4th Grade

Global Awareness

Whether studying world religions, the history of American immigration, or learning about the many countries and cultures on the African continent–and connecting with peers in Kenya–developing an awareness of the wider world is a central part of fourth grade at Moses Brown.

Fourth graders learn that there are always multiple sides to a story, and many valid and valuable approaches to life, knowledge essential to being a thoughtful and engaged citizen of the 21st century.  They play the World Peace Game, which requires them to consider others’ viewpoints as they wrestle with international relations and global problems–50 interlocking challenges that they need to solve in 20 hours.  It’s all part of learning that the way we’re used to isn’t the only way people live.  And the more we know that, the more we appreciate difference and can empathize with people unlike ourselves.

And while these lessons are engaging and enlightening, there are some things that can only be learned by going out and seeing for yourself.  That is why kids have a range of travel opportunities, from day trips to overnights that begin to shape students’ sense of self out in the world, away from parents.  These experiences build tremendous confidence in kids, and establish friendships that last a lifetime.

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Global Awareness in practice

World peace is no easy game

World peace is no easy game, just ask our fourth grade! They have completed the the World Peace Game, a hands-on political simulation that gives players the opportunity to explore the connectedness of the global community by addressing economic, social, and environmental crises, under the specter of imminent war. Moses Brown is the first and only school in Rhode Island taking part in the game.

Designing Interfaith Centers

Project-based learning

Fourth grade completed an Interfaith Center research and design project, which saw the students learning about six major religions and then creating and constructing centers which could be utilized by community members of various beliefs, all in harmony.

Faculty

Gara Field

Interim Head of Upper School/Dir. of Global Education

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Gara Field

University of Hartford – B.A.
University of Hartford – M.A.
Harvard University – M.Ed.
University of Connecticut – Ph.D.

Erik Wilker

Director, Administrative and Strategic Affairs

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Erik Wilker

Northwestern University – B.A.
University of New Mexico – M.A.

Elizabeth Grumbach

Lower School Science

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Elizabeth Grumbach

Bowdoin College – B.A.
Columbia Unversity’s Teacher’s College – M.Ed.

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