Students Tour (Virtual) The Smithsonian MuseumWritten by Beatriz Reyna
McDaid Elementary students went to Washington D.C. Wednesday.
Well not exactly.
Fourth through sixth graders toured the Smithsonian Museum thanks to Scholastic's online interactive learning website.
McDaid Elementary students went to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and back, all in about twenty minutes time.
“I thought that the virtual tour that we got to see was pretty cool,” says Jacob Leisy, 4th Grade.
Wednesday's virtual tour was sponsored by Scholastic.
“There is only so much that sitting and reading a book, discussing, lecturing, and writing notes can do. We have to keep them engaged and motivated and this does; this keeps them engaged and motivated and wanting to know more,” says Regan Skillstad, 5th & 6th Social Studies Teacher.
They were quizzed on Abraham Lincoln.
“There three messages carved into President Abraham's Lincoln's watch,” says Leisy.
“The Emancipation of Proclamation was an order and the 13th Amendment made it a law,” says Kateri Noffsinger, 6th Grade.
And the Star Spangled Banner.
“The flag that they flew at Fort McHenry they cut out pieces of it and they gave to some of the soldier's families,” says Charles Aufdenkamp, 5th Grade.
“There were thirty seven patches in the flag that they flew at Fort McHenry,” says Noffsinger.
The field trip was joined by thousands of classrooms across the country.
“Most of us have never been there before and so we got to see some of the things that were in there and some really cool things that you wouldn't actually see if you actually went there,” says Aufdenkamp.