Saturday, April 21, 2012

And the Winners Are . . .

I think this was the best year ever for War Lords of Japan. Students studied well, were prepared, and attacked early. Consequently we had some great toe-to-to battles where student knowledge flourished. I am so proud of the children for showing clever strategies and working so well together.
Basically our unit on Asia is coming to an end. This next week we will spend two days going over a study guide for a test about China and Japan. Then we’ll play a review game on Wednesday, and finally we’ll have the test on Thursday.
After such a rousing end to our Asia unit, the end of the year will find us studying Latin American geography, and the history of the Mayas, Aztecs and Incas. It’s amazing how quickly the next term will pass and students will then moving on to 7th grade.
Don’t forget, we will be at Outdoor School from May 9th through the 11th. We held a jog-a-thon last Friday where students raised money for their Outdoor School experience. It was actually a good day to do it since it was overcast, so students didn’t get overheated.
Below are pictures of the winning teams in each block, and some pictures of students running the jog-a-thon.

Red Block winners are Danny S., Shannon W., and Elianna C. Other teams members not present were Baily D., and Jose M.
Blue Block winners are Cameron P., Max N., Antonio A., Piper B., Alexis S., and Sabrina V.
Green Block winners are Brennan L., Wesley S., Stormy C., Katie R., Hallie C. and (not present) Lauren D.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Doing the War Lords of Japan Simulation

This last week we began one of my favorite activities to do with the children, War Lords of Japan. We are only two days into this nine-day adventure and some teams have already conquered castles on their way to becoming Shoguns of Japan. I am impressed with the boldness of team leaders and their knowledge. In all the years I have done War Lords this is the first year teams have been conquered so quickly. I am excited to see how this all plays out.
Next Thursday is the last day of the third term. I hope you have been checking eSIS to see how you student is doing. Tomorrow is the last day for students to turn in any missing assignments that I informed them about last week. It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of the school year.
Below are some pictures of students participating in War Lords of Japan. The next two weeks I will include more pictures of play since we will not be done with the simulation until April 19th.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Starting War Lords of Japan and Pillsbury Bake-Off Pictures

We will be continuing our study of Japanese history this week by starting the simulation “War Lords of Japan.” Students really love this activity and learn so much about history while having fun at the same time. They are placed in teams that replicate different clans of war lords during the late 1500’s known as the “Period of the Warring States.” Each clan will send out armies in an attempt to take over and control other castles to become the shogun of Japan, or the supreme military ruler.  To support and gain armies clans need essential rice that they earn through daily quizzes. Therefore you can expect to see your student studying Japanese history essays in order to be prepared for daily quizzes. The simulation takes a couple of days to prepare for and then nine to ten days to complete.  I expect we will be finished with the simulation by April 19th.
I am posting pictures of Chinese writing students completed before spring break. They really are lovely. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Also, I thought I would throw in a picture or two showing me in the Pillsbury Bake-Off. It was an amazing experience even though I did not win.