Rivendell Older Kids

Current Recitations

Personal Project

After researching your topic you will choose how you would like to present your learning to the class. We will set up some extra class google meeting the last couple of weeks of school, so everyone has a chance to present. There are different ways you may present your information-look at the chart below.

You will  choose at least 3 different types of writing to go along with your presentation. Below are some examples of different types of writing. You must also include at least 3 more pieces of work in your presentation- look at the middle column in the table below.

We will be checking in with the kids to monitor their progress but there will not be specific due dates.

Types of Writing (Choose 3 different types)Other items that could be a part of your presentation (Your presentation must include 3 of these items or if you have another item check with your teacher)Ways to present (If you have a different way you would like to present talk to your teacher)
Collection of short poetry or one long poemExpository essayBiographyLetterNewspaper articleJournal entriesNarrativeInterviewHow toPosterModelMapTimelineDrawings/paintingsSongDiagramChartsGraphsStudent produced video
All presentations will done through google meet.  You will be able to present by talking and showing us your work, or by putting the meet in present mode to show us a slideshow, wevideo or any other work in google docs.
Display boardSlide ShowBook/scrapbook/journalMagazineDemonstration

Your must keep track of the sources you are using for your research. The project is due the last week of school.  Each student will have a folder that they will keep their notes in. You will also create a google doc. where they can list the URLs of the sites they have used.

Asian Recitation

You are to research a country in Asia which will be decided upon in class. You have a choice in how you present your information. You may create a scrapbook of your “trip” to Asia or you may create a display board of important information. 

Scrapbook Directions

You have just enjoyed 10 days in a country in Asia and you want to share your experience with your family and friends through a scrapbook of your visit. On your visit you were able to see some historic sites, experience new foods, see amazing natural areas and get to know some of the local people.

Your scrapbook should contain at least:

  • 2 Pictures with captions to describe where you visited and why
  • 1 Postcard or letter written to friends describing your trip
  • 2 Journal entries that describe your experiences
  • Map of your trip including important geographical features, capital and places you visited.

Optional

  • More Letters or postcards to friends or family describing your trip
  • Ticket stubs from attractions you visited
  • Photographs of you on your trip (cut and paste yourself into photographs)

You must include:

  • 1-2 visits to a natural area (park, beach, forest , desert, mountain, etc. . .)
  • 1-2 visits to a historical area. 

(You should have a total of at least 3 places that you visit)

  • Description of the food that you ate

Due dates:

Dec. 6    Research due  

Dec. 13  Map and plan of places you are visiting and 1 journal entry and 1 more element complete

Dec. 19  Completed Recitation due

Display Board

You need to display your information with an eye-catching title and sub-headings for the following categories:

  • A map to show major geographical features including capital
  • A brief history
  • Food
  • Family Life/People
  • Wildlife
  • Places of Interest
  • Any other categories you would like to include

Each category should include a heading, picture with caption and short writing (3-8 sentences).

Optional

  • Religion
  • Flag
  • Currency
  • Climate
  • Type of government 

Due Dates

Dec. 6th – Research due

Dec.13 – Map and 2 short writings

Dec. 19 – Completed recitation due

It Makes Sense! Recitation

The Institute for the Clarification of the Senses is seeking scientists to educate willing subjects on the form and function of the sense organs.  Scientists will be responsible for creating one of the sense organs as a 3-dimensional model. It can be made of any material the scientist finds suitable.The model will be labeled with the name and function of its parts.  The scientist will present the model to a group of subjects (classmates) gathered for the purpose of learning about the form of these organs and how they work.

In other words:

  • Create a 3-dimensional model of a sense organ agreed upon with your teacher.  The model can be made of Sculpey, papier mache, styrofoam, or any other materials of your choice.
  • Label the parts of your model to identify the name and job of each part.  Include a key if necessary.
  • Include a bibliography of at least 2 sources
  • Be prepared to present your model in class in an exciting fashion.

