Our group projects, "Create a Country", are coming along quite nicely! I was excited to see many of our students getting real detailed in their research. (foods of various areas in the Middle East, religious symbols, oil fields locations, etc...) Others have begun drawing their own flags and maps of their countries! I can't wait to see the presentations next Wednesday and Thursday!
I have listed a few articles below that some of you may be interested in! I think sometimes we get caught up in current situations around the world and lose sight of other current events that are happening in Science, Archeology, etc... Check out the articles and let me know if you would like to summarize them for your homework due November 1st!
The first article is titled, "Clues to Lost Prehistoric Code Found in Mesopotamia". Did you know some ancient cunieforms from Mesopotamia are just now being decoded! Scientists have called these our "first databases". Amazing!
The second article is titled "The Holy Land: 7 Amazing Archaeological Finds". I found this article quite fascinating! It is funny how much we don't know about "The Holy Land" and how much was just recently discovered. Have you ever heard of The Dead Sea Scrolls? I thought they were simply handed down throughout the centuries. I had no idea they were a 20th century discovery! I learn something new everyday! This article might also give you some insight into the current situation in the Middle East and the variety of religions there, as well.
I just came across this article on twitter a few minutes ago. Its a combination of things you are learning in Science and Social Studies. The title of the article is "First Evidence Found of a Comet Strike on Earth". Let me leave you with this little tidbit. Some remnants of the comet were found in King Tut's jewelry!
OK. I have to admit this last one is a bit of a stretch. For the last eight years of my life I have taught "Explorers" to fifth graders. I can't get enough of their stories of travel. Well, since this is European history I am going to make this "fit". Some of you may have read about John Cabot last year. Well, believe it or not a recently deceased "secretive historian" has found evidence about when he actually died, what he actually discovered and just who should be credited for discovering "The New World". The article is titled "Columbus May Not Have Been First to America".
Remember you don't have to use these articles for your homework. They are just some options for you!
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