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5th Grade Camping Trip at Angel Island

Friday, May 24, 2019

After learning about the history of immigration trends over the years, fifth graders journeyed to Angel Island to learn about the harsh treatments that took place at the Immigration Station and detention center from 1910 through the 1940s. Students toured through the dormitories that are now staged with artifacts from the decades that immigrants were detained on the Island. Fifth graders also learned about the carvings of the famous Angel Island poetry on the detention center walls. They had the opportunity to translate the poems and hear from first-hand experiences what Chinese immigrants experienced. After our tour, we hiked to our campsite, set up camp, and went on a sunset nature hike before turning in for the night. In the morning, fifth graders hiked down to a beach, skipped rocks, and watched the sunrise over the city. The educational sailboat, The Baylis, then picked us up from the island and conducted a 4-hour sail on The Bay. Fifth graders learned about the water pH levels and plankton that grow in our water. We experienced an extra treat of seeing a pod of dolphins swim alongside our boat as we raised the sail near the Golden Gate Bridge!