This is a 2 week project

Due FRIDAY Nov. 8th 

  •  Research on the parts of the sense organ, their function and how they work together
  • Plan for the model

Due MONDAY Nov. 18th

  • Completed model with labels
  • Prepared speech to explain the parts of the organ and how they work together

Ancient Egyptian Museum

We will be transforming the Rivendell Commons into a museum filled with artifacts and displays that help to explain the Ancient Egyptian civilization. You will be the curators. 

The Older Kids will create a museum of authentic replicas of Ancient Egyptian artifacts. Each student will do research to identify an artifact he/she would like to create. In addition to the artifact that will be completed at home, you will write an essay. Your essay will describe your artifact, what it is made of, it’s purpose, who used it and how it was used. While some of the work will be done at home, some class time will be devoted to the initial research part of the project and planning of the essay. You will start your essay  at school, but will need to complete your writing at home. 

You should be prepared to share your information with the rest of the school in a short, about 30 second speech.

Due Friday, Sept. 20

  • Artifact research completed (worksheet provided in class)
  • Essay plan completed
  • Sketch of artifact

Due Friday, Sept. 27

  • Completed essay
  • Check in with your teacher on progress of artifact-You should get started on it this week.

Due Friday, Oct. 4

  • Completed artifact
  • Be prepared with a short speech
  • Optional dress up in costume for the museum

Artifact Research Worksheet

Title of your artifact
What was it used for? Who would use it?



What material was the original artifact made out of?



Why is it important?
Other interesting facts.
List of supplies you will need to create your artifact.
Sketch of your artifact

Personal Project

After researching your topic you will choose how you would like to present your learning to the class. We will provide some time in class, but this project will require time outside of school to complete. You must write an opinion essay (this will be started at school) and then choose at least 2 different types of writing to go along with your presentation. Below are some examples of different types of writing and different ways you may decide to present your information.

We will be checking in with the kids to monitor their progress but there will not be specific due dates.

Types of Writing (Choose 2 different types) Other items that could be a part of your presentation (Your presentation must include 3 of these items or if you have another item check with your teacher) Ways to present (If you have a different way you would like to present tal to your teacher)
Poetry

Expository essay

Biography

Letter

Newspaper article

Journal entries

Narrative

Interview

How to

Poster

Model

Map

Timeline

drawings/paintings

Song

Diagram

Charts

Graphs

Student produced video

Display board

Slide Show

Book/scrapbook/journal

Skit/play

Magazine

Demonstration

Your must keep track of the sources you are using for your research. The project is due the last week of school.  Each student will have a folder that they will keep their notes in. They will also have a google doc. where they can list the URLs of the sites they have used.

Finding your Zen Recitation

This recitation is a continuation of the work you have been doing with Jessica.  You will need to identify the things that stress you out both at and outside of school.  You will not need to share these stressors with the rest of the class, so be honest with yourself in order to get the most out of this recitation.

Week 1: Identify and document stressors due Feb. 15.

You should probably  include your parents in this discussion.  Be as specific as possible. For example if math homework is a stressor, think about whether doing your homework without help is a stressor, or doing math homework when you have a lot of corrections is a stressor. Complete the sheet to show stressors that are outside of my control and inside my control.

Week 2: Strategies for dealing with stress due Feb. 22

  • Give at least three strategies for times when you need relief quickly.  Perhaps something unforeseen has happened and you feel yourself getting anxious or worked up.  What can you do at these times?
    • Give at least two strategies for when you have more time.  You are worried about something that is coming up or it’s the end of the day and you have more time to practice a strategy to make you feel better.
  • Try these strategies during the week -make a list of when you used it and why you needed to use it.

Week 3: Reflect on what worked and what didn’t work and create a panel to include in a classroom poster. We will provide the paper for this.  Due March 1

    • Make adjustments to your plan.
  • Create a panel it must include a picture, name of the strategy, and steps to implement the strategy. It must have color, be legible and be neat.  This will be displayed in the Commons, so we expect your best work.

