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Second Grade Safari

Second grade teacher Rebecca Ripple (pictured on right) assists her sister, Amy Martelli, with a presentation about her trip to South Africa to East Elementary School second grade students.

The second graders at East Elementary School got a special treat on the afternoon of Friday, August 31 2012, when Amy Martelli came to visit the school. She shared beautiful photos of the safari trip she took two years prior to Kruger National Park in South Africa. Martelli, who lives in Maryland, was in town visiting her sister, East Elementary second grade teacher Rebecca Ripple. Martelli, a gymnastics coach, has had the opportunity to travel all over the world for her job and with her husband, a financial officer for the Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C..

As part of the East Elementary School’s global studies plan, second graders study the continent of Africa throughout the year. Mrs. Ripple thought a presentation by her sister would be the perfect way to introduce the continent of Africa to her students and the other four second grade classes as well. “Just as she was packing to come to North Carolina, Amy and I decided she should bring the photos from the safari trip with her. It has been great seeing the children’s excitement as they heard about the animals,” stated Ripple. Second grader Adalberto Gutierrez really enjoyed Mrs. Martelli’s visit. “I liked the picture of her sleeping with the baby lions and also the one where they snuck up on her and messed up her hair.”

The second grade classes met with Mrs. Martelli in the school media center. Mrs. Ripple used Google Earth to show the students the continent of Africa and zoomed in on the border of Botswana, where Kruger National Park is located. Then safari photos were shown to the students on a large screen using the document camera. “The students had some amazing questions for Amy about her experiences in Africa,” Ripple stated. Second grader Luis Flores said, “I thought all stripes on zebras were the same, but I learned that every zebra has different stripes. I also liked it when she [Martelli] told us the story about how hyenas chased the lions out of their space. Lions are strong but they were scared of so many hyenas together in one place.” Martelli’s next trip in the coming months will be to Hong Kong. Perhaps she will come back to East Elementary and share her experiences in Asia with us when she returns!

Written by: Lisa Bush, Library Media Coordinator
Posted: Aug 31, 2012 by Lisa Bush

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