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Field Trips

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Students at every grade level experience real-world learning through field trips at Ironwood Elementary. Field trips have been shown to contribute to socio-emotional growth and create a positive academic impact. 

By providing a variety of experiences during field trips that relate to classroom learning and overall growth, students are able to access tools and environments that are not available at school.  Field trip experiences can help students apply classroom learning to life experience, and help shape students understanding of the world. 

Grade Specific Field Trip Information:

Kindergarten
As the newest members of our Coyote family, our kindergartners have many new and exciting learning experiences. We believe in play-based learning and engaging the five senses. Along with learning the foundational reading, writing, and math skills necessary to be lifelong learners, kindergarten is a year filled with several exciting field trips including a trip to a local farm, visiting the Marana Pumpkin Patch in the fall, visiting the Reid Park Zoo, and attending a University of Arizona Women's basketball game. 

First Grade
First graders at Ironwood continue to build off of the skills they developed in kindergarten while adding new experiences and concepts to their growing educational career. One of the exciting opportunities first graders have is visiting the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium on the University of Arizona Campus where they can learn about the solar system, sharks, minerals, and other hands-on experiences. They also learn more about the traditions and history of Tucson while attending the Tucson Rodeo Grounds- a showcase of many exciting events and skills used in the life of a rancher.

Second Grade
Second grade is a year of learning more about what it means to be a strong student through rigorous academic and social/ emotional learning. It is also a year of learning about the amazing desert that we call home. A trip to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum provides an opportunity to grow in knowledge and appreciation of the unique animals, plants and climate that make Tucson so amazing. In addition, a trip to the Shamrock Farms Dairy Farm allows students to discover and explore the largest family-operated dairy farms in the Southwest.

Third Grade
Third grade is a year when many students are becoming increasingly independent in their reading, writing, and mathematical skills. This rigorous year of preparing for the AZMERIT exam is balanced with some exciting field trip opportunities. During the fall, students visit the University of Arizona campus to experience a thrilling Women’s basketball game. In the spring, students head to Sabino Canyon Park to experience desert wildlife, splash in the water, and picnic in one of Tucson’s most popular outdoor recreational hotspots.

Fourth Grade
Ironwood 4th grade students experience a variety of hands-on academic opportunities and educational experiences through field trips. 

Experiences include a trip back in time to the one-room schoolhouse in Tubac, AZ. During this visit, student’s dress and conduct themselves reflective of the 1880s. 

One of the hands-on educational tours includes the picturesque Saguaro National Park (West) where students learn up close about the early people of Southern Arizona, the Hohokam. 

Students also experience art and culture on a tour of the Tucson Museum of Art, as well as the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Museum and, as able, an incredible night of camping under the stars at the Cooper Center for Environmental Learning where student’s love of learning is peaked!

5th Grade
Fifth grade is a time of increasing maturity and responsibility. Students are expected to demonstrate academic and behavioral leadership on campus as they serve as role models to the younger Coyotes on campus. Fifth graders also have the opportunity to see their role models and a taste of the collegiate lifestyle when they visit the University of Arizona to attend a Women’s basketball game. Students return to the U of A campus in the spring to explore interactive science exhibits and an experience of outer space at the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium.

In their final year at Ironwood, 6th grade students will work to grow as solution-oriented, collaborative, and critically thinking learners.  As they prepare for their next big step in their educational journey as middle school students, they attend a Tortolita Transition Day to visit their future school and develop their schedules. Students are also given a glimpse into future career and technical education opportunities that await them in high school during a trip to Mountain View High School. Throughout the year, students are also enriched with art lessons from an instructor from the Tucson Museum of Art that culminates in a trip to the museum in the spring. 

GEM
Our GEM (Gifted Education in Marana) program provides enriched educational opportunities for students in a challenging and unique environment. One exciting experience afforded to students in GEM is admittance to the Wright Flight program that explores the history and principles of flight culminating with a chance to pilot an actual plane around the greater Tucson area. GEM also fosters students’ love of the arts with the opportunity to attend a performance at the infamous Fox Tucson Theatre in downtown Tucson.