Happy Holidays

18 Dec
Image source: Titlewave

Image source: Titlewave

Students: A few reminders: 1) Drop off any classroom library books if you are done with them, 2) Upload your Piktochart Infographic as a JPEG image to your e-portfolio, along with a reflection, 3) Read some books during the vacation.  Have a nice vacation. See you next year!

Grade 6 L.A./S.S. Teachers

Departing Students: Goodbye and Good Luck!

16 Dec
Signe, Hanung, Dong Yoon, and Woosung (Photo by Ms. Jaya)

Signe, Hanung, Dong Yoon, and Woosung (Photo by Ms. Jaya)

Signe, Hanung, Woosung, and Dong Yoon (Photo by Ms. Jaya)

Signe, Hanung, Woosung, and Dong Yoon (Photo by Ms. Jaya)

Grade 6 is saying goodbye to four students who are leaving AISC and Chennai. This is the last week for Signe, Dong Yoon, Woosung, and Hanung. Post a comment and say goodbye to your classmate. Keep in touch!

Mr. Martin, Mrs. Hall and Ms. Jaya

Out of Eden Walk: Paul Faces Obstacles

16 Dec
Trail to Kars, Turkey. Photo by Murat Yazar (Facebook Page - Out of Eden Walk, Dec. 9, 2014)

Trail to Kars, Turkey. Photo by Murat Yazar (Facebook Page – Out of Eden Walk, Dec. 9, 2014)

“As opposed to the first year, which was high adventure and culture and deep history, the turmoil in the Middle East did knock me sideways,” he said.
This week, National Public Radio’s Morning Edition‘s Steve Inskeep caught up with Salopek in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he plans to hunker down for the winter. Listen to his five minute story and see the related article on this link.
Click the link below to learn more about Paul’s journey and to find out his plans for the winter. We will join Project Zero’s (Harvard University) Out of Eden Learn Project after the winter break.

NPR Story and Interview

Mesopotamia Test

9 Dec
Test-TakingYour unit test for chapters 3 (lesson 1, 2, 3) and 4 (lessons 1) will be on:
Monday (Dec. 15th) Block H (Hall), G (Martin) or Tuesday (Dec. 16th) Block B (Hall), D (Martin)
The study guide is on our Moodle page. Please review this document carefully! How can you prepare for the test
  • Review the above-mentioned chapters and lessons in your textbook – re-read them! Pay attention to the lesson objectives, main ideas, and the lesson summary.
  • Review vocabulary and notes on our Moodle page and in your notebook.
  • Use the blog (links and videos), especially the Classzone Review site to practice and review.
  • Find a study-buddy, someone who will help you, not distract you!
Here is a playlist featuring videos about Mesopotamia. You might find some of these videos or documentaries helpful when reviewing what you have learned.

Advisory: What is Caring?

5 Dec

What does it mean to care? How does one show caring?


Comment or share other quotes or videos that show the trait of caring.


Advisory: Project Xpat

4 Dec
Students and any parents who might be following our blog,
Here is a slideshow that the grade 6 team shared at the M.S. assembly today. We’d like to thank Vinay R. for his excellent introduction (no notes) and Prannoy for his sounds of Chennai recording. It was great to read so many different reflections on what it means to be an expatriate in India.  For more information on Project Xpat and to see where we got this identity lesson idea, Google NPR Project Xpat. There are some nice articles and recordings to check out.


A Book and a Hug – Find a New Book!

1 Dec
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As it has for years, A Book and A Hug hosts reviews of thousands of books for young readers. You can search for books by keywords, age of the reader, genre, geographical setting of a book, and reading level. A Book and a Hug is a book recommendation site that we just discovered. There is a ten question quiz that you can complete to find out what kind of reading “superhero” you are. The quiz is designed to help you determine the type of books you might be interested in reading. The site also has a book review form that you can complete to submit your own book reviews (you could copy book reviews from our book review site to this one, if you wish).
How can this site help you? Along with our book blogs, this site is a tremendous aid in your search for your next favorite book. We will add a link of this site to our book blogs. Check out this site!

Hammurabi’s Code of Law

1 Dec

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Why are laws necessary? What basic ideas about the law did Hammurabi’s Code set up?

