Wednesday, March 16, 2011 8:16:00 AM
One of my favorite days of the year is our annual 7th grade field trip to the LA County Zoo. In preparation for our trip I show the students two incredible videos. “Why Dogs Smile and Chimpanzees Cry” and “A Conversation With Koko”. Both of these videos spark a lot of discussion and reflection. While at the zoo the students have an activity guide that they work on that moves them through observation questions to critical thinking questions. In English class the students write a persuasive essay about whether or not we should have zoos. This year I added a Socratic seminar discussion to the overall experience. I find that this is one of the most memorable and lasting experiences of the year for my 7th graders.