After coming back from our snow day, we continued to work on our city-state projects in social studies. Students worked in small groups to plan and design an ancient Mesopotamian city-state using provided guidelines and resources. Final products can be a poster, a 3D model, or a digital model. We will have three and a half work days on this in class and it will be due on Wednesday, March 2nd.
Once we complete our city-state designs, we will move on to analyze the question posed by Investigation 7 - was farming an improvement over foraging?
On Tuesday in social studies, students continued their analysis of ancient societies by learning more about ancient emperors. Specifically, students watched a documentary on Emperor Qin and his impact on Chinese society.
For the remainder of the week, we will return to planning our city-state projects and we will have time in class to work on completing the project.
On Monday in social studies, students had the opportunity to engage in ancient Egyptian mummification practices. As a class, students worked together to begin the mummification process for a store-bought chicken. We will be continuing the mummification process periodically throughout the unit.
Tomorrow we will be watching a documentary in class on ancient emperors.
On Friday in social studies, students learned about the organization of city-states in ancient societies. Students analyzed features of city-states and then worked in small groups to plan and design their own city-states.
We will continue to work on designing city-states next week. In addition to this, we will be trying out ancient mummification practices by mummifying a chicken!
Today in social studies, students learned about the origin of various world religions. Students learned about the roots of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Egyptian polytheism and more.
Tomorrow we will move on to study ancient laws including Hammurabi's Code.
On Tuesday in social studies, we learned about ancient writing systems. Students engaged in a discussion on how the invention of writing affected history. Following this, students created Egyptian cartouches depicting their names in hieroglyphics.
Tomorrow we will learn more about ancient religions.
This week in social studies, we continued to work on our analysis of ancient civilizations. Students worked in their small groups to create a presentation about the civilization of their choice. Final products could be in the form of a poster, a PowerPoint, a Prezi, or a mock Facebook / Twitter page. Projects will be a minor grade and are due on Thursday at the end of class.
Later this week, we will examine the legacy of Alexander the Great.
Mrs. Cook is the 6th grade Social Science teacher on Team Leaders at Jefferson Middle School.