Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Real People of the 2012 Wax Museum

Our Wax Museum is over but before we go, lets take a look at the famous people who made this experience possible. Watch this video of all the real people of the Wax Museum. Can you find your person? Good Luck!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wax Museum 2012 is Over

Students, our big night is over. I can not express enough how proud I am of all of you. I was just blown away by the preparation, the effort, and the creativity that was put forth tonight. It was simply amazing. All night, people kept telling me how cool the Wax Museum is and how wonderful all the kids looked. I was unable to listen to everybody, but I did see everybody and I was definitely impressed. The Wax Museum is not an easy thing. Standing for an hour and a half, doing so much talking, and the warm air made the Wax Museum challenging. You should feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment and pride with what you did tonight. You get a Wax Museum night once in your life. I think we definitely took advantage of our opportunity. Let us all breath a collective sigh of relief and know that we put on a great show. Now it is time for you to relax and enjoy the Red Team's performance on Thursday Night. 

The 2012 Wax Museum has Arrived...

Students, our big day is here. Soon, this timer will tick down to 0 and it will be show time.....

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Final Wax Museum Preparation

In a few short days, the Wax Museum 2012 will be here. We started way back in October 2011 and now here we are, on the doorstep of one of the greatest and memorable things you will do in your middle school life. Please do not let this opportunity pass without making the most of it. This is something you will remember for the rest of your life. It would be an absolute shame if you let the Wax Museum come and go without putting forth your maximum effort. Now that we are so close to the Wax Museum night, it is time for me to give you the "Wax Museum Final Preparation" 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Medieval Times Partner Prezi Project

Time to roll up our sleeves and get to work. You and a partner will be joining together to select, research, create, and share. We are all going to become experts in a specific topic of the Medieval Times. We will then create a dynamic Prezi and share our hard work and knowledge with the rest of the class. This project will take some time, but that is okay because we have 3 straight days in the computer lab. This is a rare occurrence, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity. The Medieval Times offers some fascinating topics, so lets dig in and see whats our there.
Partner Prezi Project Details

Monday, April 16, 2012

Wax Museum 2012 Preview

Students, I would like to introduce the 2012 Wax Museum Preview Show. One week away. Time to start getting excited for our big night. Spread the word about the Wax Museum. The more people the better!

Welcome to the Medieval Times: Detective

Today we enter the world of the Medieval Times. It is our last unit together. We have come along way this year. Starting with the Neanderthals of the Stone Age to now the Medieval Times, which only took place roughly 500 years ago in Europe. We have covered a lot of ground and learned many things. To break into the Medieval Times, we are going to become Super Sleuths (detectives) to learn about some of the types of people that lived in the Medieval Times. There are eight types of people from the Medieval Times on the loose. In order to capture them, we must figure out who they are. We have their names and we also have some clues as to their identity. Use the clues to figure out who they are. 
Medieval Times Detective Game
Task #1: Using the Medieval Times detective game, write down clues on your CLUE SHEET about each of the 8 suspects.
Task #2: Post a comment telling me what type of person all 8 suspects are and how their PICTURE CLUE relates to them. 
Objective: Figure out what type of person each of the 8 suspects are.
DUE: In-Class blogging. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

The 100 Year Anniversary of the Titanic Sinking...

This Saturday, April 14, 2012 marks the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. This beast of a ship was said to be unsinkable by its captain. Water for Sixth Grade would like to take this opportunity to remember the Titanic and all the lives lost in this tragic event. To commemorate this day, WSG is honored to have a Guest Blogger and Titanic expert, Olivia, share a few words:
"The titanic set sail April 10 1912, to say goodbye people threw flower petals in the water. In a book i read the man who designed the titanic was talking to captain smith and said: I think we should arrive in new york a day early and surprise all the passengers. I think they were going too fast and thats why they hit the ice berg. When the titanic began to sink, it broke into two halves. Once both halves hit the bottom of the ocean, they were 2,000 feet apart. I think this is interesting because it has a very unique story and interesting to learn about. This one man named Jack Thayer survived the Titanic and when he got older, people were studying the titanic and said that it didn't break in half. Jack proved that it did break in half. I hope you watch the movie!" -Olivia K.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

