Exploring America’s Roots: A Middle School 5-Day Trip to Philadelphia and Washington D.C


Field Trip Jersey City Middle school students always look forward to the annual school trip, and this year, they were off to explore the historical cities of Philadelphia and Washington, DC. While these trips are always educational, they also offer a fun and engaging way to learn and grow. From historical sites to museums, there was no shortage of things to do and see.

Day 1: Philadelphia

From Art to Ghosts: Exploring Philly’s History and Culture

The first day in Philadelphia was a hit! After a morning walking tour of the city, the students were ready to run up the steps of the Museum of Art like champions. In the afternoon, they visited the Barnes Foundation, where they learned about impressionism and architecture. As if that was not enough, they ended the day with a spooky Ghost Tour!

Day 2: Philadelphia

Discovering America’s Roots: From Ancient Cultures to the American Revolution

The students explored the different galleries of the Penn Museum, where they learned about the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East world, Egyptian history, and Native American cultures. In the afternoon, the focus was on visiting the Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall, two iconic landmarks of American history. They gained a deeper understanding of the events that led to the nation’s birth. By learning about the origins of the United States, the students gained a sense of pride and connection to their country. Furthermore, they had a fun Trivia Night to wrap up the day!

Day 3: Washington DC

Discovering the Power of Civic Engagement and Public Service

The next stop was Washington, DC, where the students spent their day learning about the U.S. Capitol and Congress. They also enjoyed a city tour focused on French influence in D.C. For example, students learned about the significant contribution of Pierre Charles L’Enfant, a French-born engineer, architect, and city planner, in creating the city’s spatial plan. They were even lucky enough to witness the cherry blossoms!

Day 4: Washington DC

Gaining a Deeper Understanding of African American and American History

The students explored two important museums in Washington DC, the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of African American History. They had the opportunity to learn more about topics they studied in class but from different perspectives. They took a guided bus and a walking tour to end the day.

Day 5: Washington DC

Remembering the Sacrifices and Service of American Heroes

On the final day, students visited the Arlington Memorial Cemetery and the Iwo Jima Memorial, reflecting on the sacrifice and service of those who fought for our freedom. These visits provide a poignant reminder of the sacrifices that have been made for our country.

Unforgettable Lessons and Lifelong Bonds

This overnight school trip gave the students an immersive and educational experience that allowed them to learn and grow in ways that could not be replicated in the classroom. They gained a deeper appreciation of history, culture, civic engagement, and service, and most importantly, they formed close bonds with their classmates that will stay with them for a lifetime.

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