Expeditionary Thursdays

Update #3 11/30/17

6th Grade

6th graders spent the day exploring the guiding question: How can we incorporate kindness into our school and our lives every day? They went to see the movie Wonder and followed up with activities centered around the idea of choosing kind.


Kindness and openmindedness are two of the BCS core values, and the ELA shared text, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, focuses on choosing kind and being openminded. This ET helped students build community. Through the activities, students left with an understanding that our differences make us stronger, and that being openminded is essential to building a safe and stable community. Featured below are some of their "kindness commitments."

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7th Grade

7th graders spent the day in a "kick off" for their interdisciplinary expedition on Sugar. A kick off is an EL Education structure designed to immerse students in the new topic and help them raise questions that will be answered over the course of the expedition.


Through a series of activities and initiatives, students began to explore the sugar in the food we consume, how calories work in our body, how they are calculated for nutrition labels, and how to use triple beam balances - an essential feature in upcoming science labs.

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8th Grade

8th graders traveled to the American Museum of Natural History to support their case study, "The Evolution of Me."


Students collected background information on the evolution of humans and mammals, and how the the body has evolved. They also built background knowledge on the nervous system at the special exhibit, "My Senses."

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