World War II Field Trip
By: Quinn Bushnell, Jonny Kianifar,
Marleigh Pate, & Rebecka Ramos, 4th Graders
On Tuesday, April 10th, the fourth graders actually walked through history on their field trip to the World
War II Museum in New Orleans. We went to the WWII museum because we just finished the novel, Number the Stars, which took place during the war. We got to see many things from World War II on the field trip. First,
we saw a 4-D movie, and it felt like we were one of the soldiers in the war. During the movie, things came out from the ground or the ceiling, such as the front of a plane, fake “snow”, which was bubbles coming down
upon us, and “smoke” that surrounded us with powder and red orange lighting. The seats vibrated at times, and even the props near the screen imitated what was actually happening in the movie. After the movie, we left the theater for the next part of the field trip.
When we entered the museum building for our scavenger hunt, the first thing we saw was a gigantic gold fighter plane hanging from the ceiling with open windows and battle equipment to defend against the enemies. We did the scavenger hunt by learning about a plane to which we were assigned and answering questions on our clipboard. The planes we studied were Spitfire, Fortress, Mosquito, Mustang, and more. They were really awesome. Our group got to study and learn about the Fortress, a B-17 plane that crash landed in Germany in a town called Schweinfurt. The B-17s came from England, and the Fortress was the biggest plane of them all. We all wondered if we still have these in the military for emergency battle situations! Next, in our groups, we got to look at some of the uniforms the soldiers wore while fighting in the war, like Navy uniforms and Air Force uniforms.
Finally, we saw pictures of awarded soldiers who fought for our country to make it a safe place.
There were many things we really liked about the field trip. One thing we liked was the tour guide who led us through the museum and told us important facts about the war. Another thing we liked was learning how to use table maps. A table map tells you about different battles and shows you images and videos about those battles. Another thing we liked was that we were even able to ask a WWII veteran some questions. One of the questions we asked him was, “What was it like for you during the war?” He said, “It was scary. If any soldier tells you that they were not scared, they are not being truthful.” The only thing we did not like at the museum was the prices of items in the gift shop. The souvenirs were very expensive, especially for students who do not have much money.
We would recommend a trip to the WWII museum to others because we learned a lot about World War II that we did not know before visiting the museum. The museum was an amazing place to learn and explore. We would like to come here again sometime in the future to learn more about the war.