Mozart was the focus of our Moment of Genius today. I loved how students were able to synthesize the knowledge gained during our study and evaluate his contributions, influence, and impact. This lead into our next creative genius: van Gogh. Students worked through a Google Slide show to learn about him, classifying facts about his life, work, family, and any "other" interesting information on Tree Maps. Next we watched two video clips from CBS News to learn even more, including a new theory about van Gogh's death. Students had lots to share from their investigation, and it was awesome to see their ability to pull out important information. While van Gogh is certainly a creative giant, he was a very troubled individual, and it is difficult to study the artist without talking about some of the negative parts of his life. We ended by examining him for FFOE. Again, the students demonstrated great analysis skills. Next week we will look more at his work.
We ended with the History of Math and learning about Babylonian numeration. This is definitely the most complicated of the systems we have experienced because it is a base 60 system and our brains operate in base 10. We looked at some ancient tablets and practiced in class. Students are rising to the challenge well! We will complete this practice next week.
For homework this week...
1. Complete the practice ledger.
2. Science vocabulary: research and find examples to illustrate each.