Friday, December 10, 2010

Sharing December Traditions

Our recent "Tech Time" has been spent creating a Mixbook about the students' December traditions.  The students did an amazing job on this project.  They really enjoyed learing how to use Mixbook, which is a virtual book creator.  Posted below are the student examples that have been  finished so far:

Emma C.
Ryan B.
Ryan S.
Emma S.

Ancient Indian Caste System

Each day this week the students were divided in to Indian Castes.  The castes then had tasks that they had to perform throughout the day.  Castes that were "higher up"  had the privilege of giving orders to those in lower castes.  Students who were in the lowest caste had to sit on the floor for most of that day.  (Although I think some enjoyed it!)  The castes listed from highest to lowest are: Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaisya, and Sudra.  The students rotated everyday to get a feel for each particular caste.  Hopefully the students got a better understanding what it might have been like to be placed in a societal order in Ancient India.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Mix of "Things"

Currently in socials studies the students are busy re-creating the city of Mohenjo-Daro.  They were asked to pull ideas from the chapter and illustrate them on a map.  Details taken from the book may include what jobs people performed, or what their city's defenses may have looked like. 

In language arts the students have begun the process of writing classification essays.  Expository writing has been our focus for the last few weeks.  They seem to be excited!  Students were asked to think of a topic that could be divided in to parts or categories.  I really believe that the students' writing improves when it is a topic they enjoy.

Within their guided reading groups the students are about half way through their current novels.  All students seem to be engaged, which is evident in their blog posts.  Our hope is to finish these books before holiday break.  If you happen to see a students with a book, ask them to explain the book's plot to you!