Anser Charter School

Upper Childhood

Upper Childhood Expeditions

Human Body Expedition
Guiding Questions

  • Whose choices are responsible for your health?
  • What does it mean to be healthy?
  • How does form relate to function?

Using infectious diseases as a lens into our human body, the students will explore the different body systems. We will examine the big scientific ideas of structures and systems and the relationship between form and function. Our PE teacher, Mrs. Munch, will complement our expedition with a study of the muscular and skeletal systems. The students will read fictional books connected to infectious diseases as well as several informational articles. After learning about the different systems, the students will use this knowledge as we move into the health component of the expedition. The second phase of the expedition is about making healthy choices regarding topics such as tobacco and alcohol use and nutrition. We will explore current health related topics as a way for students to evaluate opinions and decisions.

​The Mystery of the Maya
Guiding Questions
  • Is culture sustainable?
  • What does it mean to be civilized?
  • How does geography affect one’s culture?
As our crew explores the tangled rain forests of Central America, we consider these questions.  Stepping back in time, students consider how the five themes of geography shaped the culture and fate of the indigenous–and modern–Maya people.  Focusing on the importance of weaving in the religion, art, clothing, and social roles of the Maya, students also trace the changes that Western exploration and conquest brought to their way of life. By the end of the expedition, students are able to make connections between the Mayan experience and other modern and ancient civilizations.

“The Power to Change”

Over the course of the year, Upper Childhood students will analyze the cultural and political development of the United States.  Topics will include civic ideals and practices, the distribution of power, and how individuals and nations create change inside and outside of a government system.  Our journey will begin with the Civil Rights Movement, winding back through the Civil War, the American Revolution, and the founding of America.  Througout this historical overview, we will explore immigration, industrialization, slavery, and national identity.  Students will have opportunities to learn—hands-on—about our government and how American history continues to shape current events.

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