Middle Childhood Expeditions
- How the westward movement affected Idaho, and the whole country – cities established, gold rush, conflict?
- Exploration, migration and expansion: Why move?
- Cultural/social development: miners, Chinese, farmers, missionaries, different cultural groups, Native Americans
- Economic influences: basic economic concepts, influences on economic systems
The Westward HO! Expedition will take students through three inquiry case studies:
- Case Study #1 will focus on Early Idaho. How does Idaho fit in the bigger world around us? This Case Study will also include a Native American and Early Explorers study.
- Case Study #2 will dig deep in to the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
- Case Study #3 will end our expedition with a simulation of pioneers traveling west on the Oregon Trail.
Boise River Expedition
“The song of the river ends not at her banks, but in the hearts of those who have loved her.” – Buffalo Joe
Middle Childhood will study how and why the Boise River is a vital component of Boise city and the state of Idaho. Students will be able to make concrete connections to river/water experiences and river habitat through our inquiry.
The Boise River Expedition will take students through three inquiry case studies:
- Case Study #1 will introduce the Boise River and its importance.
- Case Study #2 will focus on the Boise River’s habitat and living systems.
- Case Study #3 will end our expedition with discussion and exploration into the human interaction with the Boise River over time.