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Fifth Grade Students Stow-Away to Asia
Students in Tammy Williams’ Fifth grade class are experiencing Asia through the travels of a former Hemby Bridge Elementary Student. Former student, Zachary Williams, Williams’ son, graduated from Porter Ridge High School in June of 2012. Soon after graduation, he flew to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to teach English as a Second Language to students in nearby Can Tho. After working in Can Tho for four months, he decided to travel throughout Asia. He has traveled throughout Cambodia, Thailand and is currently traveling into Myanmar. His next destination is Laos and he hopes ultimately to travel to Beijing, China.
Students have spoken to Zachary through Google docs as an interactive communication tool and hope to Skype soon. Zachary has documented his travels through photographs and students are analyzing these photos through Visual Thinking Strategy or (VTS). Students are developing their map reading skills by using maps to track his route.
One of the highlights of Zachary’s trip was seeing Angkor Wat, the world’s largest single religious monument in Cambodia. This is one of the most important archaeological sites of Southeast Asia. While students were mesmerized by the ruins, they were most intrigued by the many monkeys that roam freely. Students will continue to track Zachary’s adventure in the months to come as he makes his way to his ultimate destination, Beijing.
Written by: Tammy Williams, 5th grade Teacher
Posted: Oct 27, 2012 by April Helms