On Tuesday, May 17th, the third graders took their annual trip to St. Mary’s City in Southern Maryland. The students have been studying the early colonies and learning about how the settlers lived, and this was their chance to see it all in action! At the waterfront, students learned about how the settlers traveled—the small spaces below deck, the kinds of foods they would eat on their voyage, as well as all the simple machines that the crew used to get the settlers to Maryland. The kids endured several tests of strength, using pulleys to lift cargo and pulling up the anchor, as well as tests of their stomachs’ strength as they learned about the honey bucket. The third graders also saw how Maryland’s first capital was laid out, and visited important businesses of the time. They visited the local shop where they could trade tobacco for more practical things like shoes and axes or objects to show off their wealth like glass goblets, using a wooden tablet to tally up their total costs. Students made indentured servant contracts at the print shop, as well as learned how the local inn operated. At the plantation outside of the city, they checked out livestock and saw the full process of growing tobacco, from seeds to plants to drying it and packing it into barrels for trade. They explored the inside of a house from that time, and even got to make some medicine, 1600s style. Despite the rain, our intrepid third grade explorers had a great time learning about the colonies firsthand!