“Singing Zoologist” Lucas Miller gets students to participate in his entertaining program that painlessly educates. Photo by Jan Rudnicki.
Last year, San Marcos CISD elementary school librarians collaborated in writing a grant request to the San Marcos Education Foundation to bring Lucas Miller, the “singing zoologist,” to present his program to all six elementary school campuses. The grant was awarded in December.
The first school to see Miller was Bowie Elementary School in January 2010. He visited the remaining elementary schools last week (March 16-19). Miller’s presentation turned each library into a virtual jungle with his multi-media approach to zoology. He sang tunes and animated comedic puppets while he gave out facts on biology. It was a consensus amongst the elementary school librarians that Miller created interest and excitement about science with the students.
“As librarians, we’re aware of the increased interest in science and the effort on the part of the district to purchase materials which aid the learning of science, ” said Travis Elementary School Librarian Jan Rudnicki. ” We also know from past experience that students remember what they see and hear from storytellers, authors, and performers.”
The grant funds also allowed the schools to purchase a set of Miller’s books, CDs and DVDs for classroom use to reinforce his entertaining lessons.