Thursday 13: Things I Learned on Today’s Field Trip to the BeachMay 21, 2009
Today I accompanied Sophia and her first grade class on a field trip to the beach. Here are a few of the things I learned…
- Horseshoe crabs have ten eyes and ten legs.
- It’s tough to be a clam! Nearly every animal eats them.
- The part of a clam that is consumed in a clam fritter is its “foot.”
- Horseshoe crabs have been around since the time of the dinosaurs!
- Telling children to stay away from/out of water at the beach is about as effective as telling the wind not to blow.
- Not everyone likes having seagulls around.
- Horseshoe crabs are not actually crabs. They are arachnids.
- The shells that folks around here like to put in their garden (sort of looks like a conch) is called a whelk.
- Kids cannot resist the urge to dig up sand crabs.
- The sound of 40 kids chattering, laughing, and squealing on the beach is enjoyable. The sound of 40 kids chattering, laughing, and squealing inside a school bus for a 45 minute ride is torturous.
- No matter how “exhausted” your six year old says she is, she will feel completely refreshed after you’re home 15 minutes.
- The parent chaperone, on the other hand, will not feel refreshed until the next day. If she’s lucky.
- A dead horseshoe crab is quite stinky and therefore does NOT make a good beach souvenir.