Chart Your Idle Time Away:
A 24-Hour Day

Using graph paper, students create a chart to log their 24-hour routine. Make sure they include their free time, with at least 3 ideas of what they like to do for fun. Do their fun activities include something the average Constitution sailor couldn't do like playing video games or talking on the phone? Have them brainstorm and reflect: what else could they do with that free time? What are the differences between a sailor's life and their own? Using the sailor’s Daily Routine Chart have students compare and contrast them on a simple table, noting the amount of hours (and convert to percentages!) of sleep, chores, school, and leisure time.


Mermaids and Sea Tales: Creative Writing!

With your students, enjoy some fun fill-in-the-blank creativity with Tall Tales in the interactive game. Read them aloud and rate each others stories – if you can do it without giggling! You can also download paper based fill-in-the-blank stories and have students include their own nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. Take it further and have students create their own fill-in-the-blank tall tale, and exchange with a classmate to fill them out.


John Lord's Powderhorn & Art at Sea

John Lord's engraved powderhorn was designed to carry gunpowder, but it is a special memento of one sailor’s service. The symbols he used to decorate were all chosen with care. By closely observing them, can your students decode what Lord’s job on Constitution was? Gunner John Lord made this on board Constitution in the 1820s. Lord decorated the horn with nautical images, included cannons and cannonballs, an anchor and chain, a flag, and a scene of “Old Ironsides” in battle. Have your students try the art of etching out: using a bar of soap and toothpicks or forks, students etch an image, a favorite activity, their name, etc. into the soap.

Leisure Time

Constitution is a busy ship, and work fills almost every minute of a sailor's day. But from time to time, the captain grants a few hours of leisure to those men not on watch. When they gather on the forecastle, the normally strict routine and discipline of a fighting ship slackens a little. There's time to tell a tall story, or listen to one; to read a letter; to mend clothes; and perhaps to dance to a fiddler's tune.


Playing Dice: Simple Math

For an online experience, play this interactive Dice Game with students (teachers: please be aware this includes an element of gambling). For a gambling free experience, follow these instructions for the 19th century game “Going to Boston” using real dice in the classroom.