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Ancient Athens

My students had to explore life in Ancient Athens by using books, and some critical thinking skills to create a timeline of a day for a slave, metic, citizen, or woman.

We had some amazing costumes, props, and paintings created, but the most fun was the students bringing in food to make some traditional Greek recipes.

We made: stuffed grape leaves, homemade tzatzkiki, chicken pita wraps, and watermelon soup!

Ancient Athens (8)
Watermelon Soup!
Ancient Athens (3)
Stuffing the grape leaves
A citizen dressed up in armour
A citizen dressed up in armour

What an exciting day we had sharing in the cultures of the past.   It was so rewarding to hear them telling their peers how they learned how to properly use kitchen tools and chopped onions and garlic.

Photography and Math

Last week in Math, we were learning about shapes and angles!   Students were exploring angles around us in our classroom, and in our lives.   Then applied this knowledge to understanding the interior angle of shapes.   We concluded that because a triangle is like half of a square that if a square is 360 degrees, a triangle’s angle measurements should be half of that, 180 degrees!

After some use of the protractor, we did a photography project relating to angles!   We talked about how different movements of our camera can make a different angle in relation to the ground – some students even were able to make some fairly good estimates of what the actual angle was.   For example, having your body on the ground with your camera on the ground and taking a picture of the object on the ground = 180 degree angle!

Students had to choose ONE object and take as many different angles of the object that they could.  The result, some interesting perspectives on ordinary objects!

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The display outside our classroom with our photo collages!

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30 Day Drawing Challenge!

Before beginning the day, while I check homework, do attendance, and collect any paperwork – students are given a daily drawing “prompt” on the SMART Board.

This particular challenge was 30 days long, so on the first day, students divided a two-page spread in their journals into 30 sections.   As you can see, some did random divisions, and others were more mathematical (dividing each page into 15, by creating 3 columns and 5 rows).

Some examples of the challenge were:

– Draw a Science project gone wrong
– Draw a word in graffiti style
– Draw a mysterious building
– Draw something taped together
– Draw an ancient cell phone
– Draw your favourite character as a zombie

Can you spot any of these in each of the student samples of the Drawing challenge?    Many of them did them in random order, some were more linear and went day-to-day, in order.

This is a great activity to keep students busy, and thinking while you get prepared for the morning.    There were so many creative interpretations of each day.   I always ensure not to “instruct” them too much with examples.   I have my own page, but I usually do them AFTER the students have had their prompt.

 

Circuits!

Here is one of my students’ projects – they created a switch that open and closed the circuit by opening or closing the front door of their “house.” This was intended to be an alarm system that would make a light go on if the system was engaged. The tin can in the corner was a sound that alarmed upon walking into the house.

And so begins Spring Break…

*sigh* after two days of Parent Teacher Conferences I was exhausted.  While I enjoy having parents come and be a part of their child’s world for awhile, it is a long day of teaching, and then meeting with parents until the evening.   Most parents were so thrilled to see their kids’ Electricity Projects, and Visual Journals.   All of my interviews went great, and I could really sense the kids and parents felt pride in the work that was being shown.

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The last week of school for Science, students did mini-experiments which we named “Eye on the Exhibits”   After exploring and making observations, students had to create a journal page that was like a lab write-up.   

 

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In Math last week we began exploring the relationship between capacity and volume.  Students learned about displacement, and how to measure the volume of an irregular object using capacity and displacement.   Yes, the camera is waterproof!

 

It was a great last week, and although I am fortunate for the break, I am looking forward to going back to school in April fully recharged and ready for a great 3 more months of this school year.

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