Suzanne Conway is an elementary and middle school English teacher at FCSO and a teacher ambassador.
Our students at Friendship Public Charter School Online (FPCSO) recently visited the Museum of Natural History to study the natural world in an integrative and collaborative way. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade, who normally greet each other in their virtual classrooms, were excited to see each other live, in such a dynamic and inspirational place where we could all witness some of the most fascinating aspects of our natural world. Our students have been studying such diverse, science-related topics as habitats, plants, animals, geography, rocks and minerals, fossils, and geological time, all of which are subjects showcased in various exhibits at the museum.
Students were amazed with the treasures found in the museum’s national gem collection, including the Hope Diamond, a 45.52-carat blue diamond. Kristina, a fourth grade student at FPCSO, said, “My favorite is the Carmen Lucia Ruby, my birthstone. I would love to wear that ring!” I encouraged her to consider writing her upcoming research report on that particular gemstone.
Our visit concluded with a tour of the butterfly exhibit – a walk through living butterfly habitat – where we had the opportunity to see hundreds of butterflies from around the world. All in all, it was a great day for students in the District’s only virtual public charter school!