This year we are planning two expeditions in the first grade. According to Webster’s Dictionary an expedition is a, “a journey or voyage undertaken by a group of people with a particular purpose.” This seems to be a great descriptor for the work ahead. Expeditions have many intended purposes, here are a few:
- Integrate reading, writing, math, science, and social studies curriculum
- Provide a real world purpose for the children’s work
- Provide children with engaging experiences designed to teach skills and help them reach grade level expectations and standards for learning
- Foster powerful and memorable learning experiences that empower children to take charge of their own learning
As expeditions are unique to the group that undertakes them and evolve and grow from the group’s interests, expeditions will look different in each classroom. This year’s expeditions will be framed by our Building Community, Celebrating Differences (see Social Studies) and Living Things (see Science) units.