How can a field trip impact learning, you ask? In ways you can’t begin to count! On Jan. 22, 33 students from Huron High School traveled to the capital in Pierre to see the building first hand and experience a bit of the legislative process. After pre-teaching vocabulary and concepts in ESL (English as a Second Language) classes, the ESL students were able to tour the Capitol, observe hearings about the Common Core Standards, and get introduced to the appropriations committee. Peggy Gibson, (pictured with the students), Dick Werner and Jim White, our state legislators, met the students and answered questions the students had. By building such background knowledge and experience, students are better able to understand and retain required concepts, while at the same time, learn the English language. One high school sophomore commented, “Now I get the three parts of government.” While another added, “It’s a beautiful building!” Hands-on activities and field trips encourage more engaged learning in all students.
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