I teach 2nd grade ELA & Social Studies. My students are excited about becoming proficient readers. I try to teach them the importance of reading. They have been working very hard to try to increase their fluency scores. They are engaged in their learning and I try to make learning fun and interesting.
I work in an urban school district, where 99.2% is Black or African American.
Almost 62% of students participate are in the free and reduced meal programs. Our school culture focuses on self-respect/self-esteem, community service, cultural awareness and global learning in an African-centered learning environment. This has been instilled into students who know, for example, that hallway movements “always follow the green line.”
Encourages Environmental Awareness
Visiting a zoo helps children understand the importance of taking care of the environment as it has a significant impact on the lives and welfare of animals.
Zoos also teach students about the importance of conservation and animal care. Children can especially learn about the impact humans have on animals at the Detroit Zoo. Visitors can learn the unique story about each animal as they walk around the zoo.
For many kids and adults, the best way to learn is by doing and feeling. The Detroit Zoo offers petting and feeding areas which allow kids to truly immerse themselves in the animals lives. The Turtle Back Zoo also offers an amazing Touch Tank where visitors can touch live sharks and stingrays. It is an experience the kids will not forget!
Allows for Exploration and Self-Discovery
What I love most about the zoo, is that it allows children to explore their environment and make new discoveries. This all leads to cognitive, language, motor, and academic growth. While exploring a zoo, children go on a wild adventure full of running around, asking questions and engaging in storytelling. These activities are key for healthy development! Exploring their environment also helps children become more self-aware. They learn what animals they like and don’t like. They also learn to move past their fears and trepidation about certain animals, reptiles, and bugs.
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