Posted Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The “big kids” came to class!
You could see the excitement in the eyes of Loveland Elementary School (LES) students as Loveland High School (LHS) students filed into the classrooms of the younger Tigers, packing science-themed books the LHS students authored.
“The stories are all about cells – plant, animal and bacteria,” explained Jaclyn Jones, LHS science teacher. “All are written in a creative, fun way that was tailored for our elementary age students. Honestly, I was amazed with the energy our high school students put into this project – they were genuinely excited to share this with the elementary children.”
Jones worked with LES to coordinate the final phase of the unique assignment. Thursday, April 17, the two groups gathered across multiple classrooms to finish the lesson.
“It was exciting for our students,” said LES Principal Jennifer Forren. “You could just see it all over their faces as they watched the high school students walk in; this was truly something special.”
"I did this project for my students to learn about the parts and functions of the cell, however it became much more than that,” said Jones. “When my students learned they would be reading their books to the LES students I could see the work ethic and motivation change in my classroom. Students were excited to come in each day and work on their stories because they knew they would be sharing their work to the younger Tigers. My students came up with very creative and unique ideas to not only educate themselves, but also to educate the younger students. The level of work from each of my students was special and great to see.”
Photo caption: LHS Sophomores Ashley Day and Megan Phelan present their books to LES Fourth-Grade Students (back to front) Jackson Rush, Matthew McDermott, and Kayligh Griffith.