As part of North Park Elementary School’s dedication to preparing students for lifelong learning and helping children develop cultural competence, all students participate in field trips, ranging from nature programs and theater productions to cultural centers, urban gardens, community organizations, local businesses, and museums. Field trips complement what students are learning in class. For example, 3rd graders have visited the Swedish American Museum as they study immigration and Ellis Island in the classroom, while 6th graders have traveled to the Oriental Institute in Hyde Park when they study ancient civilizations in Social Studies. We view the rich cultural diversity of Chicago as an extension of our classrooms, and we seek opportunities for students to broaden perspectives, discover new areas of interest, and deepen their understanding of themselves and the world through field trips across the city.
Seventh and Eighth Grade Travel
In 7th and 8th grade, students travel to Washington D.C. and Springfield, Illinois to complement their study of the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions, to learn about the workings of the federal and state governments, and to explore with classmates and teachers each city’s rich cultural offerings. While in the nation’s capital for two nights and three days, students visit Capitol Hill, the White House, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Memorial, the National Portrait Gallery, the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery, among other sites. These trips bring history to life for our middle schoolers, as teachers and guides help students understand how the past remains present all around us in the issues and events of our own time.
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