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Wilson Elementary 4th graders travel to Austin with Education in Action

Coppell ISD fourth grade teachers at Wilson Elementary School took their classrooms on the road to Austin with Education in Action’s Proud to be Texan Travel, Explore, and Learn Field Trip May 8. Students visited Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and Texas State Capitol to experience what they are learning in Texas History classes.

On the way to Austin, students discussed why Texans are so proud of their heritage and participated in activities and games in preparation for their visit. In Austin, students visited the State Capitol where their legislators, The Honorable John Carona, State Senator, District 16, and The Honorable Bennett Ratliff, State Representative, District 115, are in 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 Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum students explored exhibits about Texas’s earliest inhabitants, Texas Revolution, and events that created Lone Star identity. Students’ visit to the museum concluded at the multi-sensory Texas Spirit Theater with the Star of Destiny where they experienced Texashistory 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 field trips are based on the understanding that the most effective way for students to learn is through experience,” said Lori Duncan, Education in Action’s School Programs Director. “Student activities during Education in Action’s Proud to be Texan field trip 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’s Travel offers site-based learning experiences through field trips for third through fifth grade students in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.The organization handles all details, including round-trip charter bus transportation to Waco/Georgetown, Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth, reservations, and TEKS-based program curriculum, allowing teachers to focus on their students and to make connections between the experience and what students are learning in the classroom.

The group also offers spring break and summer Lone Star Leadership Academy camps for outstanding fourth through eighth graders. During the weeklong, overnight camps, students experience important Texas sites in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, or Houston/Galveston guided by Texas educators and a focus on leadership.

Source: Wilson Elementary School