4th Grade

TRIPs

There’s nothing quite like seeing things for yourself.  That’s why every grade at Moses Brown has multiple age-appropriate travel and immersion experiences, bringing our classrooms to the world and the world to our classrooms.  In September, fourth graders spend a night away from home (for many, this is a first) at Nature’s Classroom in Wakefield.  This educational overnight session creates a strong community bond between classmates and teachers, and establishes a team dynamic that helps the group work together throughout the year.

During a study of the nations of the African continent, students strike up a pen-pal relationship with kids in Kenya.  At the end of the school year, fourth graders have the option to go on a 3-night White Mountains Backcountry Hiking trip in New Hampshire.  In collaboration with Appalachian Mountain Club, the group spends one night at Highland Center Lodge and two nights at Lonesome Lake or Zealand Falls in a backcountry hut. Educational programming and meals are provided by AMC staff during this fun and memorable Lower School summer adventure.

Along the way, students gain increased awareness of environmental issues affecting our region, and learn to take healthy risks through team-building and self-reliance exercises. Students form lasting connections and friendships during their overnight stays in rustic conditions.  They become acclimated to the experience at the Highland Center, a roadside lodge in Crawford Notch near Bretton Woods Ski Area. They then venture off to a backcountry hut, where they spend two nights enjoying the simple pleasures of nature and the bountiful meals that the hut “croo” cooks up.

As the children progress through lower school, these trips become longer and more significant, culminating in fifth grade with a study of civil rights that takes them to the Martin Luther King Jr. Monument in Washington, D.C.

Click here to see all 2018-2019 TRIPs.

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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.

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