Thursday, October 25, 2012

Journey To Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Submitted by ~ Kaprice Dal Cerro ~ Footprints of the Mind Program Director ~ Wander Our World Class Instructor

Recently we had the opportunity to bring our "travels" to life with a group of elementary school students. A local school participated in an in-school field trip where we bring the adventure to them. Our group of students included kids from grades kindergarten through second.

This local school had participated in a in-school field trip earlier this year and felt it was a wonderful benefit to provide a geography programs to the students that allowed for fun and learning. One of the best parts of the trip for the teachers is they do not have to leave the school!  

Some of the students had "traveled" with us during the previous field trip and it was exciting for us to see and hear that they remembered who we were as well as remembered all of the information we shared with them 7 months prior. Our younger kindergarten group was new to our travels and sure jumped on board quickly.  

This in-school field trip took us to Australia where we first had to use our imaginations and think of a creative way to travel from North America to Australia. Some of our travelers took a jet, airplanes, and even jet skied across the ocean. 

There was so much to do and see during our adventure. The students learned about the aborigine people that live in Australia and how they create and play a funny named instrument called the "didgeridoo". The students also saw a real Walking Stick insect from Australia. It was pretty large. I bet you will never guess what dollar bills are printed on in Australia. Our students now know!

We cannot forget about our journey through the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest living structure.  It is so large that our astronauts can see it from space. To put it into perspective, the Great Barrier Reef is equal to 70 million football fields in size (about the size of Italy). We also shared with the students an amazing under water adventure introducing them to our sea creature friends that live in the Great Barrier Reef. Please remember to be careful in the Great Barrier Reef. It is home to the deadliest octopus in the world and it is no bigger than a golf ball - the Blue Ringed Octopus. 

Last but not least the students ended their journey by creating their own Great Barrier Reef. The students worked hard on their masterpieces and were proud of the end result. 

We look forward to traveling with the students again!

G'Day for now! 

Until our next school adventure.........

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