Michelle Seaberg and Keiyehn Gray won trophies for being the #1 Varsity Team for the entire year! Congratulations to all the debaters! Everyone that participated won medals at different rounds throughout the year! I encourage anybody who would like to join the Debate Team, to do so! Just let me know if you are interested, everyone is invited! This year we debated on lowering the voting age and the pros and cons of utilizing solar power on Baltimore City schools. I can't wait to hear what we will debate next year!
On Wednesday we spent the entire day at Camden Yards. The first part of the day we learned from the meteorologists from WJZ about the different weather systems that affect Maryland. We then heard from the heads grounds keeper (one of two female head ground keepers in the MLB) how she needs to understand the weather thoroughly in order to ensure a great playing field for the baseball field.
The rest of the day we enjoyed watching the O's play! We will be using our trip there to also discuss ancient architecture. As we read about the ancient Roman and Greek civilizations we will see the influence of both of these civilizations in structures like Camden Yards on others around the country. We will also use evidence from today's game on our Language Arts essays this quarter about heroes!
On Tuesday we had a guest speaker come the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Kartherine Lyons played the role of a Russian Jewish immigrant, Ida Rehr. It is a true story that really helped out students understand just how difficult it was to be an immigrant in the early 20th century. We are reading about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory disaster in the early 1900s in Language Arts, and the many Russian Jewish that perished there. This performance really brought to life the hardships of the time period. Our students took notes to use as evidence in their essays this quarter and enjoyed "meeting" Ida!
Yesterday we went on a live archeology dig in Patterson Park. At the west end of the park lies Hampstead Hill. The hill was the site of the last line of defense by Baltimoreans against the British during the Battle of Baltimore. Our students took part in a live archeology dig that has been been ongoing since early April and will end this month.
Before we took part in the dig, however, we got yet another view of the different sites of the Battle of Baltimore. From the top of the Pagoda you have a great view of the city. We were able to see Ft. McHenry, North Point (where the British landed), and where the British troops final advance was located. Then our students looked at various objects that have been collected. They analyzed the objects in groups and using prior knowledge they classified and described what it could be used for. Finally they presented their artifact to the whole class. During the dig itself, Sydney Chase found pottery from the 1800s! The question is often asked as we read about ancient civilizations this year, "How do we know this history?" My answer to them was always archeology. Now they have first hand experience on what an archeology dig looks like and how it works!
Our students are now very knowledgable on the Battle of Baltimore and The War of 1812. Next September at the actual Bicentennial of the battle there will be ships coming in from around the world to celebrate. We hope to have them front and center for this spectacle and greeting our friends from around the world in the biggest international event in Baltimore's history!
Thank you to everybody who donated to the cookout and to the Tillmans for providing the grill and having everything ready for us when we were finished!
On Tuesday we studied both ancient and American history in Washington D.C. Students visited the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, World War II Memorial, The Washington Monument, The Museum of American History, and The Museum of Natural History. Research was conducted at each stop. Sketches were done of many of the memorials and will be compared to various ancient buildings in our textbook this week. The goal is to see the influence of ancient architecture in our modern day world. We also learned about various eras and conflicts of America's history at each stop.
Last week we visited Ft. McHenry. We not only learned about the Battle of Baltimore inside the fort's walls, we also boarded the boat The Sigsbee to learn how everything happened from the British perspective. Our students will be well be very knowledgable of the Battle of Baltimore as they prepare for the biggest international event in Baltimore's history next September, The Bicentennial!
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