Wednesday, May 3, 2017

We Have Winners!

War Lords of Japan is over and I think most students had fun learning about Japan. It is the highlight of my year to be able to teach about the history of this fascinating country. Students worked hard and "fought" hard for their teams to become the shogun of Japan. It was a very busy two weeks for me doing six periods of high energy activities with our middle-schoolers. However, it is all worth it to see their thinking and to enjoy their enthusiasm.We ended our Japan unit study with a test on Friday. Students can retake and make up their quizzes/test, but must do so by Friday of this week. We are now on to learning about Latin America.

Below are the pictures of the winning teams.
Period 1 Team Edo 

Period 2 Team Sendai
Period 3 Team Nagasaki

Period 4 Team Shikoku

Period 6 Team Hokkaido

Period 7 Team Sendai

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Pictures from War Lords of Japan

Classes are intense, excitement in evident, and students are having fun battling for control of Japan. We are in the middle of the history simulation entitled War Lords of  Japan. This simulation is a great way to learn the history of this island country. Students read background essays everyday and then takes quizzes as teams to earn armies they place on the board. We are having loads of fun in the classroom and energy levels are high. Thursday of this week will be the last day of the simulation, and then on Friday students will take a short quiz over Japan.

Below are pictures of students working in their teams during class.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

War Lords of Japan

I just looked at the last post and realized it has been some time since I posted what we are doing in class. Where has the time gone? We finished China in March and have been studying Japan since the week before Spring Break. A big event happened in my family over break, my youngest daughter had a baby, and that is probably why I have lost track. I was able to spend two weeks with her and my grandchildren during such a precious time. Thanks to my substitute, class was able to continue in a timely fashion.

This week students will begin a simulation of Japan's history during the year 1599. This is the time of shoguns and war lords. Students are very engaged by competing in teams to earn armies, and conquer enemy castles as they strive to become the shogun of Japan. Competition can get intense, but for me there is joy watching students work hard to read and learn history. Many times children will take home work to earn extra moves for their clan. So, be prepared to strap on your sword, don your body armor, and learn right along with your child of samurai times of ancient Japan.

Below are pictures of students working on a Chinese writing/proverb project.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Goodbye Ancient Egypt, Hello Ancient China

Term two's snow days had an impact on our study of Egypt. I have to admit at times learning seemed disjointed. However, students persevered and were able to recover. This week will be the last in our study of ancient Egypt. We will spend the next two days in review using Cornell Notes, and then students will have an Egypt Unit test on Wednesday.

Our next unit we explore will be ancient China. This is one of my favorite units because of China's long and fascinating history. However, it is often difficult for children because they usually don't have much background with Asian cultures. So look forward to your student learning about the first emperor of China, Qin Shi-huangdi, as well as exploring Chinese writing, and discovering Confucius.

One of the final projects in our Egypt unit study was to create a video about an Egyptian monument. I think students enjoyed this assignment and had fun researching tourist sites in Egypt. Below are some pictures showing students working on the project.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Announcement : Please Work on Your Egypt Essay!

Since we have had so many missed days of school, we need to expedite some of our work. I would like students to please access their Google Classroom, if at all possible. I know for some of you the internet was down. Please try to get your essay done. I intend to give only one day for essay writing and printing when we come back to school. If you can submit it online, please do so.