Sleeping With the Sharks

In Cherokee, NC

Near the end of each school year, fourth and fifth graders at TLC! take a trip together.  This year the trip was to the aquarium in Gatlinburg, TN and this is what fourth grader teacher Ms. Ashley had to say about the trip:

We went to the Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee first and learned all about Cherokee village life.  They had craft and tool demonstrations and reenacted traditional Cherokee ways of life.  It was very cool – we even got to go inside the council house!  We then headed to Gatlinburg where we shopped downtown for a few hours.  We had a wonderful dinner at Bennett’s Pit BBQ.  We finally checked into the aquarium.  The kids played a jeopardy game to test their knowledge about marine life.  We got to watch a dive show, where a guy dove with tons of stingrays and sharks.  After that the diver let us go to the top of the tank and pet the stingrays!  There were several different kinds and they were hypnotizing to watch!  The kids did “fish printing’ with paint on t-shirts and pillowcases, followed by a scavenger hunt around the aquarium.  Finally, we got to sleep in the shark tunnel underneath all the beautiful fish and sharks.  The next morning we got an up close and personal look at a “spa fish” that actually eats dead skin off humans! We got to stick our hand in and let the fish clean us! What a strange but cool sensation!  It was a great trip!

Behind the scenes at the aquarium in Gatlinburg


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