Over the last two weeks, kindergarten and first grade students have enjoyed zoo-themed read alouds during their library time. In kindergarten, we read an illustrated version of the popular song Going to the Zoo and first graders learned about Abraham Dee Bartlett and the invention of the modern zoo with the biography Fur, Fins, and Feathers.
After reading, students went on a virtual field trip to the San Diego Zoo. This zoo has live animal cams that allow viewers to see right into the enclosures. We got to witness polar bears eating snow, tigers slinking around in the shadows, and apes playing around. It was a great way for students to extend their knowledge authentically. If you'd like to check out the animal cams for yourself, head on over this way!
Gussied up in their finest western wear, our poets reinvented the Typewriter Rodeo inspired the by original head honchos in a workshop held two weeks prior. The decorations of boots, flowers, vintage typewriters and even a student-designed logo sparked ideas for spontaneous poems that left students with smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts. Check out a few of the poems student composed at our rodeo.
Special guests included EISD Board President Colleen Jones, EISD Director of Humanities, Beth Keith, and members of the press. Take a gander at the article below that was published in the Westlake Picayune and the Austin American Statesman.
Special thanks to 5th grade teachers, Ms. Mojica and Ms. Steinberg, Ms. McLaughlin our Instructional Partner, Ms. Ricter, our Librarian, and Ms. Ricketson, our Ed Tech, for heading up this incredible event. We hope to see ya'll again next year when the Typewriter Rodeo Junior comes back into town!
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