Our curriculum this school year will cover 5 Themes of Geography and Map Skills, Prehistory/Early Humans, and the following 6 Ancient Civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China and Japan.
Based on several years teaching these above units, we should be entering Ancient Egypt by mid-October, perfect timing to learn about mummification for the Halloween season! We will be finishing up our Ancient Egypt journey prior to our holiday break.
*****REMINDER***** Students were assigned at-home projects to complete of their choice prior to Thanksgiving break and are due this upcoming Friday! I am looking forward to the creativeness of all of my students!
During Quarter 2, students were reading Ray Bradbury's story, "The Halloween Tree". This book coincides with our Social Studies' units on the Ancient Civilizations, in which my students are able to make connections between our 2 core subjects. We will conclude our reading of "The Halloween Tree", including the comprehension question packet and all of the interconnecting activities prior to our holiday break.
Our main focus during our small group rotations will be on Inferencing and Context Clues. This is a major standard within English & Language Arts and it will be extremely beneficial for my students to gain further understanding while increasing their reading comprehension.