Kindergarten – How can we as global citizens recognize the value of differences and promote acceptance throughout our community? As part of our Journey Project, students will learn about cultural diversity. To celebrate our learning, the Kindergarten team along with Mrs. Heilmann (art), Ms. Sprouse (ESOL), and Mrs. Vaughan (Library) will host a Family Heritage Museum focusing on the Hispanic culture, with some explorations of other cultures as well.
1st grade – Smiles through Service – How can we as first-grade citizens, make a positive impact on our community? Smiles through Service is an interdisciplinary project, which will focus on building relationships and understanding how to be productive citizens in the Goochland community. Students will work individually and in small groups to create various projects to support Goochland Cares and our school. Students will document their experiences throughout the project using pictures, videos, and journaling. Together we will complete two seasonal service projects and reflect on how we can make our community a better place and our school a more beautiful place!
2nd Grade – #NatureMatters – “How can we as young explorers, demonstrate the importance of how American Indian cultures used natural resources to navigate through their daily lives?” Students will learn the importance of the Goochland community. #Nature Matters is an interdisciplinary project, which will focus on how American Indian Cultures explored and used natural resources in their daily lives. Students will learn and discover the importance of utilizing natural resources. Students will work independently and collaboratively to create various projects, using map skills that represent the American Indian cultures. Students will document their experiences throughout the project using pictures, videos, and journaling. Together they will create a culminating project that will enhance the Nature Trail experience. We will present our project to GES and BES 2nd graders, staff, and parents at the end of our journey!
3rd Grade – Rally for the Rainforest – How can we, as conservationists, collaborate with indigenous communities to protect rainforests and wildlife? Many rainforests are being destroyed because of global deforestation. Native people don’t have the means to protect and save their homes. As global citizens, students will collaborate with indigenous communities to help preserve the rainforest and wildlife.
4th Grade – As residents of Goochland County how can students promote good stewardship of the environment in Goochland and beyond, while strengthening relationships within their community? The 4th grade will be continuing community awareness and academic awareness on is needed to become a more “GREEN” community. Our students will hopefully learn to carry these skills forward not only in their daily lives but also in school. Throughout the course of this project, our students will develop a sense of ethical awareness by learning from/implementing ideas shared by environmental stakeholders in both our school, Goochland and greater Richmond area. As the project evolves, students will be on their own journey to becoming [environmental] role models at RES and beyond as they looked at implications of their own individual behavior and the effects it has on others. They will develop a sense of self-efficacy and gain a greater understanding of responsibility. It is our hope that the experiences with some of these eco-friendly groups will inspire students to investigate new career pathways in a variety of science, geography, or educational fields.
5th Grade – Challenge: Accepted – How can we as developing humans, create a lens of self-awareness that helps us view others and ourselves with acceptance and respect? Fifth grade students and teachers will be challenged with the task of growing into humans that treat themselves and others with value and dignity. Through lessons on multiple intelligences and personal goal setting, read alouds highlighting diversity, and guest speakers educating and storytelling, students will learn about the variety of ways that humans can exist in the world. From there, students will engage in the collaborative creation of self-portrait poems and heritage lessons to accompany our poetry and explorers units, respectively. With their journey of self-awareness and acceptance on the forefront of their minds, students will host a showcase as the culminating event to inspire respectful dialogue and growth with the whole community.
Kindergarten – A Roadrunners Journey Through Goochland – Students will learn the importance of the Goochland community. The students will be exposed to a variety of places that make Goochland a great place to live.
1st Grade – Smiles through Service – Smiles through Service is an interdisciplinary project which will focus on building relationships and understanding how to be productive citizens in the Goochland community. Students will work individually and in small groups to create various projects to support Goochland Cares and our local nursing home, Envoy at the Meadows. Students will document their experiences throughout the project using pictures, videos, and journaling. Together they will create a culminating project to inform students, RES staff, parents, and community members of the importance of contributing to the community.
2nd Grade – #NatureMatters is an interdisciplinary project, which will focus on how American Indian Cultures used natural resources in their daily lives. Students will learn and discover the importance of utilizing natural resources. Students will work independently and collaboratively to create various projects that represent the American Indian cultures. Students will document their experiences throughout the project using pictures, videos, and journaling. Together they will create a culminating project that will enhance the RES Nature Trail experience. We will present this to students, RES staff, and parents at the end of our journey! “How can we as young naturalists, demonstrate the importance of how American Indian cultures used natural resources in their daily lives?”
3rd Grade – Journey Back to the Ancient World: “How can we as global citizens build relationships and form connections from past to future civilizations?” 3rd grade students will work in classes to create the sequel to last year’s movie portraying 5 different ancient civilizations. To get information for their scripts, students will complete guided Internet searches and participate in a walking tour through Richmond’s Court End to explore Richmond’s architectural influence from Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Students will participate in an in-house field trip from the Frontier Culture Museum to explore the world of Ancient Mali in real life!
