field trip


Definition of field trip

: a visit (as to a factory, farm, or museum) made (as by students and a teacher) for purposes of firsthand observation

Examples of field trip in a Sentence

We took a class field trip to the power plant. We went on a field trip.

Recent Examples on the Web

Students were cheered by a roller skating party, a field trip to the Wisconsin Dells, and on the last day, an end-of-the-year celebration and potluck. Julie Bosman, New York Times, "School’s Closed. Forever.," 13 June 2018 Her program included classroom instruction and a field trip to the forest for an invasive species pull, giving students hands-on opportunities. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ten Girl Scouts in southeastern Wisconsin honored with Gold Award," 30 May 2018 There will be a field trip to the museum on Friday, June 15. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 28 May 2018 The East Brook Middle School bus was part of a field trip to historic Waterloo Village. CBS News, "New Jersey school bus driver made illegal U-turn before deadly crash, officials say," 18 May 2018 Two parents reported their children were restrained and poked in the rear through their clothes in a hotel room during a field trip this school year. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Report: School district's male students played 'rape game' for several years | The Kansas City Star," 9 Apr. 2018 Houser frequently accompanies youth to court appointments and offers enrichment opportunities and field trips. Allie Torgan, CNN, "Out of juvenile detention, they're serving meals instead of time," 29 Mar. 2018 On a warm fall day, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown stood in a public square known as Portland’s living room, surrounded by excited children on their way back from a field trip to a local courthouse. Gillian Flaccus, The Seattle Times, "Oregon’s incumbent Democrat faces tight race for governor," 26 Oct. 2018 When a fifth grade class discovered the bones of a Camarasaurus during a field trip in Alcova, the Cotton Creek Dinosaur Trail was soon created to guide hikers through the Sundance and Morrison formations, which are known for their fossils. Susan B. Barnes, USA TODAY, "Dinosaurs in real-life: Where to find them around the US," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of field trip

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of field trip was in 1926

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English Language Learners Definition of field trip

: a visit to a place (such as a museum or zoo) that is made by students to learn about something

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Kids Definition of field trip

: a visit to a place (such as a museum) made by students to learn about something

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