Saturday, April 26, 2014

Winning War Lords

We ended our War Lords of Japan simulation on Wednesday with some real intense battles between teams. Winning student teams worked very hard to achieve the role of Shogun, often by taking work home for the night to earn them extra moves. I was also very impressed with students who knew the facts on their background essays. They were tough to beat because they learned their Japanese history and were ready for face-offs with opposing teams. I am so proud of everyone, and have to say this year's simulation was one of the best. (See pictures of the winning teams at the end of this blog.)

This coming week students will have a unit test over China and Japan on Tuesday and then we will start into our final unit for the year. We will finish the sixth grade year by studying Latin American geography and learning the history of the Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas.

Below are pictures of students who won the War Lords of Japan simulation.





Blue Block Winners: C. Van Meter, H. Velazquez, E. Gomez, E. Guttierrez, and V. Solis.
(Absent at the time of the photo was E. Ruybalid.)

Red Block Winners: E. Elder, C. Carteno, K. Crook, K. Portscheller, L. Gonzalez, and R. Hernandez

Green Block Winners: R. Meyer, M. Hundtoft, S. Strode, M. Estrada, W. Van Bax, and E. Badaracco

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Learning About Japan

Students are studying the history of Japan by participating in a simulation called War Lords of Japan. They compete in groups to become the Shogun of Japan by taking daily quizzes over history background readings and completing tasks. It can be very exciting and fun to do. Usually everyday I find students plotting their strategies in front of the large map stapled to the bulletin board that serves as the game board. We will complete the simulation this next week and students will then prepare for a unit test that will include China and Japan.

Pictures below are of students in different blocks participating in War Lords of Japan.










Saturday, April 5, 2014

Pictures from Outdoor School

This post will basically be pictures from our three days at Outdoor School. We had a great time and a truly authentic experience because of one day of rain. Students got wet, muddy, but truly learned about environmental science.

Next week we will start our simulation of War Lords of Japan. This is probably my favorite unit of the year. We have a great time and learn lots of Japanese history.

The end of the third term is also at the end of next week. Students who have any late work will need to turn their late assignments in on Monday so that grades can be prepared.  I can hardly believe it, but the end of school is fast approaching.