Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Fabulous Four Inventions of Mesopotamia


The Fabulous Four of Mesopotamia from Dan Klumper on Vimeo.
Mesopotamia, being the first civilization of the world, had the unique opportunity to invent many things. A lot of "firsts" occurred in Mesopotamia, which you will see in this third White Shirt Production called: "The Fabulous Four." What you will be watching is NOT how the inventions actually came to be, but, it will show you how important each one is. All four inventions of the Fabulous Four are used everyday in our world.
This video will help you start thinking about the fabulous four inventions of Mesopotamia as you begin your "Ask the Public" project. Watch this video, then start interviewing people! 
Student Task: Answer the following questions if you want that badge!
1. How does the video show money?
2. How does the video show irrigation?
3. How does the video show wheel?
4. What is the secret message during the writing section? 
5. Tell me one deleted scene. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Interactive Map of Mesopotamia


Use this interactive Map to review the major points of the Map of Mesopotamia. Hover over the map to reveal certain "tags" on the map. Think you can figure out what each "tag" is? Think about it and then put the mouse over the tag to see if you are correct. 
Student Task: Answer the following questions.
1. What are the four bodies of water that surround Mesopotamia?
2. What is the name of the desert? 
3. What are the two major rivers of Mesopotamia?
4. Which is further EAST: Zagros Mountains or Arabian Desert?
5. Which is further SOUTH: Sumer or Akkad?
Blackout: November 6th.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Ancient Quest: Chapter 3: "I Invent Farming"

We have reached chapter 3 of the book Ancient Quest. Chapter 3 is titled "I Invent Farming" and we once again join Johnny on his ancient quest, back to the ancient worlds, to accomplish tasks. Johnny has to complete one task in each of the 8 ancient worlds he will visit. So far, he has only gained one golden coin. He did that in the Stone Age by helping the people there discover and improve fire. Now, Johnny has arrived in Mesopotamia, where he will struggle to survive and to accomplish his task. The desert of Mesopotamia is a scorching, white-hot section of earth that will push Johnny to the limits. Will Johnny figure out what his task is and succeed? Let's go...
Read: Chapter 3: I Invent Farming

Student Task: How does Johnny Invent Farming? Explain the challenge Johnny is facing, how he comes up with the idea to use the rivers, and the result of his efforts. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Artifact Dig Wrap up


In class, we entered an excavation site in hopes of finding some clues or artifacts about Mesopotamia. With these artifacts, our goal was to learn about this time period, which happens to be the first civilization of the world. So, did we accomplish our goal and learn something about Mesopotamia through the artifacts we found? Use the resource above to answer the following questions. 
Student Task: Answer the following questions using the above resource.
1. Tell me one crop that they grew in their fields.
2. Tell me three animals that they had/used.
3. What did they write on? 
4. What did they invent to move around?
5. What do the football cards represent? 
6. What was one type of game they played? 
7. What did they use to hunt or fight with in war? 
8. What material did they use to build buildings? 

WSG Badge: Black out: End of Realm. (Nov. 5th)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mesopotamia Scavenger Hunt

Let's take a little trip around Mesopotamia to gather some information about what this place is like. In your work packet, complete the Mesopotamia Scavenger Hunt by using the links below. 
Scavenger Hunt Badge (Magnifying Glass).
Individual. 50 Realm points (Realm only)
Black Out Date: November 5th

Map of Mesopotamia
Sumer
Babylon and Assyria
Homes
School/Education
Classes of People
Religion of Mesopotamia

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Welcome to Ziggantium: Realm of the Fertile Crescent


Welcome to the Realm of the Fertile Crescent. Volantis was a world full of lush green grass, forests, prairie. You shall find no such comfort in Ziggantium as you will battle the scorching desert, the poisonous SandSnake, and the other Ziggurats. This is a world full of dry, hot sand, of thirst, of secrets. To survive in Ziggantium, you must control the rivers, for the power lies in the Water….

Monday, October 6, 2014

Final Results of Volantis

The Realm has closed on Volantis. Before we make our way to the next, new world, let's pause a moment and reflect on the Realm of Fire and Stone. Here are the final results. I would like to congratulate all the winners, but also everybody for putting forth a good effort. I think we are off to a good start so when I look to the future to the worlds yet to learn about, I am excited to take you there. I am excited to see what happens with new badges, new cards, new activities, and most of all, new LEARNING. Rest up, my little Realmers, for this vacation will soon be over, because our new world awaits. 

Final Results of Volantis

The Realm has closed on Volantis. Before we make our way to the next, new world, let's pause a moment and reflect on the Realm of Fire and Stone. Here are the final results. I would like to congratulate all the winners, but also everybody for putting forth a good effort. I think we are off to a good start so when I look to the future to the worlds yet to learn about, I am excited to take you there. I am excited to see what happens with new badges, new cards, new activities, and most of all, new LEARNING. Rest up, my little Realmers, for this vacation will soon be over, because our new world awaits. 


Final Volantis Results
(Unlocked at 1:30 pm TODAY)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Farewell, Volantis...

As the Volantis: Realm of Fire and Stone closes, we look to the future to new worlds, new mysteries, new possibilities, new dangers, new excitement. We have lived in Volantis for 4 weeks. We shall now say good bye to Volantis, forever. We shall now say good bye to your fellow cave members as you will leave them today. Perhaps you will see them down the road again...
 I would like to wish you good luck, as we venture forward, to the unknown.... 

Essay: Summarize the story “I Discover Fire” by telling me what Johnny’s task his, the problem the neanderthals were facing, how they hunt, how Johnny discovers the solution, and the result of this discovery. (5-6 Sentences)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Water for Sixth Grade Live!


Welcome to WSG Live! This is an event like no other in your school life. WSG Live! is your chance to study with me, your teacher, the night before a test! With WSG Live! we can talk about the stone age and ask each other questions. It will be a live "chat room" on WSG so we can ask and answer questions and see what each other is sharing right away! Why should you join us for WSG Live! ??? Well, there is a good chance I will reveal what stone age animals you need to know for the test. Plus, a few hints on what the essay question will be. If that's not enough, 50 Realm Points for whoever joins in on the action! This is a very fast pace study session, so buckle up, strap in, and get ready. 


WSG Live! Stone Age: 7:00-7:30 TONIGHT!
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Be there.
#survivevolantis #Realm #questfor5000