Francisco Elementary fifth-graders enjoy discover Texas field trip

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W.T. Francisco Elementary fifth-graders travel to Cameron Park Zoo, Waco Mammoth National Monument, and Inner Space Cavern on an Education in Action Discover Texas Field Trip

Fifth-graders from Birdville ISD’s W.T. Francisco Elementary traveled to Waco’s Cameron Park Zoo, Waco Mammoth National Monument and Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown on an Education in Action Discover Texas Field Trip March 1, 2019 to experience what they are learning in science.

At the Cameron Park Zoo, students explored the Brazos River Country exhibit, tracking the Brazos River from its source to the Gulf of Mexico. Students investigated many animals living in the five ecological regions of Texas through which the Brazos River passes with a focus on each animal’s adaptations and niche. At Waco Mammoth National Monument the students experienced the nation’s only recorded discovery of a nursery herd of Pleistocene mammoths and learned about the Ice Age, how the fossils were discovered, sedimentary rocks, and why the site is one of the most important paleontological sites in North America. At Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown, students panned for, and identified, minerals found in the cavern. Through participation in hands-on demonstrations, they learned about the water cycle and the environmental benefits of the world’s wetlands and watersheds. The student scientists discussed the rock cycle and worked in groups to classify rock, mineral, and fossil samples. The students concluded their day by watching the Earth’s processes at work as they toured the highly decorated Inner Space Cavern.

“Education in Action’s Discover Texas Field Trips are based on the understanding that the most effective way for students to learn is through experience,” stated Lacey Phillips, Discover Texas Field Trips Director. “Student activities during this Discover Texas Field Trip reinforce and supplement fifth grade science Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) learning objectives in a fun, hands-on way that helps the students synthesize content taught in the classroom.”

Education in Action’s Discover Texas Field Trips make it easy for teachers to take their third-, fourth-, or fifth-grade classrooms on organized, fun, and educational site-based learning experiences. Discover Texas Field Trip staff members handle all details, including round-trip charter bus transportation, reservations, and TEKS-based program curriculum, so participating teachers can focus on their students and making connections between the experience and what students are learning in the classroom.

In addition to Discover Texas Field Trips to Abilene, Austin, San Antonio, Waco/Georgetown, Dallas, and Fort Worth, Education in Action also offers summer Lone Star Leadership Academy camps for outstanding fourth- through eighth-graders. During the weeklong, overnight camps, participants experience significant Texas sites in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, or Houston/Galveston with Texas educators and a focus on leadership.

Discover Texas Field Trips are presented by Education in Action, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fostering educated and involved young people. For more information about Education in Action visit www.educationinaction.org and www.facebook.com/educationinaction.

Green Valley Elementary fourth-graders on Education in Action Discover Texas Field Trip

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Green Valley Elementary fourth-graders travel to Fort Worth and Weatherford on an Education in Action Discover Texas Field Trip

Fourth-graders from Birdville ISD’s Green Valley Elementary traveled to Fort Worth and Weatherford on an Education in Action Discover Texas Field Trip February 20, 2019 to experience what they are learning in fourth grade Texas History at the Fort Worth Stockyards and the Doss Culture and Heritage Center.

During the charter bus ride to Fort Worth, students played Cowtown Bingo in preparation for their day. The students’ first stop was at the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District where they toured historic buildings, learned about the life and work of cowboys on the cattle drives, saw the Fort Worth Herd of longhorns, and took on the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze. Then it was off to Weatherford to explore the Doss Culture and Heritage Center where the students learned all about the regions of Texas, pioneer life, cattle drives, and the Goodnight-Loving Trail.

“Education in Action’s Discover Texas Field Trips are based on the understanding that the most effective way for students to learn is through experience,” stated Lacey Phillips, Discover Texas Field Trips Director. “Student activities during the Discover Texas Field Trip to Fort Worth and Weatherford reinforce and supplement fourth grade social studies Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) learning objectives with a focus on our unique heritage.”

Education in Action’s Discover Texas Field Trips make it easy for teachers to take their third-, fourth-, or fifth-grade classrooms on organized, fun, and educational site-based learning experiences. Discover Texas Field Trip staff members handle all details, including round-trip charter bus transportation, reservations, and TEKS-based program curriculum, so participating teachers can focus on their students and making connections between the experience and what students are learning in the classroom.

Discover Texas Field Trips are presented by Education in Action, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fostering educated and involved young people. For more information about Education in Action visit www.educationinaction.org and www.facebook.com/educationinaction.

