Maps & Stories Summary 2/25/13
What a pleasure it was to listen as the students shared their descriptions of their ideal friend in class on Monday! They were wonderful. I look forward to hearing about their favorite African animals next week. We talked about how to write a paragraph in class, and for homework I have invited them to write a paragraph about their favorite African animals.
For our map of Africa, we all contributed to a large map on the chalkboard, including important physical features as well as natural resources. Look closely at the picture, and you will see a legend to the left to help you decode the map. We discovered that Africa has many important natural resources. Students made their own maps of Africa, too.
The stories are a highlight every week! This week, we began with a traditional tale about how monkeys developed their long arms and skinny bellies. Ask your children to tell you the story. It is a funny one! We read another chapter of Gilgamesh the Hero, as well. This week, he and Enkidu defeated Huwawa, the guardian of the forest.
Comfort is of utmost importance during the story! If your child wants to stretch out on the floor, they may want to bring a pillow. I will be making a couch calendar in class this week to get us through the rest of the semester.
During our final class, the children will all be making presentations on a subject of their choosing, related to our studies. They may want to to tell a traditional folktale, make up one of their own, or teach a short lesson on a geographical topic that has grabbed their attention. We are talking about this in class, and I will be encouraging them to soon make a choice.
Next week, we will be studying Egypt, and reading from Egyptian Myths.
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