Rise & Fall of Civilizations
SESSION 3 HERE WE COME!
We are excited to announce our Quests and other focus areas for each of our four mixed-age studios for the upcoming session.
Traditionally, this is our "Civilization" themed session, where learners have the opportunity to explore various historical topics in a very hands on way. You can read more about our learning design here.
Quests are real-world projects to master 21st-century skills.
Usually lasting four- to six-weeks, each Quest includes a series of challenges bound by a compelling narrative and is designed to deliver 21st century skills while simultaneously incorporating traditional topics like science, social studies, and history.
This session the Spark Studio will be exploring the BIOMES OF THE WORLD.🌎 The heroes will get to explore the wonders of the Ocean🐠, Rainforest🦜, and Desert🌵 through hands-on challenges, books, and exploration!
HEROS OF THE WEEK
Each week of a session our sparks are introduced to a new hero from world history using the Ordinary People Change the World book series. This session the learners will meet: Helen Keller, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln.
On Fridays throughout the session the sparks also explore various cultures around the world. This session they will explore the South Pole, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.
Acton is a journey and there are simply so many layers to the Acton onion that we continue to roll various new pieces out throughout the first half of the year! This session is no different, the Discovery Studio will be experiencing Writer's Workshop challenges for the first time this year (see details below) AND will be launching a new Daily & Weekly SMART goal system!
QUEST | US CITIZENSHIP
This session, the Discovery & Odyssey Studios will immerse themselves in U.S. Citizenship! The heroes will immerse themselves in the history of immigration in the United States, their family trees, and will experience what it’s like to be someone seeking to become a naturalized citizen, all while playing some games and reflecting upon the experience.
This session, the Discovery Studio will take a break from 'The Story of the World' book they have been reading and instead shift to reading stories of Immigrants.
INTRODUCING WRITER'S WORKSHOP!
This session will be the first chance the Discovery Studio has experienced formalized writing challenges. This first session they will simply be journaling each day, taking time to write about their bricks (what's weighing them down) and balloons (what's lifting them up/ what they are excited about). In subsequent sessions they will have a station set up during meaningful works where they will be able to take on various writing challenges from writing and mailing a letter to a hero, to taking on typing challenges, and more!
Last session the heroes in the Odyssey Studio voted that they would like to attend Wilderness Wednesdays more often and therefore they will now be joining the fun at Shiloh more often! This issue was raised in townhall, discussed and voted on. Proponents of the move talked about how fun it was and how they really wanted to be outside even more, those in opposition discussed how this meant less time to work towards badges, especially in Core Skills. Ultimately, they all decided this was an investment worth making.
We share this brief insight, because this is Acton at work! Giving them the freedom and space to raise issues, discuss, debate, and solve as they see fit.
QUEST | US CITZENSHIP
As mentioned, the Odyssey Studio will be joining the Discovery Studio for this engaging Civilization themed Quest. The Odyssey heroes will immerse themselves in the history of immigration in the United States and will experience what it’s like to be someone seeking to become a naturalized citizen. Through a series of challenges, they’ll assume the role of an immigrant and prepare for a naturalization test, all while playing some games and reflecting upon the experience.
WRITER'S WORKSHOP | LETTERS OF GRATITUDE
Coming off of Thanksgiving and heading into the holiday season, Session 3 felt like the perfect time to continue practicing gratitude. Heroes will be writing letters to the people, places, and things they are grateful for.
The Odyssey Studio will continue to make decisions as they walk in the shoes of heroes from History using the Story of the World series as their guide. This session they travel to the 17th and 18th centuries and hearing stories from the Mughal Empire of India, the Great Plague in England, the life of the Sun King, and the rise of Prussia.
Session 3 Focus (Quest, Communication, Civilization)
Each year, part of the rhythm of learning in the Adventure studio includes a Civilization focused session that will allow us to dive deeply into the roles of decision makers of the past . Thus this year, Session 3 will be built around the American Revolution. Quest, Civilization, and Communication badge work will all be unified around this theme as heroes dig into the central question:
“Should America's Founding Principles be Treasured or Redefined?”
Part of the session will feature a gamified “revolution” experience - more on that when we get to week two, but if you’d like a preview, I’ll refer you back to chapter 5 of Courage to Grow!
Out and About: On Monday of week two of this session, the Adventure Studio has been invited to travel to the KLIN studio to meet with Doug Fitzgerald - author, entrepreneur, and host of “One Shot. One Life.” Doug has also extended an invite for some Acton heroes and families to join him on the air on Dec. 6 from 5-6PM on the KLIN Drive Time Show!