Sunday, March 9, 2014

Pictures

This post is  going to be basically pictures of what students did last week. They spent the first half of the class writing an essay for their writing test, and then the second half of class was spent creating Yin and Yang kites.

Next week is only three days long because of conferences and a teacher inservice day. Conferences were by invitation, so if  you didn't get a letter in the mail enjoy the free days.

Pictures below are of the Red Block working on their writing test, and the bulletin board in class showing student Chinese writing projects with Yin and Yang kites.







Sunday, March 2, 2014

Enjoying China


China is proving to be a surprise and novelty for Seahawks 6th graders. This week they learned how Confucius developed his philosophies because of the precarious Warring States Period in China. During this 250-year period of turbulence other philosophies also began, philosophies like Daoism and Legalism. Legalism and its harsh methods were chosen by the Qin dynasty to lead the very first empire in China. It proved to be a method that allowed the emperor of Qin to unify the fighting states, but it also alienated the people because of its harshness. At the emperor’s death the people rebelled, throwing out his son as ruler, and ending the dynastic reign of the Qin.
This past week students worked hard to create some beautiful Chinese writing examples. Next week they will have no homework because they will be completing an informative writing test in class.
Below are pictures of students holding their Chinese writing projects, and participating in a class discussion about the first emperor of Qin.