2012 Wax Museum Dress Rehearsal

The dress rehearsal has arrived for our 2012 Wax Museum. You will give your performance in front of the class. Remember the things we talked about: speak clearly, smoothly, loudly. Don't be a robot while talking. Be lively, Be energetic, Be enthusiastic. If you act bored, the audience will be bored. Its okay to let it all out and be "into" IT. Don't just give a speech, give a PERFORMANCE. We don't want people leaving the Wax Museum think they just got done watching a school project. This is so much more than that. Give them what they want to see: a SHOW. We want them to be entertained. We want them longing for more. Talk with confidence and share with the world all abut your famous person. It is time to get serious and dominate the 2012 Wax Museum. Good Luck at the Dress Rehearsal. Look for a video preview next week.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Being Aware of Yourself

Students, since we are between units, I would like to take this opportunity to talk about something unrelated to ancient civilization. I would like to talk about you and what kind of a person you are and what kind of a person you want to be. Every so often, it is good for us to do some reflection on what type of person we are, where we are going in life, and what we want to accomplish. Maybe you have not experienced this yet in your brief 11 or 12 years of existences, but one thing you should never do is stop growing. You should always want to be working towards something, improving your self and helping others improve. We, as human beings, need to continue to learn and be engaged. If we stop growing, stop learning, stop trying, then we will become stagnant, depressed, and having an overwhelming feeling of frustration. It is good to learn and grow. We need to climb mountains and not be satisfied with sitting on plateaus. With all this in mind, we are going to be taking a look at ourselves and thinking about some very important things. Click the link to go to your activity. But before you do, you must tell yourself that you will take a hard, honest look at yourself and complete the activity to the best of your ability.

Post your thoughts in a comment box for this blog post. Nobody but me will read them. Thank you.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"Rome Bunny" Giveaway!!!

Okay, students, time to win Rome Bunnies! All you have to do is be one of the first three students to solve this riddle. Good Luck!

Solve this Riddle: "I have streets but no pavement. I have cities but no buildings. I have forests but no trees. I have rivers but no water. What am I?"

Good Luck!

Before We Leave Rome...

Students, last week we took and conquered the Rome Test like a bunch of little studly gladiators. Now, before we move on to our LAST unit (Medieval Times), we shall try to conquer one more Roman task. I have included a "Rome Collage" with this post. The challenge is for you to figure out what all 13 pictures are. Think you have what it takes to dominate the Roman Collage? Can't wait to find out. This activity might be a good thing to do while you wait for the "Roman Bunny" giveaway.
Post a comment telling me as many of the 13 items as you can.

Good Luck!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Izzy Sings the Seussical

The Seussical is over, but that hasn't stopped Izzy. She is still constantly singing the songs, so I thought I would video tape her for you all the watch. Hope your weekend is going well.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Izzy Gets Mad

WSG Live! Ancient Rome

Students, after the Rome unit, we only have one major unit left. Our time together is quickly disappearing so lets make sure we have a strong end to the school year. Your test over Ancient Rome is on Thursday, so to help you study, I will be holding another WSG Live! event. I hope you can make it.
Things you can do to study for the Rome Test:
1. WSG Live!
2. Online flashcards
3. Read through your information packet
4. Complete your blog book
5. Review the Questions of the Day
6. Review Roman Numerals

WSG Live! Ancient Rome: 7:30-8:00
After WSG Live!: Funny video of Crazy Izzy.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012

Facebook Rome

Have you ever heard of Facebook? Well, duh. Who hasn't. Albums, status updates, 'likeing' stuff, poke, games, walls, etc. Facebook was started when I was in college. When it began, people started signing up all over the place. That has continued non-stop and today, we find Facebook as one of the most popular websites in the world. There are little "thumbs up" everywhere on the internet. Facebook is making itself the most powerful social networking site ever. Perhaps even you have a Facebook account? (though, the age limit is 13). I find it interesting and challenging to take something from our culture and turn it into a school project. Our culture is definitely intertwined with Facebook now, so lets use that. We will not actually be on Facebook, but creating our own "profile page." We have been studying Rome. You are familiar with Facebook. So, I thought we would combine the two to make a dynamic learning/review tool. Though Facebook is on the internet, we will be making our "Rome Facebook Page" on a piece of paper. (Due to lack of computer availability.)
For this project, you will need to read through the instructions. I will also provide you with an example to look at so you know exactly what is expected of you.

How/What to use to fill out your Facebook page:
1. Brain
2. Textbook
3. Websites from the "Ancient Rome Links"
4. Library Books from the cart