Half-Day Education Programs

A series of six presentations aboard USS Constellation and/or USCGC Taney combine shipboard hands-on activities and reinforce reading and listening skills in support of Maryland Voluntary State Curricula.

Our half-day programs provide an immersive hands-on historic experience with a twenty-first century applicability that encourages team-work, problem solving, and learning. Historic Ships in Baltimore's Day Programs offer groups a unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of sailors and learn about life aboard a mid-19th century warship, USS Constellation, and the only ship still afloat that survived the Japanese December 7, 1941, attack on Hawaii, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney.

Each program provides introductory ship tours, after which students focus on two of six particular areas of the ship and begin to develop a more specialized vocabulary and skill set. At the end of their 2 ½-hour program, learning is reinforced in a written exercise and assessment. Assessment results are forwarded to the teacher. Each program provides a uniquely different approach toward reading and listening development and reinforcement, and involve hands-on activities, fun. Programs aboard USS Constellation culminate with a live-firing of one of the ship’s cannon.

Division One: "Blowin' in the Wind"

Location: USS Constellation

Did you know that sailing ships can move in directions that the wind is not blowing? How is that? Come aboard and brace the yards! Learn the language of the sea and how great sailing ships move across the oceans.

MD State Curricula Fulfilled: SCS: Reading 1.D.1.b; Reading 6.A.2.d; SCS: Reading 6.A.2.e.

Division Two: "Heave 'Round!"

Location: USS Constellation

Did you know that as few as 80 sailors could move the ship through the water even if the wind was not blowing? How can that be? Come aboard and heave the capstan ‘round. Find out how the anchors are hauled off the sea bed and how the 7,500 pound cannon were brought aboard.

MD State Curricula Fulfilled: SCS: Reading 1.D.1.b; Reading 6.A.2.d; SCS: Reading 6.A.2.e.

Division Three: "Man the Guns!"

Location: USS Constellation

Constellation’s great guns required a crew of 14 sailors and one “powder monkey.” Students step on to the gun deck where they learn to operate the huge cannon. After learning the language and the basic skills of the gun deck, students demonstrate their mastery in gun drill races.

Fulfills MD State Curricula: SCS: Reading 1.D.1.b; Reading 6.A.2.d; SCS: Reading 6.A.2.e.

Division Four: “The Buoyancy Challenge."

Locations: USS Constellation or USCGC Taney

A lot needs to be considered when designing a sailing boat. Students learn about the forces that work against any vessel as they design and build their own boats that float. Using aluminum foil, paper, and popsicle sticks, students create boats that float, and they compete to see whose boat can carry the most cargo.

Fulfills MD State Curricula: SCS: Reading 1.D.1.b; Reading 6.A.2.d; SCS: Reading 6.A.2.e.; SCS: Science 1.A.1.a.; SCS: Science 1.D.1.a.

Division Five: “Fix the Ship"

Location: USCGC Taney

Who fixes the ship? Once out at sea, the crew was responsible for the safety and maintenance of the ship. Students will learn how sailors handled shipboard emergencies. This exercise encourages students to work together in small groups as they reinforce a bulkhead to fix a leak.

Fulfills MD State Curricula: SCS: Reading 1.D.1.b; Reading 6.A.2.d; SCS: Reading 6.A.2.e.; SCS: Science 1.A.1.a.; SCS: Science 1.B.1.b; SCS: Science 1.C.1.d.

Division Six: “Send a Code"

Location: USCGC Taney

How do ships communicate at sea? Even without the use of radios, ships can send messages. Students discuss modern communication before learning about semaphore and Morse code. Find out how to flash a signal!

Fulfills MD State Curricula: SCS: Reading 1.D.1.b; Reading 6.A.2.d; SCS: Reading 6.A.2.e.; SCS: Reading 5.D.1.a.; SCS: Science 1.C.1.d.

Requirements

Our half-day programs are available 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, September through June. Morning sessions run from 9:30AM-12:00PM; afternoon sessions run from 12:30PM to 3:00PM. Included in the purchase is two presentations.

At the end of each program, a written assessment will be completed and forward to the teacher.

Payment

For groups of up to 30 students: $300; teachers included in price.

Baltimore City Schools only: for groups of up to 30 students: $150; teachers included in price.

A non-refundable deposit of 20% of the program's total cost is required to confirm date. Balance due 30 days prior to program. No refunds within 30 days of a program.

For more information, or to make reservations, please contact:

Sarah Rauscher

Education Coordinator

410-396-3453

Historic Ships in Baltimore
Pier 1, 301 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3110

Free Download:
Curricula

Historic Ships in Baltimore is pleased to provide, free of charge, the African Squadron Reader. This document provides a full course of instruction in reading and literacy skills. Students will enjoy reading the primary source documents, fog-indexed for grade level, recounting the Navy's fight against the slave trade:

Download African Squadron Reader: Grade 6

Download African Squadron Reader: Grade 7

Download African Squadron Reader: Grade 8

Also included are quizzes, assessment tools and other fun activities designed to encourage the development of reading and literacy skills.

Free Resource:
Virtual Tours

If you can't arrange a tour for your students but still want to expose them to Maryland's historical heritage, we offer virtual tours of the USS Constellation that can be viewed at any time.