Magazine article Teach

Field Trips

Magazine article Teach

Field Trips

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Politics and Civics

A trip to your local municipal, provincial, and even federal government will afford students first hand experience on the workings of the government and deepen their understanding of politics. Many of these legislature buildings offer daily school tours, programs, and resources to supplement interactive tours. School programs are often bilingual and can be adapted for any grade level and interests. As well, pre- and post- student and teacher resources are typically available as accompaniments to the school visit.

Students in Edmonton for example, can visit City Hall and tour the award-winning building, visit Council Chamber, and perhaps drop in on the councilors hard at work. Field trip-ers may also apply their civic learning and participate in a mock council meeting.

At the provincial level, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario welcomes school groups for interactive and curriculum-linked education programs. School trips incorporate a visit to Chambers where students can observe MPPs debating or when the House is not in session, students can participate in an interactive discussion on the Chamber floor or galleries. Dedicated education spaces allow students to engage in discussions and activities linked to their grade and curriculum areas of study, including mock-sessions.

In Ottawa, Parliament Hill offers fun and educational grade-specific tours of the building. "Searching for Symbols" is a program geared for Grades K-3 and Cycle 1 (Quebec) and asks young students to practice their clue-gathering skills and seek out and identify Canadian symbols 'hidden' at Centre Block. …

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