George Washington on a horse? A Chinese herbalist shop? Someone selling balloons? Fifth graders were on a quest to locate and take pictures of these and 70 items like them. The list created by the Grade V teachers included fun challenges as well, such as pictures of:
Hanging upside down somewhere
Doing exactly what a sign says
Acting like robots
“I can’t believe we all fit in here!”
Over the course of the day, 11 groups of four to six students (plus chaperones) roamed the Boston Common, Public Garden, Chinatown, and spots in between. The scavenger hunt is an important team-building experience for these freshly minted middle schoolers. By problem solving and having fun together, students in these cross-section groups get to know each other in new ways. This week’s trip expands the team-building work these groups have been doing in The Hub’s makerspace—engineering the tallest structure possible out of spaghetti, marshmallows, string, and tape.
“I liked riding the red dragon on the carousel,” said Sara Agrawal. “There were lots of people selling things on the sidewalks even though some of the streets were really dirty,” noted Will Croom. “I was surprised to see so many people smoking,” said Sophie Carey. Many fifth graders spoke about eating delicious dumplings and fried buns. In October, they will return to Chinatown for a culinary tour. Yum!