KindergartenTitle - We Chooses KindnessGuiding Question -
What difference can one person make?
How do my actions impact a community?Expedition Dates - September - December
Students will learn about the importance of showing kindness in the community through a series of case studies, starting with showing kindness within your family, then expanding to the school community and further to the community of Decatur.
Celebration of Learning
First GradeTitle - I Will SurviveGuiding Question -
What conditions are necessary for a species to survive?
- Where does an animal’s food come from?
- How does an animal’s shelter help them survive?
How are the basic needs of animals similar and different?
How can we take what we learned about food and shelter to help animals who come from the wild and are now living with people as caregivers?Expedition Dates - September - DecemberKick Off- Reptile Wrangler visitCelebration of Learning - December 19th
Children will use animals to learn about their basic needs and habitats. We will begin with our study of bearded dragons. We will learn about the animal’s food and shelter that help the animal survive. Next, we will board a bus for Noah’s Ark and learn about other animal’s food and shelter and how these help the animal survive.
Celebration of Learning
First Graders raised $1,192.00 for Noah's Ark by selling their beautifully crafted note cards and by leadning a coin fundraiser with their Westchester peers.
Noah's Ark was extremley pleased and sent us this letter:
Second GradeTitle - WE Goes Above and BeyondGuiding Question -
Expedition Dates - September 25-December 15Celebration of Learning - December 15thDuring this expedition students will learn about the sun, moon, and stars. As students learn about stars they will learn about star colors, brightness, constellations, and the life cycle of a star. In investigating the moon students will observe and record the moon’s appearance from earth for a month to learn about the moon’s phases. During the sun case study students will learn how the sun makes shadows change throughout the day, day and night, and seasons and weather.Celebration of Learning
- As astronomers, how do we learn about the sun, moon, and stars?
- Why do my surroundings change?
- As astronomers, how do we communicate our knowledge about the sun, moon, and stars?
WE Goes Above and Beyond websites
One WellGuiding Questions
Why is water important?
How do humans impact water sources?
What can we do to keep our water safe?
How do writers use text-based evidence to strengthen their message?Expedition Dates - October 4th-December 15thCelebration of Learning - Deceber 15th
During our fall expedition, our third graders have explored how water connects every living thing and we all share “one well.” In our first case study, students investigated the question “Why is water important?” They explored this question by conducting stream assessments with experts from the Environmental Protection Agency of local water sources, one being the creek behind Westchester. As we investigated how vital the health of the creek behind our school is to plants, animals, and humans throughout the world, we noticed that the creek behind our school was without a name. The students wanted to change that because they “believe that people might take care of it if it had a name.” With the help of Steven Blackburn, Ms. Lofstrand, and Dr. Dude, they completed an official application to name the creek behind the school “Wolfpack Creek.” The request is currently being considered by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names and the students are anxiously awaiting a the board’s approval.
The students also investigated the importance having access to clean water. They explored how much water they use and fetched water from the creek to see just how difficult carrying enough water to flush a toilet is for those who cannot turn a faucet on to have access to water. After carrying the water and hearing about the difficulties that Puerto Rico was having with accessing water after the hurricane, the students wrote informational pieces about the importance of water to the 2nd grade students at Westchester. After hearing their informational pieces, the 2nd and 3rd grade students at Westchester created a plan to raise money for providing water access to Puerto Rico.
In the 2nd case study, the students looked deeply into “How do humans impact water sources?” They heard from many experts and researched water pollution topics of their choosing. Our 3rd, and final case study, asked the students to explore “What can we do to keep our water safe?” The students visited the Emory Water Hub and spoke with experts from Decatur City and the Center for Disease Control to explore the question. They also investigated what people have done and can do to share important messages. They learned that they can use their voice by creating public service announcements about Halloween candy, their words by creating informational texts, creating art and sculpture with local sculpture artist, Jeff Mather, and creating movements/dances with local dance artist, Ericka Van Hoosear. Our celebration of learning will be a showcase of all of the student created messages about water pollution. We will unveil the student-designed and created sculpture, share a student-created production, sing songs about water, and share the website that we created to share our important messages about water pollution with our community. Our website will be displayed via QR code and link near our sculpture and will be unveiled at our Celebration of Learning so that all visitors can access information about how we can protect our “One Well.”Celebration of Learning