This week students participated in a history simulation where they faced the problems ancient people confronted in establishing civilization and experienced the solution to those problems. The lesson focused on how hunter-gatherer tribes progressed to the development of farming. Future lessons will help students think about how ancient people learned to control rivers, develop writing, law systems, and created architectural wonders. The activators provide opportunities for hands-on activity, critical thinking, and problem solving, and include writing prompts for extending the lessons.
With these kinds of activities comes the need for a bit of work to be done at home, either with assignments directly related to the simulation or with other assignments (so students can have more time in class to focus on the simulation). One such homework assignment next week might require some guidance from you: typing up the formal draft of the universe research project. Students have already revised and edited their drafts so it is now just a matter of word processing. Feel free to help them with this by taking turns typing or dictating to them so they type quicker.
Another assignment that will start coming home in a few weeks is the science fair project, in preparation for the University of Oregon Science Fair, scheduled for March 8 and Ridgeline's annual Project Fair, March 11.
As always, thank you for all of the positive support that you offer us here at Ridgeline.
Clint and Mary Kate