I recently spent a week at James Madison's Montpelier estate in Virginia. The seminar on The War of 1812 was attended by other teachers from the Virginia and Maryland area. We had the pleasure of learning more about the more about the War of 1812 from three authors, Don Hickey, David Edmunds and Elizabeth Taylor. I learned quite a bit that week and will be able to implement even more incredible research for teachers to conduct with their students as part of the Star Spangled Banner Trail. At the end of the week myself and Ruth Goodlaxson were able to share with the group what we have already started compiling for the trail. An amazing week an amazing place to visit!
For our final trip this summer for B.E.E.S. we went to Assateague Island National Seashore. For many of our campers it was their first time seeing the Atlantic Ocean. We first stopped at the Visitor's Center where we learned about the unique wildlife on the island including the history of the wild horses found there. Next we stopped on the Chincoteague Bay side of the island. We at lunch, explored the shallow water and the various shells on the beach. We saw our first horse here, as well! Lastly we stopped on the ocean side of the island. We found a variety of crabs and enjoyed the ocean waves. We also learned how this barrier island "flips over" on itself through erosion caused by wind and waves. Hopefully students can draw upon this experience in science for this upcoming year! We walked an estimated .5 miles on Assateague Island bringing our total to 14.3 miles for the entire 8 days! For more pictures go to the bottom of the page here.
We had to changed up our plans a little bit for out trip to D.C. The weather wasn't quite cooperating with us so instead of doing the tour of all the different memorials we spent the majority of the day at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and Air and Space. In the Museum of Natural History the campers learned about our vast oceans, dinosaurs, mammals and saw the Hope Diamond up close. At the Air and Space Museum they learned about the history of aviation in the United States as well as all the different planets in our solar system. We did manage to spend a decent amount of time outside and saw the Washington Monument and the US Capitol Building on the National Mall. If you would like to see more pics of our trip go to the link. We walked a total of 1 mile on Monday giving us a total of 13.8 miles for the camp so far!
On Friday we traveled down to the Sports Legends Museum next to Camden Yards. Our campers learned the history of the Orioles, Ravens, Colts and many other sports team both college and pro from the area. While we don't have as many World Series trophies as the Yankees, it was nice to see the ones we do have. Hopefully we have another one to add for next year! Many of our campers did not know that the Colts had once been a Baltimore team. The day before we watch the ESPN documentary, "The Band that Wouldn't Die" to give them some background. Next we walked over to the Babe Ruth Museum and learned about the life of the famous baseball player from Baltimore. After the tour we enjoyed a walk to the Inner Harbor and of course the fountains. While we did take a mile off of our walk by using the free and green Charm City Circulator, we still managed to walk 4 miles. That brings our total of 12.8 miles for the camp so far!
On Wednesday we visited New York City. We started the day off in the Bronx at The Yankees Stadium. We got a tour of the museum, the memorial to all the great Yankees of the past and then finally down to the dugout. We then had lunch at Battery Park where we were able to see The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as we ate. Our final destination of the day was the 9/11 Memorial. It has been two years since we have visited the memorial and a lot has changed. To say it is very moving would be an understatement. An important stop for our who students. Many of them were not even alive when the event took place. We look forward to coming back in the next couple of years to see everything completed. We walked roughly 1 mile on Wednesday. Bringing the total to 8.8 miles.
We began today with another visit to the Jewish Museum of Maryland. We explored two exhibits there. "The Voices of Lombard" exhibit depicts a timeline of immigrants to the community in the early 20th century and how they integrated with the variety of ethnic groups already in the area. The "Zap, Bam, Pow" exhibit is an incredible display of comic book history including the first sketch of Superman. Many of the early comic book authors and illustrators were Jewish. Students conducted a scavenger hunt at both sites and even created their own villains and heros! If you have not been to the Jewish Museum of Maryland I highly recommend it. They have hosted us for years and I always look forward to our next tour there. We ended the day with lunch at the Inner Harbor Food Court and then outside to cool down in the fountains for a couple of hours. We walked a total of 4.2 miles today. Add that to yesterday's hike of 3.6 miles and we have marched a total of 7.8 miles in our first two days! For more pics go to the bottom of the page here.
Today was the first day of B.E.E.S. and we had an exciting trip to Calvert Cliffs State Park. We hiked over a mile through the scenic wetlands to reach the beach. The campers were eager to explore the beach and see what they could find. Some students came away with shark teeth while others found a variety of shells. It was also nice to cool off in the Chesapeake Bay! We came across some interesting wildlife like jellyfish, lizards, snakes, turtles and birds that are native to the Chesapeake region. If you want to see more pics go to the bottom of the page here. We will also be keeping track of how much we have walked each day. Today we walked a total of 3 miles!
BALTIMORE —More than 200 years after the War of 1812, Baltimore launched its bicentennial passport and commemorative coin program Tuesday to honor the city's history.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake presented fifth-grade students from Patterson Park Public Charter School with commemorative coins after the students completed a year-long study of the War of 1812.
To get the coins, participants have to get 10 unique stamps in their passport by visiting participating historical sites and events.
BALTIMORE - On Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore National Heritage Area held the onset for the 1812 Bicentennial Passport and commemorative coin program. The event honored the program’s funder Henry A. Rosenburg, Jr., and additionally gave out commemorative coins.
These coins were given to 5th grade students from Patterson Park Public Charter School.
Also, with this program came the chance for the public to participate. Individuals who received ten of the exclusive 1812 stamps from participating sites, and programs throughout the city are eligible to receive a commemorative coin as well.
The Baltimore National Heritage Area states their mission being “to promote, preserve, and enhance Baltimore's historic and cultural legacy and natural resources for current and future generations.” The event was held at the Maryland Historical Society, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Read more: http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/region/baltimore_city/1812-bicentennial-passport-program-kicks-off#ixzz2Z21saRzC
The following article was on the NPS website yesterday.
Was 5th Grade This Cool for You?
In May, the first class of Star-Spangled Banner Trail Stewards celebrated their achievements -- a long, long list of achievements -- with an Historic Field Day.
Throughout the 2012-2013 school year, all 5th graders at
Patterson Park Public Charter School learned about the War of 1812 and used
Star-Spangled Banner Trail sites and learning tools. Patterson Park, across the
street from the school, was known as Hampstead Hill during the War of 1812, and
was the site of a successful defense of the city of Baltimore in 1814 from
invasion by British troops on land.
The 5th graders made a film, starring
them, depicting that land battle 200 years ago. The British arrived by boat, so
the kids built a boat. They sewed British and American flags and uniforms in art
class. They learned how to operate tools so they could cut lumber and fashion it
into the muskets they would need. They went on site visits and studied primary
documents relating to the War. They created their own versions of historical
markers to place at Patterson Park. And they learned to play the fife and
Most importantly, they remained engaged throughout the school year on a project that crossed disciplines and taught them about the historic city in which they live and study.
You can read the blog by teacher Ryan Kaiser and watch
the film on YouTube. Make sure to keep watching so you see the second part,
the behind-the-scenes look at how the film was made.
Congratulations to all the 5th
graders of Patterson Park Public Charter School, to teacher Ryan Kaiser and his
fellow educators, and to the parents of these remarkable students!
This page is dedicated to the work and research my students do each day.