This week we talked about simple machines and specifically inclined planes. We saw how the Egyptians put the plane to use in building pyramids. We saw “Building the Great Pyramids” a PBS production. It was very informative and can be viewed on YouTube for free! Next up is log rollers and I’m sure the class will get a bit loud as we roll things around the room.
Next week and beyond…
Next week I plan to celebrate Chinese New Year. This is a two-week celebration in much of Asia, but we will just spend a day having fun. There will be food, activities, and art projects. Though we are studying Africa right now, I have never passed up the chance to enjoy this event in the classroom. If you would like to help provide Asian-themed yummies from the store, please feel welcome to do so. Fortune cookies, crackers, and other treats are always popular. The more we receive, the more the students can sample. Students usually find something new to try each year. I will provide fried rice and dumplings (which the students will help make). Most of the eating will happen after lunch and the other activities will happen prior to lunch. I think we will probably have our celebration on Tuesday the 24th.
The final African presentations will be on Wednesday and Thursday of next week. See below for the presentation schedule.
The students have been working on their research projects in the classroom, but some will prefer to do more work at home. Your encouragement is appreciated. Remember that it does not need to be perfect, but asking your child to practice the presentation in front of you will help them see where they may need more information, pictures, or help with big words.
Eric and Adriene
North/East Africa Presentation Schedule
Students will present their information and then takes a few questions and receive positive comments. Presentations should be 5-7 minutes for 2-3 years, and 1-4 minutes for 1st years excluding questions and comments. The goal here is for students to practice standing in front of their peers. They will not be grilled for more information or critiqued on the style of their presentation. I am hoping this will be a positive and confidence building endeavor. Please email me if you have questions.