The sixth grade will be spending the next month or so studying early river valley civilizations such as the Sumerians and Babylonians in Mesopotamia and the Egyptians and Assyrians in northern Africa. During this time we'll learn about the rise of civilization itself and how we moved from hunting and gathering to farming and herding.
Egypt gets pretty interesting with the discovery of King Tut and our research on his fate and alleged curse upon those disturbing his tomb!
Kansas boring? Not in the least! There are some very interesting facts about the early days of Kansas such as the fact that much of Kansas was under a saltwater sea, or that we once had horses similar to today's imports from the early Europeans. In fact, they originated here before migrating to Asia to evolve to their current state.
The students will be studying this information in depth while using primary sources to formulate theories and complete projects based on evidence that they uncover about the state!
Lewis and Clark!...need I say more? The 8th graders will become very familiar with the factors leading up to the Louisiana Purchase such as Jefferson's idea of a larger, more powerful country and Napoleon's loss of Haiti. These factors as well as others led to the unprecedented journey by Lewis and Clark known as the Corps of Discovery. We will take a very hands on approach to the actual expedition by writing our own journal entries based on journals by members of the trip. Our journals will of course be complete with drawings and authentic looking paper....