Monday, April 15, 2013

Japan, The Korea's, and Cause & Effect..Oh My!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. It has definitely been an exciting Monday here for the Dolphin Team. We have started this week (maybe like most weeks) catching up and finishing up things from the week before. Aren't we always behind in something? :)

We finished our study of Japan and the Korea's today. (Check out our fabulous SmartNotebook Lesson here!) We were specifically looking into Feudal Japan and the Korea's and understanding their history. Students first completed a map of the area that we are studying. (We did about two weeks ago before moving on. We discussed the locations, islands, peninsula, seas, and oceans that make up the area we are studying!)

Next students created a foldable (my favorite!) for Japan and the Korea's physical geography, history, culture, civics and government  and economics. As we went through that fabulous SmartNotebook file (find the link above), students wrote down three specific facts for each category, and then highlighted the information with a picture. I love including pictures in the notes because I feel like students find the information more relate-able when they can express it in pictures. It also seems to keep their interest to watch me draw. I definitely did not get the best drawer award growing up! Here's some my wonderful foldables on the Dolphin team:


The students always seem to love getting the foldables completed and seeing how interesting they look. They always choose such creative little pictures to display and represent their information. Now it's time for a little ancient civilization review with the Dolphins before jumping next week into the Middle Ages (focusing on Europe). Bring it on! 

Finally for today, check out what the Dolphin team has planned for the rest of the month in our APRIL NEWSLETTER. I know it is the 15th already (Ah! Tax Day!) and pretty much half-way through the month...but I'll take the whole "We weren't back at school until the 8th because of Spring Break. Therefore, I'm only a week late" excuse. ;)

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