Jan. 4: The Middle Ages
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas Break! It's been great to be back in school and see everyone again. This week, we started our next unit of study- the Middle Ages! We'll be learning about feudalism, knights and castles, the crusades, the black plague... all of the greatest hits!
Before the winter break, we wrapped up our unit on World Religions and took that test. It's definitely one of the harder tests that we take in class this year. If your student was absent, they can retake that test anyday before or after school, or even during class. If they scored below an 80%, they'll have to fill out a review sheet and take the test again. Many kids are already pre-assigned to come to my Patriot Time this coming Tuesday for help filling out that sheet. They can also use the religions unit review to help them fill out their review sheets. Finish the term strong, everyone. There's only a few weeks left until the first semester ends on Jan. 17th.
Nov. 11: Other Ancient Civilizations
We're just wrapping up our unit on Ancient China this week, and we'll be taking a test on China this Wednesday. Our next unit after China will be Other Ancient Cultures. This is sort of a choose-your-own-adventure unit..
As a class, we have already studied the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and China. There were of course humans living in all other areas of the world during ancient times too. In order to have at least some exposure to the ancient cultures of other areas, we are doing individual reports and presentations. Using a variety of sources, such as books and internet sites, students will research their chosen civilization and try to answer the questions in this packet as completely as they can.
At the conclusion of the research, all of the students will be presenting their civilizations orally to the class. These presentations can take many forms- posters, powerpoint presentations, videos, ect. Don’t be afraid to get creative. We will be doing the vast majority of the research, writing, and preparation for presentations in class, but it wouldn’t hurt to do some reading and research outside of school as well.
Here is a list of possible civilizations which may be studied. This is not a comprehensive list. If you would like to study a specific civilization, but do not see it listed, just ask Mr. Mellor.
Other African Civilizations
Students have a packet of questions to guide their research, and those packets will be due Thursday, November 29th. The class presentations will take place Thursday and Friday, November 29th and 30th.
Oct. 24: Wrapping Up Rome, & The Term
The end of term 1 is coming up: Friday the 26th. If anyone needs to retake any past tests, now is the time! Ask me for a review sheet and you can fill it out using the information in the "study" tab.
This week, we're wrapping up our unit on Ancient Rome. It's been fun to learn about some of the major events in their history, especially the life of Julius Caesar and the switch of their government from Republic to Empire. Next week on Wednesday we will start our next unit- Ancient China.
Oct. 1: Egypt Behind, Greece Ahead
It was great to see so many of you at conferences this past week. We've now finished up our unit on Ancient Egypt. You can check Skyward to see how your students did on their notes and on the assessment. If anyone scored below 80% and needs to retake the test, be sure to check out the Egypt test review page in the "study" tab above.
This week, we're starting one of my favorite units- Ancient Greece. As with Egypt, we'll be studying Ancient Greece's geography, their religion, and major events in their history. We'll be covering some of the contributions of Ancient Greece to our modern world, such as democracy, and their art and architecture. We'll also learn about life in the city-states of Athens and Sparta.
Sept. 7: Wrapping Up Our First Units
We're well into the swing of things now. We have learned about the hunter/gatherers of the Paleolithic Age, and then the agricultural revolution of the Neolithic Age. Now we're just finishing up our study of ancient Mesopotamia. Today, we made clay tablets using Mesopotamian cuneiform. The tablets have to air-dry over the weekend, and your students will be taking them home on Monday.
We will be having our first unit tests of the year this coming Wednesday. In preparation for these tests, we will be doing several review activities in class on Tuesday. If you would like to study even more before we take the tests, click on the "study" tab above, and then click on the Early Humans and Mesopotamia images for a test prep study-sheet.
You still have a few weeks left to raise those grades. Finish strong!
It's the end of term, everyone. Enjoy your 3-day weekend.