5th Grade Sets Sail on the Balclutha
On Tuesday, November 15th, the Fifth Grade class set sail on their annual Balclutha field trip. The Balclutha is a 200 year old tall rigged ship permanently docked at San Francisco's Hyde Street Pier. Under the guidance of the Maritime National Park staff, the students learned historical empathy by working as sailors for the day. The field trip helped the 5th graders build numerous skills including self-reliance, giving and receiving "orders" (directions), teamwork, and confidence in their ability to problem solve. During their time on board, the class was split into four groups, each group taking on a specific role essential to running the ship. Patrick B., First Mate of the Rigger Crew said, "I was scared at first , but the trip was better than I thought it would be." He also added, "My crew learned a lot and I would recommend the trip to anyone over the age of 8, because it was kind of hard work."