Students in Kate Kennedy’s sixth grade World Cultures classes at Southern Oaks Middle School have been studying about the fascinating civilization of Ancient Egypt. Students were asked to choose a topic in which they were particularly interested in of the ancient culture and become SOMS “Egyptologists”. The assignment included the opportunity for students to choose the medium by which to present the topic to the class. Some of the options were to create a homemade model, make a diorama, make an informative poster, or to create a PowerPoint slide show describing an aspect of ancient Egyptian life. For example a student could report on the building of the pyramids using a visual aide and the “five W” facts (who, what, where, when, why, and how), about their topic. Students produced some impressive projects and enjoyed reporting and learning from classmates.
Northport K-8 students in Vicki Baird’s eighth grade Spanish classes created their own family trees using Spanish words and phrases. Students identified relationships to family members and then gave two physical and two personality
traits for each family memeber using Spanish language skills. Students also displayed handmade Ojo de Dios or Eyes of God. The Ojo de Dios were symbolic of wisdom and light in the Indian cultures in Mexico and Central America. Students
on the Northstar team in eighth grade have a great opportunity to earn one of two required high school foreign language credits at an advanced pace.
Bayshore Elementary families had a wonderful night of learning during the FCAT Information Night. The families started the night with a delicious dinner of baked ziti, salad and garlic bread cooked by business partner Big Apple Pizza. Families then learned ways to help their children be successful on the FCAT. Pictured are Michael Giachetti, center, enjoying a garlic knot with his dad Thomas Giachetti, left, and sister Melanie.