Saturday, April 22, 2017

Pictures from War Lords of Japan

Classes are intense, excitement in evident, and students are having fun battling for control of Japan. We are in the middle of the history simulation entitled War Lords of  Japan. This simulation is a great way to learn the history of this island country. Students read background essays everyday and then takes quizzes as teams to earn armies they place on the board. We are having loads of fun in the classroom and energy levels are high. Thursday of this week will be the last day of the simulation, and then on Friday students will take a short quiz over Japan.

Below are pictures of students working in their teams during class.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

War Lords of Japan

I just looked at the last post and realized it has been some time since I posted what we are doing in class. Where has the time gone? We finished China in March and have been studying Japan since the week before Spring Break. A big event happened in my family over break, my youngest daughter had a baby, and that is probably why I have lost track. I was able to spend two weeks with her and my grandchildren during such a precious time. Thanks to my substitute, class was able to continue in a timely fashion.

This week students will begin a simulation of Japan's history during the year 1599. This is the time of shoguns and war lords. Students are very engaged by competing in teams to earn armies, and conquer enemy castles as they strive to become the shogun of Japan. Competition can get intense, but for me there is joy watching students work hard to read and learn history. Many times children will take home work to earn extra moves for their clan. So, be prepared to strap on your sword, don your body armor, and learn right along with your child of samurai times of ancient Japan.

Below are pictures of students working on a Chinese writing/proverb project.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Goodbye Ancient Egypt, Hello Ancient China

Term two's snow days had an impact on our study of Egypt. I have to admit at times learning seemed disjointed. However, students persevered and were able to recover. This week will be the last in our study of ancient Egypt. We will spend the next two days in review using Cornell Notes, and then students will have an Egypt Unit test on Wednesday.

Our next unit we explore will be ancient China. This is one of my favorite units because of China's long and fascinating history. However, it is often difficult for children because they usually don't have much background with Asian cultures. So look forward to your student learning about the first emperor of China, Qin Shi-huangdi, as well as exploring Chinese writing, and discovering Confucius.

One of the final projects in our Egypt unit study was to create a video about an Egyptian monument. I think students enjoyed this assignment and had fun researching tourist sites in Egypt. Below are some pictures showing students working on the project.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Announcement : Please Work on Your Egypt Essay!

Since we have had so many missed days of school, we need to expedite some of our work. I would like students to please access their Google Classroom, if at all possible. I know for some of you the internet was down. Please try to get your essay done. I intend to give only one day for essay writing and printing when we come back to school. If you can submit it online, please do so.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Discovering Egypt

After a whirlwind trip through the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia, students will now study ancient Egypt. We spent this last week learning about its geography and the importance of the Nile River. Students also completed a map of modern Egypt and learned some of its important geographic features. They are also working a summary paragraph summing up the important factors that influenced the Egyptians to settle along the Nile.

The next few weeks until break we will continue our study of ancient Egypt. We will discover its social structure, the purpose of pyramids, how they mummified, and how historians structure the history of the ancient Egyptians. That is just a few of the many things we will be learning.

Below are pictures of students working on their Egypt maps.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Halloween Pictures

Halloween is always fun because of the "strange people" who visit our classroom. As well, it usually means we are almost finished with the first term and studying a new topic: Mesopotamia. Our topic of study for the next three to four weeks will be looking at the "cradle of civilization", Mesopotamia, or ancient Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Jordan. Students will discover how settlements develop and the characteristics that make up a civilization. This unit lays the foundation for studying ancient and medieval cultures for the rest of the year.

Below are pictures of our unusual Halloween visitors.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

A Busy September

It is one month into the school year. Students are starting to find the routine normal for them and most have finally figured out how to move between classes in a timely fashion. The start of this year has also been complicated by getting new iPads. The iPads have also required learning a new routine. Most students seem to have figured out how to use their new devices responsibly and are eager to use them.

Some of the things we have done in Social Studies so far include learning about map skills, hemispheres, latitude/longitude, landforms, and continents. This week we will continue learning map skills by practicing measuring distance on maps with a scale bar. Students will also have a quiz over the continents and oceans on Friday.

Time is flying by quickly and in two to three weeks we will have conferences. Be sure to put the dates on your calendar: Oct. 19th from 5 pm to 8 pm, and Oct. 20th from 8 am to 8 pm. Scheduling forms will be coming in the mail soon for you to sign up for a time.

Below are some pictures of students in Social Studies class, in Hawk Time, and running the Jogathon.