Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mapping China

Students were busy this week creating a map of China. Working on a map gives them an opportunity to become aware of critical land features and become familiar with surrounding countries. China’s geography played a great part in the development of its culture and history. Separated from the rest of the world by high mountains and large deserts, China became a unique culture all its own. As I have studied China over the years I have come to realize its impact on the world. The Chinese were ahead of Western civilization in many of the inventions we use everyday. I hope students enjoy this look at a distinctive and unique culture that they probably know little about.

Below are pictures of student in Social Studies class working on their maps, and some students in Flex class learning to keyboard.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Pennies for Patients

For several years Hazelbrook students have annually collected funds to aide in research for people touched by blood cancer. We call it "Pennies for Patients" and it is sponsored by the Olive Garden, who calls it "Pasta for Pennies". To help increase enthusiasm our school has turned it into a competition between Hawk Time groups or "Homerooms". My Hawk Time has been actively involved to raise funds for this worthy cause. Many of us have personal experiences with cancer. My own brother died from myeloma, and one of Hazelbrook's instructional assistants was just diagnosed with leukemia. This is the last week for fundraising for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The Hawk Time that raises the most money will get a catered lunch from Olive Garden. If you feel so inclined please feel free to contribute to this worthy organization by sending in funds with your child, or by using the online address below.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Investigating China

Students ended their study of ancient Egypt last week by taking a unit test. Over all, most did well, and I think enjoyed learning about this ancient Mideast culture. Beginning next week we will be underway in our study of ancient China. First, we will examine China’s geography, and look at some of its legendary dynasties. China is a country of extremes: the highest mountains, one of the largest deserts, and some of the longest rivers in the world. This subject is new and novel to 6th grade students, but promises to be appealing.