In between the traditional spelling quizzes, essay writing, and times table practices, Guadalupe School students get to learn through equally important, hands-on, visual experiences. This last month was no exception, with various grades learning from classroom outreaches carried out by the local aquarium and Hogle Zoo, as well as through a field trip to the courthouse!
Grade schoolers had their curiosity peaked, but their comfort limits tested when a team from the aquarium brought by some creepy, crawly visitors to help teach about various environments around the world. The creatures included a boa constrictor, lizards, and a couple of giant cockroaches. The students had the option of petting each animal to see what their skin feels like, and learned all about their home environments and how they live.
Students also got to touch and feel in order to learn during the Hogle Zoo classroom outreach. Instructors let the children go through boxes of parts of different environments, that included various soils, plants, animal pelts, footprints, and more. The students were fascinated as they learned about what types of animals and vegetation thrive in different climates and geographical areas.
Older students had the opportunity to visit Matheson Courthouse downtown Salt Lake City. They not only toured the beautiful building, but got to sit in the jury seats and listen to a real judge talk about conducting trials. They also entered and sat in the Supreme Court, where they learned about how a panel of the highest judges in the state decide cases together. The kids loved the experience, and one girl even expressed how she wants to become a lawyer!
We can never thank our community partners enough. They help Guadalupe School to transform lives through education by ensuring our students enhanced learning experiences, and exposing them to the surrounding world. Thank you!