Third, fourth, and fifth graders...boys and girls...children with varying backgrounds, experiences, and levels of understanding. So what brought them together? How did they end up on this particular trip...on this particular day...to this particular place? The answer is quite simple. Interest. Passion. A desire to learn. This group of children came together during an Enrichment Cluster focused on the area of forensic science. They wanted to learn more about the the world of forensics, discover what a career in forensic science might look like, and explore how forensics are used to solve mysteries in the real world.
Their journey was an amazing one. During the nine weeks of their cluster rotation, these young learners had the opportunity to interview an FBI agent, speak with a crime scene investigator, andeven Skype with a forensic scientist! They learned about evidence gathering protocols, crime scene routines, chain of evidence, and the work of a forensic scientist. But they weren't done.
As all this was happening, our country, and more specifically, our state, was remembering the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination. Gradually, these young learners became fascinated with this national event and naturally began to look at it through their new found lens of forensic science. That did it! They were hooked! They dove in deep, devouring videos, articles, websites...anything they could find about this event in our history.
They even talked Ms. O'Neill into sharing her own memories of the events surrounding the Kennedy assassination. But still, they weren't done!
Which brings me full circle...back to where I began. I've heard the story many times. I've watched the videos, I've seen the pictures, I've read the theories. But I have never before experienced this event like I did that day...with these kiddos. They looked, they listened, they read, they reflected...they honored!
Thank you, Ms. Cabello for your willingness to step boldly into the world of the unknown and allow your learners to take the lead during this amazing journey of discovery!