Ancient Civilisations

Greek Mythology made us better readers.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 in Ancient Civilisations, English

Greek Mythology made us better readers.

While studying ancient history, we loved reading Greeks myths. We became friends with every god on Mt Olympus and met blood-thirsty creatures, such as a gorgon, cyclop, harpie, cerberus and chimera. We enjoyed reading these myths through historical fictional novels, such as “It’s all Greek to Me”. We made connections to many of the modern stories, movies and comics that still use characters and themes from Greek mythology. We also enjoyed Greek myths through Readers’...

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Congratulations to our Creative Classmates!

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 in Ancient Civilisations, English, General

Congratulations to our Creative Classmates!

Congratulations to Hyun Seo and Sang Won! They have received Honorable Mentions in an Art & Writing Competition (judged by City Weekend Kids & Parents Magazine). Their writing and drawings will be displayed at a hotel. They will also be invited to receive their awards at a public ceremony. Congratulations on your creative success! We are very proud of you! Have another look at their beautiful images of the future below:       See this previous post for more great writing...

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Archeologists Abound!

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 in Ancient Civilisations

Archeologists Abound!

Today we held our Archeology Exhibition! We were very excited to share our understanding of ancient history with the school community. Over the last 5 weeks, we completed a great inquiry which involved selecting a civilisation, posing research questions, judging sources, finding and sorting out facts, making connections, writing paragraphs and producing a formal report. We’ve read millions of books, been on field trips and spoken to experts. Finally, we designed artefacts to represent...

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What can you do with 5000 years & 1 piece of paper?

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 in Ancient Civilisations, Maths

What can you do with 5000 years & 1 piece of paper?

This week we had a challenge: to create large-scale timelines to represent each ancient civilisation. Our timelines needed to include: an appropriate, accurate scale dates from 3000 B.C.E. to 2000 A.C.E 10 significant historical events We were given a blank piece of paper and access to all information sources and measurement tools in our classroom. We needed all our Math and research skills to complete the task. Here we are, hard at work:   Here are some of our finished timelines:  ...

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Can you name the 4 great inventions of ancient China?

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 in Ancient Civilisations

Can you name the 4 great inventions of ancient China?

Today, we went on a fascinating field trip to the Beijing Science and Technology Museum. We visited the Chinese Legacies Exhibit. We were looking for the 4 great inventions of ancient China: paper gunpowder compass printing We learned so much more! There were wonderful models, moving machines and hands-on activities. We all practiced an ancient printing technique. We also learned about how the stars were observed, how time was kept, ancient medicines, water power, trade routes, weaving...

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Describe the future in 100 words.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 in Ancient Civilisations, English

Describe the future in 100 words.

As we study ancient history, we have taken the opportunity to review concepts of past, present and future. While we research the lives of ancient people, we’ve also had fun imagining the lives of future generations. Our creative writing prompt this week came from the City Kids & Parents Magazine. What will the world be like in 100 years? Here are a few of our 100-word descriptions: 100 Years in the Future       Now, let’s narrow our thinking to the next decade:...

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