The National Park Service at Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Salem Sets Sail: Ships, Sailors and the Sea

Grade 5

Come aboard two famous Salem ships, Friendship and Fame, to discover a time when Salem’s name was known worldwide!  Experience maritime history where it happened as you and your students set sail in Salem Harbor!

Through hands-on activities and guided exploration on shore and at sea, students discover how the enterprise and daring of Salem’s merchants, mariners and privateers transformed the port city of Salem from a tiny fishing settlement into a center of world trade.  Students gain an understanding of the crucial role Salem played in the establishment of America and the growth of the new nation.

In this program, students will:

  • Sail in Salem Sound as crew members on board the replica privateer Fame, taking a turn at the tiller, raising sails, and learning to navigate at sea
  • Examine authentic sailors’ objects and explore the replica merchant vessel Friendship to draw conclusions about life and work at sea in the 19th century
  • Use their senses to inspect various world trade goods brought to Salem and learn of the importance of world trade in America’s economy and lifestyle both historically and today
    • Make a personal connection with one of America’s national parks.

Please feel free to contact Maryann Zujewski at for information related to the program and to make a reservation

The Peabody Essex Museum

PEM seeks to join with SEF grant awardees in the areas of arts and culture through assisting with implementation of grants in teacher professional development:

  • $325 to support your attendance at the 2016 Peabody Essex Museum Teacher Institute, July 25-29 and October 8. Teachers of all subject areas and in all grades are encouraged to apply. For more information about the Institute, visit
  • Resource and program development sessions with PEM educators to develop museum visits that link directly to your curriculum goals including development of post-visit activities to be done in the classroom.

If you intend to use these PEM resources, please include “PEM Partnership” in the title of your proposal, describe what you will access in both the grant application, and list them in the budget sheet of your submission as “PEM in-kind support”.

Please feel free to contact Emily Scheinberg prior to your application submission so the museum can help develop and provide information related to the museum visits and how they will support your classroom activities and goals.

Grant applicants should consider this incredible asset when applying for grants and contact Emily Scheinberg at for more information

Thank you PEM!

Salsa For The Schools

One of the many perks that teachers can get through the Salem Education Foundation is Salsa For the Schools! Partnering with Greg Coles, this enrichment program uses historically accurate and culturally based dance and drum to immerse students in other cultures (or their own in some cases). Students play the rhythms and do the dances of other (or their own) cultures while gaining better awareness of the world, of history and of themselves. Salsa for the Schools is a great perk for teachers because it brings the fun of dance while learning to schools.

Salsa for the Schools gives students the opportunity to learn about different cultures through rhythm and dance. The program can last from one day to up to twelve weeks (meeting once or twice a week). Also, Salsa for the Schools may give students the opportunity to perform in front of an audience! During Salsa for the Schools, educators have reported that students have shown their more engaged and inquisitive aspect of their personalities during this program.

Salsa for the Schools is fiscally sponsored by the non-profit Salem Education Foundation and all donations are tax deductible.  Make a difference by donating!


Enrichment Topics (And, we can be creative with you and do a new one as well):

·      Recognizing Diversity Within (even kids within a family are different)

·      Recognizing Diversity Without (Cultures and peoples are different)

·      Celebrating Diversity (What we all share is a uniqueness that gives us presence and value)

·      African Dance (Names, county of origin and meaning)

·      African Drum (Instruments, roles and responsibilities)

·      Latin Dance (Names, country of origin and context)

·      Latin Drum (Instruments, roles and responsibilities)

·      Demonstration and Performance

·      Demonstration and Performance with Student Participation



To bring Salsa for the Schools to your school please contact:

Carrie Francis Cabot

Greg Coles