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Sping 2014 -- Small Acts of Courage

The students of Windsor 7 are writing the book on Maine's contribution to the Civil Rights Movement. The students will first be introduced to historical events and leaders during the Civil Rights era, specifically 1954-1964. Focus areas include Brown Versus the Board of Education, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Supreme Court ruling on desegregation, the integration of Little Rock Central High School, the Children's March, boycotts, the March on Selma, the March on Washington and the Civil Rights bill. In addition, students will be reading biographies of leaders and influential people of this time period. Finally, they will investigate this era further by interviewing local citizens regarding their connection to this pivotal time. Students will integrate their understanding of the national movement and local stories in a four volume collection called Small Acts of Courage.

Fall 2013 -- Alien Invaders
Windsor 7 is fighting Alien Invaders! The students and teachers of Windsor 7 are joining forces with the City of Portland, and the Gulf of Maine Scientific Research Institute to address Maine's invasive species epidemic. Along the way, we will be collecting data on invasive species in Maine. As scientists, we will work to study invasives at Biddeford pool and to reduce an invasive plant in Portland. We will be creating impact studies and will present our findings to local decision makers including the Portland City Council, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and Portland Trails!

Small Acts of Courage Fall 2011

The students of Windsor 7 are writing the book on Maine's contribution to the Civil Rights Movement. The students will first be introduced to historical events and leaders during the Civil Rights era, specifically 1954-1964. Focus areas include Brown Versus the Board of Education, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Supreme Court ruling on desegregation, the integration of Little Rock Central High School, sit-ins, boycotts, the Freedom Rides, the March on Washington and the Civil Rights bill. In addition, students will be reading biographies of leaders and influential people of this time period. Finally, they will investigate this era further by interviewing local citizens regarding their connection to this pivotal time. Students will integrate their understanding of the national movement and local stories in a four volume collection called Small Acts of Courage.

Our Spring Expedition -- May the Forces Be with Us!Spring 2011

Gravity, heat, wind, and water are a powerful troupe of forces at work in the universe. Individually and as partners, they cruise the cosmos creating change. "May the Forces Be With Us!", Windsor 6's winter expedition, encourages students to ask themselves the following questions:" How do these forces shape Earth and all the other objects in space?" , "How do these forces impact human cultures and history?" and “How does measurement help us understand these forces?”

We will travel to the Southworth Planetarium at USM to see how astronomers explain the creation of objects in space. Throughout the expedition we will examine the forces at work in several different settings. We'll find out how early humans described these forces in myth and story. We'll learn about objects in space and how these forces created them. We'll learn how to measure distances in space and how to translate those vast distances into numbers we can handle. We'll research the forces at work on Earth in specific events such as hurricanes and volcanic eruptions.

The concrete knowledge gained about human descriptions of gravity, heat, wind, and water will, in the final product, be translated into a narrated dance.

In their first expedition, Lead On, students explore leadership in the world and in their own lives Fall 2010

The first expedition for Windsor 6, Lead On, is about leadership. The students are using Americans Who Tell the Truth, by author and artist Robert Shetterly, as a core text. In mid-September Robert Shetterly will visit King with an exhibit of about a dozen of the portraits, some of which are featured in this book. Next, the students will research a leader and will create a panel about that leader for our own leadership exhibit in early December. Their panels will also include information about themselves and how they will contribute to the King community. All of the work from the fall will lead to an art exhibit in the evening, with Windsor 6 students serving as the docents. The focus areas for this expedition are writing, research and creating a cohesive community.

