Yesterday, on a beautiful December day, students in grade eight enjoyed interactive educational experiences in Lower Manhattan. Half of our students went to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and half of our students went to the World Trade Center and the Brooklyn Bridge. Students were able to explore the urban environment they are studying in social studies.
At the Tenement Museum, students saw first-hand the crowded living spaces they are studying in their Immigration and Progressive Age units. The docents and teachers worked with our students to understand the daily living, learning, and working routines of millions of New Yorkers and the struggles they faced to “make it” in America. Through the museum visit and a walking tour of the neighborhood, students learned about immigrant life at the turn of the twentieth century on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
At the World Trade Center, students visited the September 11, 2001 memorial before boarding giant interactive elevators to the top of One World Observatory. At the top, teachers helped students identify historic sites and major buildings in and around New York City. The clear weather provided spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Trinity Church, Wall Street, the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, Central Park, and major bridges connecting Manhattan with New Jersey, Brooklyn, and Queens. Students then walked to and across the Brooklyn Bridge, where they learned about its construction and importance in New York City history.
Thank you to all our chaperones: Mr. Clarke (who expertly led a walking tour!), Ms. Clarke, Mr. Ardito, Ms. Topping, Mr. Michael Haig, Mr. Schwalm, Mr. Chisholm, Mr. Gadamowitz, Mr. Rivero, Mr. Crotty, Mr. Yallowitz, Dr. Dourigan, and special guest Mr. Shanahan. In January, students will have the opportunity to visit the other sites. We are looking forward to the next excursion!
[Thank you to Dr. Eckers for the write-up and to Dr. Eckers and Mr. Gadamowitz for the photos.]