McKinney ISD fourth grade teachers at Glen Oaks Elementary took their classrooms on the road to Austin with Education in Action’s “Proud to be Texan” experiential learning day program, November 18, 2011. Students visited the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and the Texas State Capitol and experienced what they are learning in fourth grade Texas History.
On the way to Austin, students discussed why Texans are so proud of their unique heritage and participated in activities and games in preparation for their visit. In Austin the students visited the State Capitol where their legislators, The Honorable Florence Shapiro, State Senator, District 8 and The Honorable Ken Paxton, State Representative, District 70, office. Students saw first-hand where Texas laws are made as they toured the State Capitol including the Senate and House of Representatives chambers. At the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum students explored exhibits about Texas’ earliest inhabitants, the Texas Revolution and events that created our Lone Star identity. The students’ visit to the museum concluded at the multi-sensory Texas Spirit Theater with the Star of Destiny where they saw and experienced the history of our great state including a gusher exploding from an East Texas oil derrick and the takeoff of Saturn V as seen from Mission Control at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston.
“Education in Action’s programs are based on the understanding that the most effective way for students to learn is through experience,” stated Jennifer Pasteur, Education in Action’s Executive Director. “Student activities during Education in Action’s ‘Proud to be Texan’ programs reinforce and supplement fourth grade Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills learning objectives with a focus on why Texans are so proud of their unique heritage.”
Education in Action, the premier organization for experiential learning travel programs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, makes it easy for teachers to take their 3rd, 4th or 5th grade classrooms on organized, fun and meaningful site-based learning experiences. Education in Action handles all details, from round-trip charter bus transportation and program reservations, to a pre-program training session for all participating adults and TEKS-based program curriculum, so teachers can focus on their students and making connections between the experience and what students are learning in the classroom.
Education in Action is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fostering educated and involved Texans. For more information about Education in Action or Education in Action’s programs, call 817-562-4957, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.educationinaction.org.
For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Specialist, at 469-742-4007 or email@example.com.