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

Our theme for 2018/19 is

“Ancient History”

Here is the outline for each week so that you know what your child is doing during class.

The “Dive Deeper” is additional content for you to enjoy at home.

 

 

August 27th-August 31 2018

Week 1 Introduction and Icebreakers!  

Social Studies: Introduction to the Ancient Times

Literature Study: Introduction to Ancient History Literature Studies

Humanities: Archaeologists Dig for Clues!

STEM: What is the Engineering Design Process?

Summary:  Week 1 Introductions and Icebreakers

  • Social Studies: Introduction to the Ancient World- Students will be introduced to the Ancient World studies they will be studying throughout the year!
  • Literature Studies: Introduction to Ancient History Literature Studies- Students will be introduced to Mythology. Students will look at mythology from different ancient civilization throughout the year!
  • Humanities: Archaeologists Dig for Clues- Students will learn what an archaeologist is and how they help us discover clues from the past!
  • STEM: What is the Engineering Design Process? Students will look at the Engineering Design process they will be using throughout the year for their STEM projects!  

Dive Deeper:

Some of these books are in our school resource library if you would like to supplement time at home learning about Ancient Times!

Story of the World Ancient Times

Treasury of Greek Mythology

Where is the Great Wall?

Who Was King Tut?

Where is the Colosseum?  

Get a head start on mythology with these fun books!

National Geographic Everything Mythology!

Child’s Introduction to Greek Mythology
Treasury of Egyptian Mythology

This Bill Nye video is available on Youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCcu9pMJZPg

History.org has a site for students to use their archaeology skills and play a game!

http://www.history.org/kids/games/dirtDetective.cfm

Here is a fun video to help understand the Engineering Design Process!

In class, students made their own marble run using the Engineering Design Process, here are a few more fun marbles run ideas!

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfr7Rzsk0Jk

 

September 3rd-September 7th, 2018

Session 1 Lesson 1 Intro to Mesopotamia:

Social Studies: What and Where is Mesopotamia?

Literature Study: What is Cuneiform?

Humanities: The People of Mesopotamia

STEM: Which Soil Will Grow a Plant Best?

Summary:  Session 1 Lesson 1

  • Social Studies: What and Where is Mesopotamia? Students will learn about where this ancient civilization was located and why it is so important.
  • Literature Studies: What is Cuneiform? Students will learn about Cuneiform and why it was so important to have a written language!
  • Humanities: The People of Mesopotamia- Students will look at what Mesopotamians ate, wore and did in their everyday life.
  • STEM: Which Soil Will Grow a Plant Best? The student will learn about the rich soil of Mesopotamia and why it was such a good place to settle down and begin new civilizations. Students will grow their own plants in different soils to see what plants grew the best.

Dive Deeper:

This is a fun video, geared toward older students.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiclXLWQk4k

DK Find Out! Is s fun site with some good information about Mesopotamia!

https://www.dkfindout.com/us/history/mesopotamia/

If you would like to play around with Cuneiform, here is a fun typewriter!

https://www.penn.museum/cgi/cuneiform.php

Here is a simple bread recipe to try! The Mesopotamians may have ate something just like this!
https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/bread/flatbread/ancient-mesopotamian-bread.html

This Bill Nye talks about the Life Cycle of a Rock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIebFtd-t8Y&list=PLpPse_8QOAlKUtpu188LjOiw_eJLeDBs_

This video explains how the people went from Nomads to farmers!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki8S5I83Ccc

 

September 10th- September 14th 2018

Session 1 Lesson 2:

Social Studies: What Makes a Civilization

Literature Study: Gilgamesh the King

Humanities: Ancient Art Relief (Cylinder Seals)

STEM: Build a Wall to Protect your Land!

