Epic Day theme for 2019/20: Middle Ages & the Renaissance

Our multi-aged classes have a maximum of 18 students. Each class contains similarly aged students.  The groupings are (youngest to oldest) Aspen, Birch, Cedar, and Oak. The day starts with a lesson on Leadership, followed by our History-based themed lessons which include Stem, Social Studies, Art, Literature studies and Science.  We focus on project-based, interactive and engaging lessons that promote critical thinking and discussion.  Science is also a part of our Epic days.  We cover the majority of the science standards needed with hands-on fun.

Leadership

Our leadership studies help students to learn how their brain works, teaches them some learning tricks and even helps students train the brain to work more effectively. At the beginning of each Epic Days, our Distance Education students will delve into the 8 keys of Excellence together based upon the following 8 Key Statements:

  1. This is It! I Make the Most of Every Moment  
  2. I Take Ownership. I am Responsible for My Choices
  3. I Speak with Good Purpose- I am Honest, Kind, and Sincere
  4. I Honor Commitment to Achieve and Grow in the Direction of My Goals and Dreams
  5. Failure Leads to Success. I Learn from My Mistakes.  
  6. I Have Integrity. I Show My Positive Values and Standards in All I Do and Say.  
  7. I have Flexibility. I Am Willing to Learn, Change, and Do Things Differently  
  8. Balance in Caring for Others and Myself is Important. I Live My Best Life.

Based upon a foundation of literature and using several other tools of learning including biographies, quotations & discussions, mindfulness exercises, Growth Mindset principles, movement, music, and learning games, our students explore each of these statements and look at how they apply them in their lives. We end the year with the final concept: Anything is Possible. I Will Discover & Create My Best Self to launch them into a summer of discovery and fun.

Epic and Dive Deeper

Each week we provide you with the highlights of what your child is learning during Epic day.  To continue the learning at home we also provide you with links to additional fun activities.  Help your students to find out more about these fascinating concepts–Go ahead and Dive Deeper! (Please see suggested links below)

WEEK 23: Feb 24-28, 2020

Historical time period: Ancient Inca Empire

Leadership: 

Guidepost: Be open to change.  I am flexible and willing to do things differently.

3R Connection:  I am responsible to be flexible, resilient and open to change.

Concepts: The Inca people lived high in the mountains of South America and had to be inventive and creative to make living there possible.

  • Geography of South America
  • The Inca were an advanced civilization
  • Rhyming words
  • Ancient civilizations found ways to pass on information without writing
  • Pollination and seed dispersal (younger)
  • Water Cycle (older)

Dive Deeper:

Overview (scroll down to the bottom for more links to other topics)

https://www.ducksters.com/history/inca/science_and_technology.php

Week 24: March 2-6, 2020

Historical time period: Middle Ages Australia

Leadership: 

Guidepost: Be Open to Change.  I am flexible and willing to do things differently.

3R Connection:  I am ready to learn new things.  My way is not the only way.

Concepts: The aborigines believe that everyone is an artist.  Creativity and artistry aren’t special talents and gifts that only few people possess.

  • The continents of the world
  • Geography of Australia
  • Aboriginal music and art
  • A message stick was a form of communication used by the aborigines.
  • Australian Folktales
  • Colloquialisms
  • Idioms
  • Characteristics of Rocks (younger)
  • Extreme Weather Solutions (older)

Dive Deeper:

WEEK 25: March 9-13, 2020

Historical time period: How the Renaissance Began

Leadership: 

Guidepost: Balance! I develop healthy habits and build healthy relationships.

3R Connection: I am respectful as I balance care for myself and care for the important people in my life.

Concepts: The Renaissance came about through a rebirth of ideas from Greece and Rome.

  • Islamic scholars preserved and translated works from Ancient Greece
  • New trade and wealth allowed patrons of the arts and to use their money for the advancement of painting, sculpture and education
  • Geography of Italy
  • The sculptor Donatello
  • Roman Numerals
  • Introduction to weather (younger)
  • Living/Non-living things in the environment (older)

Dive Deeper:

  • Geography of Italy https://youtu.be/g5mpdzUlFmw
  • There are many videos to be found online about the beginning of the Renaissance.  Many have art in them depicting nudity (Boticcelili’s The Birth of Venus or Michelangelo’s David, for example)  Find videos for your family that you would like to show based on personal views and the ages of your children.
  • Recipe: Gnocchi is an Italian dumpling.  You can buy it in the pasta section of your local grocery store.   Here are some recipes to cook with it: https://www.delish.com/cooking/menus/g28486991/easy-gnocchi-recipes/?slide=14
  • Donatello’s Equestrian Monument of Gattamelata statue https://youtu.be/6dWHPHELCKU (at 4:50 and 5:15 this video shows Donatallo’s statue of David who is naked for a brief second or two.  You can turn the video off before that and still understand the lesson on this great equestrian statue.)
  • Do these activities to solidify learning about Roman numerals: https://playablo.com/Blog/6-fun-activities-to-teach-roman-numerals-to-preschoolers/
  • Weather https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/00000144-0a30-d3cb-a96c-7b3df4ed0000
  • Study regular weather that is happening outside.
  • Talk about extreme weather and how you can be prepared for these rare events.
  • Look at videos of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, forest fires, etc.
  • Look online at the local weather report.  Was it accurate?
  • Go on a nature walk and talk about things that are living and nonliving.  Find examples of each as you walk and look around. (If you’re not sure if something is living or not, ask “If I put this in a closed container for a week, would it change?”  If the answer is yes, it’s living. It will have changed by being deprived of water, food and air.)

