Ancient Arabia

Tomorrow we begin a new unit on Ancient Arabia.  This unit will include a number of fun cooperating learning activities such as Roundtable, Think-Pair-Share, and Telephone.  Telephone is a group activity that I introduced last year that was a favorite amongst the current seventh grade crew.  I am confident that you’ll like learning about the geography of Arabia as we "telephone" the information to our teammates.  Another major topic of discussion will be on Islam.  We will compare and contrast this religion with other popular beliefs we have studied this year.  Next week we will conclude Chapter 10 with a focus on the achievements of the Muslim caliphate and a game of Weakest Link.  The last time we played Weakest Link we crowned new champs in both sixth grade classes – The Soccer Stars and Alien Links.  Next week will these teams be able to call themselves two-time champs?  Will Just and the Archaelogists regain the Weakest Link Championship?  Will we crown new champs?  Only time will tell.  Tallyho! 
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Ancient Rome

On Monday we will finish the Ancient Greece unit meaning that on Tuesday we will begin the Ancient Rome unit.  Your buddy Arizona Smith will once again pay our classroom a visit.  You’ll also give individual or group presentations on the geography of Ancient Rome, the rise and fall of the Roman Republic, or the beginnings of Christianity.  This time your presentations will be graded though.  Aren’t you excited?!  You will be graded in the following categories:  time, eye contact, voice, and content.  Details will be given in class.  Before your Thanksgiving break we’ll play another game of Mr. Wick’s Jeopardy.  Will the ladies of 6th grade "white" and the men of 6th grade "blue" defend their championship?  Feel free to post your friendly comments. 

Standout Students II

The Chapter 3-6 exams have all been graded, and I would like to recognize the top test takers.  In the "blue" class, Minnie ended up with the highest score.  In the "white" class, Joseph once again found himself with the top score.  Interestingly enough, both of these students are the #1 Eagles.  Coincidence?  I think not.
 
Who has recently shown some Fab Flava’?  We have Tina and Minnie representing the ladies.  As far as the guys are concerned, Jared and Joseph had some super sweet China maps.  Way to go my Jedi apprentices!