January 19, 2018

Week 6 in Mr. Houck’s class, by Jamie Calderbank

Every week one student in our class gets to sit out the super quiz and write the weekly update on our class.  This week’s update was done by 7th grader Jamie Calderbank.  Thanks, Jamie!

This week in Mr. Houck’s class we started our (drum-roll please…) Mesopotamia, Fertile Crescent simulation! A simulation is almost like us acting out how the people in the ancient civilizations, like the Babylonians, the Persians, the Medes, the Hittites, and the Phoenicians, lived. How they worked together, what their daily schedules were like, their religious beliefs, and basically, how they all survived as different city-states (like one of our states).  We just completed our first week of fates, trading, strategic moves, resource gathering, and figuring out how to work together as a team, imagining how certain situations would have played out back then. Our total scores for this week are almost tied, ranging just over 200 points away from the lowest (156) to the highest (344). We have tasks to complete, resources to gather, and coins and civilization points to build up and just enough time to do it. Three short weeks is all that’s left, until we discover which ancient civilization will be crowned the Champion of the Mesopotamia Fertile Crescent Simulation!

One more thing that happened this week that everybody just happens to love: parent teacher conferences! All 27 meetings were stretched over two days.

This week was our last week to write stories following the examples of those on The Moth Podcast. This week’s story was by a man named Christian McBride.  It was called ‘The Gig.’  The stories that we wrote needed to include lots of monologue and dialogue. My computer’s battery died when I had almost finished typing it and I lost it all!

One last thing that we worked on this week was map skills. The maps were of the area around the two rivers that line the Fertile Crescent area, the Tigris and Euphrates. The maps included seas, rivers, cities, and many other things, like figuring out how many miles are between Thebes and the Nile River.

Lucas Houck About Lucas Houck

Mr. Houck teaches in the middle school. He thinks it's the greatest place to be. Born and raised in Oregon, he enjoys camping, fishing, soccer and good food. He loves his wife, his baby boy, his work, and his friends!