Sunday, November 25, 2012

Studying Mesopotamia


http://mesopotamia.mrdonn.org/
It has been several weeks since I posted to this blog and since that time we have been exploring the ancient civilization called Mesopotamia. Mesopotamia is called the “cradle of civilization” because it is credited for being the start of civilization as we know it. It is here that early settlements developed and where people grew into large communities. The early Mesopotamians were the first to create the wheel, make bricks, and even come up with the 60-second minute.
This next week we will be examining the characteristics necessary for civilizations as we continue to look at Sumer.  Students will also have a homework assignment entitled “Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon" that will be due on Thursday, Nov. 29th.
I will try to post at least twice a month, but honestly it has been harder this year due to large class sizes and high energy levels in the classroom. As a teacher, I just haven’t had the freedom needed to take pictures like in the past.  Please continue to visit the blog, however, because I do update the calendars every week. This way you can keep up with the assignments your students are required to complete.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Preparing for the Geography Unit Final and Halloween Fun


I can hardly believe that we are almost finished with the first term of the school year. The past eight to nine weeks have gone by quickly. This week we finished our geography unit with review and a test over most of the things we have studied so far. Most of the children did very well on Friday’s test.
The next unit we will be studying will be ancient Iraq or Mesopotamia, the “Cradle of Civilization.” Grades will be posted this next Friday, Nov. 9th, so check with eSIS over the weekend or look for grades to arrive in the mail the week after.
This week we also celebrated Halloween. It is always fun to see the personalities of the children as they come dressed in costume and I enjoy taking their pictures to share with parents online.

P.S. I want to apologize for the quality of the pictures. I think my iPhone camera lens is dirty from being carried around in my pocket all day. So some pictures of students didn't get posted because they didn't come out very well. :(