In Small Acts of Courage, students chronicle local contributions to the national Civil Rights Movement 
See the expedition documentaries and final products
Spring 2010

The students of Windsor 7 are writing the book on Maine's contribution to the Civil Rights Movement. The students will first be introduced to historical events and leaders during the Civil Rights era, specifically 1954-1964. Focus areas include Brown versus the Board of Education, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Supreme Court ruling on desegregation, the integration of Little Rock Central High School, sit-ins, boycotts, the Freedom Rides, the March on Washington and the Civil Rights bill. In addition, students will be reading biographies of leaders and influential people of this time period. Finally, they will investigate this era further by interviewing local citizens regarding their connection to this pivotal time. Students will integrate their understanding of the national movement and local stories in a four volume collection calledSmall Acts of Courage.

Student Views of the Expedition: Soil Super Heroes now on line 
A multimedia feature produced by Sam, Noah, Sasha, Nate, Natalie, Aren, Curran and Angelo

Windsor 7 gets their hands dirty in Soil Super Heroes Fall 2009

Life or death dramas are unfolding beneath our feet everyday. Countless super heroes-- bacteria performing roles that make life itself possible -- are ready to bring their untold tales to the public.

Windsor 7 will be partnering with New England Organics and Broadturn Farm in Scarborough to uncover the life supporting roles that some 24 species of bacteria perform in our soil. Working with professional microbiologists and cartoonist, each student will create an informational comic strip, detailing the role of a bacterium, that will be made available at local farms and nurseries.

All Portland by the Numbers pictures, videos, final reports and articles are now on line Spring 2009

Visit the Portland by the Numbers Expedition category of the blog for complete and final coverage of this great expedition.

Windsor 6 ranks Portland's livability from a kid's point of view in Portland by the Numbers Spring 2009

Portland by the Numbers is a math-based expedition. The students in Windsor 6 will be collecting data to answer the question: How do kids rate the livability of Portland? As the students collect data from other students throughout the district, they will develop a list of the 10 features of this city that students value today. They will then begin to collect data to rate the city on these features of livability. A presentation of the data to city officials will take place on June 10th.

In their first expedition, Lead On, students explore leadership in the world and in their own lives Fall 2008

The first expedition for Windsor 6 is about leadership. The students are usingAmericans Who Tell the Truth, by Robert Shetterly, as a core text. In mid-September they visited the exhibit of portraits from Americans Who Tell the Truth which were on display at theAtrium Gallery at USM in Lewiston. Two days later they met with the artist, Robert Shetterly, at King and questioned him about his process and his work, including how he defined "truth" and how he selects the people he features.

The students are currently studying three leaders as a whole group: Mr. McCarthy, Jackie Robinson, and Rachel Carson. Through this process they are learning the research skills they will need to research their own leader.

The person for their individual research might be a leader from Maine, the US, or the World. Each student will gather information about their leader, learn about his/her accomplishments and leadership style, and determine whether s/he was in fact, a leader. The students will also examine their own leadership styles to discover the personal leadership skills they bring to the community.

The final project is an art exhibit that will be held at King Middle School on the evening of December 9th. The exhibit will be modeled after the Shetterly exhibit of portraits and information at the Atrium Gallery at USM in Lewiston/Auburn.

 

Maine artist Robert Shetterly speaks to Windsor 6 students about his work and the topic of leadership. His art, and the students' own explorations of leadership, formed the basis of Windsor 6's fall expedition, Lead On.

 

Windsor 7 Expedition Leads to Major Historical Discovery! Spring 2008 
Errant students uncover cache of revolution era journals while on field trip

Read all about the discovery of the documents, explore their historical context, and get a first-hand look at the journals in the unprecedented on-line publication, Sparks of Liberty.

 

 

Windsor 7 students write history in Sparks of Liberty Spring 2008

In Sparks of Liberty, the students of Windsor 7 will focus on four events from 1770 to 1775 that helped spark the American Revolution: the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere's ride, and the funeral of Christopher Seider. We will develop background knowledge of these topics in our classes as well as on fieldwork experiences in Boston at the Freedom Trail. The expedition really gets going when, on a trip to Boston, the students will "discover" a cache of 75 period diaries (one for each Windsor 7 student!) written by citizens who witnessed each of these four sparks. Each student will then assume a role as an historian, interpreting and reporting on one of the diary entries, creating an illustration for the entry, as well as an historical reenactment of an excerpt of the diary. Our work will all be published in our own on-line journal -- the Sparks of Liberty. Is it fiction or is it history? You decide.

