Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Hitting the Road

Right now in fourth grade we are studying animal habitats, food chains and webs, and adaptations.  So, today we broke out of the school building, packed 200 kids into school buses, and hit the road to the Georgia Aquarium.  We are in the suburbs of Atlanta, so the trip shouldn't take that long.  But if you know anything about Atlanta...the traffic is terrible...and this rainy day was no exception!  We arrived slightly later than expected and herded the kids into the building.

Since my group this year is very extremely spirited, I invited my student teacher to come back to accompany us along with three other parents.  This gave us each a group of five to six students to be responsible for and allowed us to split up and see the exhibits better.  I had a great group of five girls tour around with me.  We started at the River Scout gallery...
and saw an albino alligator...
Then we took a Cold Water Quest where we saw animals that enjoy colder waters, like starfish... 
and walked with the penguins...

And even met a penguin that posed for some pictures...


After stopping for to eat a quick snack, we moved on to the biggest gallery...

This is the gallery where you can view whale sharks and a somersaulting manta ray,  You view them through the large two-foot thick ocean viewer window...
I could spend an entire day in this room...it is dark and peaceful...I think my girls could too...

Our day at the aquarium ended with the Dolphin Tales show.  The five dolphins in the show are so amazing...they jumped, twirled, and moonwalked across the water.  Many of my students changed their minds about what they wanted be when they grew up after seeing what the trainers could do with these amazing animals.

It was a fun and fantastic field trip...one of the best I've taken! 

What are some of your favorite field trips?


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