Our economic geography study this week has given us a lens into the ways in which trade, consumption, avarice, and economics led to everything from mass opium addiction in China (fueled by British desire for tea and silver) to slavery in the Southeastern United States (to support the world’s growing desire for cotton) and to population explosions in Europe followed by famines and mass immigration (after Ireland, along with other European countries, embraced the potato).
Monday is the last day for our student council food drive. Please send in items on Monday if you haven’t yet had a chance to contribute (or if you’d like to add to our effort). Thanks to Kristen for driving our collection to the food bank on Tuesday.
Poudre High School Informational Evening: Wednesday Nov. 30; 6-7 p.m.
This meeting will provide an overview of the IB program at PHS from 9th – 12th grade with an emphasis on the Middle Years Program (MYP), grades 9 & 10; a panel of current IB parents and students who will share their experiences in the IB program; a look at the Intent to Enroll admissions form.
Winter Faire this year will be Saturday Dec. 10. Look for more information and a sign-up genius coming soon. 6th through 8th grades are together responsible for hosting a candle-dipping activity, along with outdoor fire pits and cider
Reese’s Class Report
Monday we learned about opium. Opium was traded for silver so the British could buy tea from Asia. Then we worked on an essay about what it was like to be a slave on a sugar plantation. In handwork we finished bags and made pin cushions for the fairy room. In math we learned more about circles.
Tuesday in main lesson we learned about cotton and how it is used in a lot of clothes. We checked our clothes and found out that most of the clothes we had came from Asia and Central America. In math we started learning how Eratosthenes measured the earth. In music we practiced a song that we are going to perform on next Tuesday at the assembly. In cyber civics we tracked our hours on social media and presented how many hours we spent.
Wednesday was a day where we continued our learning about cotton. In math we found out the formula on how to measure the earth. We switched our explorations. Woodworking went to outdoor ed. and pottery went to woodworking. For school tours some of the class met with Ms. Sexton to discuss doing tours for parents of prospective students. The 8th graders get to help with that. We also tried no added sugar day.
Thursday we calculated our results on no added sugar day. Half the class didn’t succeed. We learned about potatoes and will continue tomorrow. Potatoes actually have a very large impact on our world. Potatoes were grown for thousands of years by the Incas, but once they came to Europe, they were originally grown for animals in Europe. During the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars when the troops came they stomped all over the other crops. Since the potatoes are grown underground they survived and were the main source of food.
Friday we learned about the potato’s impact on Ireland and the Irish potato famine’s impact on the world. In art we painted on small canvases and made flowers for the silent auction at Winter Faire. In our extra period we got extra work done and played games.