From Nomads to Agriculture!
Our morning began with a review of vocabulary from last weeks class. Students read aloud questions I had prepared on worksheets and then wrote the answers, recalling how to spell each term using our Word Wall. We talked about what makes a syllable and practiced clapping out syllables for a variety of words. It was great to see those that can read and spell assisting other students that are just learning!
Next, I had students draw and cut out crescent shapes from construction paper in preparation for our reading of Story of the World, Chapter 1. We gathered in our reading circle and learned about the life of nomads and the advent of agriculture along the Tigris and Euphrates river in the Fertile Crescent. Students began to color and label maps of this area to see how the geography resembles a crescent shape. We also spent some time discussing cave paintings as an early form of art and communication. Students looked at several pictures of cave paintings and asked some very insightful questions about what materials ancient people used to make paint. Next week we will continue our exploration of cave painting art when students work to create their own cave painting scenes in class!
Building a Shaduf
In the afternoon, after reading about the advent of agriculture and irrigation in the Fertile Crescent, students enjoyed more time outside as we used a variety of household materials to build our own working shaduf.
We wrapped up our day learning a new math game. We used dice and craft sticks to practice adding up to one hundred, making sure to trade in every 10 ones for a bundle (10).
Try this one at home together!