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Expeditions and news from the past

Spring 2014 -- Greece is the Word Spring 2012

This spring, Windsor 6 students will experience their first history-based expedition. They'll examine daily life in Ancient Greece, and research how that culture influenced our modern world in the realms of art, government, literature, and theatre. Students will learn of the adventures of Odysseus through an abridged version of The Odyssey. The discoveries of Greek mathematicians and astronomers will form the basis for exploration in math and science, including a study of our solar system. To express the knowledge they've gained, students will create an educational and entertaining performance for the culminating event.

Fall 2013 - Ripple Effect
Casco Bay is our home, and integral to the life of Portlanders. During the Ripple Effect expedition, students will learn about the ecology of Casco Bay, and its benefit to the community. They’ll discover how the organisms in the bay impact our local economy, and learn about the four physical habitats of Casco Bay (water column, rocky shore, sandy beach, and mudflats). In math, students will examine data sets on invasive species populations using random sampling. On the creative side, students will develop their sensory and figurative language skills as they study and write poetry about our marine home. Plans for our final product our in the works. Check back for an update.

Spring 2013: Branching Out

To kick off our new Branching Out expedition, Windsor 7 students will begin by surveying city dwellers for their thoughts on this question: “How do trees make Portland a more livable city?” Students will gain knowledge about how to identify the trees of Portland and assess their condition. With this knowledge, they will take part in the City of Portland tree inventory, which is typically carried out by the city's arborists. Targeting the Parkside neighborhood, students will add their data to the City of Portland's computerized tree inventory. Land use issues will be studied, along with how trees abate the carbon level in our atmosphere. Students will use math skills to measure and map trees. Finally, students will survey East Bayside and, using the knowledge they've gained, make recommendations to city planners for tree plantings in that neighborhood. To culminate the expedition, family and friends will be invited on a tree tour through the Parkside neighborhood.

 

Windsor 6 -- Greece is the Word Spring 2012

This spring, Windsor 6 students will experience their first history-based expedition. They'll examine daily life in Ancient Greece, and research how that culture influenced our modern world in the realms of art, government, literature, and theatre. Students will learn of the adventures of Odysseus through an abridged version of The Odyssey. The discoveries of Greek mathematicians and astronomers will form the basis for exploration in math and science, including a study of our solar system. To express the knowledge they've gained, students will create an educational and entertaining performance for the culminating event.

Windsor 6 -- Me to We Fall 2011

Windsor 6 is kicking off our two years together with Me to We. Students will have the opportunity to learn about themselves and each other, become familiar with the Expeditionary Learning process, and develop a sense of self and community. Students will investigate family histories, dominant genetic traits, and personal character traits to help them discover what they have in common and how they are unique. Each student will create an iCard, a visual resume depicting her or his individuality, including what she or he brings to the King community. Another aspect of the expedition is an in-depth exploration of each of Expeditionary Learning's ten Design Principles; students will hear from experts, do a variety of field work, and eventually share their knowledge in the form of multimedia illustrations accompanied by "kid-friendly" translations of those Design Principles.

Our Spring Expedition: Greece is the Word Spring 2011

This spring, Windsor 7 students will experience their first history-based expedition. They'll examine daily life in Ancient Greece, and research how that culture influenced our modern world in the realms of art, government, literature, and theatre. Students will learn of the adventures of Odysseus through an abridged version of The Odyssey, and write their own adventure story. They'll become familiar with the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus, and as part of a unit on ceramics, students will make Greek vases in art class. The discoveries of Greek mathematicians and astronomers will form the basis for exploration in math and science, including a study of our solar system. To express the knowledge they've gained, students will create an educational and entertaining performance for the culminating event.

Our Fall Expedition: Branching Out Fall 2010

To kick off our new Branching Out expedition, Windsor 7 students will begin by surveying city dwellers for their thoughts on this question: “How do trees make Portland a more livable city?” Students will gain knowledge about how to identify the trees of Portland and assess their condition. With this knowledge, they will take part in the City of Portland tree inventory, which is typically carried out by the city's arborists. Targeting the Parkside neighborhood, students will add their data to the City of Portland's computerized tree inventory. Land use issues will be studied, along with how trees abate the carbon level in our atmosphere. Students will use math skills to measure and map trees. Finally, students will survey East Bayside and, using the knowledge they've gained, make recommendations to city planners for tree plantings in that neighborhood. To culminate the expedition, family and friends will be invited on a tree tour through the Parkside neighborhood.

Students views of the expedition -- Riverworks now on line Spring 2010

See the website made by Windsor 6 for Riverworks. Check out our water data, analysis, and other student produced media about the health of the Presumpscot.