Francisco Elementary fourth-graders on an Education in Action Discover Texas Field Trip

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Francisco Elementary fourth-graders travel to Austin and San Antonio on an Education in Action Discover Texas Field Trip

Fourth-graders from Birdville ISD’s Francisco Elementary traveled to Austin and San Antonio on an Education in Action Discover Texas Field Trip March 1, 2019 to experience what they are learning in fourth grade Texas History. Students visited the Texas State Capitol, The Alamo, and The Witte Museum.

During the charter bus ride to Austin, students discussed why Texans are so proud of their unique heritage and participated in activities and games in preparation for their day. In Austin the students visited the Texas State Capitol where their legislators, The Honorable Kelly Hancock, State Senator, District 9 and The Honorable Stephanie Klick, State Representative, District 91, office. Students saw first-hand where Texas laws are made as they toured the State Capitol including the Senate and House of Representatives chambers. Students then traveled to San Antonio where they toured The Alamo, one of the most famous missions in the United States, and learned about the Battle of the Alamo’s role in the Texas Revolution. At the Witte Museum students experienced how the people of the lower Pecos region lived long ago through a variety of hands-on activities including creating rock art to simulate the narratives, the people created on rock shelter walls, processing the lechugilla plant for its fiber, and using atlatls to “hunt” deer.

“Education in Action’s Discover Texas Field Trips are based on the understanding that the most effective way for students to learn is through experience,” stated Lacey Phillips, Discover Texas Field Trips Director. “Student activities during the Discover Texas Field Trip to Austin and San Antonio reinforce and supplement fourth grade Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) learning objectives with a focus on why Texans are so proud of their unique heritage.”

Education in Action’s Discover Texas Field Trips make it easy for teachers to take their third-, fourth-, or fifth-grade classrooms on organized, fun, and educational site-based learning experiences. Discover Texas Field Trip staff members handle all details, including round-trip charter bus transportation, reservations, and TEKS-based program curriculum, so participating teachers can focus on their students and making connections between the experience and what students are learning in the classroom.

Discover Texas Field Trips are presented by Education in Action, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fostering educated and involved young people. For more information about Education in Action visit www.educationinaction.org and www.facebook.com/educationinaction.

Smith Elementary fourth-graders travel on an Education in Action Discover Texas Field Trip

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David Smith Elementary fourth-graders travel to Austin and San Antonio on an Education in Action Discover Texas Field Trip

Fourth-graders from Birdville ISD’s David E.Smith Elementary traveled to Austin and San Antonio on an Education in Action Discover Texas Field Trip February 21, 2019 to experience what they are learning in fourth grade Texas History. Students visited the Texas State Capitol, The Alamo, and The Witte Museum

During the charter bus ride to Austin, students discussed why Texans are so proud of their unique heritage and participated in activities and games in preparation for their day. In Austin the students visited the Texas State Capitol where their legislators, The Honorable Kelly Hancock, State Senator, District 9 and The Honorable Stephanie Klick, State Representative, District 91, office. Students saw first-hand where Texas laws are made as they toured the State Capitol including the Senate and House of Representatives chambers. Students then traveled to San Antonio where they toured The Alamo, one of the most famous missions in the United States, and learned about the Battle of the Alamo’s role in the Texas Revolution. At the Witte Museum students learned about ‘chuck box cuisine from ‘Cookie’, a historical reenactor straight from the trail, and explored interactive exhibits and historical artifacts to learn about daily life, the changing landscape, and earning a living in 1800s Texas. 

“Education in Action’s Discover Texas Field Trips are based on the understanding that the most effective way for students to learn is through experience,” stated Lacey Phillips, Discover Texas Field Trips Director. “Student activities during the Discover Texas Field Trip to Austin and San Antonio reinforce and supplement fourth grade Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) learning objectives with a focus on why Texans are so proud of their unique heritage.”

Education in Action’s Discover Texas Field Trips make it easy for teachers to take their third-, fourth-, or fifth-grade classrooms on organized, fun, and educational site-based learning experiences. Discover Texas Field Trip staff members handle all details, including round-trip charter bus transportation, reservations, and TEKS-based program curriculum, so participating teachers can focus on their students and making connections between the experience and what students are learning in the classroom.

Discover Texas Field Trips are presented by Education in Action, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fostering educated and involved young people. For more information about Education in Action visit www.educationinaction.org and www.facebook.com/educationinaction

Thank You to Our World Read Aloud Day Readers

Thank you to the 878 individuals who read in 676 Birdville ISD (BISD) K-8 classrooms as part of World Read Aloud Day on Feb. 1. We appreciate you taking time to model to our students the importance and joy of reading.

World Read Aloud Day is celebrated by millions of people in more than 100 countries. This event calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories.  This event was celebrated by elementary and middle schools across the District.