This week we launched Footstep #2 in our Out of Eden Learn project. Students learned what a milestone is and looked at some of Paul’s milestones during his journey. The first project for Footstep #2 is to create a neighborhood map and to write a story about your neighborhood or the area where you live. Directions for the project were shared in class and they are available on our Moodle page as well. The due dates and expectations, along with a rubric are in on the document in Moodle.
This week we will start Footstep 2. Before that, we will reflect on our writing and blog posts for Electronic Oasis. Are your reflections shallow or deep? What is a shallow or deep reflection anyway? Our goal is to help you to become a stronger reader and writer, one who makes deep reflections where you ‘power punch’ your way to really good insights. Check out this map of all of the schools (700+) involved with the Out of Eden Learn project!
Turn history into pop song satires with History Teachers, Horrible Histories, and enjoy Crash Course with John Green.
If you are interested in learning more about the World Scholar’s Cup, click HERE. Mr. Phan sent all M.S. students a message and Google Document to sign-up. We noted that two 6th grade groups have signed up, so far. It looks pretty cool!
Students this week will finish reflecting on our visit from author/illustrator, Lauren Stringer. Please remember to keep your 40 book challenge updated. It is expected that you are reading for a minimum of 20-30 minutes each night. We always love to see book reviews on our book review blogs, and we encourage you to share your favorite book with each other.
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!
The Raptor Reader, AISC’s literary journal/blog, is calling for submissions. If you have a story, poem or writing piece you would like to share with the AISC community, please email it to the firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, February 13th. The Raptor Reader link: http://raptorreader.com/
See Mr. Martin, if you have questions. Thanks!
Image 4 Feb
Watch this playlist we have created – All about Mummies – to learn more about mummification. Each video is short, but they are all good and provide interesting facts and details about mummies. Take a look at the British Museum’s link of Ancient Egypt and their link on mummification.
Here is a great infographic on mummies from History.com.
Here are a few more screenshots of infographics from Mrs. Hall and Ms. Jaya’s classrooms. To see the entire infographic, click on the links below. These particular infographics were among the best ones created for our last unit on Mesopotamia.
We wanted to share some of the infographics or electronic posters ( made with Piktochart) students created at the end of our last unit. Many were very good! The images above are screenshots, so you cannot see the full image. Click on the links below to see the final products of some of them. These are a few from Mr. Martin and Ms. Jaya’s class. We appreciate the tech support from Ms. Laura Blair. More Piktocharts from Mrs. Hall and Ms. Jaya’s class will be posted in a separate blog post. All students should have added their Piktochart to their e-portfolio
Samara and Yu-Jin - the best of the best!
This week we launched our first “footstep” for the Out of Eden Learn Project (Project Zero @ Harvard University). Students watched two videos to learn more about Paul Salopek’s journey following the path of human migration. They learned about ‘slow journalism’ and his reasons for taking this trip. Paul began his journey in January 2013 in Ethiopia (see the map). He is currently in Tbilisi, Georgia for the winter. Our first ‘footstep’ is a practice one and asked you to engage in Paul’s journey and to respond to these questions:
1) What caught your attention or interested you about Paul’s article (Sole Brothers)?
2) What questions or wonders do you now have (about this article or Paul’s journey)?
Copy and paste your answers to these questions from your Out of Eden Learn Document into a comment box and share your answers. Also, reflect on the beginning of Paul’s story:
“Footwear is a hallmark of modern identity. How best to glimpse an individual’s core values at the start of the 21st century? Look down at their feet—not into their eyes.”
3) What can you learn about someone, or their values from their footwear? (see photos of grade 6 footwear)?
Happy birthday to the following students celebrating birthdays this month: Yu-Jin (2nd), Ben (18th), Yoobin/Sungbin (25th), Aisyah (25th), Subin (26th), Hanung/ Hidetaka (27th). Lots of students sharing a birthday! If we forgot anyone, let us know. Have a great day! Mr. Martin, Mrs. Hall and Ms. Jaya
This video is a nice review of plot elements, something we have been learning about in Language Arts.