Here is a link that Samara shared with me – 8 Things You May Not Know About Hammurabi’s Code

December Birthdays

1 Dec

Funny-Happy-Birthday-14Happy birthday to the following students celebrating birthdays in the month of December: Dong Yoon (12/18) and Tae Yeon (12/25). If we missed anyone, please let us know.

Mr. Martin, Mrs. Hall, and Ms. Jaya

Out of Eden: Mother Rivers

30 Nov

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Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden blog features a new dispatch. Paul is still in Turkey and moving east. You can read his new dispatch (blog post) entitled Mother Rivers. It features information on the effects of dam building on the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers:
In Turkey, hundreds of dams big and small stopper the headwaters of the Tigris and Euphrates, the two most fabled rivers in history, the streams that moisten the Fertile Crescent. The government insists that these tons of poured concrete are essential for agricultural self-sufficiency, for irrigation, and through hydropower to help reduce the country’s dependency on foreign energy. Environmentalists and archaeologists disagree. The rivers are throttled, they say. And if the Tigris and Euphrates can be deemed the mothers of modern urban life—the nurturers of history’s first cities—then the frenzy of construction, they say, represents a form of parental abuse.
Read this National Geographic article about the dams. Paul also introduces us to his two guides.


External vs. Internal Conflict

24 Nov

This playlist features many examples of external vs. internal conflicts in literature and movies. Can you think of other examples of the conflicts in movies you have watched or books you have read? Comment and add some examples of books or movies, or add links from Youtube of scenes showing external or internal conflict. I can also add them to this playlist, if they are appropriate.

Cuneiform – Development of Writing

23 Nov

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?

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Geography Awareness Week!

22 Nov
Image source: National Geographic Education

Image source: National Geographic Education

What is geography?
Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Geographers explore both the physical properties of Earth’s surface and the human societies spread across it. They also examine how human culture interacts with the natural environment and the way locations and places can have an impact on people. Geography seeks to understand where things are found, why they are there, and how they develop and change over time. 
Free Technology for Teachers sent me a list of fun online games for students to play. Check of the some of the links below:
Spacehopper is a game based on Google Maps Street View imagery. Spacehopper shows you a Street View image and you have to guess where in the world the image was captured. You can click the clue button to have the country identified before making a guess. After three incorrect guesses the correct answer will be revealed to you. You can play Spacehopper on a global level or you can specify that you only want to see images from a particular continent.

Smarty Pins is a Google Maps game develop by Google. Smarty Pins presents players with a trivia question that they have to answer by placing a pin on a map. Players earn “miles” for correctly placing a pin on the map. Players can lose miles for answering incorrectly and or taking too long to answer. Games are available in five categories; arts & culture, science & geography, sports & games, entertainment, and history & current events.

Where is…? is another good game geography game. This game uses a popular format for geography games; the name of a city is presented to the players and they have to click the map to guess where the city is located. Players are given immediate feedback on their accuracy in the form of a measurement, in kilometers, of the distance between their guesses and the correct answers.

GeoGuessr. GeoGuessr shows you a Google Street View image and a clue to try to guess where in the world the imagery was captured. Playing GeoGuessr is a fun way to get students to look at all of the visual and text clues they have in order to form a good guess as to where in the world they think the imagery came from.

Capital Toss is a free geography game from ABCya. The game has a state capitals mode and a country capitals mode. In both modes of the game works the same way. The name of a state or country appears at the bottom of the screen and three rows of capital names scroll across the top. When the correct capital name appears players virtually toss a ball at it. After ten correct answers players can choose a new ball. Three consecutive incorrect answers ends the game.

Math Trail provides a nice blend of geography questions and math questions appropriate for 5th to 7th grade students. Math Trail from HeyMath! is a series of map based math trivia challenges. Math Trail offers six thematic games. Each game follows a trail of locations that students have to find by using the clues provided. If they get stumped they can click “show location” but they lose the point value for the question. When they arrive at the correction location students have to answer the multiple choice math question presented to them before moving on to the next question in the trail.

Finally, we will add a Countries of the World Quiz (timed!) that our student really enjoyed playing last year. Give it a try!
Enjoy your weekend!

