A seal and a weight were unearthed at a Harappan-period site in northwestern India. “The seal consists of two Harappan characters, with a typical unicorn as the motif and a pipal leaf depicted in front of an animal. Another example of one can be found in your textbook on page 221 and described on page 222.
In our first lesson is chapter 7 , we learned about the geography of India – the Ganges and Indus Rivers, mountain ranges like the Hindu Kush and the Himalayas, and much more. This video playlist has some nice short video clips that are a good review of the content we learned. More videos will be added. Post a comment and tell us something you learned (example: In video clip #4, I learned that….).
This week we began our new unit, Ancient Asia. We begin with India and then learn about China. I am sure many of you have seen this TV ad, “Incredible India.” If you haven’t, watch it! India is an incredibly diverse country. We know many of you travel outside of India, or return home for vacations. We are curious about the places you have traveled to in India. Post a comment and tell us how long you have lived in India too. See Mr. Martin’s first comment as a sample comment.
Happy birthday to the following students celebrating birthdays this month: Nao (3/5), Manav (3/7), Arya (3/20), Yeon Su (3/21), Karthik (3/23), Bak Ha (3/24), Advika (3/30). Have a great day!
Grade 6 Humanities
Photos by Rob Martin
Photos from our last two days of WWOW – Yelagiri. What did you enjoy the most? What would you change to make it better? Please comment.
Photos by Rob Martin
Day 2 of Week Without Walls in Yelagiri.
Photos by Rob Martin
Here are some photos I took from our first day of our Week Without Walls (WWOW) trip to Yelagiri. Feel free to copy them.
Twenty minutes a day = 3,600 minutes in a school year = 1,800,000 words = better vocabulary = better writing = higher success and it goes on and on . . .I saw these two Infographics on a blog I read and I thought they were powerful and important. Read these and understand why it’s important to read each day, even if it’s for 20 minutes (your minimum requirement for 6th grade).
“If you’re a visual learner, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that. Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head.” Check out these 40 amazing maps!
A few photos from India Week…enjoy your week. We look forward to Week Without Walls!
Please check out Mr. Doherty’s blog with updates and more photos of the project. We hope you have enjoyed ‘India Week.’
Click on this LINK and take an audio tour of ancient Egypt. Click the arrow and listen to the information about Egypt. This site is a nice review for your test. Mr. Dowling’s link also had some good information (see the links on the left). Mandy Barrow is a teacher in the UK, and she has a nice site on ancient Egypt with links on Egypt. Finally, Mr. Donn is a teacher who also has many links on ancient Egypt. This information could be useful for your project or your test.
I have created a playlist of different video clips about Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great. One of the greatest pharaohs of Egypt, he ruled for 66 years and brought stability to ancient Egypt, after his battles with the Hittites.
Check out this really cool history video comparing the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt. This video come from the Utah System of Higher Education and Dr. Nancy Ross. Enjoy!
A giant winter storm is unleashing a second wave of heavy snowfall on the US north-east, as hundreds of thousands of people remain without power in the states in its southern wake. I talked with my family this morning and they are getting LOTS of snow. Occasionally, schools are closed when this happens. Watch these two funny videos which are popular on social media now. Maybe our principals can make a video like this, if we ever have a ‘monsoon day.’ Ha! Have a nice weekend. Mr. Martin
If you click on this playlist, you will find several video clips and a three-part documentary on Queen Hatshepsut, the first woman to rule as pharaoh in Egypt. She was a great leader known for expanding trade and Egypt’s economy; her death was a mystery. We will learn more about her and other New Kingdom leaders in our last lesson in chapter 5.
This is a reminder that you will have a test on Chapter 5, Lessons 1 – 4 (Ancient Egypt) on Thursday, February 20th. Please re-read the lessons, review your notes, use Classzone Review, our class blog, and please look at the PDF notes for each lesson on our Moodle page. The test will feature multiple choice questions, short answer, a map skills activity, and a reading passage with a question. We will review next week, but this blog post is a reminder to you to not wait until next week to begin reviewing what you have learned.
“The Ayyanar horse is a symbol of strength and protection and can be found prominently flanking the entrances of local temples and villages throughout Tamil Nadu.” – Ed Doherty, H.S. Art Teacher at AISC.
Students, please follow the this great project that the AISC Art Department is currently doing on campus. Click on Mr. Doherty’s blog to read more! We have learned about pharaohs and the amazing monuments that they had built during their reigns to show their immortality and legacy. Watch this video on the Terra Cotta Warriors in ancient China. It reminded me a bit about Ayyanar horses and the idea of power and symbolism.
A good question to consider: What is the symbolism of the horse and it’s cultural meaning across time and civilizations?
Pyramids are not only in Egypt! Check out some of the pyramids in these photos and take a look at some of the articles here. Also, watch the playlist of video clips below. If you have any good links, videos, or photos, please send them to Mr. Martin. Thanks!
Ancient Pyramids around the World (Smithsonian Magazine)
The World’s 15 Most Amazing Pyramids (Weather.com)
Pyramids (British Museum) – try the challenge activity!
4,600 Year old Pyramid Discovered – Read all about it!