Students in grades 2–3 engage in a yearlong maritime study

Students in grades 2–3 began the year with the question, “What does it feel like to be near or in the ocean?” This sparked a discussion about social justice standards (justice, identity, diversity, action) as they relate to students’ prior experience (or lack thereof) with the ocean and encouraged students to think about the world’s oceans from a global standpoint. The maritime study provided several exciting field trip opportunities. Students explored tide pools at Kettle Cove, practicing their observation skills and collecting creatures to study in their classroom saltwater tank. They took a ride on the Lucky Catch after studying lobster fishing. Students learned the basics of nautical communication, created their own signal flags, and even visited Portland Head Light to learn more about lighthouse characteristics. Stay tuned to see where this maritime study will bring us next!

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