FRCPS: Our Program: Clubs and Intensives
 


 

EXAMPLES OF COMPLETED PRODUCTS


 

CAPEWIND DOCUMENTARY

 

This documentary film represents the culmination of the senior class energy expedition 2015. After studying energy issues, students selected the Cape Wind controversy as their documentary case study. They learned filmmaking techniques and technical skills, planned their movie, then interviewed environmental scientists and energy stakeholders. All filming, editing, and production was completed by students. This film was screened at the Greenfield Garden Cinemas on February 12, 2015.
 

SEVENTH GRADE VERNAL POOL GUIDE

 

For many years the 7th grade students at Four Rivers Charter Public School have ended the school year with a 3-4 month long expedition that takes them into the natural world.  In addition to doing their own learning about the world around them, they are also given the challenge of creating product that will invite others to explore and learn about the outdoors.  Inspired by King Middle Schools Fading Footprints expedition, we set off in 2008 to create a field guide to the intriguing ecosystem of vernal pools that not only informed the reader about vernal pools, but also entertained them and fostered a sense of wonder about the natural world. Our primary audience for this field guide was elementary school students, but we also wanted the publication to appeal to all age groups.  In embarking on this expedition, students conducted fieldwork that resulted in the certification of a vernal pool, completed research about specific animals connected to or dependant on vernal pools, painted scientific illustrations, wrote field guide pages, and crafted original folk about their animals.
 

NINTH GRADE SOUNDSLIDES

The audio and photographs that students capture in visiting local farms is meant to provoke reflection about the origins of our food. In a time when many U.S. citizens aren't aware of who is growing food and why, this expedition represents an opportunity for students to confront their own habits and choices related to food and farming. The documentary project is a means of asking an audience to engage in that process of self-reflection as well. Students designed probing interview questions and studied the skill and art of photography in preparation for their farm visits. Their understanding of the political and environmental issues related to agriculture and food in the U.S. continues in the classroom as they explore the history of U.S. agriculture and questions about the sustainability of modern U.S. agricultural practices.