LG Expeditionary Thursday Update

May 16, 2019

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6th Grade Social Studies - Human Rights

In 6th grade social studies, students have been learning about the intersection of human rights and migration. We have discussed the challenges faced by refugees and immigrants, as well as push and pull factors that affect migration. Students are identifying and analyzing violations of basic human rights. Thursday's fieldwork focused on ways that NYC communities are making a difference in the fight for human rights and how we all can participate in that work.


Three groups focused on local-level environmental work, which connects to climate refugees discussed in Social Studies class. One group focused on the positive impacts immigrants have had in NYC.


The location of the work was different for each group:

  • Chess and Checkers House

  • Red Hook Compost site

  • Gitano Garden

  • New York Historical Society


Ask your child: What basic human rights do you think everyone deserves?

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7th Grade Social Studies - Westward Expansion

On Thursday, students traveled to the Met or the Brooklyn Museum. Our 7th graders have been working all year to analyze different historical perspectives. In their current unit, they are looking at 19th century artists from the Hudson River School of painting. It helps them to understand American history and how people of the era viewed the western American frontier.


They also visited Central Park to imagine and draw up a paradise of their own. We focused on how early Americans viewed the wild American lands to the west, previously seen by European eyes. During the course of this unit, we will find out if this vision of American paradise was as good as it seems, or if finding paradise came at a heavy price.


Ask your child: Who writes the history books? How can other perspectives help us better understand history?

8th Grade Social Studies - The Four Freedoms

The 8th graders are finishing our Four Freedoms / American Dream interdisciplinary unit. They have been analyzing what it means to be an American and looking at push and pull factors of immigrants coming to America. Thursday’s fieldwork helped support students learning in understanding the process of immigration during its peak years here in NYC (1820-1920).


Students completed a scavenger hunt at Ellis Island to better understand the many steps immigrants had to go through in order to come to America.


Ask your child: How has the American Dream changed over the past 100 years? And what does the American Dream look like today?

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About BCS

Brooklyn Collaborative is a NYC Outward Bound School serving students in grades 6-12. We use the EL Education school model, which has its roots in Outward Bound.