Preparing an end-of-year field trip

  • Level: Elementary school
    Age group:
    Students ages 10 and 11
  • When:
    September and October,
    January and February

Areas of learning:

  • Environment and consumption
  • Citizenship and community life

Main objectives

  • Make decisions in function of the group's needs and desires.
  • Choose an activity based on its cost and possible means of financing.
  • Complete a cooperative project.
  • Give an oral presentation to share research results.


Students gather information on a possible end-of-year field trip and share the results of their research with the group. With your help, students then choose the proposal that best meets the criteria established in the preparation phase, and find the means to finance it.

All the documents you need to carry out this activity are in the right-hand column under Useful links.

Task 1 objectives

At the end of this task, students will be able to choose an activity, gather information to estimate its cost, and, finally, plan the day's schedule.


  1. After consulting the Sociogram test document, divide students into teams of 4.
  2. Have students work in teams to choose a possible activity for the end-of-year field trip.
  3. Working as a group, determine the costs and possible activities.
  4. Look up information on related costs and the day's schedule.
  5. Assign the cooperative roles (organizer, facilitator, harmonizer and secretary) and encourage students to share the information found.

Teacher's notes

  • Refer to the Sociogram test and the Creating heterogeneous groups tool.
  • Help students to better understand the value of money. Ask each team to estimate the cost of the trip or activity chosen before doing any research into the actual costs.
  • Guide students in their online or library research. Help them note relevant information.
  • Ask students to list the things they need to properly plan the budget and itinerary (e.g., costs, possible activities, various fees).
  • Since each group will consider different elements, ask students to share their findings with the rest of the group. All students can use these important details to help in their research.

Task 2 objectives

At the end of this task, students will be able to do an oral presentation to discuss their choice for the end-of-year field trip.


  1. Invite each team to:
    • prepare a visual presentation (on paper or electronically) to share their field trip plans with the entire group, including the activities chosen, schedule and costs.
    • prepare an oral presentation to persuade the group to support their plans.
  2. Invite the different teams to address the group to present their plans. Students must convince their peers that their plan is the best by explaining how it meets the criteria established in the preparatory phase (activity, destination, schedule, costs, advantages, etc.).

Teacher's notes

Consult the Oral Communication Evaluation Grid.

Task 3 objectives

At the end of this task, students will be able to make decisions democratically.


Discuss the different proposals and make a democratic choice.

Teacher's notes

  • To make a democratic choice, students should take a vote, either by secret ballot or a show of hands.
  • For more information on democracy, visit the activities proposed on the Young Voters website.

Task 4 objectives

At the end of this task, students will be able to help organize the end-of-year field trip as well as find ways to raise the money needed.

  • Time required
    Four 60-minute periods to organize the activity (in addition to the financing activities outside of the caisse)
  • Teaching material
    I Have a Dream—and I'm Saving for It!
    (PDF, 323 KB)


  1. Hold a brainstorming session to make a list of all the tasks.
  2. Share the tasks between the teams established in Task 1. Each team can then become a committee responsible for one task.

    Examples of tasks:

    • Establish the schedule of activities and meal breaks.
    • Confirm the availability of transportation and reserve accordingly.
    • Confirm the availability of the chosen destination and reserve accordingly.
    • Write a letter to the governing board.
    • Write a permission slip for parents and chaperones to fill out.
    • Assemble the needed materials.
    • List the means of financing.
  3. With the students, determine the amount of money needed for the trip. Calculate the total cost including taxes and all related expenses.
  4. Choose several fundraising activities from the list made by the students (see examples in the Teacher's notes).
  5. Organize individual and collective fundraising activities with the help of students' parents.
  6. Develop a real, concrete financing plan with the students and determine individual responsibilities to the collective project (e.g., each person must raise a certain amount of money).
  7. Throughout the fundraising campaign, collect and tally the funds raised individually and collectively. Indicate progress on the I Have a Dream—and I'm Saving for It! chart.

Teacher's notes

  • Take the opportunity to ask students first to estimate, then to calculate the total cost of the trip based on the information provided by each committee. Have students compare their results.
  • Examples of collective and cooperative fundraising activities:

    • car wash
    • spaghetti supper
    • etc.

    The funds raised can be used to pay for transportation and certain group activities.

  • Examples of individual fundraising activities:

    • chocolate bar sales
    • coffee sales
    • etc.

    The funds raised can be used to pay for meals, group souvenirs, etc.