Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ancient Mystery: Otzi's Death

Otzi the Iceman frozen in ice
Otzi the Iceman has taught us a lot about certain things from 5,500 years ago. From Otzi and the fact that he was preserved in the ice, we can learn what people during that time period wore, ate, lived, and did. Otzi was 5'2" and about 45 years old. He had worn down teeth from eating tough grain and bread. He was wearing all homemade clothing designed to keep him warm. One aspect of the Otzi story is his death. How exactly did he die? It may seem like "no big deal," that he just died. But certain clues on Otzi's body suggest that there might be a mystery here. Based on clues archaeologists have uncovered, there are four possible theories on how Otzi died. 
Mysteries of Otzi PowerPoint from class
The Four Theories:
1. Suffered Hypothermia
2. Was robbed
3. Assassinated
4. Died in battle

Task: Read through each Theory and tell me what you think happened. It could not have been all four, only one of them happened, but which one? The debate rages on...
Example Comment: 
Opinion: I think it was......(state which theory you think it was and support your opinion with 3 supporting details.

WSG Badge: Closes Friday, September 26th, 2014 at Midnight

More Otzi Resources!

Want more Otzi information? Otzi is such a fascinating topic that you may want to read more about our new friend. These two resources will tell you more information about the mystery of his death, information about what he looked like, his health and tattoos. Check out some more Otzi information and help your cave!



WSG Badge: Post a comment telling me something you learned or thought was interesting from these two articles. Complete sentence to earn the badge. 
Closes: Friday, September 26th, 2014. Midnight.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Discoverying Otzi the Iceman


Discovering Otzi from Dan Klumper on Vimeo.

It is time to search for Otzi. Today, you will be joining me as I enter the Alps in search for Otzi the Iceman. Otzi, who happens to be the oldest body ever found, is an extremely important "artifact" because he can teach us so much about what life was like when he roamed the Earth. We can study his weapons, tools, and clothing. We can also study his bones to get an idea of what people looked like. Otzi is truely an amazing discovery. However, today, you will watch as I search for Otzi and discover all the artifacts that were found with his body. The story of Otzi doesn't end there, however, because Otzi the Iceman did not die of natural causes. Was he murdered? Did he die in battle? Was he sick? You will read the evidence and try to solve the oldest mystery in the world.

Task #1: Using the Otzi PowerPoint, fill out your guided notes in your Otzi Packet. This will be done together, but you can follow along on your own screen.

Task #2: Watch the Video "Discoverying Otzi" and watch as the body and artifacts are discovered. In your Otzi packet, record all the artifacts found and why they are important.

Task #3: Sketch a scene of the area in which Otzi was discovered in. Try to place the items in the correct spot based on where they were found.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hunting Stone Age Animals!

The Stone Age is packed with amazing animals that are no longer around. Some of these animals have an out of this world look! Just think how crazy it would be if they still roamed earth. An animal way bigger than an Elephant? No way! Animals with horns and spikes coming out of their head? Totally cool! HaHa. We are going to discover some Stone Age animals. Some we have heard of like the Sabre Tooth Cat. Others, like the Glyptodon are new. Let's go hunting!

Here are some Websites to get you going. You can also simply Google search the animals to find information:
Stone Age Animals
Stone Age animals (Good List!)



Analyzing Artifacts!

Prehistory is a time period without any written language. So, how do we learn anything about that time period? How do we know anything about the stone age? If there are no books to read from back then, what do we read? The answer is artifacts. Artifacts are objects made by people long ago. They are clues to the past. They give us a glimpse into the life of thousands of years ago. Today, we are going to practice analyzing artifacts to determine what we can learn. Good Luck!

Link to slideshow: Analyzing Artifacts

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Stone Age: You Are There

We live in a world called Volantis. It is the realm of Fire and Stone. It is a magical world full of danger and mystery. Today, you will fully enter this world. You will be reading a story, but not just any story. For this story, the main character is YOU. You are the one that will make the decisions, choices. You are the one who will determine the outcome of this story and how it ends. This is not a story that simply is told, it is one that you must survive!  Each time you face a decision, it will impact what happens to you. Brave enough to step inside Volantis? Good Luck.....

Play the game "You Are There" and complete your score sheet. Details in class. In order to survive/win the game, you must score 50 points. The maximum score for this game is: 

Student Task: Post a comment with the answers to these questions. (WSG Badge)
Closes: Monday, September 14th. Midnight.
Thunder Questions:
1. List 3 animals from this game.
2. What is found in caves that helps us learn about the Stone Age?
3. What is the best method of hunting the Irish Elk?
4. What tool is most effective in cutting through rough animal hide?
5. Describe a neanderthal. (3 things).


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Monday, September 8, 2014

Welcome to Google Drive

Students, I would like to welcome you to Google Drive. This is a tool we will be using throughout the school year and one which will provide us with epic power in our quest to defeat the Realm and reign over the land. Google Drive is a Cloud. It is a tool. It is a magical wonderland of awesomeness and coolness. It oozes radicalness out its pores.  Today, we shall dive into this oasis of wonder and get aquainted with how it works.  The logo to Google Drive is a three-colored triangle as shown in this post. You will find the exact same logo on the side of my website, which will be your portal into Google Drive. 

Things you need: 
Google Drive Login
My Google Drive: danklumper@gmail.com

Email Log-In
My School Email: Daniel.Klumper@k12.sd.us

Do you want to learn everything there is to know about Google Drive? Become a Google Drive expert by watching these Tutorials. This is optional, but it will help you learn how to use Google Drive faster. 

Google Drive Tutorials

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Crazy Izzy's Ancient Timeline


Want to know when our ancient worlds happened throughout history? Want to just watch something funny? Then check out Crazy Izzy's Ancient Timeline to see when our ancient world's happened or to just see a crazy little girl. If you decide to watch it, don't miss the "Deleted Scenes" at the end. You won't want to miss them. 

Student Task: Keep working towards that WSG Badge! If you comment with each ancient world and when they happened, you will earn points for your Cave! 
Example: Stone Age: 10,000 BC. 
This post closes at Friday, September 12th, 2014. Midnight. 

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Ancient Recipe: A White Shirt Production

Having a difficult time remembering all the names of the places we learn about? Well, worry no more because I have just the thing that will help you remember the names better. It's an "Ancient Recipe" and it will help you learn the names of the world. Good Luck! 
Student Task: If you can tell me what each ancient world equals in the cooking demonstration, you will earn a point towards the WSG Badge. 
 For Example: Stone Age = The grill. 
 Now you just have to figure out the other seven. Good Luck!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Stone Age Vocabualry



Check out some vocabulary words from the Stone Age! You will have to choose 8 of these words to use for your Frayer Model. Frayer Model: word, definition, sentence, illustration, antonym (opposite).
STUDENT TASK: While working with these vocab words, I would like you to share a thought or two about them. Please post a comment to this blog post sharing ideas. This counts for the WSG Badge. To have this comment count towards the badge, share an idea of each of the three items listed below. 
*Image ideas for the words
*Opposites of the words
*Connections you have to the words. 
This Post closes on September 12th. 2014. At Midnight

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