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.
“…To me who lived in South Korea for 11 years, India was quite new to me. Everything was new, such as roads, buildings, and people…” – Out of Eden Learn student, Cookieman (Yoobin), Chennai, India.
“When I leave India, I am going to make a long video of me walking in my neighborhood. I am going to remember this place,” Out of Eden Learn student, Howlingwerewolf7 (Tae Yeon), Chennai, India
Yoobin’s neighborhood map was selected as the new cover photo from the Out of Eden Facebook page. There are over 700 schools (think approximately 20-30 students per school!) involved in the Out of Eden Learn project. It’s quite an achievement to have her map chosen among all those schools. Congratulations to Tae Yeon too. Her map was selected for the Out of Eden Learn Instagram page.
We got this message from Out of Eden this past week after sharing our work:
“I hope this email finds you well. I just got back from a week away from the office and had an opportunity to check out your blog and the gallery walk your students participated in. Amazing work! They seem really engaged and their maps are beautiful. I can tell they spent a lot of time and effort on their projects. Thank you for facilitating such inspiring work!” – Sheya, Out of Eden Learn
Secrets of Egypt’s Lost Queen (Discovery Channel) was one of the most popular (if not most!) documentaries or videos we showed last year. We are adding it here to the class blog, so you can watch it if you are interested. While it’s optional, we think it’s really good; you will enjoy it if you like mysteries or detective-like programs.
Students completed their neighborhood map activity this week for their Out of Eden Footstep #2 project. On Thursday and Friday, we had a gallery walk where students shared their maps and their stories. We invited some special guests, including Mr. Hoover (Head of School), Mr. Phan (M.S. Principal), Mr. Hicks (Associate Principal), Mr. Crouch (Technology Director), 5th grade teachers (Ms. Becky, Ms. Shobhana, Ms. Megha), Ms. Mac (7th grade L.A.) and others. Students commented on other projects and some students volunteered to present the Out of Eden Learn project and Mr. Salopek’s walk to guests. Thank you to the special guests who took time our of their busy schedules to come to our classrooms!
Mr. Martin ‘tweeted’ a couple photos of the gallery walk days and was pleased to see Mr. John Stanmeyer see our photo via Twitter and the hashtags I used. He replied to Mr. Martin and retweeted our photo to all of his followers. Mr. Stanmeyer is the photographer who has taken many of Paul’s photos, including the National Geographic photo featured in the image above. His picture of African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night became World Press Photo of the Year 2013.
This is the power of social media when someone can see the great work going on our classrooms. It’s an authentic or real audience! Here is Mr. Stanmeyer’s award winning photo below. You can find other great photos on the Out of Eden Walk Blog/Dispatch and by ‘Googling’ his name. If you love photography, check out his website here: http://www.stanmeyer.com/
Mr. Martin, Mrs. Hall, and Ms. Jaya are very proud of your efforts and we have featured a few of the maps here. You can see all of them if you stop by our classrooms. Next week we will give you time to look at other maps and stories from the Out of Eden site, and you can provide feedback to other students in our walking party.
Due to MAP Testing this week, we had to postpone our gallery walk to Thursday and Friday. We will have some special guests coming to our classes to see your project. You need to be prepared to talk about your map and the Out of Eden Learn project. Here are some things you need to think about before this activity.
1) How would you explain Paul’s journey or the Out of Eden Walk?
2) How does your map relate to what Paul is doing?
3) What is something new or interesting you learned about your neighborhood through this activity?
Please make sure all maps are turned in by Wednesday at the latest and add your story to the document we shared with you. Some of you need to make small revisions to your story.
CAIRO, EGYPT—Another 18th Dynasty tomb has been discovered by archaeologists from the American Research Center in Egypt at Al-Qurna in Luxor. Paintings on the walls of this New Kingdom (1550-1070 B.C.) tomb “are records of daily life practices that prevailed in that era,” according to a statement made by Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty. Click HERE to learn more. As we’ve told you in class, these types of tombs, as well as other ancient artifacts are still being discovered.
Construction of the Abu Simbel temple complex started in approximately 1264 BC and lasted for about 20 years, until 1244 BC. Known as the “Temple of Ramesses, beloved by Amun it was one of six rock temples erected in Nubia during the long reign of Ramesses II. Ramses built the Temple at Abu Simbel in Egypt to intimidate his enemies and seat himself amongst the gods. The complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir. The relocation of the temples was necessary to avoid their being submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser, the massive artificial water reservoir formed after the building of the Aswan High Dam on the Nile River.
National Geographic – “Moving Abu Simbel” (3 minute video) – very good!
History Channel – Ramses’ Temple at Abu Simbel (3 minute video) – excellent and there are other Egypt- related videos on the same link.