 

Windsor 6 works to restore the Presumpscot River in the expedition Riverworks Spring 2010

We will be following in the footsteps of former Windsor 6 students with our Spring expedition,RiverWorks. As stewards of the natural world, will walk the paths on the river to develop a relationship with the river. Taking on the role of scientists, we will canoe the Presumpscot to Minnow Brook, use the scientific method to collect and test our water samples. The data we obtain will be used by community groups that work to improve the quality of life of the river and its ecosystem. We will look at the history of the river as well as explore current issues. Gathering, analyzing, and processing information using the latest technology, we’ll develop web pages that will link to current web sites. We are fortunate to have community partners such as Presumpscot River Watch, Friends of the Presumpscot, Idexx, and Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District, who will share their knowledge along the way, allowing us a connection with many who have dedicated themselves to improving the Presumpscot River, chosen as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers (2000).

Students views of the expedition -- Me to WE now on line Fall 2009

During the course of expeditions, each house has a web crew that documents the learning along the way. See the work of the Windsor 6 team for the expedition Me to We.

Windsor 6 explores how individuals form communities in Me to We Fall 2009

Windsor 6 is kicking off our two years together with Me to We. Students will have the opportunity to learn about themselves and each other, become familiar with the Expeditionary Learning process, and develop a sense of self and community. Students will investigage learning styles, dominant traits, family histories, group dynamics and character traits to help them discover what they have in common and how they are unique. Each student will create an I-Card, modeled on visual resumes and informational posters, to be shared at the culminating event and at fall conferences.

Windsor 7 wraps up two years of work together with an exploration of self-expression and identity in Pieces of Me Spring 2009

How do artists draw from experience and memory to create works of portraiture and self-expression? In Pieces of Me, the students of Windsor 7 will finish their two year loop by creating summative portraits of themselves in poetry and mixed-media. Drawing from work with local and national artists - in combination with elements from each of their classes - students will create unique multimedia portraits with accompanying poems. Their work will be shared at a theatrical poetry reading at the St. Lawrence Arts and Community Center in late May.

Student views of the expedition It's All Greek to Me now on the web in multimedia Fall 2008

During the course of expeditions, each house has a web crew that documents the learning along the way.

Windsor 7 students explore the past and present in It's All Greek to Me Fall 2008

Windsor 7 kicked off our fall expedition with a lively Greek festival and spirited Olympic games. We call this expedition It's All Greek to Me. Students will study the ancient Greeks in all content areas and learn about their contributions to our modern world.

The guiding questions for this expedition are: Who were the ancient Greek "super" heroes? and what is the ancient Greek legacy to our world today?

Over the 10 week expedition, students will seek answers to these questions through experiences in and out of the classroom. They will collaborate with experts from the USM Classics Department on ethics and art, a published author on telling a story visually, and a newspaper editor on layout skills and making the most of text presentation.

Their task will be completed when they produce and present a comic book anthology of their discoveries.

Windsor 6 works to restore the Presumpscot River in the expedition Riverworks Spring 2008

With a kick-off date of April Fool's Day and a culmination date of Friday the 13th of June, how can the Riverworks expedition lose? We will be following in the footsteps of former Riverworksexpeditioners, taking on the role of scientists as we collect and test water samples along the Presumpscot River. We willtake the time to walk the riverbanks and appreciate what the Presumpscot has to offer, creating artwork and making scientific observations. We will also canoe the river to collect our water samples; the data we obtain will be used by community groups to improve the quality of life of the river and those who inhabit its ecosystem. As well as looking back at the history of the river, students will also explore current issues. We are fortunate to have many community partners who will share their knowledge along the way, allowing students to connect with many who have dedicated themselves to improving a river that American Rivers chose as one of America's Most Endangered Rivers (2000).

Student Views of the Expedition Windsor 6 All Stars on the web in multimedia Fall 2007

During the course of expeditions, each house has a web crew that documents the learning along the way. See the work of the Windsor 6 team for the expedition Windsor 6 All Stars.

Living WaterExplores How Tiny Phytoplankton Have Enormous Impact on our Living Planet Spring 2007

What's the connection between phytoplankton, global climate change, and life in Maine? In Living Water, the students and teachers of Windsor 7 are heading to the Casco Bay to collect data and monitor the plankton bloom--collaborating with scientists working to understand climate change and protect the food web.

 

Trading Places has Students Exploring Colonial Occupations
Fall 2006

The Windsor 7 Fall Expedition is entitled Trading Places: A Study of Colonial Trades. Students are researching colonial occupations. We've traveled to Strawberry Banke, a colonial village in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. We conducted research in Boston along the Freedom Trail. Colonial Craft day was a huge success as we crafted glass beads, candles, hornbooks, pomandores, attended a tea party, baked cookies and learned about colonial herbs and tools.

In math class students are looking at math through quilting using fractions, percentages, symmetry, and geometry. Science classes are studying diseases of the body during colonial times. Art students are portraying themselves as they would appear as a colonial tradesman. Language Arts classes are reading the novel, Running Out Of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Students are conducting their research in Social Studies, focusing on the tools, materials and history of trades.