Great job on the presentations!
Wow! The kids did SUCH a great job with their presentations this week! I was so excited to see them bringing all their hard work together. Their "current events stories" and advertisements showed their research and understanding of the ancient time periods they had studied, and the "weather" reports touched on the human relationship to climate and geography. And of course, I loved the sense of humor so many of them put into it! It was so much fun to work with them on this.
By the way, if you were there and got any photos or videos, can you please send them to me! I will try to upload some here!
Welcome to my new project group!
Also, this week I got to welcome my new project group! It was only for a second, though, as I was out of town Wednesday - Friday. However, I put some great (I hope!) lesson plans into the hands of our subs, and they got a great introduction to the themes we are studying. Before we look at specific civilizations, we look at world geography and world history as a whole, trying to create a foundation and a place in our minds for all the fun research and question-asking we have ahead of us!
The first lesson on Wednesday is to create a "sticky note map" of the world!! One of the best teaching tips is to see what you know and what you don't know before you get too far into anything. The sticky note map asks kids to try to create a world map from memory, then research the countries they were given, and then try again. It's a hands-on way to start thinking about world geography. On Thursday, they completed a lesson about how people study the past. They think about items they themselves own and ask themselves what someone 10,000 years in the future might think about those items! Then they look at actual ancient artifacts and make hypotheses about them before reading what archaeologists and historians think. On Friday, the kids researched some events in ancient history, presenting those they thought were meaningful. They sat in chronological order as we begin to paint a picture of what a timeline of ancient history looks like!