Upper Childhood Expeditions
Human Body Expedition
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 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.