Sixth Grade in Washington DC
Sixth Grade: 2017 Washington DC Trip
In May, Eton's sixth grade went on a class adventure to Washington D.C. This trip was a culminating event for the sixth-grade studies in civics and the United States government. Each day, water bottles were filled, backpacks were checked, and buses were boarded as the group explored the District of Columbia and became immersed in the excitement of history and government.
Tours included a wide range of museums and activities. The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery was the first stop, where the group viewed a diverse story of America through leaders, rebels, artists and prominent personalities who have shaped American culture. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture presented the history of slavery and economic demands around the world. Another poignant experience was the Holocaust Memorial Museum. where the students were challenged to consider the importance of specific events that have shaped history. Daniel’s Story created an opportunity for understanding what a young Jewish boy experienced during WWII in Germany.
One of the favorite points in the trip was spent training to become international spies, as the group experienced the many physical and mental challenges within the International Spy Museum. Two students passed the challenge to hang more than a minute from a bar while being blown by gale forces; with sweaty hands, they persevered, with people watching intently as the seconds ticked away. Other destinations and tours included the White House Visitors Center, General George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon, the Natural History Museum, Ford’s Theatre, and Arlington National Cemetery. Two experiences that generated many questions were the 21 Gun Salute and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Finally, a fantastic evening at the theatre to see Ragtime and dinner made a late night special. Of course, other favorite times included simply having fun with classmates.
The trip to Washington D.C. continues to be a favorite event for the sixth grade. The students made this a very memorable experience, creating a lasting impression and many stories to be told in the future! Ms. Butler, the sixth grade social studies teacher, has vast and valuable experience in planning and organizing the trip, which ensures success. The wonderful parent chaperones make the trip possible and are deeply appreciated.