Lessons from the PMFS third grade curriculum extended well beyond the walls of our Quaker elementary school when a third "Paddle to the Sea" boat was discovered by an eight-year-old Elkton, Maryland, boy this June.
According to the Cecil Whig
, the oldest newspaper on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, eight-year-old Webster Lowe, of Elkton, Maryland, found boat #16 on the beach along the Elk River on June, 11, 2011. A story
about the boy's find appeared in the June 29 issue of the Whig.
The boat is the third vessel found in just as many years.
"Paddle to the Sea" boats are launched by the PMFS third grade class each spring as a part of their overnight field trip to the Eastern Shore to learn about the ocean and beach habitats there. The trip and launch are a somewhat of a culminating piece of the yearlong water and ocean unit, which includes visiting a fish hatchery, taking a boat ride on the Delaware River in Pennsylvania, learning about the water cycle, studying an ocean animal, and writing an ocean animal report. Third grade students in Holly Terry's classroom read Holling C. Holling's Paddle to the Sea,
and then assemble small wooden boats which they paint and then label with a number and the school's address. Then on the return trip from their overnight ventures on the Eastern Shore, students and teachers stop to set the boats afloat in the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.
This year's boat #16 was created by Plymouth Meeting Friends School student Jude Shorr-Parks, of Philadelphia, shown here working on his boat in his PMFS third grade classroom in April.