2nd grade field trips can sometimes take you right around the corner, and sometimes they let you travel back in time or even to space. 2nd graders have been extra busy this month, not only preparing for big events like Expression Explosion and VIP Day, but they’ve also gone on two field trips.
On Wednesday, April 18th, our 2nd graders took a walking tour to Dr. Miller’s Orthodontist office, which is literally right down the street and around the corner from our school. Dr. Miller’s staff provided six hands-on stations where the kids learned about proper dental hygiene, completed science experiments, made their own personal molds of rubber stamps using alginate and plaster, met with Dr. Miller himself, and learned about the history and usefulness of x-rays. The kids had an exciting time learning, exploring, and getting to interact with Dr. Miller’s staff.
On Friday, April 27th, our 2nd graders travelled by bus to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. There, at the museum, our kids started their day travelling back in time 3,000 years to see over 150 authentic artifacts from King Tut’s tomb. Did you know that he was only 9 years old when he became Pharaoh? That’s quite shocking to an 8-year old 2nd grader! This special exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in Egypt and was packed full of things to see, read, watch, and ask questions about. Second graders then got to explore the many different exhibits at the Science Center, such as Tess, the 50-foot body simulator, touch tanks, air and space exhibits, and even a special exhibit called Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear. Our field trip concluded with a visit to see the Endeavour space shuttle and even included a special presentation for our St. John’s kids.
Special thanks to Dr. Miller’s office, our chaperoning parents and the Ramirez family for their help and support with these great field trips!
By: Mrs. Katie Todd, 2nd grade