Summary:  Session 1 Lesson 2

  • Social Studies: What makes a Civilization? Students will explore more of what makes a civilization. Students will explore how people went from nomads to civilized city-states.  
  • Literature Studies: Gilgamesh the King- Over the next three weeks students will be reading an illustrated version of The Epic Of Gilgamesh. This week we will be looking at the character of Gilgamesh and other literary elements.
  • Humanities: Ancient Art Relief- We will be looking at some of the first art created by these early civilizations. We will be creating our own Cylinder Seals.
  • STEM: Build a Wall to Protect your Land! These early Civilizations faced new challenges. Now that they were farming and herding animals they had to protect their land so other did not take their things! Students will explore different ways to build walls.

Dive Deeper:

This video shows how a Mesopotamian City State was laid out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-6HOQiuIgE

You can find the Hero’s Journey is so many movies! Here are some examples from Disney Movies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V7drZMyL5M

Here is a great book list of books the contain good examples of the Hero’s Journey:

http://www.guilderlandschools.org/Teachers/highschool/mgergen/myPDFs/Heros_Journey.pdf

This site gives a lot more information about about the ancient mesopotamian cylinder seals if you are interested in studying more about their use in ancient times.

https://www.ancient.eu/article/846/cylinder-seals-in-ancient-mesopotamia—their-hist/

Khan Academy also has an interesting page about cylinder seals!
https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ancient-art-civilizations/ancient-near-east1/sumerian/a/cylinder-seals

If you would like to make some sun bricks with your child, here is a fun quick video that will show you how!

https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/8bf340fa-859d-4349-98b0-4b0d2363aedf/sun-baked-bricks/?#.WwGoWIjwZPY

 

September 17th- September 21st, 2018

Session 1 Lesson 3 The Sumerians:

Social Studies: Who Were the Sumerians?

Literature Study: The Revenge of Ishtar

Humanities: The Mask of Warka

STEM: How Do I Move This Water?

Summary:  Session 1 Lesson 3

  • Social Studies: Who Were the Sumerians? Students will learn about the Sumerians and the importance of being one of the earliest civilizations!
  • Literature Studies: We will continue reading the children’s illustrated story of Gilgamesh. This week we are reading the second book, The Revenge of Ishtar
  • Humanities: The Mask of Warka- Students will learn about this Sumerian art piece, the Mask of Warka. It is one of the oldest carvings of a human face.
  • STEM: How Do I Move This Water? Students have will look at one of Mesopotamia’s greatest invention, irrigation systems. Students will explore ways the Mesopotamians moved water and try to engineer their own irrigation systems.

Dive Deeper:

This site provides some information about Sumer:

http://mesopotamia.mrdonn.org/sumer.html

10 facts about ancient Sumer!

https://learnodo-newtonic.com/sumer-facts

This video goes over characterization in literature:

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

If you students enjoys making masks, here are some fun ideas!

https://www.hellowonderful.co/post/12-FUN-AND-CREATIVE-DIY-MASKS-FOR-KIDS/#_a5y_p=4326973

This is a neat book that has fun science activities if students would like to further explore dams and canals and how water flows!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1619306476/?coliid=I1TE591OM2OEKO&colid=1Q1DSPJDO1WF7&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

 

September 24th- September 28th, 2018

Session 1 Lesson 4:

Social Studies: Who Were the Akkadian?

Literature Study: Last Quest of Gilgamesh

Humanities: Pointillism River Art

STEM: Build a Boat that Won’t Sink!

Summary:  Session 1 Lesson 4

  • Social Studies: Who Were the Akkadians? Students will learn about Sargon and how he united the Sumerian City-States.
  • Literature Studies: The Last Quest of Gilgamesh – Students will read the final installment of the Illustrated Epic of Gilgamesh, Last Quest of Gilgamesh. We will be looking at the literary element of setting and discussing the when and where of the story and why the element of setting is important.
  • Humanities: Pointillism River Art Project- The students have studied how important the rivers were to sustain life in Ancient Mesopotamia. Today students will be creating an art piece using the technique Pointillism to help remember the importance of the river!
  • STEM: Build a Boat that Won’t Sink! This week students will work to build a boat that won’t sink. Next week we will add an ancient mesopotamian invention, the sail!

