Saturday, April 25, 2015

Winning Teams of War Lords of Japan

We finished the simulation War Lords of Japan about a week ago, and just finished our Asia unit study of China and Japan this last week. Students have already expressed their disappointment that the simulation had to end. They loved pretending to be samurai of 15th century Japan.

Our next and final unit of study for the school year will be about Latin America. We will be discovering the history of the Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas. It is exciting to learn about indigenous peoples of the western hemisphere. Much of the information concerning these peoples is relatively knew. Mayan glyphs have just recently begun to be understood, so it is fun to see from year to year what new discoveries have been made.

Below are pictures of the teams who won War Lords of Japan.

Blue Block: Winning team: Nagasaki: Fernando, Elisa, Parker, Cole, and Kayli

Green Block: Winning team: Shikoku: Jaden, Rylie, Emma, and Claire.
Not present for photo, Juan.

Red Block: Winning team: Ella, Alexis, Nick, Chris, and Marcus

Sunday, April 12, 2015

War Lords of Japan

We are having a good time experiencing the 16th century of feudal Japan, during the shogun era. Students are learning the history of this period, as well as Japan's history up to and through World War II. Below are pictures of students as they work in their teams trying to become the shogun.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

A Special Visitor

We have had some good times in Social studies. Just before spring break we had a visitor: Flat Stanley. My grandson, who lives out of state, sent me Flat Stanley, a literature character familiar to many elementary school children. Flat Stanley came to visit Portland, Oregon and had a wonderful time. He flew with Mr. Bigelow to the University of Portland, and to Oregon State. He also ate at Voodoo Doughnuts, went to downtown Portland to the food carts, Pioneer Square, and the Pittock Mansion. Then Flat Stanley visited Hazelbrook Middle School. Students were excited to meet him, and share their day.

Since spring break, we prepared for War Lords of a Japan, a simulation about Japan during the time of the shoguns. We began the simulation on Friday. Students can expect to have essays about Japanese history to read for homework every night of the simulation. Then they will have quizzes about the essays, which help them play a game like Risk.

This next week is the last week of the third term. Monday, April, 6th, is the last day students can turn in any late work. Friday there will be no school so teachers can have a workday to enter grades.

Below are some pictures of Flat Stanley’s visit and the first day of War Lords of Japan.