New Semester, New BreakOut Edu Game, plus the Roman Empire and the Short Story, "There Will Come Soft Rains"
In all of my classes, students competed in groups once again to defeat the unrelenting BreakOut Edu game determined to not let it beat them. Their efforts and teamwork paid off. 6 of the 8 teams competing broke in! The winning teams worked together effectively and communicated respectfully to create ideas and suggestions that ultimately won them the prize.
In Social Studies 7, we've moved on from Greece to learn about ancient Rome. We've worked hard in class to answer 3 essential questions this month: (1) How did the Etruscans and Greeks influence the development of Rome?, (2) What were the characteristics of the Roman republic, and how did it change over time?, and (3) Did the benefits of Roman expansion outweigh the costs? The unit culminated with students participating in a debate over the last essential question where teams attempted to convince the other side to join them. The most persuasive students were Davis Ledesma from 1st period and Luci Clark from 6th period. Congratulations you two!
In Language Arts 6, we've been reading a short story "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury. Students have been enjoying the post-apocalyptic story of a futuristic home that attempts to survive after humanity has all (assumingly) been destroyed by a nuclear bomb. Students were asked to write summaries of the story, as well as, identify a theme they learned from the story. This culminated in a Summary Test where students demonstrated what they've learned this year about how to write a summary.
My students do such great work throughout the year that I can't keep it all to myself.