2002-2003 Expeditions

Village to City

Fall 2002-2003

Grade: Kindergarten

Students began their study by focusing on their own names, and then expanded investigation to include the names of people, things, and places within the classroom, the school, and the community.  They found out how our community changed as it grew from a village called Rochesterville to a city named Rochester.  Students shared self portraits, name books, and a 3-d map naming the river, canal, lake, city, and other important area sites.

Grade: First Grade

1st Graders explored the early village and city life of Rochester from 1820-1865.  They investigated different jobs that were present during this time and learned about the competition and collaboration of community life.  Students served as docents for the RMSC’s Early Rochester exhibit.  They also completed apprenticeship projects, learning a variety of cooking and crafting skills from their family members.

Grade: Second Grade

Students learned about the relationship between the milling economy of early Rochester and the transportation systems of the time.  In service to a group of scientists at RMSC, the students produced a brief video to accompany the scientists’ model lock when it is displayed in the museum.  They also created tabletop displays full of canal information for the Sam Patch canal tour boat.

Grade: Third Grade

This expedition focused on Rochester’s transformation from a pioneer settlement to America’s first boomtown. Students investigated how people and technology, particularly the canal and railroads, helped Rochester grow.  Students created “flour movers” to demonstrate their understanding of simple machines, and built a model city.

Grade: Fourth Grade

Students explored the concept of freedom and related rights and responsibilities, focusing on the abolishment of slavery, the struggle for women’s rights, and civil rights.  They created a freedom quilt and wrote accompanying historical fiction stories.  They also put on a musical production about the life of Harriet Tubman.

City Grows

Winter 2002-2003

Grade: Kindergarten

Students examined changes in toys over the last hundred years and the impact that various inventions had on the toy industry and the lives of families and children.  The class developed a “living time line” of toys from the last century, and designed and created a board game about the history of toys.

Grade: First Grade

Students investigated inventions and technological advances that have occurred since the time of the log cabin.  They created a modern-day dollhouse and a timeline that documented the changes in household life during the past hundred years.

Grade: Second Grade

Students researched the history and structure of Rochester’s bridges over the Genesee River. For the museum’s “structures” exhibit, they constructed replicas and of each bridge and wrote accompanying label copy.

Grade: Third Grade

In this expedition, students researched the nursery industry that flourished in Rochester in the late 1800’s, and the climate that made this location ideal for growing flowers, trees, and ornamental plants.  The class produced an almanac and hosted a garden show.

Grade: Fourth Grade

Students investigated industrial changes in our city over time, and the ways in which immigration and migration changed the workforce.  Students produced a website to highlight local innovation and industry, and created and marketed a class invention.

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