Field Trip to Manhattan Landmarks Expands Learning for Global History Students


On Wednesday, Oct. 25, a group of Global History II sophomores traveled to Manhattan to explore the American Museum of Natural History, Hayden Planetarium, and Central Park.

“I learned a lot about the possibilities that lie beyond Earth,” shared one student. A takeaway for another student involved the complexities of prehistoric life, commenting on “…the scale and scope of the evolution of dinosaurs and how they evolved to be animals we know and see today.” 

History teacher Jason Dannible says the trip made a significant impact on the students.

“Their favorite exhibits included North American mammals, the giant Blue Whale, the rainforest in the Hall of Biodiversity, Northwest Cultural Hall, Hall of Gems and Minerals, the “World’s Beyond Earth” space show, and of course, T-Rex and the dinosaur fossils,” said Dannible. “The street food and Strawberry Fields of Central Park were also much enjoyed.”

The trip offered learning opportunities at many levels. Afterward, students commented:

“I learned the results of climate change.”
“I learned about the planets other than earth, and how there were qualities to develop life on some.”
“I learned how the world and universe were created.”
“I learned more about Native Americans and how underrepresented they are in mainstream media.”
“I learned about crystals and minerals and how ice is a mineral.”

The trip represented much support from the MCS community, which Dannible appreciates.

“Thank you to the BOE and administrative team for their support and promotion of student experiences, the chaperones for making the trip possible, the parents who supported us, the transportation department for ensuring our safety, and the cafeteria food service staff for keeping us well nourished throughout the day.”