Virtual Field Trips
Welcome to Renzulli Learning’s Spotlight on Sources, some of our most engaging resources to excite and inspire your students!
Renzulli Learning provides your students with many outstanding “Type I” experiences – activities designed to expose students to a wide variety of disciplines, topics, occupations, hobbies, persons, places, and events that would not ordinarily be covered in the regular curriculum – as detailed in the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) by Dr. Joseph Renzulli and Dr. Sally Reis. One of our favorite kinds of Type I Activities are Virtual Field Trips!
Have students go to My Enrichment Activities and choose Virtual Field Trips. From there they can browse the Virtual Field Trips based on their Profiler Results or they can do an Advanced Search to find Virtual Field Trips on a specific topic or to a specific location. Once your students have located the Virtual Field Trip of their choice, have them add an entry in their Journal!
Which of the Virtual Field Trips that you explored would you like to visit in person? Explain why with at least three reasons and details. Do you have any advice for us if we go on this trip?
Below are some of the most popular Virtual Field Trips students accessed in Renzulli Learning during the last week.
St. Louis Zoo
Come take a walk on the wild side at the St. Louis Zoo! You can see a variety of animals including birds, elephants, hippos, and many more! Just click on any of the Zoo Zones to start discovering the animals in that section. You can also click on “Education” and scroll down to “Kid’s Corner” to find many activities you can do at home!
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour
Enjoy your own “Night at the Museum” by taking a virtual tour of this great building. Select the Exhibit Category you would like to start viewing! For permanent exhibits, click the Ground, First, and Second buttons at the upper right to display floor maps, and choose the exhibit you’d like to explore. You can zoom in on any feature.
A Tour of the Cell
Come take a virtual tour of a cell! The Cellscape is one of the many fascinating scientific visualizations created by XVIVO Scientific Animation Studio. The project was supported by Google Making and Science Team. The creators did a wonderful job in introducing us to the major parts of the cell visible to a viewer in the cytoplasm in a virtual environment. This tour will be sure to boost your next test score in cell biology!
CSI The Experience: Web Adventures
Learn more about forensic sciences! Take a virtual tour of a lab, learn about the tools and practice your forensic science skills to solve a crime!
Each week, we will send you teaching suggestions and a few examples of our best and most popular resources. For more ideas to infuse enrichment activities with your curriculum, please visit the Unit Supplements on the Teacher Site, under “Teach.” We can also link these enrichment resources to your regular curriculum if you send us a theme or topic.
Thanks for being a part of the Renzulli Learning family and we hope you find these resources helpful.
Stay well and safe,
Your Renzulli Learning Team