Throughout the school year we will be kayaking in various rivers and creeks in and around the Baltimore area with the National Park Service. Specifically we will be learning about the environment and the history along the John Smith and Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trails. Check out the Ch. 77 news story on our first experience!
The following video is the Ch. 77 story on our trip aboard the NS Savannah last fall as part of the Baltimore Port Fest. We are definitely looking forward to coming back next fall! Once again our Mt. Washington students showed just how much they understand what it means to be a "global citizen" as part of our IB program!
Our first trip on the Snow Goose is in the books! I will add pics to the slideshow as they come in to me from Mr. Glickman and any students! What was your favorite part of the trip? What surprised you the most? Did you learn anything new? What can you do to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay?
We had a great finish to our field trips this year with one last journey with the Snow Goose of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. We found a variety of wildlife, perhaps the best I have seen it in the seven years I have gone on tours with the Snow Goose. Between map work, testing for turbidity, salinity, water temperature, dissolved oxygen and always on the lookout for wildlife...I would say we had quite a busy day!
Whether it be first hand on trips aboard the "Snow Goose" or from a laptop at our desk, students have been conducting research on the health of the Chesapeake Bay all year. We have been graphing the turbidity, salinity, and dissolved oxygen levels specifically. We started with just the Patapsco but have now expanded our research to Annapolis and Jamestown. This link will provide with you with more information on just how we do it! A big thanks to NOAA for allowing us access to their buoys!
Today we completed about 15 more yards of stenciling added a few more texts. Sixth grade will be coming by this afternoon to finish the project. We will check back in tomorrow to see the final product!
The last two months our students have been charting and graphing the dissolved oxygen, salinity, and turbidity levels of the Patapsco River. Some of it we have done in person aboard the Snow Goose and some of the research has been conducted in the classroom using the NOAA website. At the end of each week the students found the range, median, mode and solved other problems with their data they have collected. This week we added the James River to our graphs. We will be comparing and contrasting the two rivers and discuss the differences. Talk with your children tonight about the graphs and specifically why the James River has a much higer turbidity rate than the Patapsco's!
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!
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!
This page is dedicated to the work and research my students do each day.