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Learning All About Ponies

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Bridges to the Future–All About Ponies

Angela Warren

P.O. Box 949
Flint, MI 48501



Activity Description

Students read books about ponies and horses. A local farmer teaches the students how to care for ponies‚ and a blacksmith visits the students and explains why horses need horseshoes. One week students are involved in an art project that focuses on ponies. The participants ride ponies and write about their experiences.

Number of Students Involved in This Activity: Ten

Range of Student Ages: Six to nine years old

Duration of Activity: Eight hours

Relevant Contextual or Demographic Information: Targeted as withdrawn students

Academic ContentWhat is the academic content of this activity? Literacy
The students read books and write about new experiences gained‚ using ponies as the medium.

Strong RelationshipsHow does this activity create strong relationships?
By learning from new caring adults‚ trust and confidence are explored. This is important‚ given that this activity is geared toward more withdrawn students.

Decision MakingWhat opportunities are there for authentic decision making?
Though the students are guided through planned constructive activities‚ they make the decision to enroll in the activity. And the students make the decision‚ after trust is gained‚ to ride the pony.

Student LeadershipWhat student leadership opportunities are there?
Once self-confidence is gained‚ the students then are able to feel more comfortable to speak up and share ideas.


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