Sherwood Virtual Field Trip Connects Cultures and Canoes

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Fifth-graders at Sherwood took part in a virtual field trip to the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario on Feb. 2. Held via Skype, the interaction was facilitated by technology integration specialist Timothy Brush. The students could see and hear museum curators displaying and discussing historical artifacts, which correlated with their social studies curriculum on Canada including Canadian geography, landforms and waterways; the First Peoples of the Americas; complex societies’ development of resources and trade; and European exploration and its effects.

“The skits they did were funny,” said student AJ Sodaro. “It gave us an idea of how the First Peoples and Europeans interacted.”

“I really liked all the artifacts they showed us,” said Dylan Ruland.

“The way they showed how their canoes were made was really cool,” said Reese Breslin. “We couldn’t believe how much stuff they could carry in them.”

“ it was very interactive and engaging,” said Devan Lange. “It was amazing how these people could make things so advanced so long ago.”

“Any time we can engage students in learning about cultures around the world without leaving the classroom, it is a win-win,” said Principal Chad Walerstein. “Technology is allowing our students to become citizens of the world, and I am happy we have the opportunity to provide the students of Islip with these amazing experiences.”