Students gain knowledge about specific places they’ve toured through a variety of activities.
– Call ahead and inquire about the sights and stops on the tours, as well any information the students may learn while on the tour.
– Create a KWL chart for a behind-the-scenes tour. Begin with what the students know about the venue being visited, and then list the information they want to learn while on the trip. Students should focus on finding that information while on the trip.
Questions to ask: How did they do that? When/How was that built? What occurred here?
Describe the sights around you. What do you see? What do you hear?
Observe the people around you. What are they doing? How are they doing it? What do they look like?
Opinion: What type of tour would you prefer for each of the following venues: historical site, landmark, company, performance, or campus. Explain why.
Compare visiting/experiencing a place on a sightseeing tour to visiting/experiencing a place on a walking tour.
Challenge: Imagine you are giving a tour of your home or school. Prepare your tour guide speech for a walking or sightseeing tour. What locations would you include on the tour? Why? What information would you include if you were giving a behind-the-scenes tour?