired with a buddy with a disability. “It really helps our students build empathy,” said Mr. Weisner. “By the end of the day, they understand that no matter what different abilities their buddies may have, all kids are the same when it comes to playing and have fun together.”

Field trips to museums and historical sites bring social studies curriculum to life for students across grade levels. Grade 2 children tour the fantastic Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance. Grade 3 students enjoy trips to Tumbleweed camp to learn about Native Americans and to Amy’s Farm to see a rural community in action. Grade 4 children visit the Chumash Museum and San Gabriel Mission, as well as travel to Sacramento. In Grade 6, students spend time at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

Brawerman’s rigorous and innovative science curriculum comes to life on field trips to science museums and guided tours of the vibrant natural environment around L.A. Grade 2 explores the Natural History Museum to observe and learn more about fossils, while Grade 4 kids head to the Big Lab at the California Science Center to put their knowledge of energy and motion to the test. In Grade 5, students gather at AstroCamp for a remarkable three days of exciting scientific and recreational activities. Grade 6 is also treated to a fantastic guided tour of JPL.

In addition to these trips, students venture out into the wider community to connect with their grade-level tikkun olam projects. Grade 2 visits the Village at Sherman Oaks, a senior living community, while Grade 5 goes for a meal that they prepare then deliver to the Alexandria House, a women and children’s shelter.

Three major trips will close out the school year for Brawerman students. Grade 5 East will take a boat trip to Catalina for the ultimate outdoor experience; while Grade 5 West (and some Grade 6 students) travels to Boston, a trip that aligns perfectly with their study of early American history. Finally, in a culmination of their study of Judaism at Brawerman, Grade 6 students from both campuses will journey to Israel for two weeks, staying with Israeli families, visiting important landmarks, and enjoying a fantastic, exciting guided adventure led by Rabbi Ben-Naim and faculty from East and West.

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