Dragons Intrigue Frontier Elementary School Students



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Teacher Carm Locke helps Ashley Homan finish her dragon kite at Frontier Elementary School.

Once upon a time, some people believed dragon slayers lurked in their family line. The myth was a source of pride, even though it was likely a tale of heroism — killing a bear, for instance — turned supernatural, said Joshua Locke, the dragonology volunteer teacher at Frontier Elementary School.

“They believed it, they really did,” Locke said. Families derived from dragon slayers thought themselves favored by God.

Today, dragons are mainly the fare of cartoons and video games. Students at Frontier Elementary School seemed intrigued by them, nonetheless.

Dragonology, the study of dragons, was offered during an after-school activity period that allowed students to study a variety of arts and crafts and twists on traditional academia. The clubs concluded for the school year shortly before spring break.

A student invented the name “dragonology.”

The activity clubs were divided into two periods. During the first period, kindergarten- through second-grade students wrote two- or three-sentence tales about dragons, and made kites out of paper.

Third- through fifth-grade students made dragon masks and learned tidbits about the legendary beasts.

“I liked (the class) because it’s really artistic and I didn’t know anything about dragons before I took the class,” said fourthgrader Destinee Tinnin. “I learned the Chinese dragon does not have wings,” she added. “I thought every dragon had wings.”


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