2015-2016 Expeditions

Fall 2015-2016

Grade: Kindergarten

Kindergarteners begin their story at GCCS with a look at prehistory in our first expedition, Digging In! Teachers will dig into storytelling as a fitting way to welcome our youngest learners to their classroom, build a sense of community, and uncover what lies beneath their feet. Through myth and folktale, they will invite students to discover that they can be researchers, readers, and learners and foster a sense of belonging at their new and wonderful school.

Grade: First Grade

First graders will begin the year by diving into a world of stories. They will hear, read, create, tell and retell stories through music, movement, pictures and words. A guest storyteller will make a surprise appearance and tell an amazing story leading first graders to wonder, “Does the earth have a story?” The class will go on field studies, visit with earth experts and research to uncover the setting, characters and plot of the story of the earth.

Grade: Second Grade

Imagine unlocking the mysteries of the universe just by looking at the night sky. In the Fall expedition, second graders will listen to ancient stories from all over the world about the mysteries of the moon. They will also hear the unique story of one astronomer and how he saw the universe in a new way. Students will make careful observations of the sky, always looking for how the universe is organized around simple rules.

Grade: Third Grade

Didn’t the sun feel great on your skin this summer? Don’t you love those long, warm, sunny days? Throughout this expedition, children will learn about our solar system by focusing on the sun. We will begin the expedition by listening to the stories people have told to explain that golden orb in the sky. The stories about the sun will pique our curiosity and launch us into our scientific research about the sun.

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 next twelve weeks the fourth grade class will investigate these questions as they travel to the source of the Genesee River and follow the river to its outlet in Charlotte. Through that field study and others, the class will investigate the “stories” written by the fluvial process along the Genesee River.

Grade: Fifth Grade

Every person has a story to share, but did you ever think about the tales a river could tell? Ancient people used stories to help explain and understand the world around them. Later, philosophers developed schools of thought using observations and attempted to name the key elements that affect change. This led to modern science where we use observations and advanced tools to categorize and explain our changing world.

Grade: Sixth Grade

The flip of a switch, the turn of a spigot, the push of a button. We take all of these things for granted and expect power, water and communication instantly, but it wasn’t always this way. How did buildings and cities evolve to incorporate new technologies and make life easier? During the fall expedition, sixth graders will investigate how people developed systems to meet their needs and help cities and civilizations grow.

Winter 2015-2016

Grade: Kindergarten

Kicking off with a native story about courage, perseverance, and wisdom, Kindergarteners will immerse themselves in the Seneca culture through the lens of “Circle in the Forest,” a story about a boy who faces fears in order to be able to hunt with his father. Using this story as well as other experts, students will also learn about the art of storytelling and its importance to the Seneca culture.

Grade: First Grade

In this expedition first graders will continue to piece together the story of the earth. With the help of the Great Stone, students will consider: Who were the first people to live in the area we now call Rochester? Through fieldwork, oral stories, and interactions with descendants of these early people, students will study how they lived long ago and make comparisons to our lives today.

Grade: Second Grade

Pushing Up the Sky focuses on the culture of native and woodland peoples in the Americas pre-European contact. Second graders will embark on an investigation of different regions through an anchor text, supporting texts, artifacts, and storytelling. There are six major regions that the class will study, dedicating one week to each region.