Seventh Grade Trip to Boston
Aaron School seventh grade middle schoolers went away on a two-day trip to Boston in the last week of April! The objectives of this trip were to learn about the history of Boston and its importance in the founding of early America, as well as enjoying the sights and sounds of this delightful city. To enter Boston, the classes took the Amtrak via Penn Station and were impressed by the features of the train. They passed through Connecticut and Rhode Island and caught some beautiful views of nature. After dropping their bags off at the Marriot Hotel, the group headed toward the New England Aquarium to learn about topics that are being covered in the 7th grade science curriculum, such as biodiversity and the current threats that endangered species face. The aquarium had some special attractions, such as a penguin exhibit and a section where students were allowed to touch marine animals!
Following the visit to the aquarium, seventh graders visited the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, where the classes learned about the Boston Tea Party through role play. Students tried their hand at dumping tea into the harbor and took part in a town hall with actors playing key historical figures. That evening, students dined at Jacob Wirth, a quaint restaurant that offered live music and a great array of food. They sang along to the piano covers of popular songs such as “Brown Eyed Girl” and other 80’s hits.
The following day, the group went on a tour via the Old Town Trolley. They visited sites such as Faneuil Hall, Bunker Hill, and the Granary Burial Ground. Classes discussed some key players in the American Revolution such as Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Paul Revere. The students were amazed at some surprising facts, such as how Paul Revere had 16 children (wow!) and how John Hancock became involved in the revolution for business-related reasons. Overall, the students were very pleased with the trip and now have a new layer of understanding of the founding of our country’s history!