In-Class Field Trips for Grade Three Students
What people have said about our Bridges: “This is awesome!”
A brief introduction to this program will include a discussion of the uses, function and history of bridges through the years. Students will learn why certain shapes are used for building bridges and identify how these shapes can affect the strength and/or weakness of the structure.
The 4 bridge models are a stone arch, metal truss, concrete girder and cable suspension bridge.
Students will also draw, identify and label the main components of each bridge in order to have a record of their accomplishment.
Using teamwork and sharing the role of “foreman”, each group will construct 4 different styles of bridge. Each bridge offers the opportunity to work with different building materials and fasteners.
Learner Expectations we aim to cover in this field trip:
Topic B: Building with a Variety of Materials
- GLE 3-6
- GLE 3-7
- SLE 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Field Trip Information:
PLEASE KNOWIf you’ve missed booking your preferred date for Awesome Bridges, please know that we do have a cancellation list, and we can put you on it. (It’s very rare, but sometimes schools have to cancel.) Also: mark your calendars for May 1 – that’s when our booking calendar for next year opens.
As of March 11, here are all the dates open for Bridges: Mar fully booked; Apr 3, 28, 29; May 11, 25, 28; Jun 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12.
Number of Adult Helpers Required: 4 The field trip can’t happen without them. Check out our FAQ page for hints on where to find your helpers.
Field Trip Length: 2 hours (we will be working through recess) Facilitator will arrive approximately 3/4 hour before start time for set up.
- Must be held in a large, ground floor room with open floor space (the gym is preferred).
- If more than one session is booked in a day, there is no option for moving the Bridges between sessions. We MUST remain set up for the whole day, including the lunch hour. The Multi-Session Discount will be applied as a result – hooray for savings!
- Two tables are required upon which to place materials.
- Please have helpers arrive 20 minutes before start time for briefing.