The wheels on the bus have been around Memphis lately as Dogwood students have taken their learning on the road.
Dogwood second graders field trip included a tour on the Memphis Riverboat – Queen to learn facts and history about Memphis and the Mississippi River. “There used to be four bridges over the Mississippi River, but I learned one burned down,” student Jack Betchick said. “I thought the boat was pretty cool and interesting. I loved the design of it.” Betchick’s teacher, Paige Browning added, “The view of the bridges and our city was a great bonus to the trip”.
Dogwood’s first graders visited another Memphis gem, the Memphis Zoo, to go and explore the animal groups the classes have been learning about: mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, arachnids, etc. “It was a beautiful day of learning and applying knowledge outside of the classroom,” said first grade teacher Kathryn Gardner. The students were split into small groups and participated in a scavenger hunt to find specific animals and habitats. “I thought it was nice and cool. I liked how we got to go on a little quest searching for animals. It was really fun,” said first grader Turner Coverdale.
Menagerie Farm in Collierville was the place to extend learning for Dogwood’s 125 kindergarteners. “We have been studying literature with farm settings, so we decided to show the children a farm setting close to our own school,” Kindergarten teacher Lisa Navarro said. The children fed catfish and goats, took a hayride, enjoyed pony rides, followed chickens, then played with pigs and a dog. The adventure ended with a visit to the pumpkin patch. “We teachers even showed the children how to milk a goat!”