Thursday, May 23, 2013

Getting Ready for Ancient Americas

 Important cities of the Mayan and Aztecs.

Students will be working as partners the last two weeks of school research the cultures of the Inca, Maya, and Aztecs.  They will be creating Weebly blog that will be kept posted through July.

Here are a few links that will help the students with their research after their topic is chosen.  Students will also be using nonfiction library books.  Students will have available iPads and the use of the computer lab to complete this project.

Presentations will be on Tuesday and Wednesday during the last week of school.


Maya: 
http://www.carlos.emory.edu/ODYSSEY/AA/aafront.htm

http://www.mayankids.com

http://mayas.mrdonn.org

http://www.kidskonnect.com/subjectindex/16-educational/history/256-ancient-mayan.html

http://ww2.valdosta.edu/~crtaylor/intro.html


Aztecs:
http://aztecs.mrdonn.org

http://library.thinkquest.org/27981/

http://www.kidskonnect.com/subjectindex/16-educational/history/250-ancient-aztec.html



Inca:
http://www.mummytombs.com/mummylocator/group/inca.htm

http://incas.mrdonn.org

http://mexicolore.co.uk/aztecs/kids/

Virtual Tour:   http://www.peru-machu-picchu.com/index.php


Combined Sites:
http://www.ducksters.com/history/aztec_maya_inca.php

http://www.mayankids.com/mmkpeople/mkaztec.htm


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Medieval Mini-Biography Project

Wow!  This assignment is not even due until tomorrow, but look at how many projects have come in!!!

The assignment was for students to choose one person from a list of famous people who lived during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Only two students were assigned per name.  That way, there could be a variety of illustrious persons.   Students were then to look for information in four areas:  Who (background), What (job, profession), Why (why was this person important -- most important thing) and How (how this person influenced the Middle Ages).  Additionally, students were to write their own opinion about their person.  This last one was having students take a look at all they had learned about their person and come to a conclusion regarding traits the person had to succeed or fail, as well as what students felt about their person after studying him/her.

Take a look at the projects and take a look at some opinion paragraphs!



  Grace's project

Savannah's project










Thursday, May 16, 2013

Books, Books, Books!

Goodreads has come out with a list of books coming out in 2014!  There are many anticipated sequels.  I can't wait until I can get my hands on them!

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/17252.Can_t_Wait_Books_of_2014#13206828



Friday, May 10, 2013

Jackie and Me - First Stage Play

Prior to the First Stage performance in Milwaukee:


Monday, May 6, 2013

ABC Ancient Rome Poster Projects

During out study of Ancient Rome, students were to keep a list of vocabulary words that could be used to make an ABC vocabulary poster. They could use words from the videos they watched, PowerPoint presentations, textbooks, and nonfiction books in the classroom.  The pictures below show you what they have done.  Not all are here.  Some are up on the back of the room.  Others, unfortunately, have not been turned in.

Notice that my vocabulary board for social studies cultural universals is covered with a different way of presenting vocabulary!