Students get inside look at the Earth


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Mrs. Patsko's and Mrs. Booher's classes are pictured in from of the Earth Dome, an inflatable structure that measures 19 feet tall and 22 feet wide, March 7.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Students and teachers were given a presentation on the many features of the planet Earth from within the inflatable Earth Dome at Dobbins Elementary School March 7.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Earth Dome owner and presenter Michael Carrell travels the country giving assemblies inside the dome on different geographical features of the planet Earth.


Dobbins Elementary School brought in a 19-by-22 foot wide inflated globe of the world March 7 in celebration of the planet Earth and all of the wonders found there.

The dome, presented by Michael Carrell, allowed students to go inside the Earth and learn facts about the continents, land formations, climates, and bodies of water that make up our planet.

“The PTO provided the dome assembly because it is a great way to learn,” said PTO representative Kristin Masucci. “As soon at the students walk into the gym and they see the dome, they get so excited. One of the nicest things about this program is that they tailor it to each grade level so all of the information they have is relevant to what they are learning and the presentation is so much fun that they don’t realize they are learning.”

Third-grade classes learned the different names of continents in the world — Asia, Africa, Antarctica, Australia, North America, South America, and Europe. One of the facts Carrell discussed was that the largest country in the world is Russia.

“I have been traveling the country with this dome presentation for about 13 years now,” said Carrell. “I love the kids’ reactions to it. I like to find out what children these days know, especially since so much has been cut from the curriculum. I love teaching at these assemblies.”

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