Feb 4th-7th Session 4 Lesson 1: Introduction to Ancient Rome
Social Studies: Geography of Ancient Rome
Students will be introduced to the geography of Ancient Rome. They will begin a session-long project to build a board game that will review the aspects of Ancient Rome they have learned.
Nat Geo Ancient Rome
Ancient Rome Lapbook
Literature: The Legend of Romulus and Remus
Students will be introduced to legends through the story of Romulus and Remus. They will write their own legend about how the name of their hometown came to be.
Romulus and Remus
How to Write a Legend
Humanities: Ancient Roman Religion
Students will be introduced to the mythology of the Ancient Romans. They will discuss similarities and differences of Greek vs. Roman Gods.
Roman/Greek God Matching Game
STEM: Roman Constellations
Students will be introduced to constellations based off of Roman mythology. They will create a glow-in-the-dark constellation map for their room.
More on constellations and the universe:
Top 10 stargazing apps:
Science: The Planets in our Solar System
Students will learn about the various climates of our planets. They will work in groups to study a planet then create an oral report to practice public speaking skills.
Solar System Projects
Solar System Memory Game
Session 4 Lesson 2
Social Studies: Students will learn about the famous Gladiator Shows in the Colosseum. They will continue working on their session-long board game project.
Are We There Yet: Italy Gladiators
Literature: Students will learn about the first science fiction novel ever written: A True History by Lucian. They will work as a class to write their own science fiction story!
A True History by Lucian Full Story
Science Fiction Story Starters
Roman Numerals Song:
Humanities: Students will learn about the science behind the arch and the diverse history of the Roman Colosseum. They will create a chalk pastel pop-up drawing of the colosseum.
Make a Roman Arch with Ice Cubes!
Virtual Tour of the Roman Colosseum
STEM: Students will learn about the exciting sport of chariot racing. They will engineer a rolling chariot of their own!
More Roman Sports
Ancient Chariots at the Met Museum
Science: Students will learn about the differences between Ptolemy’s ideas of the skies and what we have learned today. They will study gravity, inertia, and how they affect the rotation of earth around the sun. They will create a model to demonstrate the rotation of the earth and moon around the sun.
Ptolemy’s Astronomy Instruments:
Gravity and Inertia in space https://gabeweb.tumblr.com/post/23028869416/why-the-solar-system-can-exist-if-gravity-is-so
Galileo’s Famous Gravity Experiment
Feb. 18-21st Session 4 Lesson 3
Social Studies: Students will learn about the homes, clothing and diet of the ancient Romans. They will create a flipbook for their notebooks.
Virtual tour of the Roman Domus
Restored kitchens of Pompeii
Literature: Students will discuss the latin language and Roman Numerals. They will create dice with Roman Numerals for their session-long project.
Learn Latin Video
Humanities: Students will learn about the Roman Mosaic and its place in Roman society. They will create a mosaic of their own.
Ancient Roman Art Lesson
Ancient Roman Art
STEM: Students will learn about the Ancient Aqueducts of the Romans. They will engineer an aqueduct to carry water to their imaginary city
National Geographic article on Roman Aqueducts
Walk through of a recently discovered ancient aqueduct
Science: Students will learn about chemical vs physical change. They will perform hands-on observations and discuss their findings.
More Chemical vs Physical change Experiments
March 4th-8th Session 4 Lesson 4
Social Studies: Students will learn about the Roman Army and the rise against it by Spartacus. They will create the game pieces for their session-long project.
How to Dress Like a Roman Soldier
Ancient Roman Legion
Literature: Students will learn about the influential orator, Cicero. They will play games that hone necessary skills used for public speaking.
Kindness Speech by 10 year old girl
Humanities: Students will learn about The Three Punic Wars and why they were fought. They will go through an active lesson where they will earn a soldier’s wage for their decisions during the wars. They will draw scenes from each war into a mini-book.
Read along Punic War Lesson
The War Elephants of Carthage
STEM: Students will learn about the innovative construction of the Ancient Roman roads. They will build a sample of the road to take home.
Interactive Map of Ancient Roman Roads
Virtual tour of the Appian Way
Science: Students will continue learning about Chemical vs Physical Changes. They will observe a chemical change by creating secret messages with baking soda and water!
Joe-Joe The Magic Wizard Brews Up Solids, Liquids, and Gases
Bread and Butter Lab
Session 4 Week 5
Social Studies:Students will learn about various Roman emperors and how they ruled. They will play a game to arrange the timeline of the emperors into chronological order.
Roman Emperor Montessori Cards and Timeline Printable
Roman Emperor History Interactives From the BBC
Roman Emperor Interactive
Literature: Students will learn about and discuss the importance of creating a good title for their games, stories, or consumer products. They will create a title for their Ancient Rome review game and decorate their game boxes.
Creating a Good Title
Create a Board Game
Create Game From Favorite Children’s Book
Humanities:Students will finish up their session-long board game project. After they finish, they will play their games to review what they have learned about Ancient Rome so far.
Review Interactives of Ancient Rome
Children’s Books about Ancient Rome
Review Video With Suggested Activities of Ancient Rome
STEM: Students will learn about the Roman Republic. They will discuss various forms of government and be challenged to create the tallest tower with their group according to the type of government assigned.
