Posted Date: 02/28/2020
First graders at Celeste Elementary have been learning about the great state of Texas. With their class set of Chromebooks, the students have been using the Texas State Symbols USA (https://statesymbolsusa.org/) website to research famous icons from the Lone Star State. They gathered information and wrote important information on a story map followed by a written report and artwork to represent their Texas symbol. Being a librarian, I was very curious about what the students had learned from their research, so I interviewed the first grade students. To my surprise, the students taught me many things that I was unaware of about Texas. For instance, did you know that Texas has a state dog? One of the favorites of the class was the Texas state dog, the Blue Lacy. This breed was developed in the mid 1800’s by the Lacy Brothers of Burnet, Texas. The family is said to have used greyhound, scent-hound and coyote stock to develop this breed. Also, ranking as class favorites was the Texas Longhorn (state large mammal), Monarch (state butterfly), Nine-Banded Armadillo (state small mammal), chips and salsa (state snack), and of course the Bluebonnet! The students were very excited and proud of their Texas symbol research. Elementary student work including the first grade Texas symbol reports will be on display for open house on Thurs. March 5, 2020. Make plans to attend!