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Battle Strategies & Dioramas: Civil War, The Siege of Petersburg

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 5th-8th

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To round out this year s Battle Strategy classes, students will finish learning the basic history of the Civil War, with a focus on the Siege of Petersburg, a Union victory which preceded the burning of Richmond and General Robert E. Lee s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse.
Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10 X 16 shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, valleys, rivers, ridges, vegetation, fences, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical war gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how this battle progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices. The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle.
Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s series include: Revolutionary War, Battles of Lexington and Concord (1st quarter), Revolutionary War, Yorktown (2nd quarter), Civil War, Gettysburg (3rd quarter), and Civil War, The Siege of Petersburg (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $163.00

Dynamic Dioramas: Ancient China and The Three Kingdoms, 208 CE

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 2nd-4th

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Travel back to Ancient China and learn about its most famous National Epic, The Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Students will also make a scene from the story in miniature, populated with miniature Chinese warrior figures with which to re-enact the Battle of Red Cliffs. Their terrain will be on a 10X16 foam board hand shaped by the student. Using these materials, the class will re-enact the epic battle, fighting from the perspective of the outnumbered Wu rebels or General Cao Cao himself. By the end of the course, students should be able to briefly explain the history and culture of this period of China, the conditions that led to the Wu rebellion in Southern China and General Cao Cao s motivations to unify the country.
Each student will create an individual diorama. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10 x 16 inch foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landscape elements, waterways, structures of the time, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a history-based survival strategy game. This will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, warfare, and politics of the time.
Each student will have at least one board and set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $15.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s series include Sumerian Settlement (1st quarter), Ancient Greece, The Iliad & Odyssey (2nd quarter), Roman Republic, Hannibal & The Punic Wars (3rd quarter), and Ancient China and The Three Kingdoms (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $163.00

Get to Know Government: State & Local

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Jen DesRoches

Grade Range: 7th-8th

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Why does Virginia have a one-term limit for its governors and why do we vote in odd years? What is the difference between a mayor, a supervisor, or a councilman? What is a delegate and an attorney general? Who are all of these people and how is the state of Virginia organized? Get to know your state and local government!
Using an inquiry-based approach, middle school students will be given leading questions to investigate our state and local government. Discover what are the powers of the state government and what is left up to counties, cities, and towns. Find out who we vote for and who is elected. Discover how responsibilites are divided up among the state government and the localities. Who makes laws about driving, voting, education, and who is in charge of roads? Students will identify a state or local issue of importance to them and write a letter to the proper authority as they learn about how a proposal becomes a bill and eventually a law in the Commonwealth. Topics in this year's series: You Have the (Bill of) Rights! (second quarter); Three Branches (third quarter); and State/Local (fourth quarter). This is a 7-week class that will not meet on March 27.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $141.00

Hands on History: Island Nations- Aboriginal Australia

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

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Discover the island culture of Aboriginal Australia and its contributions to the modern world in this vibrant hands-on history class! Learn about the cultural development and traditions of native Australians (such as homes, architecture, clothing, food, transportation, and beliefs) through weekly projects. Students will make branch nature collages, Dream Time watercolor paintings, dot painted rocks, woven baskets, and origami boomerangs as they learn about life in historic Australia! The class will sample the oral traditions and literature of the period through read-alouds of fables and folklore. Students will also learn how the cultural traditions of Aboriginal Australia continue to endure today.

Students will be excited by history when approached through this engaging, multi-disciplinary exploration of historical connections and integrated concepts rather than memorizing dates and disconnected facts! There is a $15.00 per student material and supply fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's class series include: Japan (first quarter), Indonesia (second quarter), Polynesia (third quarter), and Australia (fourth quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $154.00

Modeling the Great Conquests: King Charles VIII of France, The Italian Wars 1494-1559

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Have you ever heard of the time the King of France went to war with the Pope? How about the time the Pope went to war with the other Pope? Italy in the Renaissance was a chaotic mess, a battleground of empires trying to dominate Europe, leaving the various city-states of Italy to band together or pick an invader to join. Some people say war never changes, but those people have never read about armored knights charging into cannon fire. In half a century Europe transitions from a system dominated by its medieval knights and lances, to professional armies with dedicated cannon artillery. The Renaissance is a period of rapid change, and Italy is its cradle. This is the time of Da Vinci, Machiavelli and the Borgia Pope. It s got everything: politics and poisoning, castles and cannons, religion and regicide.
Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will create a 10 X 16 diorama board of a Renaissance Italian battlefield, and populate it with 1:72 scale invading armies and their adversaries for historical re-enactments. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the conquest while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical war gaming rule system for moving troops and siege equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how battles progressed and test different scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices.
Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s series include: Genghis Khan (1st quarter), Alexander Nevsky, Russia's Hero (2nd quarter), Edward the Black Prince & Henry V, The 100 Years War (3rd quarter), and French King Charles VIII, The Italian Wars (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $163.00

Money Matters: Start Your Own Business

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Jen DesRoches

Grade Range: 7th-8th

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Student entrepreneurs...This class will help you launch your own business just in time for summer or the spring marketplace! What will you do to earn money? Start a dog walking business? How about offering child care, petsitting, or lawn mowing? Can you bake gourmet cupcakes, grow and sell fresh herbs, give lessons to youngsters, or host kids' birthday parties? Maybe you want to make and sell jewelry or start a camp? There are lots of businesses tween and teen entrepreneurs can start! In this class you will navigate all the start-up essentials for your business- select a name, design a logo and create marketing materials, set up a simple business website. Find out how to identify potential customers, how to get the word out, and how to price your product of service. Look at how others with similar businesses operate and what supplies or equipment might be needed. The class will look at types of business structures, investigate whether permits, licenses, or training are required. Students will learn how to line up references and how to ask for reviews and feedback. As part of their inspiration, young businessmen and women will read articles about successful teen entrepreneurs. During one class, a panel of small business owners will be invited in to answer students' questions. Finally, during the last class, students will officially launch their new businesses to an audience of parents and classmates. This is a 7-week class that will not meet on March 27.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $141.00

Where in the World? BioGeography

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Christine Keen

Grade Range: 5th-8th

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Geography is our window into understanding the world around us. This quarter, we ll be exploring U.S. and world geography by considering the planet s plant, animal, and even microbial life. We ll study some of the earth s most unusual biomes, investigate animal migrations, learn about fossiling sites, look at national parks around the world, track the path of an apidemic, and examine the distribution patterns of some of our favorite animals. Each week will feature a variety of hands-on activities, games, and at-home projects designed to enrich students' understanding of both U.S. and world geography. Prior geographic knowledge is welcome but not assumed. Students must be able to read at or above grade level and be prepared to complete brief projects at home to present during class time.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $171.00

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