“China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
This week we being our next unit on ancient Asia, China. Over the next few weeks we will learn about many new things about ancient China using our historical themes, or what we often call GRAPES. We begin by learning more about China’s geography. See Do Now #13!
What are the physical features of China? Use your textbook, library books in the classroom, the maps below, and the videos to help create a list of the features and what makes China unique.
Today and tomorrow, students are completing their reflection in their e-portfolio/blog for our India unit. In class, prior to Week Without Walls, you created a ‘Headline’ for our India unit. This is a Visible Thinking Routine.
Why do we do it? This routine helps students capture the core or heart of the matter being studied or discussed. It also can involve them in summing things up and coming to some conclusions. This routine works especially well at the end of a class discussion or session in which students have explored a topic (India!) and gathered a fair amount of new information or opinions about it. (From Visible Thinking @Harvard Project Zero)
My personal favorites:
Ashoka: From Military to Monk
India, a diverse and dynamic country.
Reincarnation – repeating cycles of birth, death, and re-birth
Here are some more photos I took during the last two days. What is your best memory from Week Without Walls, or what is something new you tried or experienced (game, activity, or food, etc.)? – Mr. Martin
Students – Here are some photos from the first two days of Week Without Walls in Yelagiri. I will continue to add some more photos and will send some photos to students. You can download these photos as well if you click on the photo and save it. Enjoy!
Copy and paste this sentence stem in the comment section. Complete this sentence: My favorite part of Week Without Walls was….because….
I’m going tonight to see “History of the Universe in 77 Minutes” tonight. Get your tickets! You can see it tonight or tomorrow night.
Hello students –
Out of Eden Learn recently chose Hyeonjoo’s neighborhood map picture to feature on their Instagram page. Great job!
Please find the study guide HERE. Your test will be on Wednesday, January 27 (B/D) and Thursday, January 28 (G/H).
We have Spirit Week from January 18 – 22. Please see below for theme for each day.
MONDAY – Crazy Hair/Hat Day
TUESDAY – Pyjama Day
WEDNESDAY – Mismatch Clothes Day
THURSDAY – Multiples Day
FRIDAY – School Color Day (Blue/White)
A proverb is a simple saying, popularly known and repeated, that expresses a truth based on common sense or experience. What does this one mean?
Welcome back! We start school on Monday and it will be a a 1A Day. This week, we will learn about hinduism and buddhism, how they developed in India and their similarities and differences. We will also begin footstep #5 for Out of Eden Learn. There are two final footsteps for Learning Journey #1.
Happy Birthday to the following people celebrating birthdays this month: Ms. Jaya (8), Charlotte (16), Hyeonjoo (19), Masataka (20) and Gregor (21). If we have forgotten anyone or made any mistakes, let us know. Have a great birthday!
Happy New Year! I hope you are enjoying your winter break, whether you are in Chennai, your country, or traveling. Comment and let us know what you are doing during the vacation. I am currently in Mexico City, after spending a week in New York State with family. The photo above is of me in Times Square in New York City. Take care, and see you on Monday, January 11th.
In lesson 2, you read about the Indian caste system and how it developed. Here are some videos that will teach you more about that system and how it is today in India. Watch one or more of these videos and answer this question: What is the caste system?
This week you are learning about the origins of Hinduism. We will learn about Buddhism in India and South Asia after winter break. Check out these links to learn more:
Hinduism (British Museum) – read the story, explore and challenge links!
Buddhism (British Museum) – read the story, explore, and challenge links!
BBC Religion has two good links on both Hinduism and Buddhism. PBS has a good link on Buddhism. There are more links on our current unit on the right side of the blog. If you find any good videos or links for our current unit, send them to me.
Buddhism and Hinduism – a comparison and this table.
Welcome back to school after a rough week with a lot of rain and flooding. I was so happy to see so many students return to school today. I was unsure of how many might come. For those who were unable to come today, we were thinking of you, and we hope you are well.
I have watched so many images this week on TV and social media (when the power came back on). Here is one article that was interesting from Slate and another article featuring images of this historic event. Yes…historic! You were part of history in Chennai, something I imagine you will not forget. Let’s think of those who are not as fortunate as us, as Chennai moves to a recovery stage. Feel free to share any stories in the comment section of compassion, courage, creativity, and confidence, AISC’s 4C’s.
Happy birthday to the following students celebrating a birthday in the month of December: Yeobin (10), Hera (13), Arjan (20), Thea (23), Ella and Imogen (24), Haruna (29). If we left someone off the list by mistake or made any errors, let us know. Happy birthday, and have a great day!
The Indus and Saraswati Valleys contained hundreds of cities. The largest cities were Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. What evidence suggests that these cities or this region was prosperous or wealthy? Why was the earliest Indian civilization located near the Indus River?
Here are a few of the many great neighborhood photos that students have taken for Out of Eden Learn. Many more are displayed around our classroom, and I have tweeted many others out via my Twitter handle @DigitalnomadRob. Two of our students, Ella and Hera, had their photos featured on an interactive map that Out of Eden Walk created. Click HERE to see this really great map. Sophia had a photo she took featured on Out of Eden’s Instagram page.
I am very impressed with the photos taken, and I hope you enjoyed the opportunity to slow down and notice new things about your neighborhood in Chennai. Keep up the good work!
Questions to consider:
What are the advantages and disadvantages of having monsoons?
What are the negative and positive effects of India’s great rivers?
How do the mountains and seasonal winds shape the climate of India?
Write 2-3 facts or things you learned about India from any of these videos. You can use the questions above as guiding ones or just list the facts.
I am sure some of you have seen these TV advertisements, “Incredible India.” If you haven’t, watch them! I have also added a few other geography/climate related videos. India is an incredibly diverse country. We know many of you travel outside of India, or return home for vacations. However, we are curious about the places you have traveled to in India. Post a comment and tell us how long you have lived in India and what parts of India you have traveled to. Thanks.