On March 10, 2016, the 3/4 and 4/5 class went to Fort McHenry for a field trip. The bus drive was an hour and a half long drive, but it didn't feel to long. Once we arrived we went inside the visitors center. A ranger told us to stay OFF the cannons. After we heard this lecture many times, we went another room to watch a video. The video was very interesting, and at the end of the video, the screen lifted up to reveal a window showing the fort. The view was so pretty especially because you could see the flag. After the video we went outside for another fun activity.
When we got outside, a ranger talked to us about the video. We then got to hold a replica of the second flag that the Americans lifted up in the Battle of Baltimore. The flag felt heavier that a million cannon balls. He then told us that it was 30 x 42 feet big! He also said that each star was 2 feet point to point. Each stripe was 2 feet wide too. To be aloud to roll up the flag, we had to answer several questions right. We finally got the flag rolled up and then we headed for the fort.
Another man talked to us about the Battle of Baltimore. he talked to us about the difference between pirates and privateers. Pirates steal from anyone they can find while privateers steal from only their country's enemy. He also told us that a few American privateers took hyenas that were for the prince from a British ship. After he was finished talking, we explored the fort. when you stood in the center of the fort it looked like a very tiny village. In the buildings there were hospitals, prison cells, and beds. After about 15 minutes of looking around, we went to eat lunch.
We ate lunch and then we took pictures. After the parents finished taking their 1,000,000 pictures of us, we went into the bus. We got back to the school and had extra recess. Overall I had a great time and can't wait for our next field trip.