Fifth and sixth graders are off and running in more of the core subjects. In science, the students have had quite a few opportunities to conduct lab experiments on different forces. Sometimes the experiments even work the way they are supposed to! And when they don’t, we can still discuss the science behind what was supposed to happen. In history, after covering a few introductory chapters on different branches of social studies, the students have started getting into actual world history. Last week, they ran a simulation where they had to try and survive as an individual (finding enough food, water, and shelter) and then trying again as a group. Needless to say, surviving as a civilization worked out better for them. Hopefully they can now tell you what benefit there is to developing agriculture as a civilization. This week, they’ve started learning about the region of Mesopotamia. Next week, they’ll be doing a simulation to learn more about the different civilizations that developed there.