Watch any of the videos in this playlist and comment on something you learned about the development of writing in Mesopotamia. Why do historians identify the beginning of history with the beginning of writing?
This playlist features video clips that review the legacy and achievements of Mesopotamia. They are a good review of things we have learned in class. Essential Questions to consider:
1) What new tools did the Sumerians invent?
2) Why was the invention of cuneiform (writing) an important development?
In Language Arts, we have been studying characters in the books we are reading. Here are some video playlists which are helpful for understanding character traits. Other materials have been added to Moodle for our current unit. If I asked your best friend to describe you, what three adjectives would he/she use? Please comment. Also, remember to vote on the poll question we posted last week (scroll down).
Happy Halloween! Here is a link from the History Channel to some other great videos and information on Halloween and the history behind it. It also features information about candy corn, witches, pumpkins, and more. This Infographic is also excellent and shows Halloween by the numbers. Here is the direct link to the short (and cool!) VIDEOS.
This week we begin our new unit in Social Studies, Ancient Mesopotamia (Chapter 3). This video playlist will support what we read in the first lesson (Geography) and will give some background to this amazing empire. Mesopotamia is in the region currently known as the Middle East.
Essential Questions to consider in this lesson:
1) How did the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers support agriculture?
2) How did Mesopotamians cope (deal with or overcome) a lack of resources?
Students are always looking for new books to read. We have reviewed many places where you can find new books. Here is a list of some links. Remember, your friends are always the best source of ideas!
Popular Grade 6 Books from goodreads (scroll down and click the next page to find more!)
You can also find books by reading level, as well as other links on our Moodle page.
Remember to write a book review this week!
This is a video playlist gives an overview of what we are learning in Chapter 2, Lesson 2 – Learning to Farm and Raise Animals. Think about: How did agriculture change the way people lived together? What are the major crops grown in your country? Write your country and list the major crops.
Great timing! Here is a story that Mrs. Hall and Mr. Hoover shared with me. According to this National Geographic article, a “hand painted in an Indonesian cave dates to at least 39,900 years ago, making it among the oldest such images in the world, archaeologists reported Wednesday in a study that rewrites the history of art.The discovery on the island of Sulawesi vastly expands the geography of the first cave artists, who were long thought to have appeared in prehistoric Europe around that time. This BBC article features a short video on the caves. Click on the map below to enlarge, and you will see where Sulawesi is located in Indonesia.