Thursday 13: Things I Learned on Today’s Field Trip to the Beach

May 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…

  1. Horseshoe crabs have ten eyes and ten legs.
  2. It’s tough to be a clam!  Nearly every animal eats them.
  3. The part of a clam that is consumed in a clam fritter is its “foot.”
  4. Horseshoe crabs have been around since the time of the dinosaurs!
  5. Telling children to stay away from/out of water at the beach is about as effective as telling the wind not to blow.
  6. Not everyone likes having seagulls around.
  7. Horseshoe crabs are not actually crabs.  They are arachnids.
  8. The shells that folks around here like to put in their garden (sort of looks like a conch) is called a whelk.
  9. Kids cannot resist the urge to dig up sand crabs.
  10. 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.
  11. No matter how “exhausted” your six year old says she is, she will feel completely refreshed after you’re home 15 minutes.
  12. The parent chaperone, on the other hand, will not feel refreshed until the next day.  If she’s lucky.
  13. A dead horseshoe crab is quite stinky and therefore does NOT make a good beach souvenir.

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