The Fishers Island Elementary braved the rains on Tuesday to explore the Mystic Seaport's Museum of America and the Sea. Grades preschool through the 6th grade ventured out on this very rainy day. Spirits were high with staff and students as we all made new discoveries and received individualized attention and experiences throughout the day.
The preschool through grade 2 students participated in the Sailors' Work Program in the morning, where they were all able to try their hands at a variety of sailors tasks.
The 3rd and 4th graders worked alongside a museum educator to have their hands on artifacts representative of life in a 1800s Seaport Town, and the 5th and 6th graders worked alongside a museum educator to explore the occupation of whaling. Students were enabled to interact with the artifacts, one another and then share out their findings.
Congratulations to all students, the connections made and their new discoveries! Many of the interpreters and staff at the Seaport commented on how respectful and insightful each of the students were during their time at the Seaport.
On top of each workshop, students experienced a variety of exhibits and interactions which included: learning about shipbuilders' tools, boat design, simple and compound machines, force and motion, creating sketches or paintings, viewing and identifying multiple mediums of artistic expression.
Our day was topped off with a musician playing a few sea shanties on both the banjo and the fiddle in the midst of the figurehead room. Everyone could not help but move or clap in rhythm to the music. It turns out this musician has instructed some of our very own Fishers Island students.
Here is to another successful field trip off island and an experience to build upon.