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Fourth-graders from Bryson Elementary and Comanche Springs Elementary traveled to San Antonio and Austin on Education in Action Discover Texas Field Trips in February to experience first-hand what they are learning in their Texas history classes. Students visited The Alamo, Battle for Texas: The Experience Museum, and the Texas State Capitol. Bryson went on February 2 and Comanche Springs went on February 9.
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 visit. In San Antonio, students 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.
“The field trip was a great opportunity for our fourth-graders to have an interactive educational experience that reinforces what they are learning in class,” said Whitney Wheeler, Bryson Elementary Principal. “This trip to San Antonio and Austin has increased student interest in Texas history and sparked curiosity to learn more. Our fourth-graders will remember this trip for years to come.”
At the Battle for Texas: The Experience Museum, students explored exhibits about Texas’s earliest inhabitants and explorers, the Texas Revolution, and events that created the Lone Star’s identity. In Austin, the students visited the Texas State Capitol where their legislators, State Senator Jane Nelson, District 12, and State Representative Charlie Geren, District 99, office. Students saw first-hand where Texas laws are made as they toured the State Capitol including the Senate and House of Representatives chambers.
“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,” said Lacey Phillips, Discover Texas Field Trips Director. “Student activities during the Discover Texas Field Trip to Austin 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.”
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.