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 and Literature studies.  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.

Concept Schedule & Dive Deeper

This week for Epic Days, your students have been learning about the following highlights and doing fun associated learning activities related to Social Studies/Humanities, Literature, STEM-Engineering, and Science. Help your students to find out more about these fascinating concepts–Go ahead and Dive Deeper! (Please see suggested links below)

Week 16: Jan 6-10, 2020

Historical time period: Jewish Diaspora

Leadership: 

Guidepost: Failure Leads to Success. I learn from my mistakes.

3R Connection:  I am respectful of my learning process. I know that everybody makes mistakes.

Concepts: The Jews were scattered all over the world but through their traditions, they were able to stay true to their beliefs.

  • The Jews were scattered all over the world.
  • Yiddish was the language spoken by the Jews.  They have many stories and folktales.
  • Monuments have long been used to celebrate victories or to honor kings.
  • A keystone is necessary for a true arch.
  • Matter is made up of particles. (older)
  • Engineers use science and math to solve problems. (younger)

Dive Deeper:

Week 17: Jan 13-17, 2020

Historical time period: Middle East/ Arab Nations

Leadership: 

Guidepost: Failure Leads to Success. I learn from my mistakes.

3R Connection:  I am responsible to learn from my failures and mistakes.

Concepts: Islam influenced much of the ancient world’s learning and education and the people invented many things.

  • Geography of the Arabian Peninsula
  • Islam influenced much of the ancient world’s learning and education
  • Phases of the moon
  • 1001 Arabian Nights
  • We can harness the energy of moving water through water wheels
  • Weathering and erosion (older)
  • Oceans, lakes and rivers (younger)

Dive Deeper:

  • Aladdin’s Wonderful Lamp
  • The Three Apples
  • Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves
  • The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor

Week 18: Jan 20-24, 2020

Historical time period: Russia

Leadership: 

Guidepost: Failure Leads to Success. I learn from my mistakes.

3R Connection: I am ready to learn from my mistakes and try, try again.

Concepts: Russia has a rich, colorful culture and history

  • Russia started out as many different tribes and were brought together
  • Great cities were built, like Moscow and Kiev
  • Russian ballerinas are some of the best in the world
  • Marble runs
  • Earth’s Landscapes (older)
  • Oceans (younger)

Dive Deeper:

Week 19: Jan 27-31, 2020

Historical time period: Middle Ages Africa

Leadership: 

Guidepost: Honesty is the Best Policy! When I have integrity there’s nothing to fear because I have nothing to hide.

3R Connection:  I am respectful and honest because I know what is right, and what is wrong.

Concepts: The diversity and rich history of Middle Ages Africa

  • Oceans of the World
  • The diversity and rich history of Middle Ages Africa
  • Cause and effect of choices
  • Sailing and merchant ships
  • Vasco de Gama’s bravery and determination
  • Ingenuity and innovation sailing around the Cape of Good Hope
  • Utah’s landscapes (older)
  • Heating and Cooling (younger)

Dive Deeper:

Week 20: Feb. 3-7, 2020

Historical time period: The ancient kingdom of Ghana

Leadership: 

Guidepost: Honesty is the Best Policy! When I have integrity there’s nothing to fear because I have nothing to hide.

3R Connection: I am responsible to choose well and show integrity.

Concepts: Honesty is important in trade

  • Ghana was a strategic location for trade between the salt and gold mines
  • Folktales are stories passed down by word of mouth that often teach a lesson
  • Why salt is so important to our bodies.  How it is harvested and stored.
  • Parts of a plant (younger)
  • Gravity (older)

Dive Deeper:

https://africa.mrdonn.org/ghana.html

https://www.ushistory.org/civ/7a.asp

Week 21: Feb 10-14, 2020

Historical time period: The ancient kingdom of Mali

Leadership: 

Guidepost: Honesty if the best policy!  When I have integrity there’s nothing to fear because I have nothing to hide.

3R Connection:  I am ready to live my values and standards, even when no one is looking.

Concepts: The ancient kingdom of Mali was very religious and loved learning

  • Mali was ruled by Muslims who loved learning
  • Mansa Musa was the richest man in the world and took a huge pilgrimage to Mecca
  • The people loved to play games
  • We all have hero journey’s to make to overcome obstacles
  • How to make a floating boat to hold weight

Dive Deeper:

https://www.1001inventions.com/timbuktu

https://youtu.be/d1Zxt28ff-E

https://youtu.be/Hhk4N9A0oCA

WEEK 22: Feb 17-21, 2020

Historical time period: Ancient Maya and Aztec Kingdoms

Leadership: 

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

3R Connection:  I am respectful and teachable.  I can learn so much from others.

Concepts: We learn most of what we know about ancient civilizations by what they left behind.  The Aztec people were flexible and willing to do things differently by building a city in the middle of a lake.

  • Geography and location of Central and South America
  • Authors and Illustrators work together to make books great
  • The Maya learned a lot of things by observing the world around them and based on what they saw in the sky, were able to develop a complex system of calendars
  • Plants need water and light (younger).
  • Food webs (older)

Dive Deeper:

Create a large paper sun that will be posted on a wall. What did you eat for breakfast? Make a list. Ask students, did anyone eat sunlight for breakfast? State that the energy in everyone’s food can be traced back to the sun and how humans and all living things are connected by a food web.

Sally – egg – chicken – insect – leaves – sun

Fred – Bacon (pig) – grain – sun (bacon comes from pigs, which might eat grain, which is a plant which produces food through  photosynthesis and connects to the sun)

Write each part of the chain on a paper chain piece.  Link them together by stapling the ends to create a chain.

Post the paper sun high on wall. Once students have finished creating a couple of chains, have each student staple or tape the link representing the sun to the sun you posted. Stretch the chain out lengthwise from the sun and staple or tape the other end to the  wall. Students can now see the energy in the food they ate can be traced back to the sun.

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

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