Fifth Grade Outdoor Education
In the fifth grade, as part of a unit of early exploration study, students experience life on a ship in 1906 right after the San Francisco earthquake. This overnight trip takes place on the Balclutha, a three-mast, steel-hull ship that was built to carry cargo all over the world. Part of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, the Balclutha stays docked during the fifth graders’ overnight trip at sea. Students are divided into separate crews and are responsible for tasks such as cooking, knot tying, block and tackle rigging and many other authentic duties required aboard a ship. The objective of the trip is to reinforce the importance of teamwork, responsibility and cooperative learning skills.