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|
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)|
Student produced video
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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
||Rough draft of 30 second speech which must include
|Sketch of artifact||Work on model/plan|
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
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.