February 21, 2018

Robocop Making P.S.A.’s About Chinese Carbon – Week 19 in Houck’s Class, by Sophie Bergkvist

Every few weeks, one student in our class gets to sit out the super quiz and write the weekly update.  This week’s update was done by 6th grader Sophie Bergkvist.  Thanks, Sophie!

This week we learned about lots of things, including China, P.S.A.’s, and the carbon cycle. The best part though, was picking our China topics and getting our assignments.  We read lots of China books and papers, and got sheets to write our notes on. However, we did lose to Balbo’s class at morning meeting.

The first thing we did this week was do a ancient China book search, where each person read through a book, found an interesting fact (like people getting buried alive for running away from working on the Great Wall), and then shared facts (did you know that the emperor Qin Shi Huangdi made his son work on the Great Wall?). There were lots of interesting facts found. After we did the book search, we started watching “Engineering an Empire” the China version, still featuring Robocop. That night we got our ancient China units, and a list of topics to choose from. The next day we chose our topics. Mine is Shi Huangdi’s tomb. We also did an ancient China timeline, and read about silk and Confucius.

On Monday, another thing we did was learn about the carbon cycle, and all the ways that carbon gets transferred between things. For instance, if a tree burns down, a lot of carbon gets released into the air, but if a lot of trees are planted, it pulls carbon out of the air..

One more new project this week was making our own P.S.A.’s about things school-related, such as no running in the halls, spit out your gum before school, and always bring two people to fill up the water cooler (that one is mine). They are due next Thursday and it will be fun to watch everyone else’s and see what they came up with, although ours will be the best. We have to write a script for it, and video it, and share it with the class.

Overall, it was a fun week that included China, carbon, P.S.A.’s, a loss to Balbo’s class at morning meeting, and our good old friend Robocop, walking right off the screen. Oh wait, I can’t forget our failed plot to sing Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer by the window to Balbo’s class (although our Merry Christmas worked out pretty good).

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!