Second graders recently completed their Ancient Egypt unit with a culminating festival. Families, friends, and other classrooms had a chance to view Google slideshow presentations, handmade Egyptian “artifacts”, and an upbeat Egyptian song with dancing. Students spent the last month learning about Egypt’s geography, the importance of the Nile River, pyramids, mummies, The Sphinx, King Tut, and Hieroglyphics. Then in teams, students chose one of these topics to go deeper and create a Google slideshow presentation. Students loved using Chromebooks as a learning tool to expand their knowledge on a topic! Every day leading up to the festival, they were actively engaged in the process of creating their presentation and artifacts. Working in groups encouraged teamwork, clear communication, and active participation.
The festival ended with an Egyptian-themed “Gangnam Style” song and dance, plus the enjoyment of Ancient Egypt foods: olives, bread, cheese, vegetables, hummus, eggs and root(beer). The festival was a wonderful culmination to our unit and a fun way to celebrate their learning!
I have to commend each one of our 2nd graders for the diligent work they’ve put into learning recorders over the last couple of months. As you read in my previous email, 2nd grade is a year younger than our usual start time with recorders. These students have overcome many obstacles physically and mentally and are excelling in their work with the recorders! I’m proud of the effort each one of them have put into learning some fun songs and receiving recognition on our Recorder Karate Hall of Fame wall.
We also have had a good amount of students audition for our upcoming Spring Show, which is called Summer Camp. We’re heading out for lots of fun at Camp Runamok on June 1! Please encourage your student to hop on Canvas (click on MUSIC) from their homeroom page and listen to our songs. The more they listen at home, the more we get to work in class on our choreography and movement. Please put this very special evening in your calendars now – we’ll also be celebrating Beth Basham’s Retirement that same evening.