Year 3 Field Trips

On this page, we hope to post field trip ideas from YOUR state that dovetail with Tapestry subjects as organized in our week-plans. Please submit your ideas via email, and please try to include the following information:

  • Your email address (for our sake, in case we have questions, but you can tell us if you’re willing to have your email linked as a contact person for more info about your recommendation).
  • The name of the attraction.
  • ANY online links to explain, give information, about the attraction.
  • A short paragraph explaining why the attraction would serve homeschoolers.

THANKS for your help! We will post states as their submissions come in, and under the weeks as listed below:

**IMAX often has great films that are an excellent addition to your academic studies. Find out what is playing, and where, to schedule this activity for your family.

Unit 1 – Napoleon’s World

Week 1: When John Adams Was President

Week 2: Napoleon: The Man and His Career

Week 3: Early Industrial Revolution

  • Visit the Eli Whitney Museum in Hamden, Connecticut
  • The Lowell National Historical Park in Lowell, Massachusetts is open all year long, and they have a wonderful program about the Industrial Revolution.
  • Steamboat Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a real steamboat that was recovered from a Kansas City cornfield! It sunk in 1856 in the Missouri River and when the river rerouted itself the boat ended up several feet underground in the middle of a farmer’s field. In 1988 a family and some of their friends recovered the boat and its contents. Items are still being preserved and displayed even though there already rooms full of items! Very neat field trip!!
  • Robert Fulton’s Birthplace in Quarryville, Pennsylvania would be a great way to learn about the life of a great American.
  • If you are in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, consider visiting Slater Mill. Their website has pre-visit information, discussion questions, and a glossary under For Educators. Have fun!
  • Robert Fulton Birthplace

Week 4: Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase

  • Visit Jefferson’s home: Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Week 5: Jefferson and the Supreme Court

  • Visit the Smithsonian in Washington DC.
  • Supreme Court in Washington DC. If you can’t go to DC, consider visiting your local or state court.

Week 6: Madison and the War of 1812

  • A user recommends the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Maryland where a battle took place during the war of 1812, prior to Key writing the Star-Spangled Banner.
  • USS Constitution Museum in Charlestown, MA

Week 7: Reshaping Europe and South America

  • Louisiana State Museum, the site of the Louisiana Purchase Transfer in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • The Arch in St. Louis, Missouri has a wonderful (free) museum that features Lewis and Clark’s entire journey.

Week 8: South America in Transition

Week 9: Monroe and the American Hemisphere

Unit 2 – The Age of Industry & Expansion

Week 10: John Quincy Adams and Political Realignments

Week 11: Jacksonian Democracy

Week 12: Revolutions in Texas & Europe

  • The Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, will make a great family outing anytime during this unit. They are open all year long for experiencing an 1830’s New England village. The characters dress in costume and they have many wonderful demonstrations on gardening, musket firing, tin, pottery, blacksmith, carding mill, broom making, etc. They offer at least 2 homeschool days each year, with discounted rates and special programs as well as a calendar of other homeschool days with rates based on number of students.

Week 13: Victorian England

Week 14: Victorians at Home and Abroad

  • Many little theaters across the country make presentations of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. Check your local attractions, or if you are in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, click here for ticket information.

Week 15: Manifest Destiny

Week 16: Sea to Shining Sea

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Week 17: The Oregon Trail

Week 18: 1848: Gold Dust & Gunpowder

Unit 3 – Nations Uniting & Dividing

Week 19: Westerners in Asia

Week 20: Franklin Pierce & the Crimean War

Week 21: America Divides & Italy Unites

Week 22: Lincoln and the Start of the Civil War

Week 23: Decisive Years of the Civil War

Week 24: Closing Years of the Civil War

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Week 25: Andrew Johnson vs. Radical Reconstruction

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Week 26: Ulysses Grant & the Plains Indians Wars

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Week 27: Technological Progress & the Unification of Germany

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Unit 4 – The Gilded Age

Week 28: Introducing Africa and Reforming Empires

Week 29: The Scramble for Empire

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Week 30: Imperialism and Culture

Week 31: Waves of Immigrants

Week 32: Captains of Industry

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Week 33: Labor Issues and the New South

Week 34: Farmers, Populists, Gold Strikes and Gold Standards

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Week 35: Powerful Men and Inspiring Women

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Week 36: The Balkan Problem & American Imperialism