Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Spirit Week & Field Trip!

This week is Spirit Week at school, which is one of my favorite weeks!  Today was favorite celebrity/decade day. I decided to dress up as a favorite celebrity and my partner teacher dressed up with me. We were the guys from Duck Dynasty, a favorite show of our students (and mine)!  What fun! My favorite parts of the day:
  • Seeing students come down the hallway this morning trying so hard to hold in their laughs!
  • Going to a meeting after school like this! Ha!
  • Picking Easton up at daycare was a little embarrassing. I did leave the beard in the car, though.
  • Easton's teacher asking if I'd been hunting today! :)
  • Easton's first words, "You look like Si!", even if it was a Phil beard/bandanna. I did tell him that I was dressing up as Si, though.

Please DON'T pin this picture! :)
Now, on to our field trip! Some of y'all must think we are crazy (if you didn't before, you probably do after the picture I just showed you!), but we take our students on a BIG field trip! We have a chartered bus take us 3 hours away to Charleston, SC to see Patriot's Point. Actually, this was the first time 5th grade has been, but in 4th grade we took them to Cherokee, NC and it was also 3 hours away.  

The bus ride really doesn't seem so long. The kids are excited, we bring DVD's to play on the TV's, and there is a bathroom for emergencies. We definitely couldn't do it without our wonderful chaperones. 

The first thing we saw was this animal in the Charleston harbor. Any guesses as to what it is?

It was a MANATEE! How awesome is that?! We loved watching it come up from the water and then later saw it playing in this dripping water! 
We also saw 3 dolphins! I was so glad our students were able to see both animals. So beautiful!
The first thing we did was participate in a Science program, where we broke into 2 groups. It was completely connected to our Science standards and was LOTS of fun!

After the Science program, we had a picnic lunch in a shady area that had picnic tables. We always give students a gallon sized Ziploc bag with their name on it prior to the trip. This is what they pack their lunch in. It makes it so easy to just toss the bags in coolers because they pack so easily. We also saw it's their "ticket" to get on the bus.

After lunch we toured the USS Laffey (no pictures) and the USS Clamagore. Our students couldn't believe we were actually underwater on the submarine.


I did start feeling very claustrophobic at this point! It was a tight squeeze with lots of students! I can't imagine being on the submarine for a long time.
Finally, we made our way to the USS Yorktown! One thing that was SO NEAT about it is that they were having a veteran's celebration so there were lots of veterans there that actually served on the aircraft carrier! Is that not awesome?! We spoke with a gentlemen who flew the planes we saw. 



After touring the USS Yorktown, we made our way to the gift shop before heading home!  It was an absolutely exhausting, long, but most importantly FUN day! 

5 comments :

  1. Your field trip looks amazing and well worth the 3 hour bus ride. I have to admit, I was one of those who thought you were crazy....but now I get it!

    Love your costume! You are ready for Halloween!!

    Jennifer
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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  2. Wow! What a wonderful experience to offer your students. How lucky they are!

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  3. You were in my neck of the woods!! Looks like y'all had a great time! Does it cost a lot to charter busses? Oh an I love your Duck Dynasty costume!A Tall Drink of Water

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  4. Love the costume! I also thought you were crazy... ;)

    Diane

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  5. What an amazing field trip!!!!

    You are just the cutest thing I've ever seen and I just might steal that costume idea! Can't wait to catch up with you soon Love!!!
    xoxo
    Erin

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