Saturday, September 29, 2018

There are many myths about Vikings, but there are some  things we do know. The Vikings had their own alphabet. The letters were called Runes.
This week we investigated Runes by making our own unique Viking Rune nameplate tablet out of  polymer clay. We then baked them to harden.

Much information exists about Viking ship construction, since archaeologists have uncovered some well preserved artifacts. Each student made their own replica using some of these facts:

And for a group collaboration project using S.T.E.A.M. principles, we began building a large viking boat. The students planned every part of the construction, from deciding where to put the mast to how to attach the dragon figurehead. Here are students "in progress".

We learned another mindfulness technique for being aware of when to speak and when to keep the thought silently in your head until a more appropriate time, using any easy 3 part rubric. This is a skill that children (and let's be honest, some adults!) need to practice until it becomes a habit. 
                                                   (Courtesy of Counselor Chelsey at Teachers Pay Teachers)

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