For the past few weeks we have been learning about the American Civil War. We haven’t just been reading passages out out of textbooks, but we have been doing a simulation to get a feel of what it was like to be a soldier during the American Civil War. We split the class into the Confederate Army and the Union Army. The objective is to earn more combat points than the other army. Every morning we play the Reveille just like they did during the war. Sometimes we battle using cards or we roll destiny dice to earn more combat points. We also get telegraph dispatches telling us about the war.
Every trimester we do a big writing and speaking project. Since we are learning about the American Civil war are doing our big project on that. Everybody in the class has to pick a three different topics and create a visual for one, Write a 2-3 page essay for one, and write a 3-5 minute speech for the other. We got put into book groups with six other people.For the past 3 weeks we have been reading the book together. When we are done reading the book, we have to come up with a skit from a scene in the book. Along with that, we can memorize the Gettysburg address for extra combat points.
We have also been working on a space museum project. We went on a OMSI fieldtrip to understand how kids interact with the exhibits. To start this museum we got into groups of three and chose a topic. We had to do three things, a paper, visual and something interactive to help the kids to understand the topics. On March second, kids from the grade school and locals are coming to see the museum we have created. Some of the questions we have to answer are, What do we know about the new 9th planet, What is a supernova?, or What was the “ Space race” all about? Once we complete and answer our question, we can participate the space museum.