Earth Day – April 22

22 Apr

Source: Edutopia

Source: Edutopia

More than a billion people around the world will celebrate Earth Day on April 22, 2014—the 44th anniversary of the annual day of action. Earth Day began in 1970, when 20 million people across the United States—that’s one in ten—rallied for increased protection of the environment. Click HERE to read the rest of this article. The movie “The Lorax” is a classic with a simple, but strong message that appeals to both students and adults. If you have not seen it, watch it!

Post a comment and tell me what you do or what small steps you take to protect our planet. 

 

 

Out of Eden – A Journey Through Time

21 Apr
National Geographic - Dec. 2013 issue

National Geographic – Dec. 2013 issue

What is the Out of Eden Project?
From 2013 to 2020, writer Paul Salopek is recreating that epic journey on foot, starting at humankind’s birthplace in Ethiopia and ending at the southern tip of South America, where our forebears ran out of horizon. Along the way he is engaging with the major stories of our time — from climate change to technological innovation, from mass migration to cultural survival — by walking alongside the people who inhabit these headlines every day. Moving at the slow beat of his footsteps, Paul is also seeking the quieter, hidden stories of people who rarely make the news.
Their tales highlight a central truth of our humanity in this globalized age: The most important narratives of our time, once monopolized by the developed world, now increasingly appear at the world’s margins. Click here to learn more about the Out of Eden Project. We have created an RSS feed on the right side of the blog where you can see dispatches or blog posts from Paul Salopek’s journey. The website, map room link, and other information are very interesting, and we believe this will be an interesting journey to follow over the next seven years. You can follow his journey using a variety of social media sites – Twitter, Facebook, and the Dispatches blog to name a few.
Source: Out of Eden

Source: Out of Eden

 

Qin Dynasty, Great Wall of China, Terra Cotta Warriors

21 Apr
Perhaps the most recognizable symbol of China and its long and vivid history, the Great Wall of China actually consists of numerous walls and fortifications, many running parallel to each other. Originally conceived by Emperor Qin Shi Huang (c. 259-210 B.C.) in the third century B.C. as a means of preventing incursions from barbarian nomads into the Chinese Empire, the wall is one of the most extensive construction projects ever completed. Watch the videos clips of the Great Wall  on the History Channel link! They are very good.

China – Current Affairs

16 Apr

I am creating a playlist of videos about modern-day China. You will see connections to its history, something your social studies/history teachers are always trying to make. If you find any good videos, please send them to your teacher.
China has also appeared in the news a lot over the past several years, due to their pollution crisis. Here is a new article in The Atlantic magazine are that crisis.

 

 

 

The World’s Most Typical Person

15 Apr

These video clips are a great way to remind us that we are anything but typical. Having  just completed our India unit, these videos are educational and make us reflect on our current unit and the future.

Words of Wisdom – Confucius

14 Apr
Read the following quotes from Confucius:
1) Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
2) I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
3) Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
The following playlist of videos includes more quotes. Which one is your favorite? What does it mean to you? The playlist also includes video clips and a documentary on Confucius.

 

 

Two Cool Sites!

12 Apr
Students,  We are sharing two interesting links with you. While not related to our current unit or ancient history, we think you will find them interesting. Check them out!
IfItWereMyHome.com is your gateway to understanding life outside your home. Use our country comparison tool to compare living conditions in your own country to those of another. Start by selecting a region to compare on the map to the right, and begin your exploration.
With the Indian elections approaching, check out this very neat Infographic of how India will form its government. Click HERE. Have a good weekend!

 

Something Fun: Countries of the World Challenge

9 Apr

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I have a great online quiz to challenge you. How many countries can you name? As you name the country, a map will be filled in. You have 12 minutes. Are you ready?  Click HERE to start. Post a comment and tell us how many you can name. No cheating!!! :>)

 

 

New Month, New Unit – Ancient China

9 Apr

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Welcome back from your spring break! We hope it was enjoyable and restful, whether you traveled or stayed in Chennai. April is the start of our new unit – Ancient China. Like previous lessons, we will learn about how geography shaped ancient China (lesson 1). There were many dynasties that ruled China. We will learn about the earliest ones – the Shang, Zhou, Qin, and Han.  Watch this great video (#1 on the playlist) about the dynasties of China. The British Museum has a great link of the geography of China. Read the short, animated story of Nu Gua and try the geography challenge

April Birthdays, Vacation, & More!

27 Mar

Here’s the last message before our vacation. Have a safe and restful vacation, whether you are staying in Chennai or traveling.  Here is the list of students celebrating birthdays in April: Tarun (4/2), Min Jeong (4/11), Yeji (4/15), Pranav (4/23), Prahalad (4/28), and Arunveer (4/29). Happy birthday. Let us know if we have forgotten anyone.  Post a comment and let us know what your plans are for vacation.  There is no homework during the break, but we hope you find a good book or two to read.

Karthik shared this cool story about Egypt and two ancient statues that have recently be unveiled. Click HERE to see the photos and the story on CNN.  Thanks, Kartihik!

Differences between successful and unsuccessful people

27 Mar

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Here are the 16 differences between successful people and unsuccessful people that Andy Bailey and the postcard claim.  Click on the image and it will get bigger, so you can read it.  Read it! It applies to adults and young people. Mr Martin

The Legacy of Ancient India

24 Mar

Here are some documentaries on India, which focus on the legacy of ancient India. They are optional to watch, but they will give you more insight or knowledge and go beyond what we are learning in our textbook to review what India gave to the world. Enjoy.

