Grades K-2
Internet Field Trip Guide


What are Internet Field Trips?

Houghton Mifflin Science DiscoveryWorks Internet Field Trips use carefully screened Web sites that will provide your class with additional background on the science topics they are learning about in their science lessons. The linked sites are colorful, exciting, and many are interactive. Some will take your children on a "field trip" to places they have never visited before.

When should I use an Internet Field Trip?

You can use an Internet Field Trip to introduce a science topic or as a follow-up to a science lesson.

How should I prepare for the use of the Internet Field Trip?

Houghton Mifflin has screened every Web site listed for the Internet Field Trips. However, sites may change after the screening process. Therefore, you'll want to preview the Web sites yourself before your class views them. Print out a Trip Log and then make copies for each child. Next, prepare your computer so that the entire class or a small group of children can see the screen. You may wish to allow children to serve as "helpers" to navigate through the sites by clicking on the links themselves. Be sure to closely monitor children when they are using the Internet.

Do my computers need special plug-ins for the sites listed on Education Place?

Whenever possible, Houghton Mifflin has indicated whether special plug-ins are needed for a particular Web site. Before you take your class on an Internet Field Trip, you'll want to download some of the more common plug-ins, such as QuickTime, SoundMachine, RealPlayer, Acrobat Reader, Shockwave, Crescendo, and HyperStudio Player.


How should I use the Trip Logs? The elements of the Trip Log are broad enough and open-ended enough so that every child can benefit from them. Depending on their own range of experience, children will explore the material at various levels.

How should I help my children use the Internet Field Trip Web sites? The Web sites referenced in Internet Field Trips have been carefully chosen for the enrichment and unique experiences they can add to children's study of the science content in Houghton Mifflin Science DiscoveryWorks.We encourage you to explore the Web sites with your children. Click on headings, menu items, "clickable" drawings, and links that are related to the science content your class is studying. You may also wish to explore the Web sites for information in other related content areas that pique children's curiosity.


Name, Date

Have children fill in their name and the date that they took the Internet Field Trip.

Web Site I Visited

Have children write the name of the Web site that they visited. They can copy the Web site name from the browser on the computer, or you can write the Web site name on the chalkboard for children to copy onto their Trip Log. Knowing the Web site name will be useful to you, your children, and their families if anyone wishes to visit the Web site again.

New Words I Learned

As you work through the Web sites with children, point out some science words used in the site that relate to the science topic. Help children record these words in the boxes provided. You may wish to have them draw a picture to illustrate a word, where applicable. You might write the words on the chalkboard and compile a list of new words for each Internet Field Trip.

Here Is a Drawing of . . .

Have children draw things they saw during the Internet Field Trip. You may wish to display children's work or keep it in a portfolio of their Internet visits.

Here Are Some Facts I learned . . .

Since children's prior knowledge of science topics varies, their learning will also vary. You may wish to have them share what they learned with other children in the class. Try developing a simple concept map to show how different but related ideas could come from visiting the same Web site.

What I Think About My Internet Field Trip

Have children circle the face that best describes how they felt about the Internet Field Trip. Here are some things to keep in mind as you guide your class in rating the Internet Field Trips.

Help in Evaluating Web Sites

To enable children to become critical users of the Internet, they need the tools to evaluate Web sites. You may wish to discuss the following with your class:
  1. Is the Web site written in words I can understand?
  2. Do the pictures and photos teach me something new?
  3. Can I find my way around the Web site?
  4. Does the Web site make me uncomfortable? If it does, then I should tell a teacher, parent, or responsible adult.
  5. Does the Web site ask me for information about myself or my family? If it does, I should not answer any questions that give personal information. I should tell a teacher, parent, or responsible adult about the questions.

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