Broadcast News Coming Soon to a Middle School Near You!
The teams are hard at work writing, editing, and rehearsing their news programs for our upcoming presentations -- mark your calendars so you don't forget! Each team is responsible for including several news stories about their areas of the world, as well as age-appropriate commercials (by age I mean historical era, not years they've been alive), a "weather" report that, as you will see, is much more than a weather report, and much more. Some groups are even working in some fun and super-cheesy anchor bantering!
Learning about Ancient Civilizations
In addition to the student-directed work of the broadcast news programs, we are also participating in some fun all-class investigations into the ancient world. In our first lesson, we learned about the different ecosystems in India and discussed which were more likely to be chosen by ancient people for a settlement. Students ranked each kind of ecosystem by a number of different criteria as we tackled this question.
For our second lesson, students acted as archaeologists this week, uncovering pieces of the ancient city of Mohenjodaro. There was art buried beneath piles of glue sticks, ancient chess boards hidden under chairs, and a host of other ancient treasures hidden around the classroom. Students had to uncover the items and guess what they were and what their purpose was. Afterwards, each group read a little bit more about one of the items and presented what they learned to the class.
We also went on a "tour" of India during the time of the Gupta Empire, discovering many of the things they enjoyed during this time historians refer to as the "golden age". Students had to guess what kind of achievement they were looking at, and then decide why they thought each achievement added to the nature of the "golden age". We also talked about the pros and cons of historical era names like this, remembering last year when we talked about the "Age of Exploration" and how that was a name based on only one culture's experience at that time.