Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Kingdom of Kush Act-it-Out

I had several students create a two minute skit to act out the civilization of Kush and their leaders/customs.

They worked outside for 2 minutes to create their skits. When they returned, many of them had props. This group cracked me up. Check out their "added leaves". So funny.


Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Opet Festival

We had our annual Opet Festival last week. Each year in ancient Egypt, when the Nile flooded its banks, work in the fields stopped, and all levels of the social pyramid came together to honor the Pharaoh and his patron god, Amon Re. To simulate that in our classroom, each student had a role (Pharaoh, government official, scribe, and so forth) and everyone got to partake in some station learning.

Here are some pictures!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Hammurabi's Code of Laws

This was an enrichment project done by several kids during our study of the Mesopotamian Empires. They detailed information about Hammurabi's Code of Laws.

Meet Your Mysterious Relative

Read this great article about Ardipithecus Ramidus, then weigh in with your thoughts. pretty fascinating stuff!