February 18, 2018

Week 7 in Mr. Houck’s Class, by Connor Glasheen

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 8th grader Connor Glasheen.  Thanks, Connor!

This week in Mr. Houck’s class we worked on the Fertile Crescent simulation, where we moved armies and collected resources, while competing against other teams. There was also a trade day were we traded resources, such as fish and wheat, to get what we needed. We also learned how the Hebrews traveled and lived and finally became known as Jews. Another thing we learned about the Fertile Crescent was how artisans made stuff to trade while using different tools.

Another thing we did concerning the Fertile Crescent was maps. That’s when we found the distance from one tribe of Hebrews to another. Or we examined if one was closer to one sea than a sea on the eastern side of the map.

Another thing we worked on this week was storytelling. First we read the story we picked out to a partner, then they gave us advice on what to add or take away. Then, Mr. Houck went over what else we can add or make better to make our stories more interesting.

We also worked on word roots, and finding out what word they are in. Such as ‘hydr’ means water and it can go into hydrant or dehydrate. Also the root ‘auto’ that means self can go into autobiography or autopilot.

I thought that the Fertile Crescent simulation was the most interesting thing this week, because I like planning where to move armies, battling, and working together as a team.  My team, the Babylonians, accomplished a lot of tasks this week, such as making floor plans for a ziggurat/temple, and designing a pyramid that represented social classes thousands of years ago.

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!