League School Classroom 149 “Goes Down By the Banks of the River Charles“
Part of our Social Studies curriculum in Room 149 focuses on the culture, geography, and history of Boston. Recently, our class went on a field trip with the Duck Tours of Boston. The students learned many facts about the Charles River, as well as the history of Boston. The weather was perfect and the students were excited as we entered the Charles River. We passed a building that had a slab of cement on its grounds that was part of the Berlin Wall. We also learned about the history of both Beacon and Bunker Hills, and the use of the duck boats during WW II. The students were encouraged to ask questions and tell the driver about themselves. They also had the opportunity to drive the Duck boat in the river. More important than learning about these facts was that the students were able to have conversations with each other and the driver. One our students enjoyed looking at the MBTA train stations and walking through the Prudential Center. Another student enjoyed looking at some of the buildings like the Old Charles Street Jail, Paul Revere’s House and the Bunker Hill Monument. Field trips like this not only educate our students about our local history, but also afford them the opportunity to improve their social interaction skills.