Buddhist monks in village of Hikkim in Himachal Pradesh, India. A family invited us for tea and snacks and these monks were performing a ceremony for the patriarch of the family who had recently passed away. The family invited us to sit in next door room of house where the monks were sitting. Unforgettable experience. #himachalpictures #himachalpradesh #buddhism #religion
Hi students –
Here are a few photos from my past week in Himachal Pradesh, a beautiful state in the north of India, known for the Himalayan mountains and Tibetan Buddhism (among many other things). These are some videos and photos from my Instagram site. If you are on Instagram, you can follow me and I would love to see your photos as well. I hope you are enjoying your summer. I leave for New York tomorrow morning early.
Dancinginthemoonlight’s (Hanna’s) project was featured on Out of Eden Learn’s Instagram page today. Congratulations, Hanna! You can read see it by clicking HERE.
Mrs. Hall and Ms. Jaya asked me to share your book trailers on our blog. I look forward to watching them. Good work, everyone!
A few photos from the last two days showing students giving a speech, reading an essay, or showing a presentation where they answer the question: Do the Olympics unite people?
Here is a selection of video documentaries we made for our Egypt project. There were many excellent ones, and I believe we all developed new skills in developing an inquiry or question to research, learning how to stay organized when doing research, writing a script or storyboard, and making a video. The videos in this playlist were among the best ones I watched. Good work everyone!
End of Year Party on Friday, May 20 from 4:30-6:00 in the FAC Cafeteria.
Tickets are 200/- and will be available from Tuesday, May 17. Ticket sellers are student activities club members and Ms. Jaya (3129) and Mrs. Hall (3131).
How did the Greeks honor their Gods? The Olympics were one way. Watch some of these videos and learn more about the birth of the Olympics. To learn more, read the section ‘Honoring the Gods’ in your textbook (pages 362 – 363).
Students are currently completing Footstep #3, Learning from other Generations. I have seen some wonderful examples of special objects from your family, and I have read some really wonderful stories as well. Here are five stories from 6th grade students (See – Think – Wonder + Connect). Click HERE to read it! We look forward to sharing other examples this week.
The next footstep for Out of Eden Learn, #3 is “Learning from other generations.” This is a very interesting footstep because it gives you the opportunity to study and make connections (See-Think-Wonder + Connect) an object. This object could be almost anything, as long as it’s about 20- 30 years old. Look at directions I have shared with you, watch Sheya’s video directions on Out of Eden Learn, and take a look at examples of other student work from our walking party to gather ideas. I think this is a great opportunity to learn more about an important possession of a family member. Note: You can interview anyone for this project. Please read the directions again!
I also want to congratulate Ella. Her neighborhood map was featured on Out of Eden Learn’s Instagram page. Great job!
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.
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.
Happy birthday to the following students celebrating birthdays this month: Yewon (16), Aryan (18), Youhei (21), Madhulika (22), Efflam/Hanut (26). Let me know if I forgot anyone. Have a great day! I will add the June and July birthdays together at the end of the month.
Three years ago, Pulitzer-winning journalist Paul Salopek embarked on a decade-long walk around the world, charting the path of the original human emigrants who left their birthplace in eastern Africa to spread across the globe. As he prepares to follow the Silk Road from Central Asia into China, Salopek checks in with Hari Sreenivasan to reflect on his journey thus far and what lies ahead. Watch the video and/or read the interview from PBS news and see what is next for the Out of Eden Walk.
Pyramids are not only in Egypt! Check out some of the pyramids in these photos and take a look at some of the articles here. Also, watch the playlist of video clips below. If you have any good links, videos, or photos, please send them to Mr. Martin. Thanks!
Ancient Pyramids around the World (Smithsonian Magazine)
The World’s 15 Most Amazing Pyramids (Weather.com)
Pyramids (British Museum) – try the challenge activity!
4,600 Year old Pyramid Discovered Read all about it!
Students – I watched the live Google Hangout with Paul Salopek, hosted by NatGeo Education. He answered one of our questions and you can hear it if you skip to 43:30 in this video. I encourage you to watch and listen to Paul’s entire talk and to learn more about him and the Out of Eden Walk. We will be doing another footstep project as soon as we finish our ancient Egypt project.
Thanks for your interest in participating in the Google Hangout with Paul Salopek on Tuesday night. I had 17 students who expressed interest in coming to school at 8:30pm for this question and answer session with Paul. Unfortunately, our school was not among that three finalists when they randomly selected the schools. I still plan to watch the Google Hangout live and I would be happy to Tweet or email any questions to Paul on your behalf. If you have a question, please email me or post your question in the comment section below. I need the questions by Monday at 8:00pm. Thanks! – Mr. Martin
I received a message from Out of Eden Learn telling me that one of my students received a personal message from Paul Salopek on their project. This excerpt come from the Out of Eden blog post by Liz Dawes Duraisingh:
“…Paul is getting ready to set off across the bleak and remote steppes of Kazakhstan. According to Paul, this part of his journey has been one of the most demanding because of the logistical preparations necessary to walk across terrain that hasn’t been traversed on foot in decades. Nevertheless, he recently found time to browse through and respond to student work from Out of Eden Learn. In an email to us he commented, “I’m blown away—as usual—by the quality and thoughtfulness of the students’ work. Intellectually, it’s fascinating to see the cohesion of observations—and enthusiasm—among kids from all over the globe.” Twenty lucky students recently received a direct comment from Paul via our platform, including three who received a comment in Spanish (Paul is bilingual having spent much of his childhood in Mexico).”
Congratulations to all of my students for their hard work on Out of Eden Learn. I think it’s fantastic that Paul is looking at student work while on his journey.