The City-State and Democracy

19 May

The videos on this playlist feature information on the rise of democracy in ancient Greece. How did limited democracy develop in Athens?

Walking, Learning, Documenting – Out of Eden Learn

14 May

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.

World Wide Wilbur

12 May

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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!

Greek Gods, Myths, Movies, and Literature

12 May

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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 readMany 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?

Happy Mother’s Day

10 May

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Today is Mother’s Day in many countries. Do something nice for your mom today. :>)

Out of Eden Footstep #4 – Listening to Neighbors’ Stories

6 May
Image source: Screen shot from the Out of Eden Learn website

Image source: Screen shot from the Out of Eden Learn website

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.

May Birthdays

4 May

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Happy birthday to the following students celebrating their birthday in May: Luis (3), Futa (21), Ji Hyeon (18), and Megan/Mekhi (23).  If we made any errors or forgot someone, let us know. We’ll post the June and July birthdays before the end of the of the year…don’t you worry now! :>)

China Promises $46 Billion To Pave The Way For A Brand New Silk Road (NPR)

3 May
Source: Xinhua Credit: Alyson Hurt/NPR

Source: Xinhua
Credit: Alyson Hurt/NPR

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.

Introduction to Greece

3 May
Screen shot of Greece from Google Maps.

Screen shot of Greece from Google Maps.

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.

Take a Walk in Your Neighborhood – Out of Eden (Footstep #3) – More Photos!

29 Apr
Photo by Alice L.

Photo by Alice L.

Photo by Guillaume

Photo by Guillaume

Photo by Aoi

Photo by Aoi

Photo by Vinay

Photo by Vinay

Photo by Alalija

Photo by Amalija

Photo by Dohun

Photo by Dohun

Photo by Luis

Photo by Luis

Photo by Rishi

Photo by Rishi

Photo by Miyu

Photo by Miyu

Here are a few more Out of Eden Footstep #3 photos from Mrs. Hall and Ms. Jaya’s classes. Great job!

Nepal Earthquake

27 Apr

I am sure you have been following the news on Nepal and the earthquake that struck last Saturday. This video gives a nice overview of Kathmandu, the capital.  It’s hard to believe I was just there two weeks ago, my third trip to Nepal. I hiked to Everest Base Camp, the scene of avalanches and several deaths.  I also had the chance to walk around some amazing World Heritage sites, hundreds of years old during my final weekend in Kathmandu. Many of these are now destroyed. I will be adding further information or editing this post to add links and information about how you can help the people of Nepal.

Articles:

Nepal’s 8 Key Historic Sites: What’s Rubble, What’s Still Standing (National Geographic)

At Everest Base Camp - see the orange tents in the background. (Photo by Rob Martin)

At Everest Base Camp – see the orange tents in the background. (Photo by Rob Martin)

Approaching Everest Base Camp with Khumbu icefall and glacier (Photo by Rob Martin)

Approaching Everest Base Camp with Khumbu icefall and glacier (Photo by Rob Martin)

Baktapur (Photo by Rob Martin)

Bhaktapur (Photo by Rob Martin)

Batktapur Square (Photo by Rob Martin)

Bhatktapur Square (Photo by Rob Martin)

Take a Walk In Your Neighborhood (Out of Eden – Footstep #3)

25 Apr
Photo by Kennedy

Photo by Kennedy

Photo by Nolan

Photo by Nolan

Photo by Megan

Photo by Megan

Photo by Lucie

Photo by Lucie

Photo by Jaehoon

Photo by Jaehoon

Photo by Conner

Photo by Conner

Photo by Alexandre

Photo by Alexandre

Photo by Aditya

Photo by Aditya

Photo by Yoobin

Photo by Yoobin

Photo by Snehan

Photo by Snehan

Photo by Mutsumi

Photo by Mutsumi

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?

Goodbye Aisyah!

24 Apr

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Hi from Oman – Track and Field

23 Apr

New Books, New Books

23 Apr

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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.

Earth Day – April 22

22 Apr

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Why can’t every day be Earth Day?

Ancient China

22 Apr

Here is a nice list of of different video clips on a wide range of China topics.

Ancient China and India – Religion and Belief Systems

22 Apr

These video playlists feature short videos giving you overviews or introductions to Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and other belief systems covered in these units.

GarageBand Tips – Fading Music

21 Apr

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)

Sadako Photos

20 Apr

Here are some photos that Mrs. Hall took during her recent trip to Japan. They features scenes from Hiroshima and are related to Sadako, a story we read earlier in the year.

Legacy of China vs. India

16 Apr

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:

Ancient India Video Playlist

16 Apr

Geography of India:

Maurya and Gupta Empires:

National Poetry Month & Out of Eden Learn

14 Apr

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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 learn@outofedenwalk.com and also your teacher. Here are two examples of poems written by 11 year old students in the Out of Eden Learn project.

In honor of ‪#‎NationalPoetryMonth‬: today we're featuring a poem by Out of Eden Learn student creativeart2014 about the Out of Eden Walk  Age 11, Virginia, United States. (Source: Out of Eden Learn Facebook Page).

In honor of ‪#‎NationalPoetryMonth‬: today we’re featuring a poem by Out of Eden Learn student creativeart2014 about the Out of Eden Walk
Age 11, Virginia, United States. (Source: Out of Eden Learn Facebook Page).

A student from Virginia Beach, United States shares a poem about Out of Eden Walk. Submit student poems today in honor of ‪#‎NationalPoetryMonth‬ about or related to Paul Salopek's epic walk! (Source: Out of Eden Facebook Page).

A student from Virginia Beach, United States shares a poem about Out of Eden Walk. Submit student poems today in honor of ‪#‎NationalPoetryMonth‬ about or related to Paul Salopek’s epic walk! (Source: Out of Eden Facebook Page).

WWOW Video, Goodbye, and V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!

27 Mar

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Goodbye Tsukiho, Yuki, and Hidetaka! (Photo by Rob Martin)

Goodbye Tsukiho, Yuki, and Hidetaka! (Photo by Rob Martin)

Comment and say goodbye to our classmates leaving, tell us where you are going for vacation, and check out this great WWOW video by Mr. Gregg. 

Neighborhood Map Celebrations

26 Mar

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“…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.

Tae Yeon's Map

Tae Yeon’s Map

“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

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