4th Grade – Growing Up Green – “How can we develop a community that promotes good stewardship of the environment in Goochland and beyond?”
5th Grade – Pouring Hope – The fifth grade team at Randolph Elementary School aspires to foster a sense of global citizenship within our students as well as within ourselves as educators. As a part of our global studies curriculum, our students will wrestle with issues of human rights and the worldwide refugee crisis. Students will participate in gallery walks, experience learning in the third world classroom, and hear from guest speakers. As students are exposed to the stories of refugees, they will explore ways that our community can help. Specifically, students will compose letters to refugees, in hopes of inspiring empathy among our students. As the culmination of their research, students will partner with a nonprofit founded by Manyang Reath Kher, a “Lost Boy” from Sudan. He will share his story with students, and students will partner with his nonprofit organization, Humanity Helping Sudan, by selling fair trade coffee to benefit the refugees of Gambela in Ethiopia. We intend to sell coffee to teachers, parents, and community members every Friday morning in February and March. Proceeds from the coffee shop will go to purchase items to fill boxes which will be sent to refugees in various countries through the Operation Refugee Child organization. Students and families will get the opportunity to package these boxes at the last PTA meeting in May. Several students will also share their letters and reflective compositions regarding our journey.
Kindergarten – Paws for Hope: How can we as concerned citizens promote hope, help, and homes for animals in need? –
1st Grade – Hiking Through the Habitats: Hiking Through Habitats is an interdisciplinary project, which will focus on the preservation of various animal habitats in the United States. Through reading fiction and non-fiction literature, students will compare, contrast, and gain a new understanding of the importance of animals in our everyday lives and preserving their habitats to ensure their survival. Students will work in small groups to create a culminating project to inform students, RES staff, parents, and community members of the importance of habitat preservation.
2nd Grade – Pow-Wow- erful Culture: “How can we as young historians demonstrate how today’s culture compares to the culture of the Powhatan Indians?” Second Graders will research the culture of the Powhatan Indians and discover how our culture compares. We will develop our understanding of Native American Culture by listening to a speaker from Jamestown, visiting a Native American Pow-Wow and exploring how the Powhatan Indians used the James River for survival. We will make a Living Museum that will demonstrate our knowledge of how the Powhatan culture compares to the culture in our region.
3rd Grade – Journey to the Ancient World: “How can we as global citizens build relationships and form connections from past to future civilizations?” 3rd-grade students will work in classes to create a movie portraying 5 different ancient civilizations. To get information for their scripts, students will participate in a walking tour through Richmond’s Court End as students explore Richmond architectural influence by Egypt, Greece and ancient Rome. Students will participate in gallery walks through the VMFA to explore the aspects of Egypt, China, Greece, Rome, and Malian cultures. May 2018 Update – Here is the completed video!
4th Grade – Goochland on the Green: Fourth-grade
students at Randolph Elementary School will journey out into the five districts of Goochland to cultivate a stronger understanding of their local community by connecting the past to the present. Additionally, they will visit with a variety of stakeholders in the county over the course of the year as we travel through Virginia history. Products of their adventures will include digital interpretations of their experiences, photojournalism, traveling murals, and biographical snippets of the lives of Goochland citizens. A community-wide culminating event will be held on the Courthouse Green in spring to showcase the originality of our 4th graders.
5th Grade – Journey Through the Continents: “How can we, as Global Ambassadors, educate others about cultural and geographical differences through the creation of a product to sell at a world market?” As our students start to open their eyes and minds to the world around us, they will become a Global Ambassador for a specific country. Students have already selected and been sorted into a continent group. Within these continent groups, students will work in smaller groups to focus on one specific country. Together, they will choose an aspect of culture to become experts on. After researching and creating a written product to teach their knowledge to their fellow classmates, students will participate in a World Market. Details about this are being kept a secret for several weeks; more information will be forthcoming! Save the Date for World Market event on November 16th from 6:30-8pm!
Kindergarten (Mighty Metamorphosis) students became experts in all stages of organism life cycles (butterfly, chicken, ladybug, and frog). Watch this video to see how it went!
1st Grade (Butterfly Bonanza) focused on the life cycle, migratory patterns, and environmental issues surrounding butterflies common to the state of Virginia. Here’s the video that gives a great summary!
2nd Grade (Pow-Wow-erful Surroundings) hosted visitors and served as expert guides for either a Native American tribe or a present day community. Check out their summary video!
3rd Grade (Journey to Greece) presented a Greek Fest Day where each classroom came to life with aspects of the Greek Culture including food, dance, architecture, government, and a wax museum featuring the Greek Gods and Goddesses. You can watch the video here!
4th Grade (Nature Trail Rejuvenation) used a big strategic grant to bring our largest outdoor learning space back to life. Take a look at the video to learn about all the different groups that worked on the project.
5th Grade (RES Café: Brewing Justice) wrestled with issues of poverty and injustice as globally aware consumers. In February the students ran a Friday coffee shop with proceeds supporting Sudanese coffee farmers. Here’s the video of their Journey Project.