South/Central American Travel Recitation

Pack your bags; you are heading out on an adventure of a lifetime! You will create an itinerary for a trip to the country you have been studying in class. You will have five days on the ground in your country. You will need to include the hotels where you will stay and the transportation you used while you are in the country. You do not need to list every restaurant, unless it is an extra special restaurant and contributes to your cultural experience. It should be a written document or slide show.

Check-ins will be on Mondays.

Week One Dec. 3

Make a list of the places you want to visit and the experiences you want to have. You should already have some ideas based on your research in class. You need to include:

    • at least two historical places
    • at least two visits to a natural area
  • at least one cultural experience

You should plan on 1-3 activities for each day depending on the length of time you will need to spend on each activity.

For example, you may want to spend a whole day touring the capital city and visiting 2 museums and a famous landmark.

Or, you may want to spend a whole day hiking a famous trail in the Andes.

Week Two Dec. 10

Print out a map (we can do this at school if you ask) and mark your route and the places you will visit. Start working on your itinerary. Remember the example we showed in class to give you ideas. Begin with your plane ride to the destination of your country. Make sure to include the name of the city where you arrive.

You should include

    • where you will stay
    • Transportation
    • Places you will visit, a description of the place or experience
  • Add pictures to make your itinerary more appealing

Week Three Presentation will be on Tuesday, Dec. 18

Continue to work on the itinerary and be prepared to share the highlights of your trip.

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Mesopotamian Museum

The document did not transfer over well to the web page. On the table below the left side is Option 1 the right side is Option 2.

Due: Friday, November 9th

We will be transforming the Rivendell Commons into a museum filled with artifacts and displays that help to explain the  Mesopotamian civilization. You will be the curators. You have 2 different options for you project.

Option One:

You will choose to make a replica of an artifact from the Mesopotamian era. The artifact could come from the Sumerians, Babylonians, or the Assyrians. You will create a 30 second speech to describe how your artifact was used and how it affected life at that time.  You will present to the other kids at Rivendell.

Option Two:

You will choose to make a map of a Mesopotamian city.  You can make a 3D model of the city or a detailed drawn map.  It needs to show the different areas of the city and important buildings.  Be sure to show the river and farmland as well as the buildings. You will create a 30 second speech to describe your city, the different areas, buildings and people who lived there. You will present this to the other kids at Rivendell.

Option One Option Two

Due Friday, Oct. 26

Title of your artifact Name of your city
What was it used for? Where is it located?
What Civilization? What civilization?
What material was the original artifact made out of? What areas/buildings of the city will you include?
Why is it important? Quick sketch or plan of city.  (You will need to do this on another piece of paper.)
Other interesting facts. What supplies do you need?
List of supplies you will need to create your artifact.  

Option 1 Option 2

Due: Friday Oct. 2

Rough draft of 30 second speech which must include

    • How your artifact was used and why it was important
    • When it was used and by whom
  • What your artifact would have been made of
Rough draft of 30 second speech which must include

    • Where is your city located and in what civilization
    • Describe the different areas of the city and who would live/work there
  • Any other interesting facts
Sketch of artifact Work on model/plan

Nov. 5th-9th

This week you will continue to work on your artifact OR plan/model of a city and polish your speech

Due: Friday, Nov. 9

    • Completed artifact or city drawing/model
    • Completed 30 second description of your artifact or city
  • Having practiced the speech and be ready to present to “museum” visitors

Ocean Recitation

Choose an animal that lives in the sea to research. After you have researched you will create a model or poster to represent your animal in its environment. You will write a paragraph or more for each of the topics listed below. We will write the first paragraph about the animal’s description at school.

    • Description of the animal: physical characteristics, diet, behavior
    • Environment: What part of the ocean do they live in?
  • Threats: Do humans or natural occurrences threaten this animal? If so how? Is there anything we can do to help these animals?

We encourage you to use a variety of resources and we expect to see your notes from these resources. Some of those resources could be books, websites, videos, or interviews with experts. If you need help finding appropriate sources please talk to your parents or your teachers.