Thursday, January 11, 2018

Ancient Egypt

It was finally the day for our celebration of ancient Egypt, the culminating event of our history unit! Parents arrived and kids, dressed in white with "jeweled" headbands and bracelets, gave our visitors a tour.  In the hallway, they led guests to their self-portraits as ancient Egyptians and maps of ancient Egypt.  For both projects, the children drew and designed their work.  They chose between paint, crayons, colored pencils, and oil pastels to make their finished product.

In the classroom, the kids showed and explained their venn diagrams comparing modern and ancient Egyptian fashion, as well as their very own sarcophagus and mummy with amulets.

Throughout this unit, the children studied the geography, daily life, religion, mummies, and pyramids of ancient Egypt.  In addition to the historical information, made more real and "concrete" through the creation of art work, the kids learned much about the genre of nonfiction, how to determine the main idea and details of a text, the common conventions used in nonfiction, and how to formulate a paragraph. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Kids share their story ideas during writing workshop.  This is an initial step in our first genre of the year, which is "True Stories".  After jotting down several quick stories, kids choose a favorite to begin the process of drafting and revising.

Friday, June 30, 2017

History Presentations and End-of-Year Celebration

Thank you, parents, for joining us for our Local History Presentations and End-of-Year Celebration. It's been a wonderful year of learning, growth, and friendship.  I am so fortunate to have taught this lovely group of children.

I hope you enjoyed the creative and informative projects about our local history!