Sunday, April 28, 2013

War Lords of Japan Winners

Last Monday, April 22nd, we had our final battles in War Lords of Japan, and they were exciting. Students were well prepared to answer any question I could throw at them in their efforts to conquer their foes to become the Shogun. However, in the end, each block ended with some distinct winners. Team Edo won in Blue block, Team Hokkaido came back from earlier defeat in Red block, and Team Sendai almost conquered the whole of Japan to become Shogun in Green Block. Below you will find pictures of the winning teams. After the simulation we ended the week with a test over China and Japan.

Now students will be studying Latin America, its geography, as well as the early civilizations of Maya, Aztecs, and Incas. This week we will take a quick look at the geography of the Americas, and do a quick map of the Caribbean. Then we will delve into the mysteries of the Maya and their culture. We only have a few weeks left in the school year and studying the above mentioned civilizations is a great way to end the year.

Edo Team Members: Grace S., Aylin M., Maiya S., Ethan S., and Emmanuel M.

Hokkaido Team Members: Emily K., Tyler C., Isabel J., Robert H., Jacob F. (not present), and Jonathan M. (not present)

Sendai Team Members: Michael G., Jackson M., Elijah O., Cameron A., and Rochelle R.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

War Lords of Japan Simulation Continued

The War Lords of Japan simulation has been a huge success. Tomorrow will be the last day of the simulation and blocks will discover which team will be shogun of Japan. Team leaders have been battling their way to castle dominance and there are alliances in place in each block. Our toe-to-toe battles have been the most exciting. In toe-to-toes, teams competed to be first with answers to questions about Japanese history. These battles are what make the War Lords of Japan simulation so exciting and next weekend I will post pictures of winning teams.

Since War Lords is over tomorrow, we will be spending the rest of the week preparing for our end of the unit test over China and Japan on Friday, April 26th. Please remind your student that they will need to study for the test. I will give students a study guide which we will go over on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then we'll play a review game on Thursday to further help prepare for the exam.

Below are more pictures of teams in the simulation War Lords of Japan.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Underway with the Simulation War Lords of Japan

Students are having lots of fun battling for control of the islands in War Lords of Japan. They are reading their background essays and coming prepared to get armies by taking their quizzes. They are also doing a great job working together and completing tasks so they can move their troops. It hasn’t taken long for some teams to make their first conquests. We have six more days of the simulation and won’t know which team is shogun until Monday, April 22nd. Ask your students how their team is doing.
Below are pictures of students working in teams during the War Lords of Japan simulation.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

End of the Third Term and War Lords of Japan

This week marks the end of the third term. Friday will be a teacher workday so that we can post our grades. Students are well on their way to becoming 7th graders. Therefore as 6th grade teachers we “up” our expectations of students. We tend not to excuse late work as much, and let students suffer more of the consequences of their actions. I want you to know that I always give students missing work slips to remind them of work they have not turned in. During conferences I also gave many students notice of work that had not been completed. Hopefully, students have taken advantage of these reminders and are up to date. If they have not, their grades might not be as high as desired. Take heart, these actions are meant to help students get ready for next year.
Last Friday we began the simulation War Lords of Japan. In this simulation students learn about medieval Japan and the time when the military class ruled the country. This is a very fun way to learn the history of Japan and it is my favorite study during the school year. Don’t be surprised if you find your student busy every evening of the simulation reading an essay on the selected history for the next day.  They will be preparing for a quiz whereby their team can earn armies to hopefully capture another team’s castle. The simulation functions a lot like the game of Risk and teams work to capture other teams to become the shogun of Japan. Look for future blogs to see pictures of students busy working to help their team win the position of supreme military commander of Japan.