Saturday, June 16, 2012

Erie Canal Field Trip

Sam PatchFriday was our last full day with students and what better way to celebrate then to go on a boat ride along the Erie Canal.

We rode on the Sam Patch, an 1800's packet boat replica.  Students had a blast learning interesting facts about Sam Patch (whom the boat was named after) and the Erie Canal. 

We got to ride up and down in a lock (water elevator) and travel along the canal.  On the way back we sung Erie Canal songs.

This field trip served as a culminating event after our extensive unit on transportation and the Erie Canal.  Students created a Living Timeline and performed for their families, community members, staff and other students.  Viewers boarded mock packet boats and traveled around the gymnasium through time.  At each stop, students performed a little skit to teach about the Erie Canal.

I am sad, yet excited, to say there is only one week left of school.  (Three 1/2 days with students and 2 teacher conference days.)  My report cards are done, paperwork is filed, now time to enjoy the last few days with my wonderful kiddos.  The end of the school year is bitter sweet.

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