New Orleans, 2016 building on classroom academics with real world exploring

Saturday - We Arrive in New Orleans and the Adventure Begins

We began our trip with a walking tour of the St. Louis Cemetery One where we learned about the unique burial customs and visited the resting places of noteworthy people such as Homer Plessy, of Plessy v. Ferguson, and Marie Laveau, the renowned Voodoo queen of New Orleans.

Next, we walked through the French Quarter back to our hotel to change into our Halloween costumes before dinner.

We enjoyed dinner at the Jackson Brewery Bistro and watched the Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade.

And finally, we ended the day with a beignet at Cafe du Monde.

One of the goals of our fall trip is to give the students a chance to get to know each other away from the classroom. We fit a lot of educational opportunities into our days, but always make time to enjoy the cities that we visit and each other's company.

Sunday - WWII and the Whitney Plantation

Sunday morning began with a tour of the WWII Museum. Students received a dog tag when they entered the building and followed the story of their soldier through the museum.

After lunch we boarded a bus and headed to the Whitney Plantation. In preparation for the visit, Ms. Gam shared an article, Building the First Slavery Museum in America, with the students.

Students gained a unique perspective on the lives of Louisiana's enslaved people through museum exhibits, artwork, restored buildings, and hundreds of first-person slave narratives. More than one student commented that this was their favorite activity of the trip.

The bus returned us to the French Quarter where we enjoyed dinner and jazz at Preservation Hall.

Monday - Tulane and Hurricane Katrina

Monday started with a tour of Tulane University. We always include a college tour on our trips so that students can see what an incredible variety of colleges are available to them.

After Tulane, we boarded buses for a Hurricane Katrina tour. Our students have been studying Katrina and the lessons that it taught us as a nation in their class, "Economic Inequality: Real-World Effects and Macroeconomics."

Tuesday - Chalmette Battlefield and Home

We squeezed in one more tour before boarding the plane for home - a visit to the Chalmette Battlefield. Students in our middle school history class read The Battle of New Orleans in preparation for our trip.

More photos from our trip.

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