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Watkins Elementary fourth graders travel to Fort Worth and Weatherford on an Education in Action Discover Texas Field Trip

Watkins 4th grade students in Ft. Worth

Fourth graders from Wylie ISD's Watkins Elementary traveled to Fort Worth and Weatherford on an Education in Action Discover Texas Field Trip, Thursday, December 16, 2021, to experience what they are learning in Texas History. Students visited the Fort Worth Stockyards and the Doss Culture and Heritage Center.

During the charter bus ride to Fort Worth, students played Cowtown Bingo in preparation for their day. The students' first stop was at the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District where they toured historic buildings, learned about the life and work of cowboys on the cattle drives, saw the Fort Worth Herd of longhorns, and took on the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze. Then it was off to Weatherford to explore the Doss Culture and Heritage Center where the students learned all about the regions of Texas, pioneer life, cattle drives, and the Goodnight-Loving Trail.

''Education in Action's Discover Texas Field Trips are based on the understanding that the most effective way for students to learn is through experience,'' stated Jennifer Pasteur, Education in Action’s Executive Director. ''Student activities during Discover Texas Field Trips reinforce and supplement Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) learning objectives in fun and hands-on ways at significant Texas sites that bring the content to life.''

Education in Action's Discover Texas Field Trips make it easy for teachers to take their 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classrooms on organized, fun, and educational site-based learning experiences. Discover Texas Field Trip staff members handle all details, including round-trip charter bus transportation, reservations, and TEKS-based program curriculum, so participating teachers can focus on their students and making connections between the experience and what students are learning in the classroom.

Discover Texas Field Trips are presented by Education in Action, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering educated and involved young people. In addition to one-day Discover Texas Field Trips to Austin, San Antonio, Waco/Georgetown, Dallas, and Fort Worth, Education in Action also offers summer Lone Star Leadership Academy camps for outstanding 4th-8th graders. During the weeklong, overnight camps, participants experience significant Texas sites in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, or Houston/Galveston with Texas educators and a focus on leadership. For more information about Education in Action visit www.educationinaction.org and www.facebook.com/educationinaction.