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A Week Filled with Field Trips

Monday, June 13, 2016

Several MCS classes took curriculum-related field trips this week. The 7-8s explored the Brookly Bridge, while the 8-9s headed to Battery Park to study water and New York City history. The 9-10s participated in a Pinkster celebration at Philipsburg Manor and the seventh-grade took in Chinatown. Read more about these field trips below.

7-8s: Brooklyn Bridge

The 7-8s have been studying New York City and the five boroughs. We have been looking closely at the geography of the city on our large map in the classroom and where all the boroughs are in relation to each other. We have also been thinking about the directions north, south, east and west. While taking a closer look at Brooklyn, we talked about and read the story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. On Thursday, it was time to go and explore the bridge up close and in person.

8-9s: Battery Park

On Tuesday, May 10, the 8-9s went to a fishing program in Battery Park to coincide with their study of water in science. The 8-9s learned more about the history of the Hudson River and everyone got to fish off the pier. The 8-9s even caught a few fish! We learned about all the work that has gone into cleaning up the Hudson River after it became so polluted and the importance of taking care of our waterways. After going fishing and enjoying lunch, the 8-9s took a walking tour of the part of Manhattan that made up the oldest European settlement of New Amsterdam.  The 8-9s studied the map of New Amsterdam at school and were excited to walk on Pearl, Broad, Marketfield and Beaver streets and Broadway, whose origins start in New Amsterdam. The 8-9s got to see the one remaining spot in the city where you can look down into the ground and see the remains of an old tavern and well from New Amsterdam times. It was great to get to experience our science and social studies curriculum on one trip!

9-10s: Philipsburg Manor

On Wednesday, the 9-10s visited Philipsburg Manor in Tarrytown, New York. Philipsburg Manor is a historic estate that was a farming, milling and trading center owned by a Dutch family. The 8-9s visit Philipsburg Manor during their study of New Amsterdam. There were 23 enslaved Africans on the estate, so the 9-10s return to Philipsburg Manor when learning about forced migration and the experiences of enslaved Africans in New York. The 9-10s took part in Pinkster celebrations. Pinkster was a religious holiday for the Dutch settlers that became a day off for enslaved Africans as well. They celebrated with storytelling, music and dance.

Seventh Grade: Chinatown

On Friday, the seventh-graders participated in an annual class outing to Chinatown. The day began with a visit to Brooklyn Bridge Park, where the students took pictures with their activism project banner. Afterward, they walked across the Brooklyn Bridge to Chinatown. While on a walking tour of the lower Manhattan neighborhood, they learned about the history of Chinatown, considered the area’s role as a port of entry for many immigrants over the history of the city and observed the way community space is used in the area. Following their study of Chinatown, the students had lunch on their own, which gave them a chance to assume responsibility and learn to navigate the New York City streets using a map.