It’s an experience most children have not had in a year. Eleven sets of eager eyes are fixed on the teacher who holds court in the center of the circle, storybook in hand and props at the ready. Each child has a ziplock bag packed with supplies: ducktape, plasticine, pipe cleaners, scissors, string, and more.
The children are about to build a river and forest ecosystem model. And there’s a tricky catch — they can’t let their paper salamander perish. Their excitement is palpable. These Los Angeles Unified School District first to fifth graders are spaced 6 feet apart on the grass of an LA city park.
Some kids sit, some crouch, and one little boy spins about in place. The children have left behind their computers in the Parks and Rec building, where they’ve spent the morning doing virtual instruction with their classroom teachers. […]
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