Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ancient Rome Vs. Today

Welcome to Water for Sixth Grade. Today, you will be comparing Ancient Rome with our world today, in 2010. Luckily for you, I will provide articles for you to read about Ancient Rome that will help you find similarities and differences between Ancient Rome and today. You will be comparing using three categories: Housing, Education, and Entertainment. For each category, you will tell me three differences and three similarities between Ancient Rome and today. Please follow my example, so your answer is clear and easily understood. For this post, you will use complete sentences.

Use these websites for Ancient Rome information:

Housing Similarities
1. Ancient Rome and today both have........
Housing Differences
1. Ancient Roman houses have.......
Then do education and entertainment, etc....
For the differences category, you can simply list what Ancient Rome had but do not need to list what its like today. For if its under the differences category, that obviously it's different than today.
You may need to think with your brain for this one in trying to come up with similarities and differences. Take some time to think about housing, entertainment, and education in our world and compare it to Ancient Rome via the websites I have for you.
Good Luck!
Points: 30
DUE: April 4th, 2010 (Easter Day) 4:00 p.m.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Olivia the Great has another Riddle

Olivia the Great has another riddle for you. This one won't be so easy. I doubt any of you will be able to get it. Listen to the riddle on the podcast and then post a comment here with your answer. Good Luck! You'll need it.

Upcoming Podcast Episodes:
"Crazy Izzy sings Miley Cyrus, again"
"The Middle School Student: A three part series"
"More Riddles"

Monday, March 15, 2010

When in Rome....Find Facts.

Welcome to Water for Sixth Grade. We have begun our Ancient Rome Unit. Throughout this unit, we will be navigating our way through many different topics: gladiators, roads, religion, aqueducts, Pompeii, erupting volcanoes, roman numerals, Circus Maximus, public baths, emperor's, etc... Indeed, exciting time await you. To begin our quest for Roman knowledge, we will be sifting through websites to gain a Water for Sixth Grade introduction to ancient Rome. Using the links in the Rome Links list, find 5 facts about Rome.

Task: Find 5 facts about Rome using the Rome links posted on the side of this blog.
DUE: Friday, March 19th, 2010.
Points: 20

The Greece Unit went well, I thought, because of how hard you worked. I appreciate your attitude and effort in all that we do. Keep up the good work. Thank you.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Extra Credit: Write a Greek Mythology Story

Extra credit is a rare occasion in my class. I believe that students should work hard on the work required of them and not always get bailed out with extra credit opportunities. However, there are times when I feel extra credit opportunities are worth-while, times like this. We have been studying ancient Greece for about three weeks. We have learned about many things pertaining to Greek Mythology. For this extra credit post, like all blog posts, I am going to try to keep the instructions simple. Before I continue, keep in mind that this is EXTRA CREDIT, which means you do NOT have to do it, but can if you want if you are looking for a boost for your social studies grade. Okay, here is what you have to do: write a fiction (made up) story about characters we have learned about in Greek Mythology. I believe you know enough about the charcaters and what they do to put together a story about this topic. Your number one goal in this story is to be funny. While reading your Greek Mythology conversations, many of you have a talent for writing and creativity. So use that here as well! I want to be reading these stories and laughing out loud, so be funny! After the due date for this extra credit, I will choose the best/funniest story that was posted and read it as a podcast episode.

Task: To earn extra credit in social studies, write a fiction story about greek mythology characters. Make this a comedy story--be Funny!

Requirements: in order to gain the extra credit points, the story must be 700 words, which is basically one page on microsoft word, single spaced, size 12 font.

The most extra credit you can earn towards your social studies grade is: 20 points

DUE: If you choose to do this, you need to have it done by Friday, March 12th, 2010.

Remember, this is extra credit. You do NOT have to do it. Only if you want. If you choose not to do it, it will not effect your grade.