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10/19 – Upper Grades Expeditionary Thursday ET

Big History 1 (Grade 9)

In today’s ET, students explored the concept of “scale.” After learning about how scales of time and magnitude help us understand our world, students applied that knowledge by studying examples of scale in four different exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History. Students then designed a poster comparing the examples in each of the rooms and shared how these scales give us information about our world and define history.

Big History 2 (Grade 10)

Students explored questions connected with migration through discussions, creating group concept maps, and annotating texts and videos: Why do people migrate? Why do people discriminate against some people and not welcome them? Is empathy and caring for fellow humans a defining human trait? Are we responsible for the well being of other humans? What is a refugee and what are some of the factors that cause people to become refugees? Students also engaged in, questioned and responded to an interdisciplinary presentation from musician and social justice activist, Stephan Said. Mr. Said shared his music, stories, and videos of his work in the refugee camps in Greece and Houston after Hurricane Harvey with students.

ELA 11 (Grade 11)

Students participated in a writing marathon, inspired by important sights in NYC. They explored three different sites (Staten Island Ferry, Federal Hall, 9/11 Memorial, or Native American Museum) and responded to prompts that supported the development of the characters in the stories they are writing in ELA class.

Government (Grade 12)

Students engaged in a variety of experiences to give them different perspectives on changes in electoral politics throughout time/history. Students first heard from guest speaker Councilmember Brad Lander about his perspective on modern electoral politics. Then students continued their learning experience in one of several ways: visiting The City Council Chamber, attending a seminar at the Paley Center, exploring a Sociology exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, or engaging with the curator of a protest photography exhibit at The Whitney.