Student Views of the Expedition: River to the Sea on the web in multimedia
Fall 2007

River to the Sea was the fall expedition for Windsor 7. We explored the health of the Fore River ecosystem, which flows from Capisic Pond, through Stroudwater Marsh, and finally drains into the Casco Bay at Portland's commercial waterfront.Learn all about it here.

Windsor 7 Students Collecting Vital Data on Casco Bay Tributary in River to the Sea Fall 2007

River to the Sea is the fall expedition for Windsor 7. Students will work as scientists as they focus on the health of the Fore River. Throughout our work, the students will gather information to answer the guiding questions:


 

  • What clues do plants provide about the health of the Fore River ecosystem?
  • Why should we care about the health of the Fore River ecosystem?
  • What is good data and how do we use it?

 

Field work for the expedition will begin on September 28th. Our first trip will take us to Capisic Pond in Portland. Other areas include the Fore River Sanctuary in the Stroudwater area of the city, Muskrat Loop-near the Congress Street 295 ramp, and Eastern Promenade, where the river meets Casco Bay. Our main focus as we travel to these sites will be to examine the plant life in the area. We are trying to see what “clues” the plant life gives us about the health of the area. Other data collection we will be doing includes studying the human impact on the site and testing the water to see what that data shows us.

As we continue our expedition, we will meet with city officials in Portland to learn about the decision-making process they follow as they examine development projects along the Fore River. In addition, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute will help us examine the impact of invasive plants on this area.

Our final product will be a scientific analysis of the health of the Fore River. This work will be presented to officials of the city who are the stewards of this area. The timeline for the expedition is September through December.

Student Views of the Expedition: The Forces Are with Us Spring 2007

In Windsor 6 we recently completed our winter expedition The Forces Are with Us. We learned about four forces of nature: gravity, heat, wind, and water; and transformed our learning into a dance performance for students, teachers, and visitors. Learn all about it, see the performance, and documentary videos for the expedition in this special section Student Views of the Expedition: The Forces Are with Us.

Windsor 6 Students Bringing the Forces of Nature to the Stage in The Forces Are with Us Spring 2007

In their second expedition of the year, the teachers and students of Windsor 6 are combining studies of music, science, space, mythology and natural disasters to create an original dance performance set to take the stage on March 21st at King.

Along the way, students have visited the Southworth Planetarium at USM; studied the stars with our community astronomer, Mr. Richards from Peaks Island; received dance coaching from Lisa Hicks and her students from the Portland Arts and Technology High School, and are currently collaborating with our local Red Cross to collect school supplies for on-going Hurricane Katrina relief.

Catch up on the expedition at the Windsor 6 blog and leave your comments for students and teachers.

And be sure to mark your calendars for March 21st at 9:30! The exclusive performance of The Forces Are with Us will be open to the public, and attended by 100 or so visiting educators from around the country as part of the Expeditionary Learning Schools national conference being held in Portland that week.

Art work by Jess

Windsor 6 Wraps up Mapping Change by Molly and Kate Fall 2006

The students of Windsor 6 have recently wrapped up their first expedition, Mapping Change. Students explored how maps can accelerate, limit or just show change. To do this, we worked in each of our classes to find out how and why maps are used, and how maps get made. We concluded by making maps of our own, called Personal Maps.

Read all about it and view multimedia products highlighting student work. More ...

Students and Teachers Head to Baxter Woods and Evergreen Cemetary, Learning to Map Change Fall 2006

Windsor 6 has been busy working on their expedition, Mapping Change. We had an “Amazing Race” around King Middle School as our kick-off. In each class, students have been studying mapping.