2011-2012 Expeditions

Prehistory

Fall 2011-2012

Grade: Kindergarten

The Kindergarten class began their year by following the mysterious tale how some mammoth bones were discovered on a small farm in western New York.  The class read each chapter of the story and problem-solved the mystery of whose bones were these?  Cycling back to the story and revealed new challenges in the plot, Kindergarteners created their own version of this story through writing, artwork, and imaginative play.   For their final product, the children wrote a book about mastadons and,...

Grade: First Grade

First graders traveled millions of years into the past to uncover the story of the earth and the creatures that lived here during the Paleozoic era.  The class kicked off the expedition with a visit to an ancient ocean.  Students used the fossils they found, research from other scientists, and explorations of the earth to answer the guiding questions, “What were the earth and its living things like long ago? What happened? How do we know?”  First grade scientists fulfilled their...

Grade: Second Grade

During the first expedition of second grade, students investigated how the solar system was organized, how natural cycles shape our measurements of time, and how scientists form theories and support their ideas with evidence.  Second grade scientists became explorers of the solar system and embarked on a virtual voyage to another planet in order to compare Earth to its neighbors.  They composed letters from their planet to NASA, inviting Earthlings for a visit, sharing facts about the planet...

Grade: Third Grade

What is up?  The first expedition this year tackled some of the many meanings of this question.  What’s up there in the nighttime sky?  What does up really mean?  What’s up with patterns on the earth—day and night, phases of the moon, and the seasons?  In order to uncover the answers to these questions, students grappled with content and concepts, including the solar system, gravity, light, and the origin of the universe, among others.  Students faced a series of mysteries and used models,...

Grade: Fourth Grade

How has the area we live in been shaped over time?  How do scientists know that the earth has changed over time?  What might the Genesee River look like in the future? Throughout the 12 weeks, the fourth grade class investigated these questions as they traveled to the source of the Genesee River and followed the river to its source in Charlotte. The class investigated the “stories” of different rocks along the Genesee River. What have those rocks seen throughout geological time? As the final...

Grade: Fifth Grade

This expedition gave our fifth graders the opportunity to investigate the moving plates of the Earth, the glaciers that impacted our region millions of years ago, and the rock and water cycles that give us clues about the story. They learned how geologists name and identify the forces that have created and changed our land. Students investigated why Pinnacle Hill is the highest point in Rochester. In their final product, students created a quest book called, “What Time Left Behind.”

Grade: Sixth Grade

This first expedition of the year, Rolling Through Time, framed a yearlong study of youth engagement, community service, and active citizenship. The class took a trip back in time to see how other cultures and other times engaged youth, specifically communities from Neolithic, Classical, and Renaissance eras, making comparisons to other global cultures and our own community in the present day. Students looked at the art, artifacts, and literature of each era to better understand how these...

Early People/Woodland People

Winter 2011-2012

Grade: Kindergarten

This expedition began to unravel when kindergarten teachers told a story using a story basket, a gift of many years ago from a member of the Iroquois Nation. Kindergarteners asked, “Who made it? What is it made of? What can you use it for? How was it made? Kindergarteners explored each of these questions about the basket as entry points for learning about the Native Americans who lived in this area about 500 years ago. They learned about several types of weaving that were part of everyday...

Grade: First Grade

Building on their understanding that the earth has changed over time, first graders discovered what life was like in this area 500 years ago. First graders learned about the people who were in this area before the Europeans arrived. They experienced some of the ways these people lived through cooking, building, and outdoor activities. Through these simulations, children grew to appreciate all that they have now to make their lives easier. They learned about how the people of long ago gave...

Grade: Second Grade

Over the course of this expedition, second graders learned about native people from regions across the United States. They uncovered the story of how people use the natural world to meet their needs and the role of geography in how people survive and thrive. The class explored how native people express their values through craftsmanship, stories, and symbol. Through reading and telling stories, and writing and performing stories, they learned about the elements of a good story, and second...

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