Field trips serve an important purpose in the Elementary learning journey. When well-chosen, well-timed, and well-run, experiences outside of the ACS campus can engage, prepare, and inspire students in ways that cannot be accomplished within the walls of the school. Classroom learning is complemented and made more significant by external learning experiences, providing students with greater understanding of the world around them and a deeper self-knowledge.
KG1: Animals and Habitats
KG 1 students enjoy hands on educational and fun activities. Emirates Park Zoo and Resort aims to create a connection between members of the community with natural animal life and the environment, as well as encouraging children to preserve the environment and instilling in them the values of animal welfare from a young age. Emirates Park Zoo and Resort Abu Dhabi is home to more than 1,400 animals made up of pets and wild animals, housed in a number of sections including: Birds Park, Reptile House, Snake Alley, Giraffe Park, Flamingo Park, Wildlife Walk, Primate Parade, Petting Zoo, Camel Farm, Mammal Cave, Equine Enclosure, Hippo House and much more…Emirates Park Zoo and Resort is undergoing a massive expansion that will eventually see zip lines and tree top activities, an indoor marine zone with twenty six salt water and four fresh water tanks, playgrounds & gaming zones and a number of international fast food chains.
KG1: Art - Children's Museum
The experience of learning is at the heart of the Children's Museum. Centrally located across two floors, this specially designated section of Louvre Abu Dhabi hosts family-focused exhibitions and interactive workshops in Arabic and English. The aim is to inspire young minds by teaching children about artistic techniques and ideas.
The Children Museum has been conceived for children aged between six and twelve years old. It is ideal for both school groups or family visits. Children and adults alike are invited to share in numerous learning activities designed to nurture curiosity and creativity. The Children’s Museum also serves as a bridge to the rest of Louvre Abu Dhabi and its programs, helping young visitors to get the most out of the museum’s focus on universal human themes.
KG1: Exploring Our Neighborhood
This unit is related to the Buildings unit and provides the perfect opportunity to explore buildings in the neighborhood and their purposes. Students identify differences in structure and design accompanied by parent volunteers.
KG2: Emirates Park Zoo!
KG2: Abu Dhabi Children's Library
KG2 students are introduced for the first time to this wonderful resource which supports early literacy skills in Abu Dhabi. The theme of the day is literary exploration -- Discovering the books that inspire us!
Grade 1: Abu Dhabi Children's Library
In the Tackling Trouble unit, students focus on using reading strategies to become better readers: predicting, visualizing, asking questions, making connections, and retelling. While at the library, they will have the opportunity to listen to a read-aloud and then participate in a song and craft. Students will also be able to tour the library and visit the Arts Center.
Grade 1: Abu Dhabi Observatory
In this two-part unit, Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles, students will have collected data throughout the school year and use it to identify and explain patterns that they observe in the sky: Sun's location, moon phases etc. At the Observatory, students will have the opportunity to gaze into space and visit a planetarium where they will be presented educational and entertaining shows about astronomy and the night sky.
Grade 1: Marina Mall
In the Savings and Spending unit, this inquiry features an investigation of economic decision making through the context of how families manage their money. In examining the costs and benefits associated with making decisions about spending and saving money, students should be able to develop an explanation with evidence to answer the compelling question “What choices do we make with our money?”. At Marina Mall, we will visit Carrefour and students will have a set amount of money that they can spend on various items they identify as a need vs a want.
Grade 2: Abu Dhabi Science Festival
We are all scientists.
As part of the Next Generational Science Standards, students are curious about the world we live in. The Abu Dhabi Science Festival provides students with an opportunity to apply their Curiosity and engage in some hand-on science investigation and experimentation. Plus, they get to see things jump, change color, make noise, and explode!
Grade 2: Mushriff Park
As part of the "Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems" Science unit, a trip to the park helps us explore how animals and plants rely on each other to live and grow. Students investigate what plants need in order to survive and grow.
Grade 3: Interdependence, Traits, and Life Cycles
How do plants and animals depend on each other? How does being in a group affect an animal's ability to survive? How are animal groups the same and how are they different? What has been the human impacts on the natural environment around us?
Guided by Ecoventure experts, students in Grade 3 explore the flora and fauna of the Eastern Mangroves to get up close and personal with the organisms they've studied in class. (no swimming or kayaking involved)
Grade 4: Global Trade and Interdependence
From environmental interdependence in Grade 3, students in Grade 4 shift to an examination of societal interdependence. The economics of good and services, collaboration, resource scarcity, and trade come to life in this real-life scenario experience. Can your team fix the ferry, solve the riddle, cross the river, get your provisions to market, and then build your own settlement? What other resources might be helpful? Is it better to compete, or to collaborate?
Grade 5: Desert Studies and Survival
Just how important is water, anyway? What actually lives in the deserts that surround Abu Dhabi? What does it mean to work as a team?
Experienced Ecoventure guides take our Grade 5 students on a day trip into the Abu Dhabi desert
Grade 5: Wadi Adventure
As they prepare for much more extensive trips in Middle School, our Grade 5 students take on the ropes, waves, meals, and nighttime routines of Wadi Adventure. This Ecoventure-run experience focuses on the ACS Core Value of Courage and teaches students how to work together, overcome challenges, and find the very best of themselves. It also produces memories that last a lifetime...