Epic Days are held once a week for K-6 grade students.  9:00am – 3:15pm.

Our theme for 2017/18 is

“A Tour Around the World – Exploring Countries and their place in  modern history”

 

March 5th- March 9th

Session 5 Lesson 1 Egypt:

Social Studies: Maps, Timeline and Passport

Literature Study: We’re Sailing Down the Nile

Humanities: Creating a Sarcophagus For our Mummies

STEM: Modern Mummy Finds and Mummification

Summary:  Session 5 Lesson 1

Social Studies: Maps, Timelines and Passport- Students will learn to locate Egypt on a map, learn important dates in Egypts modern history and learn fun facts about the country.

Literature Studies: We’re Sailing Down the Nile- Students will read We’re Sailing Down the Nile and learn why the Nile River is so important to the Egyptian people.  

Humanities: Creating a Sarcophagus For our Mummies- Student will be talking about the mummification process. Students will decorate a sarcophagus to put their mummy in that they made in STEM class.

STEM: Modern Mummy Finds and Mummification- Students will learn about recent mummies found in Egypt and learn about the mummification process. Students will also have a chance to mummify something!

Dive Deeper:

There are several videos to study more about Egypt:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dm8945K4dH0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geNl6R6Di20

Nat Geo Kids always has great information about countries.

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/countries/egypt/#egypt-pyramids.jpg

Here are some books to check out to continue your study of the Nile River:

Unfolding Journeys: Secrets of the Nile

Bill and Pete Go Down The Nile

Discover the Nile River Activity Book

Explore Ancient Egypt through the National Museums of Liverpool. Don’t forget to check out the Escape From the Mummy’s Tomb game (found near the bottom of this link).

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml/visit/floor-plans/ancient-egypt/

Explore the “Mummy” you student brings home. It should come home in a nice sarcophagus they made in class.

This is a really informative Ted ED Talk Video. (It may be a little graphic for younger students – it is animated).

 

 

March 12th- March 16th

Session 5 Lesson 2:

Social Studies: Maps, Timelines and Passports

Literature Study: For You are a Kenyan Child

Humanities: Mama Panya’s Pancakes

STEM: Shisima- A Kenyan Math Game

 

Summary:  Session 5 Lesson 2

Social Studies: Map, Timelines, and Passports- Student will learn to locate Kenya on a map, learn interesting facts about the country and learn important dates in Kenya’s modern history.

Literature Studies: Students will read the story “For You Are a Kenyan Child” and learn some Kiswahili, the dialect of Swahili spoken in Kenya.

Humanities: Mama Panya’s Pancakes- Students will read the story of Adika and his mom. Students will get a glimpse of life in a Kenyan village and share a traditional meal of Mama Panya’s Pancakes.

STEM: Shisima- A Kenyan Math Game- Students will play a traditional math game played by children in Kenya. Student will create their own board and learn how to play with a partner.

Dive Deeper:

This NatGeo Site has lots of fun information about Kenya!

Check out this “Geography Kids” video about Kenya.

Check out this fun kids video from “Are We There Yet” about Kenya.

Learn Swahili with these Youtube Videos!

If you would like to explore some more food from Kenya, here are some recipe ideas that you might enjoy trying!

Here is another great informational site that discusses food in Kenya! There are some recipes as well to try.

Here are some fun games to play from Kenya.

 

 

March 19th- March 23rd

Session 5 Lesson 3 Madagascar:

Social Studies: Maps, Timelines, and Passport

Literature Study: Mr. Akoho and Mr. Akanga Say Goodbye: A Folktale from Madagascar

Humanities: Chameleon Art Project

STEM: Rainforest Ecosystem

Summary:  Session 5 Lesson 3

Social Studies: Maps, Timelines and Passport- Students will learn to locate Madagascar on a map, learn about important events in Madagascar’s modern history and learn interesting facts about the country.

Literature Studies: Mr. Akoho and Mr. Akanga Say Goodbye: A Folktale from Madagascar- Students will learn this folktale and study its meaning.

Humanities: Chameleon Art Project- Chameleons are important animals in Malagasy culture. Students will learn about their place in Madagascar and create an art piece of a Chameleon.

STEM: Rainforest Ecosystem: Students will learn about the rainforest ecosystem found in Madagascar and create their own rainforest terrarium.  

Dive Deeper:

This is a fun video that explores more of the animals of Madagascar!

Madagascar always has good information for students to study! Here is the site for NatGeo’s information about animals of Madagascar!

