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This Week: Bodies From the Ash

posted Feb 20, 2017, 8:29 AM by Jason Brunken
This week Grade 6 is reading an intriguing non-fiction piece about Pompeii, the Ancient Roman city buried by a volcanic eruption from Mt. Vesuvius on August 24, 79 CE. The 20,000 people living in Pompeii believed the volcano to be just a quiet mountain, but within 24 hours after it began erupting, the entire town was destroyed, buried under lava and ash. It would not see the light of day until 1,500 years later. Since, archaeologists have been uncovering the ancient city which has been very well preserved beneath the ash. Through the people of Pompeii's tragedy, we are able to learn an incredible amount about life in Ancient Rome. I hope the kids enjoy reading this very interesting selection.

This week will wrap up our unit on history and prepare the kids for their final project for this unit: an informative website that teaches about an ancient civilization. Students will practice identifying main ideas and details and paraphrasing text and information they read this week to prepare for this assignment. This week we will also work with our vocabulary and spelling words as well as practice more with using prepositional phrases. These can all be reviewed using the handout and slideshow below. If your child wishes to learn more about Ancient Rome, show them this excellent video by Crash Course.