Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Day Pompeii Died

What happened in Pompeii was a tragedy like never before seen at that time. This mountain had always been looming in the shadows as a silent member of the community. However, in 79 AD, this "mountain" turned out to be a volcano, catching all the citizens of Pompeii by surprise. When Mt. Vesuvius erupted, it was unlike anything imaginable by the people. It rained down terror and destruction without mercy for almost two days. The result was a city completely buried, and only few remaining survivors. Now, we learn about Pompeii and remember the tragedy that it was. Pompeii is important for us because when the ash buried the city it sealed the city like a time capsule. It preserved everything like it was the day Pompeii died. 
Listen to the story, told by a little girl who witnessed the last day and describes the tragedy as it unfolds. Sad, yes, but that is okay. It is okay to listen to sad things once in a while, it helps us appreciate what we have in life. Remember Pompeii. Be thankful for what you have.

PS: Mt. Vesuvius erupts every 2,000 years. It erupted last in 79 AD. Add 2,000 years to that and you have 2,079. So technically, Mt. Vesuvius could erupt at any moment.......

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Wax Museum Cover Contest Winner

Thank you to all of you who participated in the Wax Museum Program cover contest. I had a lot of quality submissions, but in a contest, there can be only one winner. However, in this contest, there is actually two winners because I have decided to include some "artwork" inside the program as well. So without further delay, I would like to announce the 2014 cover contest winner:

Program Cover: Taylor Cline

Inside Artwork: Hannah Jackmon

Friday, March 28, 2014

Internet Vs. Textbook

Which has the better information, the Textbook or the Internet? The answer may seem obvious: Internet right? In all it's vastness and glory, the Internet surely has the better information. However, I caution you from rushing to that judgement right away. Yes, the Internet does have a large amount of information, but maybe it's too much? Maybe the textbook, in its limited nature, has the better information because its not so overwhelming? In this activity, we are going to look at ancient Rome through the eyes of the Internet and the eyes of the Textbook to see which is the better resource. Is the Internet too overwhelming? Does the textbook not go in-depth enough on the topics? We shall soon find out....
Internet Students: Use the Rome Links on the right to sift through information about each topic on your sheet. Only use those sources. Write and explain as thoroughly as possible about each aspect with the Internet.
Textbook Students: Use the textbook only to explain each topic on your sheet of paper. Record as much as you can about each topic. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Gladiator's of Ancient Rome

You will be gathering information to make a Gladiator "Trading Card." Your task in the computer lab is to complete all four steps below. 

1. Name of Gladiator Popular Roman Names
2. Type of Gladiator. You must pick a gladiator and write down 3 facts about that type of gladiator. ("Type of Gladiator" is on the right column on the research link below)
3. Favorite weapon. Select one or two weapons that your gladiator uses and describe what they are. (Type of weapons link is on the left column called "gladiator weapons")
4. Armor: select TWO pieces of armor your gladiator wears. (armor link is on the left column and is called "Roman Gladiator armor.")

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ancient Rome Detective

In "Ancient Rome: You Are There" your goal was to survive the day. Now, you are back in ancient Rome but you have a different objective: to become an ancient Rome detective and solve these clues. It is your job to identify the 10 suspects and bring them to justice. These people/things have been out pillaging the country side, so it is your job to find them to stop their destruction. Follow the instructions on the Rome Detective PowerPoint. You will record your findings in your work packet. Good Luck, detective. 
Extend the Learning: Once you have figured out all of the 10 suspects, select 3 of them and write a 4-5 sentence paragraph for each topic you selected, providing more detail/explanation of that topic. This brief research project is a Common Core State Standard. You will post a comment with your 3 paragraphs. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Wax Museum: Do you need my help?

Students, do you need my help? If so, fill out this form so I know what you need help with! The earlier you ask for my help, the more likely I will be able to help you. I can not guarantee being able to complete every request, but I will definitely try!