Dive Deeper:

Here are a few videos if students would like to continue their research on Sargon the Great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBd2OPAAmYE&t=304s

This video gives a kid friendly, condensed version of the Epic of Gilgamesh.

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

If you would like to practice more Pointillism and learn the history behind Pointillism, this video will be great to watch!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4hqKPX6d68

Here are a few other Pointillism activities you could do with your children!

http://lalymom.com/paint-swatch-pointillism-art-project-for-kids/

https://picklebums.com/absorption-painting/

https://artfulparent.com/pointillism-art-for-kids/

Here are some fun activities to do with your kids that reinforce how a boat floats!

18 Boat Crafts for Kids to Make

Sinking Ships- Playing with Buoyancy

Explore Density with this Density Tower

 

October 1st-October 5th, 2018

Session 1 Lesson 5:

Social Studies: Who Were the Babylonians?

Literature Study: Hammurabi’s Code

Humanities: The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

STEM: Turn Your Boat into a Sailboat!

Summary:  Session 1 Lesson 5

  • Social Studies: Who Were the Babylonians? Students will explore who the Babylonians were and their importance to the Mesopotamian region.
  • Literature Studies: Hammurabi’s code – Students will learn about this set of rules set up by the leader of Hammurabi and how they were different than other rules in place during that time.
  • Humanities: The Hanging Gardens of Babylon – Students will learn about his ancient wonder and create their own Hanging Garden.
  • STEM: Turn Your Boat into a Sailboat! Students will work on the boat they created last week. This week they will add a very important Mesopotamian invention, the sail!

Dive Deeper:

Timelines can be a lot of fun! Here are some pinterest ideas to make some unique timelines.

If you are interested in studying more about Hammurabi, here are some video links to help:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfnmU5shr-s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6MsLJhCmIo

This site shows all the laws and tells what all the inscriptions said on the stone where the laws were carved.

Explore other ways to create the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

  • Create a Lego Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Explore some possibly designs that were mentioned in the lesson.
  • Create a Hanging Gardens of Babylon on Minecraft! See how colorful you can me it!

If your student would like to learn more about sailboats, this video gives good information. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqwb4HIrORM

This video explains the parts of a sailboat to students.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pM96WzoY48&t=252s

 

October 8th-October 12th, 2018

Session 1 Lesson 6:

Social Studies: Who Were the Assyrians

Literature Study: The Great Library of Nineveh

Humanities: Exploring the Ziggurat

STEM: Bow and Arrow STEM Challenge

Summary:  Session 1 Lesson 6

  • Social Studies: Who Were the Assyrians? – Students will learn about this empire and how it affect those who lived in the Mesopotamia region.
  • Literature Studies: The Great Library of Nineveh – Students will learn about the Great Library of Nineveh and write their own story to include in their class library!
  • Humanities: Exploring the Ziggurat – Students will learn about this city-center and its importance to the city-state.
  • STEM: Bow and Arrow STEM Challenge: The Assyrians used bows and arrows as they conquered other cities. Students will have to create their own bow and arrow with the supplies given and try to hit their target.

Dive Deeper:

Expand your study of Mesopotamia with some fun interactive games:

http://mesopotamia.lib.uchicago.edu/interactives/DigIntoHistory.html

It is also fun to explore earth.google.com and find these places and see what they look like now!

Are your students interested in learning more about libraries? Here are some fun games and activities you can do in a library!

https://layers-of-learning.com/library-outings/

If you would like to study more about Ziggurats, here are some kid friendly sites:

http://mesopotamia.mrdonn.org/ziggurats.html

Does your student playMinecraft? There are a lot of videos that show students building Ziggurats and Mesopotamian City States! What a fun Challenge!

Making Catapults are also really fun STEM activities! Here are some you can do at home!