Bringing Real-Life Experiences to District 6

Virtual Field Trips
Posted on 11/19/2020
Virtual Field Trips

Many of our District 6 students have yet to learn of the world outside of their hometown of Zion. Therefore, District 6 has begun a quest to take their students on a journey across the world via Zoom.

Students will take-off down the runway of Waukegan International Airport (via Zoom), as they read “Touch the Sky” by Captain Barrington Irving. They will then color people Purple as Kristen Bell (of Frozen), and her partner, read students “The World Needs More Purple People.” As they continue their flight, girls will learn that they are “Enough,” from Hollywood Actress and Author, Grace Byers, who appears on Empire and Chicago PD.

As the year progresses, students will visit even more places, such as Florence, NC, Washington D.C., Houston TX., and more. Yes, the world is bigger than Zion, IL. Fly with us on our journey as we travel to a different location each month; recording each and every adventure in our Diary.

See below for a full list of the books being read by our students, along with the authors students will get to chat with via Zoom during a live question and answer session. Many of the authors are even renowned actors and famous explorers.

In the midst of turmoil, District 6 is rising like a Phoenix. We are inviting you to follow our ‘Diary of 2020’ and rise with us!

  • 1st Grade: “The World Needs More Purple People” by Kristen Bell – voice of Anna of Arendelle in Frozen
  • 2nd Grade: “I am Enough” and “Believe I Can” by Grace Byers – Actress on Empire and Chicago P.D.
  • 3rd Grade: “2030: A Day in the Life of Tomorrow’s Kids” by Amy Zuckerman, Newberry Medal Award Winner
  • 4th Grade: “Mom, Dad, I Want to be a DJ” by Ty Anderson – Former Beulah Park Elementary Student in Zion, IL
  • 5th Grade: “Just South of Home” by Karen Strong – Newberry Medal Award Winner
  • 6th Grade: “Touch the Sky” by Barrington Irving – The youngest pilot to fly around the world at the age of 19 years old, featured on ATV Lifetime and the History Channel
  • 7th Grade: “The Freedom Writers Diary” by Erin Gruwell – A book that has also been turned into a full-length motion-picture
  • 8th Grade: “The Parker Inheritance” by Varian Johnson – an American writer who writes contemporary young adult literature
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