2010-2011 Expeditions

Village to City

Fall 2010-2011

Grade: Kindergarten

Kindergarteners started the year immersed in the classroom community, and then began to experience how community members work, play and help each other. Children soon realized, however, the need to venture out into the larger community of Rochester to explore the roles and responsibilities of the people there. Throughout this experience, kindergartener got to know Bear About Town, a story in which “Bear” explores town looking for ways to meet his needs. Bear shared with the class a map and...

Grade: First Grade

Students explored the rules and laws in their classroom and the roles of interdependence in the community, and transferred the current roles and responsibilities of community members to jobs in early Rochester. Their work focused on the skills and craftsmanship of a carpenter as they transformed the first grade classroom into a carpentry workshop. Students built a wooden beehive, working with mentors, to donate to the Stone Tolan House. The final product included a song composed by the...

Grade: Second Grade

Second graders explored how simple machines work and how they were used during Rochester’s boom era, when farmers supplied canal boats with flour to transport to cities along the Erie Canal. These big ideas guided students as they followed the path of a wheat berry from farm to canal. Hands-on experiences and research, local field studies, guest experts, and the creative arts grounded content learning and facilitate student ownership and engagement. The class produced the play, The Little...

Grade: Third Grade

Students explored how the Erie Canal helped seven early settlements, studied in their previous expedition, become America’s first boomtown. Primary source documents, including photographs, letters and songs, helped unfold the story of daily life during the time of the Erie Canal. Students researched how the canal was constructed, how it worked, how it affected the lives of the people who built it, and the challenges people faced along the way. In a musical documentary, students revealed...

Grade: Fourth Grade

Even as 19th century Rochester enjoyed success as America’s first boomtown, African Americans and women suffered discrimination and hardship.  During this expedition fourth graders investigated the abolitionists and suffragists of Rochester and New York State, learning about the many methods used by those who sought equality for all Americans. Students evaluated choices made by historical figures and reflected on the connections that could be made to their own lives.

Grade: Fifth Grade

This study focused on the rich history of the Rochester area, examining local figures who courageously fought for the abolition of slavery and for women's rights in the 19th century. People who lived in or near Rochester, including Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriett Tubman, Isaac and Amy Post, and Austin Steward, provided lenses into the lives of those affected by oppression and gave students an opportunity to examine strategies that brought about change....

Grade: Sixth Grade

Sixth grade kicked off its yearlong study of public art by learning about the importance of water in the development of civilization. Students investigated how civilizations throughout time have controlled water and the inventions that they created, from the Grand Canal in China’s Song Dynasty to the contemporary invention of the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland. Students produced research papers on an inventor and connected their understanding back to the Erie Canal by making three-dimensional...

City Grows

Winter 2010-2011

Grade: Kindergarten

Kindergarteners continued their study of old Rochester by looking at city infrastructures such as roads and bridges, electricity, water and sewage, garbage removal, transportation and buildings. City walks, field studies, and guest speakers helped them notice things around the city that most people walk right by, such as the sewer drain, the telephone pole and the traffic light. Their final product, a lift-the-flap book, both celebrated the services these infrastructures provide people and...

Grade: First Grade

First graders used the invention of the camera as a lens to study how household inventions helped make life in Rochester safer, more fun, and easier. Students studied George Eastman and then become inventors, documenting their inventions in an Inventors’ Notebook that served as a place to collect thoughts, make plans, document changes to inventions, and acted as an incubator for ideas and arts. First graders worked with a photography mentor to learn about the aesthetic and practical uses of...

Grade: Second Grade

With the historic backdrop of Rochester’s transformation from “Flour City” to “Flower City,” second graders examined the relationship between climate and plant growth.  Second graders investigated the water cycle and lake effect and how they influence growing in Rochester; the parts of seeds and flowers, and plant reproduction; and how some important new industries relied on each other to help Rochester “grow again.” After visiting a local seed company, meeting with gardening experts, and...

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