 

Ashoka & the Maurya Empire

24 Mar

This playlist includes some video clips and information on the Maurya Empire and Ashoka (Asoka).

 

Hinduism and Buddhism

23 Mar

Here is a video playlist with a few video clips and one documentary about the life of Siddhartha Gautama, the prince who later became known as the Buddha, or the enlightened one. They are optional, of course, but you might find them a good review of the things we have learned. We are sure you will learn many new things about Hinduism and Buddhism though.  Post a comment, if you learned sometime particularly interesting that you would like to share with your classmates.  If you ever find good videos, please share them with your teachers and we can add them to the blog, if we feel they are good.

Every Teen’s Nightmare: Teachers Who Can Turn Off Your Phone Remotely

21 Mar
Jung Yeon-Je—AFP/Getty Images

Jung Yeon-Je—AFP/Getty Images

South Korean educators no longer have to compete with smartphones for a student’s attention. What do educators in the world’s most wired country do when students just can’t put down their phones in class? They develop an app that has the power to remotely control all devices when on campus. Check out this article from Time Magazine.  What do you think of this story?  

 

India Chapter Test!

20 Mar
serial-test-takeStudents,  You will have a test on ancient India (Chapter 7: lessons 1 – 4) on Friday, March 28th. With one week to prepare, you can review your material a number of ways:
1) Notes on Moodle, 2) videos and links on the class blog, 3) Classzone Review (Flipcards, practice quiz, etc.), 4) your notes from your notebook, and 5) Re-read chapter 7. Use your time wisely and prepare ahead of time. We will complete the chapter by Tuesday and review on Wednesday. There will be four parts on this test: 14 multiple-choice, 2 short answer, 5 map questions, and an essay (see questions below).
Essay Question – Here are two questions you can prepare for…ONE of them will be on the test:
1) Compare and contrast Hinduism and Buddhism and explain how they have influenced the world outside India today.
2) Compare and contrast the Maurya and Gupta empires, and describe how each empire shaped ancient India.

Hello/Goodbye

20 Mar

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The Grade 6 Humanities team would like to welcome a new student to AISC, Nicole.  Please help her out and show her around. We are sad to say goodbye to four students who are leaving either tomorrow or next week  - Nagisa, Nao, Hayato, and Ayumu – who will all return to Japan.  Take some time and post a comment welcoming Nicole and saying goodbye and good luck to our four Japanese students.  Best of luck guys! Keep in touch with your friends at AISC!

Spread of Buddhism

20 Mar

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Top 10 Countries with Largest Buddhist Populations

RANK
Country
Buddhist Population
1
China
102,000,000
2
Japan
89,650,000
3
Thailand
55,480,000
4
Vietnam
49,690,000
5
Myanmar
41,610,000
6
Sri Lanka
12,540,000
7
South Korea
10,920,000
8
Taiwan
9,150,000
9
Cambodia
9,130,000
10
India
7,000,000
Source: Maps of the World
Buddhanet.net

Origins of Hinduism and Buddhism

19 Mar

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This week you are learning about the origins of Hinduism and Buddhism in India and South Asia. 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 Mr. Martin.

 

 

Book Blogs: Review and Rate Your Book!

13 Mar
Photo Credit: Thomas Hawk via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: Thomas Hawk via Compfight cc

The Grade 6 Humanities team is excited to launch our new book review blogs. This will be an opportunity for you to post reviews and rate books you are reading.  You will reach a wider audience with these reviews and also have opportunities to connect with students who love the types of books you enjoy. You can also create book trailers or use tech tools to promote your book. Links to our book review blogs are in the ‘Class Resources’ Blogroll on the right side of this blog, but you can also find them below.  Post your review on your teacher’s blog, but feel free to comment on either blog. Enjoy!

Mr. Martin’s Class

Mrs. Hall’s Class

Making Movies in your Mind

12 Mar

Women's eye - looking forward.Isolated on white.

 

Good readers create mental images before, during, and after reading, and they make connections to what they are reading through their senses. In class this week, we are reviewing this active reading strategy, and you will use it when writing your extended response due on Friday. Please see the Google Presentation we showed in class.

Language Settings

10 Mar
AISC Tech Support

AISC Tech Support

Ms. Laura came to our class today to talk about the language settings for your device. The language setting must be in English. She also shared a website link that will help you to change the settings…and much more. You can find the link HERE. If you have further questions, please see the friendly teachers in the CIC.

4,000 Year Old Indus Valley Seal Discovered

9 Mar
(Courtesy The Archaeological Survey of India)

(Courtesy The Archaeological Survey of India)

A seal and a weight were unearthed at a Harappan-period site in northwestern India. “The seal consists of two Harappan characters, with a typical unicorn as the motif and a pipal leaf depicted in front of an animal. Another example of one can be found in your textbook on page 221 and described on page 222.

 

Geography of India

9 Mar

India Geography

In our first lesson is chapter 7 , we learned about the geography of India – the Ganges and Indus Rivers, mountain ranges like the Hindu Kush and the Himalayas, and much more. This video playlist has some nice short video clips that are a good review of the content we learned. More videos will be added. Post a comment and tell us something you learned (example: In video clip #4, I learned that….). 

New Month, New Unit – Incredible India

6 Mar

This week we began our new unit, Ancient Asia. We begin with India and then learn about China.  I am sure many of you have seen this TV ad, “Incredible India.” If you haven’t, watch it! India is an incredibly diverse country. We know many of you travel outside of India, or return home for vacations. 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 too.  See Mr. Martin’s first comment as a sample comment.
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