Our morning began with cave painting design, as a follow-on from our previous class discussion of nomadic life. Students sketched ideas for their painting scenes on white paper as we discussed the types of large animals typically found on cave walls and ceilings - deer, horses, bison. After students had some practice making outlines of their animals and scenes, they prepared their "cave wall" by crumbling a large sheet of brown packing paper to imitate the folds and crevices of a cave wall.
We used black charcoal pencils to sketch the outline of our scenes in the classroom and then moved outside to enjoy the beautiful fall day as we painted our scenes with earthy, natural colors.
Silly Story Telling
With our remaining morning class time, we played a group story telling game. Each student was given two index cards and asked to write (or draw) a person/place/thing on one card and a describing word on the other. We mixed up the cards and went around in a circle, creating a story, with each student choosing one Noun and one Adjective when it was their turn. As you can imagine, our story took some silly twists and turns!
We will continue this type of activity in the coming weeks as students learn how to expand their language skills and their imaginations.
Modeling The Nile River
The flooding of the Nile River was crucial to the agriculture of the ancient Egyptians.
In our afternoon class, we read Chapter 3 from Story of the World and learned about the rains and floods of the region, as we made a model of the Nile. We will paint it when it dries.
You can ask your child what they remember about silt and farming, and what part of our model they helped to make or label.
We continue to enjoy our math games, with some students racing closer to 100 this week.
Please send your child with a empty toilet paper tube next week so that we can start making number rolls. We will explore place value and practice writing our numbers.