The Learning Expedition
A key component of the ELS model, Learning Expeditions are purposeful, extensive studies of a single topic that usually last six to 12 weeks.
In a learning expedition, teachers instruct reading, writing, science, math, and other subjects through a set of challenging, interconnected projects. Literacy instruction, embedded in every expedition, is also a special focus of the approach. The expedition projects involve authentic research, fieldwork, and community service and culminate in performances, presentations, and exhibitions for the school community of students, faculty, staff, parents, and local residents.
"Building Homes for Families" is a 5 year old kindergarten learning expedition. The 5K students are immersed in an experience where they will learn about how different homes are built around the world. They will experiment with different building materials that are used to build different types of homes and be able to identify if it is a sturdy material based on its properties.
Guiding Questions for "Building Homes for Families"
- How do homes around the world compare to ours?
- What factors impact how a home is designed and built?
- What makes a house sturdy?
- Why are people without homes and how can we help?