Saturday, October 6, 2018

We were able to pre-view a box of Viking replicas from the Nordic Museum in Seattle, which we will be visiting in a few weeks. The students were surprised to see how heavy a helmet or chain mail head covering was!

We learned about caravans and planned an inventory of what we would take with us if we were explorers setting out on the Silk Road to China. We had some lively class discussion about how difficult it would have been to walk over 7,000 miles, not knowing what to expect. It's not easy for a 7 or 8 year old to imagine a world without GPS!

We collaborated with the first grade Navigators class for s study of the Spice Islands. We had to identify mystery spices.

We began  mapping the routes of the explorers as we study them.

One of the students' favorite activities was a science project making their own chalkboard slime. We learned about the chemical reaction that creates slime.

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An exciting week of learning culminated in a visit from the education department from the Slater Museum of Natural History at the University...