Daytrip and Vacations

Fourth Grade

Kelleys Island State Park (Kelleys Island, OH): There are numerous nature areas to visit, but the most intriguing area is the Glacial Grooves at the intersection of Division St. and Titus Rd. 
Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park (Lima, OH) : Enjoy the outdoors at this location or stop by during one of their many nature presentations.
Fossil Park (Sylvania, OH) : You can hunt for fossils from the Devonian Era.
Hueston Woods State Park (Preble/Butler Counties): There are several areas to look for Ordovician Era fossils. You can camp, swim, and walk the trails. One of the trails also begins at a prehistoric Indian mound.
Serpent Mound (Peebles, OH) : This Nation Historic Landmark has the serpent effigy mound along with 3 burial mounds formed by the Adena and Fort Ancient cultures.
Johnston Farm & Indian Agency (Piqua, OH): There are tours that take you through pioneer and early Native American life. They also have a  replica canal boat that visitors can ride in. 
Ohio Village (Columbus, OH) : This recreated 19th century community has many reenactments throughout the summer months.
New Bremen and St. Marys have several areas where you can walk the canals.
Ohio State Courthouse: There are tours given at the statehouse showing the House and Senate chambers. The Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center offers exhibits that encourage visitors to participate in the state government process by making decisions, expressing their opinions, comparing viewpoints and by voting. 
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati, OH) : This exhibit shares the stories of freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times.
The John Rankin House (Ripley, OH) : Built in 1828, it was home to abolitionist John Rankin, and was one of the original stops on the Underground Railroad.
The Bicycle Museum of America (New Bremen, OH) : The museum is one of the largest private collections of bicycles in the world.
National Museum of the US Air Force  (Riverside, OH) : This museum is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world.
Logan County History Center (Bellefontaine, OH): The Logan County Museum includes more than a dozen rooms dedicated to a particular theme, area, or subject of Logan County or American history. These include an Indian/Early Logan County Room, Underground Railroad Room, One-Room School exhibit, Doctor’s Office, Toy Room, General Store, Military Room, and others.
Allen County Museum and Historical Society (Lima, OH): There are a wide variety of exhibits that include a large locomotive,  vintage vehicles/carriages, Native American artifacts, and fossils.
Mazza Museum (Findlay, OH): The University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum is the world’s largest collection of original artwork by children’s book illustrators. The Museum’s goal is to promote literacy and enrich the lives of all people through the art of picture books.

Sixth Grade

Museums with displays on ancient river valley civilizations (Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Indus Valley).

Any city- discuss why people live where they live (natural resources, climate, transportation)

Soil- as you travel, discuss differences in soil color and make-up.

Other Countries- What type of government does it have?  What are the civil liberties and political rights of the citizens.

Energy- What is the energy source (for electricity) where you are traveling?  Are you seeing alternative energy sources for transportation? (electric cars, natural gas-powered buses, etc.)

Seventh Grade

Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum, Wapakoneta- helps with understanding of Science concepts discussed with the Life As We Knew It novel and other grade-level content  

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, OH (Pairs with class novels Nightjohn and Sarny)

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA: (setting of class novel Al Capone Does My Shirts)



-Corpus Christi, Texas (Selena’s hometown & museum)

-San Antonio, Texas (The Alamo)

-Chicago, Illinois (Art Museum-Pablo Picasso’s paintings)

-St. Petersburg, Florida (Salvador Dalí’s Museum)


-Spain = Madrid, Barcelona, Pamplona, Granada, Toledo, Sevilla

-México = Mazatlán, Mexico City

-Costa Rica = San Jose



-El Salvador

-La Havana, Cuba

-Dominican Republic

-Puerto Rico (the Bermuda Triangle)

-Paris, France

-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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