Lesson Plans / Virtual Field Trip


A virtual field trip is an activity that is standard based, whichfacilitates student visit to a place of interest through the internetvirtually without having to go to the place physically. It’s allabout learning for student since they gain experience and meet newpeople and visit new places. After a visit to virtual field trip thestudent should assimilate and organize all what they have learned andcreate posters or collages, travel brochures, newsletter, educationwebsites, multimedia presentation, simulated newscasts andnewsletters.

The following is a virtual field trip project lesson plan

  1. Grade level: Eighth Grade

  2. Topic: A visit to the Zoo to see the different animals

  3. Standards:

The lesson is designed to meet specific requirement of children beingable to interpret what they see and learn.

  1. Objectives:

To motivate the student thus help them to achieve instructionalefficiency

Act as learning incentive to student

Help student interpret the quality of instructions

Help student identify and know the importance of preserving andprotecting wild animals in their natural habitat.

  1. Material

  • http://awic.nal.usda.gov/zoo-circus-and-marine-animals

  • http://www.zooamerica.com/

  • http://nationalzoo.si.edu/contact/

  • Text book

  1. Procedure

The following is a set of instruction activities of what is tohappen,

  1. Activity: discussion with student on the importance of wild animals’ protection and preservation

  2. Activity: role student can play in conserving wild animals, kinds of wild animals found in different Zoos and how government protects the animals from poachers.

  3. Activity: visit website

  4. Activity: Group work

  1. QAIT Model Learning

  1. Quality-the student will experience the sense of discovery and gain interest in the lesson and with teacher’s guidance visit different website

  2. Appropriateness: the assignment is appropriate for children at grade eight since it involves investigation and will help them make basic observations and make interpretations (O`Donoghue, 2006).

  3. Incentives: the fascination of seating behind a computer and visiting different zoos will capture the student interest and encourage them to have more interest.

  4. Time: the time allotted to this lesson is 90 minutes 15 minutes for orientation, 50 minutes for visiting the websites and 25 for discussion and quiz.

  1. Development Activities

  1. Instructions

  • Student will be engaged in a discussion of the information about animals found zoos gathered from the web

  • Each individual group is to complete worksheet describing what they have learned

  • Group discussion

  1. Guided practice

  • Review of the groups worksheet

  • Discussion as a class

  • Online virtual trip to the zoos

  1. Independent practice

  • Text book reading

  • Worksheet packet

  1. Closure: closing the class discussion

  1. Evaluation

This is meant to check whether the student understood anything taughtin class and can be conducted by:

  • Asking student to write an essay about the virtual field trip to the zoo

  • Through a quiz


O`Donoghue, J. (2006). Technology supported learning and teaching:A staff perspective. Hershey, PA: Information Science Pub.