If you are interested in reading some first-hand accounts by those in the Peace Corp about Madagascar, this site has some of those stories: Please note not all stories were read so can’t guarantee what the content will be.

https://www.peacecorps.gov/madagascar/stories/

If you would like to learn more about Chameleons, here are some fun videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZuxerppygM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms_RTYqL_d4

Here are some fun books read aloud about Chameleons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T7VoLd4cBg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og9DB06TE8U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrmZeXf7ScU

If you would like to explore more animals found in Madagascar, here are some resources!

10 Animals Only Found in Madagascar

BBC: Animals of Madagascar

 

 

March 26th- March 30th

Session 5 Lesson 4:

Social Studies: Maps, Timelines and Passports

Literature Study: Nelson Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Humanities: My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken and Me

STEM: First Heart Transplant

Summary:  Session 5 Lesson 4

Social Studies: Maps, Timelines and Passport- Student will learn about the country of South Africa. They will learn to locate it on a map, learn interesting facts about the country and learn about important dates in its modern history.

Literature Studies: Students will learn about the life of Nelson Mandela by reading and exploring the book, Nelson Mandela- Long Walk to Freedom.

Humanities: My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken and Me- Students will learn about the painted house villages in South Africa and construct their own using geometric patterns and a thatched straw roof.

STEM: First Heart Transplant- Students will learn about the first heart transplant that took place in South Africa. Students will study the heart and how it works inside our body.  

Dive Deeper:

If you would like to see learn about some facts about South Africa, this video has some good information.

NatGeo Kids has a nice site about South Africa to check out.

Students can learn more about apartheid from this Brain Pop Video

BBC online has a good resources to learn more about Nelson Mandela.

To learn more about the Ndebele people, here is a video about an artist who paint homes in the Ndebele style.

If your student is interested in learning more about patients with a heart transplant, here is some good information about what happens after post op.

 

 

April 9th- April 13th

Session 5 Lesson 5:

Social Studies: Maps, Timeline and Passport

Literature Study: Nigerian Children’s author: Ifeoma Onyefulu

Humanities: African Thumb Piano

STEM: Dara Strategy Game

Summary:  Session 5 Lesson 5

Social Studies: Maps, Timeline and Passport- Students will learn where Nigeria is on a map, important dates in Nigeria’s modern history and interesting facts about the country.

Literature Studies: Nigerian Children’s author: Ifeoma Onyefulu- Students will learn about the Nigerian children’s book author, Ifeoma Onyefulu and read some of her stories about Nigeria.

Humanities: African Thumb Piano- Students will learn the history and uses of this African instrument and have the opportunity to design their own thumb piano.

STEM: Dara Strategy Game- Students will learn a traditional Nigerian game. They will create the playing board, learn the rules and challenge their opponent.

Dive Deeper:

NatGeo Kids always has fun country studies. Here is one for Nigeria.

This Video shares 7 Interesting Facts about Nigeria.

Check out some of these other books by author Ifeoma Onyefulu.

Chidi Only Likes Blue: An African Book of Colors

A is for Africa

Ebele’s Favourite: A Book of African Games

A Triangle for Adaora

If you are interested in learning about different Nigerian instruments, this sites lists them and shows pictures of them.

This Youtube video plays over an hour of traditional Nigerian music.

Here are some fun hand games played by Nigeria Children. Can you do it as quickly as them?

 

 

April 16th- April 20th

Session 5 Lesson 6:

Social Studies: Maps, Timelines and Passport

Literature Study: The Storyteller

Humanities: The Street Cats of Marrakech

STEM: Animal Adaptations of Africa

Summary:  Session 5 Lesson 6

Social Studies: Maps, Timelines and Passport – Students will learn to locate Morocco on a world map. Students will then learn important dates in Morocco’s modern history as well as learn interesting facts about the country.

Literature Studies: Students will learn about the art of storytelling and read a tale about a storyteller in Morocco.

Humanities: Students will explore the Moroccan market of Marrakech through the story, The Street Cats of Marrakech and take in the sights, sounds and smells for themselves!

STEM: Animals of Africa: As we wrap up our African Session, we will look at different animals of Africa and their adaptations.

Dive Deeper:

Explore Morocco with this Nat Geo Kids website.

Learn more about Morocco; its history, its people and its geography.

This link talks about the process of doing national storytelling contests.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23frsMMKud8

This video talks about Walt Disney’s Art of Storytelling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO0FtL26NRQ

You can watch the Timpanogos Storytelling contest:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqxfvX8HbFM

Share some Moroccan snacks with your kids! This site has some really fun, kid friendly ideas!

Explore some animals of the Savanna in more detail!

http://animals.sandiegozoo.org/habitats/savanna

Search the Savanna: Ask a Biologist!

https://askabiologist.asu.edu/animals-savanna