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Jackson Township class turned into zoo for a day

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Jackson Township Elementary second-grade student Parker Johnson reads his report on the Howler Monkey, Monday, while his teacher Pam Fischer adjusts the microphone. [Order this photo]
For one afternoon at Jackson Township Elementary, Pam Fischer's second grade class literally turned into a zoo.

"We have been learning about animals," Fischer said to parents. "Last week, we visited the Indianapolis Zoo to see the animals in real life."

The classroom was split into six habitats -- arctic, jungle, ocean, rainforest, woodland and desert. The students and parent volunteers worked to create a habitat area that their animal was a part of.

"We spend a lot of time doing Response to Intervention (RTI)," she said. "But through the additional instruction, we now have 27 confident readers."

The students showed off their reading skills to fellow students, teachers and parents when they read reports on their specific animal, which ranged from dolphins, jaguars, polar bears and the great horned owl.

"Coming and reading in front of everyone was my favorite part," second-grade student Shailyn Bennett said.

"The project was awesome," Dominic Lacinuo said.

The students recently received their results on the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) and they had nothing but positive comments.

"It's hard but we try our best to get good scores," Braelyn Berg said.

"The NWEA made me nervous because I didn't know if I would do well," Cody Estep said. "I felt it was important to do well."

Though measuring student's excellence in tests is important, there is more to learning in Fischer's class.

"The tests don't measure the children's creativity, determination and perseverance," she said.

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