Today we played an exciting game called "Sounds Around the World" created by talented local musician Jason Armstrong Baker. The game is similar to the "Beat the Teacher" and "Beath Each Other" games we have played all year. The difference is the students are listening to music rather the questions from each other or myself. In teams the students tried to answer what continent, sub-region and country the music was from. I was very impressed! The students did an awesome job and they also knew where the countries were on the map! What was even more impressive was when they explained just how they were familiar with the music from around the world. Their answers varied from TV and music, to listening to music at home and even visiting some of these places in person. We will continue to the play this game the rest of the year! To learn more about Mr. Baker and his program please visit his website at www.revolutionrhythm.com .
With so many field trips year as part of our research for the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail I almost forgot about our trip to Ft. McHenry last September. Our students not only got to hold a real sized replica of the Star Spangled Banner, but they also were able to tour the fort and learn more about the Battle of Baltimore itself.
Fells Pt. is so rich with history that I feel its a great tour to do in the middle of the year. Not only do we learn about the maritime history of Baltimore including the privateers and the War of 1812 but also get a an idea of what life was like 150 to 200 years ago. Its a great stop in our research for the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. There is even some evidence of the Prohibition Era!
We had an absolutely amazing trip yesterday to Philadelphia. Students completed research on Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, George Washington's home and the National Constitution Center as part of our American Revolution theme. They were also given many compliments for their behavior but also for their knowledge of the American Revolution and the founding of our country! I will let you know when we upload more pics!
Amazingly the Bay received an even better grade today than yesterday! The results of our research are below. Two days in a row we saw a bald eagle!
What a fantastic day out on the Patapsco River! It is hard to name all the activites the students took part in! They tested the water's turbidity, salinity, and oxygen levels and recorded their findings. The observed and recorded the various wildlife we saw AND touched. They also just enjoyed a beautiful day out on the water. Ask you children what they learned today aboard the Snow Goose! We will be going back out on the Snow Goose in the Spring to compare and contrast the water quality and wildlife from today. We will continue to monitor the health of the Patapsco and the rest of the Chesapeake Bay on NOAA's website. In addition to all of our Science lessons today we also continued our research for the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail by observing the various parts of the Battle of Baltimore from the boat. Note the Francis Scott Key buoy below!
Parents we had a fantastic trip to Cumberland, MD today. On the way we identified geographic landforms and bodies of water like Braddock Heights, South Mountain, Monocacy River, Sideling Hill and the Appalachian Mountains. The students also read a short book on what it was like to travel on the Underground Railroad on the bus ride out. We learned some amazing history about Ft. Cumberland, George Washington, and the Underground Railroad while we were at Emmanuel Parrish, as well. We hope to have more pics up by Monday.
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