Whodunnit – King Tut’s mask is damaged

30 Jan

Tut. Tut. It has been revealed that workers at Cairo’s Egyptian Museum accidentally knocked the braided beard off the burial mask of King Tutankhamen, and the hasty glue job to repair the famous relic may have caused even more damage. Museum officials, however, are confident the mask can be properly repaired. Here is another story from National Public Radio (NPR).
A January 23, 2015, photo shows the botched repair to the mask. (Credit: MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

A January 23, 2015, photo shows the botched repair to the mask. (Credit: MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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Great Quotes

26 Jan

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Poll Question: Spirit Week

25 Jan

Vote Now!  If you could create a new spirit day for next year, what would it be? Please comment.

Plot Elements Review

23 Jan

This video is a nice review of plot elements, something we have been learning about in Language Arts.

 

Out of Eden Learn – Introduction

23 Jan

This semester we will bring you an exciting new learning opportunity with the Out of Eden Learn Project. You have been introduce to Paul Salopek’s journey in class and via his blog which is linked as an RSS feed on our blog. We will now take things a step further and join a ‘walking party’ with other students around the world.  Here is a brief description of the project from the Out of Eden Learn website:
Out of Eden Learn is a unique online learning community designed to accompany Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden Walk. Through Out of Eden Learn, students from around the world can engage in Paul’s journey and all that it represents. They explore their own neighborhoods, investigate contemporary global issues, and reflect on how they as individuals fit into a broader geographical and historical context. In addition, they share their perspectives and interact with one another on an exciting digital platform that uses social media as a springboard for deep, meaningful learning. The goal is to ignite students’ interest in the wider world and support them to become more informed, thoughtful, and engaged “global citizens.” Out of Eden Learn is an initiative of Project Zero, a research center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, in collaboration with Paul Salopek.
This week we will finish creating a username (not your name) and finding an avatar that you will use for this project. Next week we will introduce you to project, discuss how it will be organized. Project Zero will soon organize walking parties and place us in a group. We are sure you will enjoy this semester-long project.

 

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Nile Delta Photos

21 Jan

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Spirit Week Photos

21 Jan
Orange Day (Photo by Ms. Jaya)

Orange Day (Photo by Ms. Jaya)

Mismatch Day (Photo by Mrs. Hall)

Mismatch Day (Photo by Mrs. Hall)

Pyjama/Pajama Day

Pyjama/Pajama Day

Orange Day (Photo by Ms. Jaya)

Orange Day (Photo by Ms. Jaya)

Pajama Day (Photo by Ms. Jaya)

Pajama/Pyjama Day (Photo by Ms. Jaya)

Twins Day (Photo by Rob Martin)

Twins Day (Photo by Rob Martin)

Twins Day (Photo by Rob Martin)

Twins Day (Photo by Rob Martin)

Twins/Multiples Day (Photo by Sravya)

Twins/Multiples Day (Photo by Sravya)

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Photo by Mrs. Hall

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Photo by Mrs. Hall

Photo by Ms. Jaya

Photo by Ms. Jaya

 

Spirit Week!

16 Jan

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Next week is Middle School’s Spirit Week. Grade 6 students have always shown the most spirit in Middle School. Show your spirit, be creative and participate! Here are the themes:

Monday – Pyjama Day

Tuesday – Mismatch Day

Wednesday – Orange Day

Thursday – Twin/Multiples Day

Friday – Crazy hair/hat Day

2015 Visiting Author

16 Jan

News from the ES/MS Library and Mr. Jet:

This year we have the pleasure of bringing Lauren Stringer as our author and illustrator for 2014-2015. An award-winning writer and illustrator, Lauren has been entertaining students for years and now she is coming to AISC. She will be with us the week of February 9-13. If you would like to find out more about Lauren Stringer, click HERE and visit her website. Lastly, Lauren Stringer is joining us as part of this year’s Book Week. This year’s theme is “Books and the Arts.” More information about Book Week and the author will be coming out soon!

Image source: screen shot from Lauren Stringer's website.

Image source: screen shot from Lauren Stringer’s website.

 

 

Egypt – Gift of the Nile

14 Jan
We began our new unit on ancient Egypt on Monday. This is an excellent unit which we are sure you will enjoy. Over the next few weeks, we will learn about geography, life in ancient Egypt, the pyramids, different kingdoms, the legacy of ancient Egypt and much, much more. This playlist gives you an introduction to Egypt and a glimpse into its past and present. All of the videos are brief, but excellent.
What are you interested in learning about in this unit?

 

New Unit: Egypt

14 Jan

Welcome back and to a new unit in Social Studies – Egypt! We have recently completed our unit on Mesopotamia (ancient Middle East). Check out this really cool history video comparing the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt. This video comes from the Utah System of Higher Education and Dr. Nancy Ross. Enjoy!

 

January Birthdays

9 Jan

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Happy Birthday to the following students (and teacher) celebrating a birthday in January: Luca (1), Ms. Jaya (8), Vinay (14), Dongwook (15), Nolan (19), Yuki K./Alice L./Sture (17), Vikram (18), Snehan (19), Miyu (28), and Juyang (31).  If we missed anyone, or made an error please let us know.

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

The World as 100 People

6 Jan
Image by Jack Hagley

Image by Jack Hagley

Happy New Year! Here is a cool Infographic that I read about in the Washington Post newspaper. Click on the LINK to read more about the article and to see the image. If you click on the image, it will get bigger.

Merry Christmas

25 Dec
Photo by Flor Martin

Photo by Flor Martin

Merry Christmas from New Zealand! Wishing you a relaxing holiday and safe travels.

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?

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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.

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