Sunday, May 27, 2012

Learning About the Aztecs and Tualatin City

The end of the school year is speeding quickly to an end.This last week was very busy as we spent several days learning about the Aztecs and also enjoyed some exhibits set up by the city of Tualatin. Students learned about the Aztecs sacrificial practices, and learned how to distinguish an Aztec temple from a Mayan temple.
On Tuesday afternoon, Tualatin City presented its traditional public works display where students went from station to station and learned some of the services the city has for its citizens. 
Then Friday we finished the week by having a chocolate day celebration. The Mayas, and Aztecs were the first cultures to use chocolate, so as we learned about chocolate's history we also enjoyed sampling some and then played a few chocolate bar games.
The next few weeks should fly by as we end the year with students completing a map of South America, their last map of the year, and preparing for their end of unit tests. They will have one test where they show their knowledge of the geography of Latin America, and then their final unittest over the Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas. These next weeks will go fast.
The following pictures are of students learning about Aztec daily life and participating in the Tualatin City Public Works day.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Outdoor School

This year’s outdoor school was one of the best ever. We basically had the camp to ourselves. Just one other class of 25 students from Lady of the Lake private school was there with us, so noise levels were less and the dining hall was not as crowded. We also could not have asked for better weather, not too hot and not too cold.
This next week students will be creating a map of Middle America where they will locate important geographic features and also label where the Maya and Aztec civilizations existed. Please check the calendar to keep up with due dates for student assignments as we come to the end of the year.
Below are pictures of our outdoor school experience.