Catch up below on what 4th-12th Graders are doing during the First Quarter of the School Year

Social Science

From Constantinople to strategies of War…

This quarter in Social Science, the students have been learning about the progression of the Ancient world centering on Western civilization, Rome, and spreading out to the Eastern realms, namely Constantinople (modern day Turkey) and Ancient China. The students are given a general reading and overview of the current civilization to study, then delve deeper into the subject through self directed projects within the given parameters of the time period.

Thus far the projects have varied from informative essays and Power Point presentations to both virtual and physical models of Roman villas, aqueducts, and even Roman military forces.

The purpose of these projects is for the students to glean a deeper understanding of the culture through the lens of another subject or activity the student may be interested i.e. art or architecture, stratagems of war, or engineering.

Language Arts

The Language Arts class this quarter has been strongly integrated with the Social Science class by means of the students’ papers and presentations of their individual historical projects. In addition of being required to produce well organized papers and presentations, the students also have a time set aside to work strictly on their grammar through the IXL program as well as time to practicing new spelling and vocabulary words.

IXL: IXL.com is an internet program we use to supplement our Language Arts and Math Programs. It makes the world of words come alive with fun visuals and interactive questions. Build great writers through playful skills that pique learners’ curiosity about language! See for yourself at IXL.com 

Latin

We have…been pairing a bit of American Sign Language usage in learning to speak Latin, solidifying the meaning of the Latin word with the physical sign.

In Latin class this last quarter the students have focused
on studying a map of the Roman Empire and looking at the different Latin based countries
they have encountered in their Social Science class. The students then take
these familiar words and read them in sentences like “Roma in Italia est.” We
have also been pairing a bit of American Sign Language usage in learning to
speak Latin, solidifying the meaning of the Latin word with the physical sign.

Dance

In preparation for the upcoming Renaissance Fair, the students have been learning the Medieval jig style dancing and Contra Dance formations during P.E.’s dance class.

That’s the update for Mr. Long’s Class, stay tuned for more next quarter!