Monday, December 1, 2014
We have been enjoying digging into the Indus River Valley civilization! We have learned about the caste system and how religious beliefs influenced their society. Last class we had a reader's theater and learned about the Gifts of Wali Dad. (Find it here: http://http://www.aaronshep.com/rt/RTE07.html )
Everyone picked one or two tales they wanted to read and prepare to share with the class this Thursday. If you can't find your paper, you can use the links below. Feel free to be as creative as you would like! (Puppet show, story book, retelling, newscast, etc)
See you in class!
What Makes an Eclipse -- Chandler
How Thunder and Lightening were made -- Brandon
Story of the Pole Star--Merri
Why the parrot calls the name of Ram--Avery
How the stork got his long neck--Avery
Why the sea has waves--Trinitee
Why snakes have forked tongues--Hunter
Story of the Haunted Jars--Ethan
An Unsolved Riddle--Fischer
Dilemma of a Pious Man--Nic
Dean--I didn't have you written down for one, but you can pick one of these:
Sage and the Mouse
How the Squirrel got his stripes
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
We had a fascinating week watching some video clips that introduced us to Ancient India. Though there are many things we don't know about it, many of its accomplishments were impressive. We also learned about Hinduism and how it influenced life in the past as well as today. The caste system was also introduced using chocolate. Sorry Untouchables! At least everyone will remember the class. This coming week we will be exploring more about the culture using stories so come prepared to act things out!
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Last week we had some great presentations on Daily Life (Dean), Animals (Trinity), and Arts and Recreation (Hunter). I also passed out materials to put together the game Senet. Please bring it with you this week so we can play in class after the rest of the presentations. (Reminder: they were asked to learn about a prepare a short--1-2 minutes--presentation on their assigned aspect of Ancient Egyptian civilization.)
Social Classes –
Food/Agriculture – Chandler
Architecture – Ethan
Religion -- Merry
Animals – Trinity (DONE)
Tools/Weapons – Zane
Government – Avery
Inventions – Fischer aka Bob
Daily Life – Dean (DONE)
Arts & Recreation – Hunter (DONE)
Monday, September 22, 2014
This week we talked about 8 characteristics of a civilization: Writing system, Infrastructure (roads and bridges), Government/Laws, Art/Architecture, Social Classes, Organized Religion, Job Specialization, and Development of Cities. We also talked about the important role barley played in ancient Mesopotamia. (Hint: it led to cuneiform!) We reviewed an example of the Sumerian "Alphabet" and then everyone attempted to create a message in cuneiform on his or her own clay tablet.
Assignment for this Thursday--Learn about and be prepared to explain briefly (1-2 minutes) about an aspect of Mesopotamian civilization. You can draw a picture, write a paragraph, build something out of legos, wear something...follow your imagination (after doing some research about your topic). Here is what everyone chose:
Dean--roads and bridges
Merry--laws and government
Fischer (aka Bob) -- tools/weapons
We missed Avery and Trinity! You two are free to pick another aspect of society and share it with us (some ideas are religion, writing, trade, money, etc)
See you this Thursday!
Monday, September 15, 2014
We had a fun time stretching our memories to remember everyone's names as well as learning about our one class rule: R-E-S-P-E-C-T. (I love Aretha Franklin and I'm not afraid to sing!) Then we spent some time talking about what happened in 79 AD involving 4-6 meters. (Hint: Mt. Vesuvius) After checking out a sample of ash, everyone shared three things you would learn about them if their bedroom as they left it Thursday before FILA was covered up to the ceiling in ash.
Next was an excursion outside to unearth some artifacts before finishing up class talking about why people went from being nomadic hunter-gatherers to settling in what became several great civilizations. Stay tuned for some exciting classes this semester!
Homework: Color code the map in the handout and be prepared to discuss questions 1-3.