General Teacher Resources
We look forward to welcoming you and your class onboard for an educational adventure!
Please review these helpful resources prior to your visit to the Midway:
The USS Midway Museum is located at 910 N Harbor Drive San Diego CA 92101 along downtown San Diego’s Embarcadero.
For important information about getting here including bus transportation and parking click here.
In order to provide a quality experience for both you and our general public guests please review the following Code of Conduct with the students you chaperone.
- STUDENTS NEED TO STAY WITH THEIR CHAPERONES AT ALL TIMES.
- Chaperones are responsible for the behavior of the students in their group.
- Please walk at all times.
- For Self-Guided and Student Audio Tour Groups please be aware there are no places to store/eat lunches on board. There are park areas close by.
- The tables and chairs at the Fantail Café are only for guests that are purchasing food items from the Café. This area cannot be used as a gathering area, and no sack lunches are allowed at the tables.
- Please remember that you are visiting a historic museum. Be respectful of Midway property and maintain appropriate behavior at all times.
The following terms are common vocabulary for ships, including aircraft carriers like the USS Midway.
Midway Instructors will use these terms when appropriate during your visit. You might find it fun and interesting to teach them ahead of time to your students.
- SHIP: A very large, ocean-going vessel. The Midway is called a ship, not a boat, because of its size.
- SHE: This is the pronoun used to refer to a ship. The Midway was built in 1945. She served our nation until 1992.
- DECKS: The “floors” of a ship are called decks. A tall building has many floors. The Midway has many decks.
- BULKHEAD: This refers to a wall. Each room, or space, on the ship has bulkheads surrounding it. The bulkheads separate the space from other spaces.
- OVERHEAD: This refers to a ceiling. Overheads on ships are like the ceilings in a room or a building.
- HATCH: This refers to a door in the floor or deck. A sailor goes through hatches when he moves from one deck to another.
- FORWARD: This refers to moving toward the front of the ship
- AFT: Refers to moving toward the back of the ship You walk forward if you are walking toward the front of the ship. If you turn around and walk toward the back, you will be walking aft.
- PORT: This refers to the left side of the ship as you face forward.
- STARBOARD: This refers to the right side of the ship as you face forward. When sailors talk about the left side of the ship, they say “port”. When they talk about the right side, they say, “starboard”.