The Twelve Tables of Ancient Rome
Science:Students will be learning about the particles of matter. They will make fizzy rockets with Alka Seltzer!
This week’s lesson:
Session 4 Week 6
Social Studies: Students will learn about the destruction of Pompeii. Older classes will be making working volcanoes, younger classes will do an archeology dig for fossils!
Tour Naples and Pompeii
Home Archeology Dig
Humanities & Literature: Students will learn about all classes of Ancient Roman citizens and the different ways they made a living. They will talk about the Roman forum market and the items sold there. They will work on projects to sell at an Epic Day Forum.
More on the Roman Forum
Patricians and Plebeians Rap
STEM: Students will learn about the Julian calendar and how it came to be. They will discuss how data for calendars and other information is collected and charted, then play a game of mini golf to chart their scores!
The Mayan Calendar
Science: Students will learn about what happens to matter when it changes form. They will play Jeopardy to review vocabulary about matter!
Science Review Week 1
Energy Transfer: Students will learn about the transfer of heat energy. They will make ice cream in a bag to observe the transfer of energy from the salt to the ice cubes!
Heat Transfer Activities for Kids
Heat Transfer Vocabulary:
Thermal Transfer Interactives and Readings
Magnets and Static Electricity:Students will learn how forces can be applied from distances using magnets and static electricity. They will spend the class period exploring with magnets!
DKFindout Static Electricity Interactives
Generation Genius Lesson, Vocabulary and DIY Activity
The Water Cycle: Students will learn about the water cycle and evaporation. They will make a cloud in a jar and play an active water cycle game!
Water Cycle Song
Water Cycle Demonstration
Heat, Light, and Sound energy: Students will learn about the different types of energy. They will go through various hands-on experiments to explore this concept.
Heat Light and Sound Energy
Clouds and Weather:Students will learn about the different types of weather and clouds. They will create the different types of clouds with cotton balls and construction paper!
Weather Scavenger Hunt
Become Weather Watchers:
Electricity and Circuits:Students will learn about open, closed and parallel circuits. They will have the chance to create circuits of their own!
Fun Science Demos Electric Parallel Circuits:
Fun Science Demos Part 2:
DKFindout Electric Circuits
Predicting Weather: Students will learn about the different tools used to predict weather. They will study the different symbols meteorologists use to predict weather then work to solve weather predictions using the same symbols on a weather map!
Five Interactive Weather Websites
Weather Scavenger Hunt
Science Review Week 2
Animal Adaptations: Students will learn all about how animals adapt to their environments. They will use tools and pretend food to explore how different bird beaks are custom to each bird depending on their needs and environment.
Animals and their Traits for Survival
Animal Adaptations Lesson Plan
Animal Adaptations Generation Genius Lesson and Vocabulary
Animal Classifications: Students will learn about the different ways that scientists classify animals. Each teacher will pick from a variety of hands-on activities to enhance student’s learning on the subject.
Life Science Powerpoint Review Game:
Animal Classification Creative Writing Project
Variations of Traits: Students will learn about how traits are affected by heredity and the environment and how individuals all have different traits. They will study different specimens, draw them as exact as possible, then work to find their specimen again after it has been mixed up!
This Week’s Generation Genius Lesson
Bill Nye Genes
Books About Traits
This week we are also performing NWEA testing and our Read-a-thon!
Session 5 Lesson 1 Ancient Asia
Xia, Shang, and Zhou Dynasties
Social Studies: Students will learn all about the first three civilizations of Ancient China. They will design their own just like the invention of the Xia!
Literature: Students will learn all about the great philosopher Confucius. They will write their own inspirational quotes and place them in hand-made fortune cookies!
Humanities: Students will learn about the ancient Lunar calendar and the importance of the dragon to the chinese people. They will draw their own Chinese dragon with oil pastels!
STEM & Science:
Grades 4+ will be learning about food webs and energy systems in the animal kingdom. They will simulate an escape room by trying to solve puzzles based on energy and food webs before time runs out!
Hands on Food Web Activity:
Will be learning about different animal habitats, biomes, and ecosystems. They will be going on a treasure hunt and solve clues to save Nemo from becoming
another (secret) animal’s dinner!
Build an Ecosystem for a Live Fish! https://www.ashleigh-educationjourney.com/10-activities-teach-ecosystems/
Activities for the Ecosystem
Session 5 Week 2
Social Studies:Students will learn about the Qin Dynasty and Legalism. They will participate in an activity to compare/contrast the different Ancient Chinese belief systems
Ancient Chinese Belief Systems
Literature: Students will learn about the Emperor Qin Shi Huang and his order to burn books and records. Using a picture book mentor text as an example, they will write creative and imaginative ideas for the “real” reason behind why he wanted the books destroyed.
China’s First Emperor
The First Emperor
Humanities: Students will be learning about the Terracotta Warriors. They will work with the “woodblock” stamping technique invented by the Ancient Chinese for printing to create their own Terracotta Warrior stamp art.
Terracotta Warriors Video
STEM: Students will learn about the first cartographer, Ancient Chinese inventor, Zheng Heng. They will practice latitude, longitude and coordinates by playing giant battleship with a map of the world!
Geography with Google Earth Lesson
Science: Students will be learning about extreme weather solutions! Students will work as a class to design an air conditioner to lessen the impact of a heat wave!
This Week’s Generation Genius lesson