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~ 98 FRNDAY, DECEMBER 2 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2011 Cape Gazette Kalmar has lessons Q "The lesson is part of thinking economically," Heed said. "It's a very international story that ex- to teach about trade plains the history of Delaware and why the Europeans came By Melissa Steele with beaver fur hats that they here." ' melissasteele@capegazette.Gom had hunted the beaver tO near The Dutch and Swedes were extinction in Europe, said Sam the first explorers to reach what Milton Elementary fifth-grad- Heed, director of education and is now Delaware's shore - er Marley Enright of Lewes can't senior historian for the Kalmar colonies in Lewes and New Cas- tle are a testament to those early believe beaver hats were all the Nyckel Foundation. When early rage back in the l700s. It'safash- explorers realized the New tssedWorld was full of the furry mam- mal, the race for fur was on. r fur Students in Alison, Selders' e if Ififth-grade classes learned about the early American fur trade and the pan-Atlantic commerce Nov. 18 with the help of the Kalmar Ny- ;sed ckel Foundation. ion trend she would have p on. "My friend has a beave hat, but I Wouldn't wear or lived back then," she said. Marley would've been minority, though. Europeans were so obs, Food, water, people and tradable goods all had to fit in the ship. Pictured are (I-r) ~ra Perez, John Schlater, Zach S and Marley Enright. days. Many of them came to the Delaware on the Kalmar Nyckel, a ship that made history as the only vessel to make four trips to the New World. The classroom lesson detailed the early fur trade and travel across the Atlantic Ocean. Stu- dents divided into groups and each table had a wooden ship with dozens of items to pack in the ship's empty hull. Students learned some items, such as red duffle cloth and iron tools, were high in value because they could be traded for valuable furs. Other items such as food andwater had no tradable value but were need- ed if a crew were to survive the trip across the Atlantic. Students had to decide what MILTON ELEMENTARY fifth-graders work tc they were going to take and what Kalmar Nyckel, which sailed to the New Worh items they would leave behind. Americans. Pictured are (I-r) Alyssa Steigelmal They also had to pack the ship so cry, Jacob Farlow and Jonah Mitchell-Moore. it was balanced and would sur- vive the ocean venture, quences," he said. If early explorers made it to Fifth-graders Leelfi Lyle and Lee theNew World, they knew they Haley Rauch helped their group had made the right decisions; if pack their ship. They made sure hac they didn't make it, then obvi- there was enough food and water mo ously it didn't work, said Bill for the soldiers and sailors on I- - Hutchison, a coordinator with board, used brick for ballast, and the the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation. tightly packed the rest ofihe ship the "They made real-world deci- with tradable goods. sions that had serious conse- "We made sure not to shove it the all in there and knew there were Project allows tudents to take virtual Mariner's Museum in Newport News was led by an educational field trips within 90-minute period specialist on the museum staff. She provided an interactive pres- entation about the role that ex- Social studies students at Cape laboration, an online educational Henlopen High School are tour- portal offering services through plorers played in the 1400s and showed students samples of the Nashville's Hermitages, ex- various content providers. ploring Newport N ews' Students and teachers partici- goods that were in demand by Mariner's Museum, and stu, tying pate in interactive video Confer- European traders of the time: pepper, spices and silk. conomics through the Roc and encing, such as touring the Her- oll Hall of Fame - all withi n the - mitage, President Andrew lack- The museum had sent the school samples of these goods confines of a 90-minute bla',,s pe son's homestead in Nashville, ahead of time, so students were riod. Tenn.; visiting with The Age of able to touch and smell the ob- r These virtual field trips age the Exploration experts at the jects as well as hear about their result of Beyond Class{oom Mariner's Museum in Newport Walls, a project funded th{ough News, Va.; and participating in an importance. The expert also ex- t,,he Enhancing Educationeconomics workshop titledplained how these explorers nav- "Takin' Care of Business: Finan- igated across the ocean, and she Through Technology fe teral grant. Teachers and students cial Literacy" at Cleveland's used navigational devices in the connect with experts through Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. museum's collection to demon- the Center for Interactxve Col- The video conference with the Continued on page 99 [oa( I in order to t l, Imani Gibbs sequences la said. /hen all wa enough it :e than 1,201 iced said tN best packec program be Fhey l_earr lesson is s ,aid. Wal p MELISSA STEELE PHOTOS a replica ship of the 'ade furs with Native instructor Dan Low- br what we did," done, the group ems to trade for ) furs. ,,ir ship was one of he has seen since gan last summer. ed exactly what pposed to teach," STUDENTS IN KEVmN LEMA~RE'S and Gail r aq~ in Newport News, Va. SUBMITTED PHOTO in Museum