On April 1st I was a chaperone on the 3rd Grade Field Trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of History, and all of my students returned home safely. No joke!
If you’ve been to this museum, surely you remember the iconic African Elephant in the rotunda.
My students were fascinated by all things elephant on this trip, much more so than
My kids were disappointed that the Hope Diamond was 1. set in a necklace, and 2. off limits to touching. I think they were hoping for some sort of diamond touch tank.
We spent a lot of time in the Saint Ocean Hall, where we smelled real whale baleen,
and with the mammals, where we talked about life cycles,
and in the Insect Zoo, where I volunteered to hold a cockroach, in hopes that my students would try it, too.
And one of them did!
The dinosaur hall is closed until 2019, but we did find this T-Rex skull.
And then we headed back outside for a bit of lunch on a beautiful day.
And then home again, all present and accounted for.