Learning Expeditions Exhibitions

At the end of each learning expedition, students present their new knowledge and skills in an exhibition of student learning before an audience that includes parents, members of the school community, and community stakeholders. Exhibitions take many forms, including productions of plays, informational panels, sky shows held at the planetarium, book signing events, museum docents, simulations, and interactive learning stations.

Here are some examples:

Space Illustrated: A Science Magazine for Kids—A third grade class wrote a magazine about the solar system.

1776—An entire fourth grade class produced this musical production about the American Revolution with authentic costumes and well-rehearsed oration and song.

Get a Clue: The Story of What Lived Here Long Ago and How We Know—First graders wrote a book about prehistoric life in the Rochester area.

Leaving Traces—A fourth grade class researched and wrote articles and compiled them into a magazine about early people.

Every Picture Tells a Story: A Photo-Journal of Rochester’s Infrastructure—A first grade class learned about infrastructure of the city of Rochester and described their learning in a book of writing and photography.

Seed Packing House Simulation—A second grade invited a Rochester City School District class to make seed packets in a simulation of the early nursery business in Rochester.  

A Stroll Through Seneca Park— After researching the flora and fauna of Seneca Park, second graders each wrote and created a detailed illustration about one plant or animal.

Public Art Matters—A sixth grade class, during a yearlong expedition on public art, created a pamphlet about the science of public art.

Testing the Waters: A Study of Water Quality at Round Pond Creek—Fifth graders conducted an intensive study of the water quality of Round Pond Creek and wrote and published a report.

1853: 24 Hours in the Fight for Freedom— A fourth grade class researched the involvement of Rochester in the issues of slavery and women’s rights in the 19th century and compiled their learning into a book.

Shifting Gears: Promoting Rochester’s Two-Wheeled Revolution—A sixth grade studied the issue of cycling and wrote a report advocating that Rochester become a more bicycle-friendly community.

Eisenhart Planetarium Sky Show—Second and third graders presented their knowledge of prehistory and the universe in a sky show at the Eisenhart Planetarium.

Immigrant Biography Presentation—Fifth graders interviewed Rochester-area immigrants, wrote a biography of their life, and at exhibition night students presented their biographies to the immigrants by representing their life through dance and song.

Museum Docents— After examining the role of archaeologists, artifacts, and traditional stories, third graders became experts on the Native American dioramas at RMSC and then imparted their learning to the public as docents at the museum.