Saturday, May 7th. The staff of the Christa McAuliffe Space Center gathered for an early, pre-private mission breakfast. The fixens were good; sausages, waffles, fruit, bagels, and scrambled eggs.
Gone were the old staples of a Space Center breakfast; Gogurts, Tampico, and nearly all you could eat Walmart glazed donuts. The Space Center has come a long way.
A television was brought in to ensure the younglings had a screen to stare at just in case face to face conversation led to awkward pauses. Old cartoons from their collective childhoods was on the line up.
My 6th Grade history classes completed our World War I / Absolute Monarchy simulation and retired our beloved Czar Tyler. He did a great job getting us through the Russo/Japanese War and getting us into World War I as Russia. On Monday the students arrived to see the room transformed into post World War I Germany.
The new doorway sign as you enter my classroom
The Flag and Signs Behind the Chancellor's Desk in my classroom
This unit has a couple objectives. 1) Students participate in a European style parliamentary democracy. 2) Students learn economics through the hyperinflation soon to befall them - the same hyperinflation that decimated the German mark during the Weimar Republic. 3) Students will understand the how and why of the rise of fascism and nationalism and the reasons for World War 2.
Of course, this simulation runs in the background of our normal history curriculum. We are learning about the Aztec, Incas, and Mayans right now and next week will introduce the Reformation.
A parliamentary democracy needs political parties. My classes created two parties: The German Innocents and The German Destiny Parties. Elections for the nation's Reichstag were held on Thursday. The students spent Monday - Wednesday campaigning. Preparing yourself, there was a good deal of mudslinging going on in the campaign. Politics can be a dirty business.
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