Saturday, November 22, 2014

Underway in the Second Term

We are several weeks into the second term and learning about Mesopotamia, "the land between the rivers" or modern day Iraq. Mesopotamia is considered the "cradle of civilization". Students have learned that we can thank this early people for many things: laws, government, the sixty-second minute, the plow, and even the wheel. We will continue our study for the next week or two by looking at the Akkadians, the Babylonians, and the Assyrians.

In Flex period we have enhanced our understanding of early settlements by discovering the importance of water sources. It is hard for civilizations to develop if they are not located near a water source. We looked at the statistics of water issues around the world. This week we'll see a video that discusses the importance of Portland's water source, the Bull Run watershed.

Below are pictures of students discussing laws and situations that might apply to Hammurabi's Code of Laws. Hammurabi's Code is considered the first great legal document.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Finishing Strong

Next week marks the end of the first term. Students will finish it by having a geography unit test. Then we will start our discovery of ancient civilizations. Before we start our study however, students need to first understand how time is measured. So we will discuss timelines, B.C., A.D., B.C.E., and C.E.

This last week students completed world maps, and did review for the test next Tuesday. Amidst all the hard work, they took time to have a Halloween party and on Friday some dressed up in anticipation of trick-or-treating.

Below are pictures of students in their costumes. (And some teachers too!)