Written by Ella
A few days ago in class, we learned about the battle of Constantinople in 1453 (present-day Istanbul, Turkey), when the Ottomans tried to conquer Constantinople so they could get more money by controlling the trade between Europe and Asia. If the Ottomans conquered Constantinople they would cut Europe out of the Silk Road. The Ottomans used cannons to try to shoot down the wall. It took 53 days for them to finally break the wall.
We tried to recreate the wall out of our wonders books, and Mr. Salsich brought out the mega nerf gun he has, and we all tried to shoot down the wall from a nearby desk. It was so fun! None of us shot it down, probably it could have taken 53 days!
(*Update: The wall did fall on the second day after about 35 of us shot at it!)
I liked the activity and some of my classmates did too. “I thought it was fun because we got to shoot things,” said Sarah.
We all had fun learning about the battle of Constantinople! (especially Sarah)
In social studies, we have been learning about the battle of Constantinople in 1453 and how that event impacted European exploration and world history. We also learned about inventions like the printing press, the compass, and other navigational instruments. Students worked on sketching their ideas and understandings through "Quick-Draws." Then they selected their favorite sketch to include in a class slideshow.
Check out the awesome creativity by clicking on the image below!
Most days, we start ELA with a short writing assignment. Then we partner up and read and respond to each other's writing. After discussing the content of the writing, we go over it and try to fix up any grammar mistakes. Then we switch roles and read the other person's writing. After that, Mr. Salsich usually shares one or two on the board and we discuss them as a class.
Last week our daily writing focus was on compound sentences and similes. We had different prompts to write to, such as; something we did over the weekend, our favorite video game, TV show, or movie, and a time we got in trouble or got an injury.
On Friday, we selected our favorite piece of daily writing from the week and copied it into a shared Google Slide. Click on the writing image below to read all of our selected pieces.
Here are some pictures of us sharing our writing and helping with editing and revising:
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