WEEK 26: March 16-20, 2020

Historical time period: Gutenberg and the Printing Press

Leadership: 

Guidepost:  Balance! I develop healthy habits and build healthy relationships.

3R Connection: I am responsible to develop healthy habits that balance and strengthen my mind, my body, and my relationships with those I love.

Concepts: Gutenberg and the printing press with movable type changed the world.

  • Gutenberg invented a printing press with movable type
  • As books became easier to print, more people learned to read
  • The painter, van Eyck, was one of the first to paint with oil paint in Italy.
  • Brunelleschi revolutionized Renaissance art with linear perspective
  • Burnelleschi built the dome on the Florence Cathedral

Dive Deeper:

WEEK 27: March 23-27, 2020

Historical time period: The Reformation

Leadership: 

Guidepost: Balance! I develop healthy habits and build healthy relationships.

3R Connection: I am ready to determine my priorities and honor the most important  people and opportunities in my life.

Concepts: Martin Luther’s ideas set about a reformation in the Catholic Church and the start of new churches

  • Martin Luther’s ideas set about a religious reformation
  • Pieter Bruegel painted peasants and children during the Renaissance
  • STEM pom pom launcher

Dive Deeper:

WEEK 28: March 30 – April 3, 2020

Historical time period: World Exploration week 1

Leadership: 

Guidepost: Anything is Possible! I can work hard, dream big, and live a wonderful life!

3R Connection: I am respectful of the heroes, teachers, and important people in my life that inspire me to achieve and believe that anything is possible.

Concepts: The Renaissance was also the Age of Exploration

  • Explorers traveled all over the world.  We learned about: Vespucci, Cortez, Coronado & de Leon
  • Basic knot tying
  • Renaissance artist Botticelli and painting tondos
  • Longitude and latitude help us find places on the globe
  • To read longitude and latitude, we must know how to read a grid

Dive Deeper:

WEEK 29: April 13 – 17, 2020

Historical time period: World Exploration week 2

Leadership: 

Guidepost: Anything is Possible! I can work hard, dream big, and live a wonderful life!

3R Connection: I am responsible to imagine, create, and live my best life. Anything is possible.

Concepts: During the Age of Exploration, many explorers traveled the globe

  • Explorers traveled all over the world.  We learned about Magellan, Cabot and Hudson
  • Renaissance painter Titian and painting a self portrait
  • Cardinal directions (north, south, east, west)
  • Using a compass to find directions

Dive Deeper:

  • Recipe: Torta de Cerase (Cherry Torte)  (scroll down to the recipe) https://sites.google.com/site/castlemerecookies/home/an-italian-renaissance-feast
  • Animaniacs “Ballad of Magellanhttps://youtu.be/pM-igYjn6E4
  • Check out books from your library to learn more about these explorers:
    • Magellan
    • Cabot
    • Hudson
  • Watch this video about cardinal directions and do the activity it shows. https://youtu.be/yOv_6yyuJJg
  • Draw a map of your neighborhood and go for a walk following your map and the cardinal directions.  Find landmarks to help you remember which direction is which (the mountains are to the east, etc)
  • Go for a walk and when you get to a corner, flip a coin.  If your options are north and south, use heads for one and tails for the other.  If your options are east and west, use heads for one and tails for the other. Where did you end up?

WEEK 30: April 20-24, 2020

Historical time period: Galileo and Copernicus

Leadership: 

Guidepost: Anything is Possible! I can work hard, dream big, and live a wonderful life!

3R Connection: I am ready to make a difference for good. I’ll work hard, dream big, and live a wonderful life.

Concepts: The Renaissance was also the Age of Enlightenment

  • Copernicus and Galileo changed the scientific world by questioning the things that had been believed for a long time and then proving their theories with scientific experiments.
  • Michelangelo is one of the greatest artists of all time and worked hard to achieve his dream of becoming a painter, sculptor and architect.
  • Scientific knowledge can be tested through the scientific method
  • Sir Francis Bacon created the scientific method
  • Sunlight warms the Earth (younger)
  • The sun and other stars (older)

Dive Deeper:

WEEK 31: April 27 – May 1, 2020

Historical time period: Shakespeare

Leadership: 

Guidepost: I Show I’m a Leader When I am Respectful, Responsible, and Ready

3R Connection: I show I’m a leader when… I am respectful in my words, actions, and relationships. I am ready to work learn and grow.  I am responsible to do my best and to be my best.

Concepts: William Shakespear is considered one of the world’s greatest playwrights.

  • The Renaissance wasn’t just in Italy, it eventually spread all over Europe.
  • Renaissance artist Raphael is considered one of the greatest classical painters.
  • William Shakespeare is one of the world’s greatest playwrights.
  • Timescale of Earth’s events (younger)
  • Constellations (older)

Dive Deeper:

WEEK 32: May 4 – 8, 2020

Historical time period: Leonardo da Vinci

Leadership: 

Guidepost: I Show I’m a Leader When I am Respectful, Responsible, and Ready

3R Connection: I show I’m a leader when… I am respectful in my words, actions, and relationships. I am ready to work learn and grow.  I am responsible to do my best and to be my best.

Concepts: Leonardo da Vinci was an artist, scientist and inventor and is considered one of the most intelligent and talented people of all time

  • The Mona Lisa is the most famous and recognized painting in history
  • Leonardo da Vinci was an artist, scientist and inventor and is considered one of the most intelligent and talented people of all time
  • Da Vinci loved watching birds and was convinced that someday man would fly
  • Volcanos
  • Da Vinci learned by observing and then sketching and was fascinated by the human body
  • He invented many things in his sketchbooks that wouldn’t be invented for hundreds of years and a lot of them worked
  • He designed a bridge that supported itself that has been built and works

Dive Deeper:

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