Pilgrim Roads: Out of Eden Journey

19 Nov
“For almost two years, the Out of Eden Walk project, which traces the global spread of early humans, has taken Paul Salopek from Africa’s Great Rift Valley to the Middle East, birthplace of cities and agriculture. On this stretch of his journey, Salopek left the “oceanic vistas of Arabia” to trek the ancient corridor of the Jordan River Valley to Jerusalem and the West Bank, a route long the focus of conquest and conversion.” – Ryan Morris, NGM Staff
Paul Salopek is still walking in Turkey. A few updates on his journey: He has just written an article for National Geographic that will appear in the next issue. This article is about his walk through the Middle East. You can see it HERE. Also, this is a map of his journey there.  Finally, here is a brief video (less than two minutes long) about his experience there.
"Pastures of stone. The Kurdish nomad heartland, near Mt. Karacadag, Turkey." Image source: Out of Eden Walk - Facebook Page

“Pastures of stone. The Kurdish nomad heartland, near Mt. Karacadag, Turkey.” Image source: Out of Eden Walk – Facebook Page

"A palate of whites. A nomad breakfast—yoghurt, goat cheese, roasted peppers, honey. Mt. Karacadag, Turkey." (Image source: Facebook Out of Eden Walk page)

“A palate of whites. A nomad breakfast—yoghurt, goat cheese, roasted peppers, honey. Mt. Karacadag, Turkey.” (Image source: Facebook Out of Eden Walk page)

Positive vs. Negative Character Traits

18 Nov

Positive and Negative Character Traits

Here is a list of positive and negative character or personality traits. How many of these words do you know? Remember to post a comment on the other blog post and tell us how your friend would describe you. Click on this image to make it bigger.

Life in Sumer

18 Nov

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?

The Benefits of Reading

16 Nov
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Designed by: gosiarysuje.pl

Behind Every Writer…

15 Nov
Image source: TitleWave

Image source: TitleWave

Here is an image we shared with parents during the student-led conference. We have shared it before, but it’s always worth sharing again:



Character Traits

13 Nov

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).

Out of Eden in Ancient Mesopotamia & Club Update

7 Nov
Thirsty mule eyes Euphrates River. Photo by Murat Yazar, as it appears on the Out of Eden Walk Facebook Page

Thirsty mule eyes Euphrates River. Photo by Murat Yazar, as it appears on the Out of Eden Walk Facebook Page

This photo appeared on the Out of Eden Facebook page today. We are currently studying ancient Mesopotamia and Paul is walking near the Euphrates River. Here is a recent blog dispatch from him entitled, Loose Thread on the Silk Road. Here is a link to the Out of Eden Map Room where you can see his current location. Turkey is a large country and it will take time to get to the eastern border.

In regard to the Out of Eden Club, there does not seem to be enough interest right now. We realize a lot of students are involved in clubs and sports. We’re all busy! Our SS/LA team is going to look at some options where we can all participate and do the activities created by Project Zero and the Out of Eden Learn program. Stay tuned for more information!

Once On This Island – Go!

6 Nov


Grade 6 students: Make sure you get your ticket to see Once on this Island, our M.S. musical.  There are several students from your grade in the play and working backstage. The students have been working hard to prepare for the show. Support your classmates and go see it!

Poll Question: Traits of a Good Friend

4 Nov

In advisory/Flex classes, many of you have taken ‘friendship’ quiz. Answer the poll question below. If you vote ‘other,’ please comment and add other traits of a good friend.


The Fertile Crescent (Maps)

2 Nov
Image source: media.web.britannica.com/

Image source: media.web.britannica.com/

Image source: earthobservatory.nasa.gov

Image source: earthobservatory.nasa.gov

November Birthdays

1 Nov

happy-birthday-picture-wallpaperHappy birthday to the following students celebrating a birthday this month: Sunny (9), Rahul (9), Jaehoon (19), Enzo (23), Mutsumi (26). If we made an error or left someone off the list, let us know. Have a great day and a fantastic birthday!

- Ms. Jaya, Mrs. Hall, and Mr. Martin

Happy Halloween: I Bet You Didn’t Know!

31 Oct

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.

Jack O'Lantern (Photo from History Channel)

Jack O’Lantern (Photo from History Channel)


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