1. Civilization Madness
We finallllllllyyyyyyy finished Mesopotamia and I wanted to finish it up in an engaging way but not too engaging because the kids had just finished their Hammurabi plays. I had been reading about using a bracket system in social studies. You take multiple THINGS (people, events, etc.) and you have the "compete" in a March Madness type bracket system. We had Sumer, Babylon, Assyria, Chaldeans, Phoenicians and Hebrew compete against each other for "best" civilization. I told the kids they were able to choose what made them the "best". I launched with this....
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Egypt is always fun and I decided to combine the spirit of genius hour with a Common Core research activity. I decided at the end of this unit, the kids would be able to choose any topic they found interesting and research it. Instead of just a simple research and report, the kiddos need to make a claim and support it through research (i.e. "Mummification was disgusting." or "A woman's life was tough in Ancient Egypt.") The kids will be able to support this claim with evidence and I'm going to have them present in a variety of ways. I'm going to allow Go Animate, the Zimmer Twins, Google Presentation and basically whatever they want. We just started our Egypt unit bit I wanted my early finishers to have a chance to start thinking about the project. When I moved into my new classroom, I was amazed at the amount of nonfiction was there but I wasn't sure how to use singular books on a single topic. I figured it out though...
3. Rejuvenation of Interactive Notebooks!!!!
I love my interactive notebooks, but being my first year with new curriculum, I lost my path around November. I really started to plan and document with the notebook and I see the buy in from the students increasing every day.
All in all... an amazing week!
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