This playlist features information on archaeologists, artifacts and a nice video by Bill Nye, the Science Guy.
Comment: What do archaeologists do? After reading sections 1 – 2 (‘Finding Clues to the Past’ and ‘The Search for Early Humans’) tell us why you think studying early people is so hard for archaeologists. Tell us something new you learned from any of these video clips?
General Reading Expectations:
Always bring the book you are reading to L.A. class.
Read every night for a minimum of 20-30 minutes.
You can take your literacy notebook home, but you need to bring it to L.A. class.
Choose a wide variety of genres that are age-appropriate and at your “just right” level.
Maintain your 40 Book Challenge!
What is the first book you are reading in 6th grade Language Arts? Write a comment and tell us the title and author.
Tomorrow, the remainder of the 6th grade will go to the CIC (library) during advisory to meet Mr. Jet and his staff and to learn more about the M.S. CIC. All students will go to the CIC to get books during L.A. on Wednesday and Thursday. In order to help you choose a book, take a look at the two book review blogs that your 6th grade L.A./S.S. teachers created last year:
We also discovered this cool website – What Should I Read Next? Click on the links and find a book to read. The CIC catalogue link is at the bottom of this blog. Remember that you can go to the CIC before and after school and during breaks or lunch.
Greetings and welcome back to AISC! It’s going to be an exciting year, and we welcome you to the middle school. This blog, along with our Moodle pages will help provide support and resources for what we will learn this year. Please take some time to look at it and to view the teacher bio pages to learn more about your Language Arts and Social Studies teacher. We recommend you ‘follow’ our blog, so add your email address and you will receive a message in your school email inbox every time a new post is created. We also encourage you to post comments, ask questions, share information, politely agree or disagree with your classmates and use the blog to extend learning in the classroom. Check out this helpful video, if you are still having trouble with your combination lock.
Mr. Martin, Mrs. Hall, and Ms. Jaya
Grade 6 Humanities Students,
It has been a fantastic year! We thank you for your hard work and positive attitude. We will miss you next year. Have a wonderful, restful summer! Enjoy your final three days.
Mr. Martin, Mrs. Hall, Ms. Jaya, and Mr. Seth
Here are a few photos of 6th graders from the final MS social event, the end of the year party. Make sure you thank Mrs. Hall, Ms. Jaya, and Ms. Lakshmi for organizing all of the events this year. Along with the various chaperones, they have worked hard.
This is a difficult time of year, a time when we say goodbye to friends returning to their country for good or moving to a new country and starting a new adventure. The following students will be leaving AISC this year: Emma, Rika, Jason, Yeon Su, Arya, Mara, Loren, SooIn, Rintaro, Ramu, and Nolan (are we missing anyone?). Please take some time this week and say goodbye and exchange email addresses. Here are students celebrating birthdays this summer:
June – Aravind (6/2), Mara (6/17), Rintaro (6/25)
July – Seo Young (7/4), Taiga (7/6), Aniketh (7/7), Mr. Seth (7/11), Alessio (7/13), Natsumi (7/15), Leander (7/19), Margot (7/21), Jason (7/25), Mrs. Hall (7/28)
Finally, check out Karthik and Ramu’s great video and interview with the artists creating the great Ayyanar horses at AISC. I am also including a video in this playlist from our ES tech integrator, Ms. Priya. Both are fantastic!
To celebrate our year of reading, we have been creating book trailers and our final book review for our book review blogs. In 6th grade Humanities this year, we have calculated that students have read 2,180 books total (at last count). Many met the “40 Book Challenge,” several surpassed it. All students read a wide variety of genres this year, and we are very proud of them. Some students are finishing book trailers this weekend, and we will add more to the playlist below. Check out the book review blogs here:
Vinay made a funny video that he shared with the Middle School at today’s final assembly. X-Men – Days of Future Past is also being released today. If you could have one superpower, what would you want? Summer is all about blockbuster movies, and they always seem to include a superhero movie. What is your favorite superhero or superhero movie? Vote! Post a comment.
The wars between Persia and Greece took place in the early part of the 5th century BC. Persia had a huge empire and had every intention of adding Greece to it. The Battles of Marathon, Thermoplyae, and Salamis will be discussed in class.
The Persian Wars were immensely important for Western civilization. The Greeks, a relatively small and dis-unified nation, unexpectedly defeated the greatest empire on earth. Afterward, this experience compelled the Greeks to identify themselves culturally. The world’s first real historian, the Greek Herodotus, writing in the mid-400s BCE, chose the Persian Wars as his story to tell; it was the greatest understandable event in human memory, and it distinguished the Greek from the “barbarian.” Similarly, the amazing Athenian cultural achievements of the 400s and 300s BCE—in theater, philosophy, sculpture, architecture, and the development of democracy—were products of a confidence adopted because of the Persian Wars. Had the invading Persians won and had Greece become just another province of their empire, there would have been no brilliant Athenian century to serve as the foundation of modern culture.
In Social Studies we have learned about citizenship and ancient Greece being the ‘birthplace of Democracy.’ A playlist has been created here to share some short video clips and a documentary (optional) to help you understand the vocabulary and content.
In advisory class we are talking about responsibility. How you do you keep track of your responsibilities? What is your favorite way to keep track of assignments and things you need to do? If you selected ‘other,’ please post a comment and tell us what you use. Do you think next year’s 6th graders should also have a planner? Share your opinion.
Check out the M.S. Art Show! Awesome work, 6th graders! You have great art teachers. The art work will be on display from May 7 – 15.
Much of what we know about ancient Greece comes from epic poems, myths, and stories from Homer, who wrote the Odyssey and the Iliad. These are two classic stories that some of you have read. Many of you have also seen movies like Clash of the Titans, Troy, Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson. Hollywood continues to make movies or use elements of Greek literature in their stories or characters. Check out the links on fables and myths on the right side of the blog under ‘Ancient Greece.’ These are great links: heroes and gods and goddesses in ancient Greece.
Odyssey Online - See link for Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes (and Harry Potter!)
British Museum – see the explore, story, and challenge links
Please write a comment about any of the movies or books I mentioned, or the links. Do you know any other books, series, or movies influenced by Greece?