ELA and Social Studies--Middle School--Tracie Boland and Tammy Guthery--(Team-- Exploring Hawaii)

Vinemont Middle School/Cullman County Schools

The teachers chose to explore the Na Pali Coast of Kauai by boat. 

Teachers Bring an Authentic Understanding of Hawaii to their North Alabama School --Project Summary:
The goal of our trip was to learn about the culture, landforms, and historical implications of Hawaii because they resonate repeatedly throughout our sixth grade course of study. We spent eight days traveling throughout Oahu, the Big Island, and Kauai. Our trip began in Oahu where we submerged ourselves in the history of Pearl Harbor, by visiting six different memorials and museums. We also spent hours at the Polynesian Cultural Center where we learned about the traditions and customs of the ancient people who dwell on the islands in the Pacific. 
While on the Big Island we visited the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see the Kilauea Caldera, the most active volcano in Hawaii. We enjoyed out visit to the Jaggar Museum where we learned about seismographs, the changing face of Hawaii, and we studied the variations among the types of lava rock. We also visited the Thurston Lava Tube. 
Our final destination was the island of Kauai. We drove from the northwest corner of the island counter-clockwise to the North Shore, stopping often to capture and document the variations in the geography of the island. We also viewed the NaPali coast, an area inaccessible by car, by taking catamaran trip up the coast. We learned about the early Hawaiian settlers who made their home among these steep cliffs. 
As we island-hopped, we collected artifacts and resource materials and took photos and videos to share with our students. Our students were able to follow our journey through our middle school’s Facebook page and Mrs. Boland’s website.

Blog--TBolandVMS

Last modified: Friday, 25 July 2014, 1:35 PM