As you prepare to finish Footstep #4 – Listening to Neighbors’ Stories – this week, we have created a video celebrating some of the best photos taken from Footstep #3, Take a Walk in Your Neighborhood. We look forward to reading and sharing your stories on Out of Eden Learn.
Our M.S. assembly today featured Wilbur Sargunaraj, India’s first Youtube superstar. We danced, he told jokes, and he had some important messages – Be yourself, be first class! Did you enjoy this assembly? What was some of the advice he gave to students? Vote on the poll question below and check out some of the articles and videos he made on National Public Radio (NPR) about village life in Tamil Nadu and India. Some of his comments made me think of the Out of Eden project and our next footstep, the importance of meeting people from other cultures and learning about other cultures. You might enjoy the video on this playlist about life in rural India. You’re a simple superstar!
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?
Today is Mother’s Day in many countries. Do something nice for your mom today. :>)
You did a great job exploring your neighborhood and taking photos for Footstep #3. Now it’s your turn to try out your skills at listening and interviewing someone. You will share a neighbor’s story with your walking party:
Your task is to talk and listen to an adult who lives or works in your local area. This person could be someone you have never spoken to before or someone you already know. It does not need to be someone who has lived in the area for a long time. Some ideas: a cook, housekeeper, or a driver who works for your family; a school employee (local from Chennai); an Indian friend of your parents; Other ideas (let your teacher know)?
Ask the person for a story or memory about your local area or Chennai. For example, how did they come to be in this place or city? How have they seen the area (or Chennai) change over the years? What are some of their memories about the area? Do any particular events in the area stand out in their mind? BRAINSTORM SOME QUESTIONS BEFORE YOUR INTERVIEW, but use good listening skills and think of other questions during the interview.
Write up the highlights of your conversation or recreate a story that they told you. Include a short description of the person you talked with – for example, how you know them, the setting where you talked, what they look like, and what they were wearing. Alternatively, you can upload an audio file (Garage Band -> Sound Cloud) of you retelling their story in your own words (Not the interview of the person). If you choose to use Sound Cloud, you will need to write a short introduction and add a URL to your interview; you cannot embed the podcast on Out of Eden Learn. For ideas, please look at some of the examples on Out of Eden to see what other students are doing.
Due Date: Thursday, May 14 (D Block, Martin & B Block, Hall) and Friday, May 15 (G Block Martin & H Block, Hall). Remember to use your Out of Eden Google Document to draft all of your work before copy and paste it on OOE Learn’s website.
The Silk Road was a network of trade routes that allowed the exchange of goods and ideas between Asia and Europe, including between the Roman Empire and China’s Han Dynasty, towards the end of the first century B.C. Now China wants to build a new network of roads, railways pipelines and shipping lanes connecting China to South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Africa and Europe. With this in mind, China’s President Xi Jinping visited Pakistan last month, promising $46 billion in infrastructure investment.
Follow Odysseus’ travels to many fantastic lands with this story
Greece is a beautiful country and its geography shaped life there. Click on these links to learn more about how Greeks used their limited land resources and trade to prosper.
Odyssey Online – Click on the link ‘geography’ and then look at the map link and look at the British Museum to get an introduction to the geography of Greece. Click on this great link to see some maps of Greece.
Follow Odysseus’ travels to many fantastic lands with this story
Be an underwater archaeologist – take the challenge!
Enjoy these links and post a comment telling me something interesting you learned about Greece.
Here are a few more Out of Eden Footstep #3 photos from Mrs. Hall and Ms. Jaya’s classes. Great job!
The photos included in this post were among the best photos for Footstep #3 – Take a Walk in your Neighborhood – Out of Eden Walk/Learn project. These photos come from Mr. Martin/Ms. Jaya’s two Social Studies classes. We enjoyed reading all of the reflections and looking at your photos. Click on the images to make them bigger. The directions for the assignment were:
As you walk in your neighborhood or local area, take photos of things that catch your attention. What do you see, feel, hear, smell, or taste? Try to look at the place and the people who live or work there with fresh eyes. Here are some ideas for different kinds of photos you can take:
Photos that capture a whole neighborhood scene, and photos that zoom in on a detail you find interesting.
Photos where you’re pointing the camera up and photos where you’re pointing the camera towards the ground.
Photos of things that are common or familiar in your neighborhood, and photos of things that might be unexpected or surprising.
Something special that you’d like to share.
Tell the story of why you took these two photos and why you chose to post them. What do you like about the photos you took? What would you like other people in your walking party to notice or understand about them?
How, if at all, did taking a walk and/or taking these photos make you think in new or different ways about your neighborhood or local area?
Check out the new books – hundreds of new books – in our 6th grade class library. Mrs. Hall, Ms. Jaya and Mr. Martin recently purchased new books. We are making a return trip to Starmark book store at Phoenix Mall. If you want a particular book title or series added, please comment and let us know some titles you think we should buy.
Here is a nice list of of different video clips on a wide range of China topics.
These video playlists feature short videos giving you overviews or introductions to Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and other belief systems covered in these units.
We are completing our first “Book Talks” podcast activity. Most of you are in the process of completing this activity and working on final touches. Part of these final touches could include adding a loop or music to the beginning or end of the interview. Choose appropriate music that is not distracting. Using music that might match the theme of your book is a great idea. Many of you have asked how you can fade the loop on the music. The video will help you do that.
Reminders: When you save your podcast, save it by the episode #, book title, and the name of the person/people talking about their book. Example: Episode 16 Middle School – How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill (Ben)
These two video playlists feature videos that show the legacy of ancient China and India. If you find other helpful videos, please send them to your teacher and we will add them to these playlists.
The Silk Roads:
In honor of #NationalPoetryMonth, Project Zero at Harvard University (Out of Eden Learn) is calling all students to submit poetry about Out of Eden Learn and Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden Walk. They will feature student poems on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Email your submissions to email@example.com and also your teacher. Here are two examples of poems written by 11 year old students in the Out of Eden Learn project.