Anna ISD fourth grade teachers at Bryant Elementary School took their classrooms on the road to Austin with Education in Action’s "Proud to be Texan" Travel, Explore, and Learn Field Trip on May 10. Students visited the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and the Texas State Capitol and experienced what they are learning in fourth grade Texas History.

On the way to Austin students discussed why Texans are so proud of their unique heritage and participated in activities and games in preparation for their visit. In Austin, the students visited the State Capitol where their legislators, Craig Estes, State Senator, District 30 and Scott Turner, State Representative, District 33, office. Students saw first-hand where Texas laws are made as they toured the State Capitol including the Senate and House of Representatives chambers.

At the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum students explored exhibits about Texas’s earliest inhabitants, the Texas Revolution, and events that created the state’s Lone Star identity. The students’ visit to the museum concluded at the multi-sensory Texas Spirit Theater with the Star of Destiny where they saw and experienced the history of our great state including a gusher exploding from an East Texas oil derrick and the takeoff of Saturn V as seen from Mission Control at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston.

"Education in Action?s field trips are based on the understanding that the most effective way for students to learn is through experience," stated Lori Duncan, Education in Action’s School Programs Director. "Student activities during Education in Action’s Proud to be Texan field trip reinforce and supplement fourth grade Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills learning objectives with a focus on why Texans are so proud of their unique heritage."

Education in Action’s Travel, Explore, and Learn Field Trips make it easy for teachers to take their third, fourth or fifth grade classrooms on organized, fun, and meaningful site-based learning experiences. Education in Action handles 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.