and Noah's flood
What should I show my students?
Ballard and Noah's Flood
Genesis tells how “God saw that the wickedness of man was great” and decided to destroy all of creation. Only Noah, “who found grace in the eyes of the Lord,” his family, and the animals aboard the ark survived to repopulate the planet.
• Older than Genesis is the Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh, a king who embarked on a journey to find the secret of immortality. Along the way, he met Utnapishtim, survivor of a great flood sent by the gods. Warned by Enki, the water god, Utnapishtim built a boat and saved his family and friends, along with artisans, animals, and precious metals.
Columbia University geologists William Ryan and Walter Pitman wondered what could explain the preponderance of flood legends. Their theory: As the Ice Age ended and glaciers melted, a wall of seawater surged from the Mediterranean into the Black Sea.
• During the Ice Age, Ryan and Pitman argue, the Black Sea was an isolated freshwater lakesurrounded by farmland.
Should I do pushups in front of the students? Should I challenge some of them to show their strength? Should I get them into an attitude of "comfortable with being uncomfortable"? ELSLeaders.com
These thoughts come from "how do we treat polar bears in zoos?"
Their meals include mackerel, chicken, beef, horsemeat, and what the keepers refer to as “bear chow”. Every day the keepers encourage Gus and Ida to hunt for their food by hiding fish in frozen blocks, inside toys or in the rock crevices of their habitat. This stimulation keeps Gus and Ida active and healthy.
Do we put the "fish" (information) in an interesting box that is fun (and a challenge or frustrating) for the students to find?
Here is a short list
Traveler IQ Challenge -- a clever way of showing information about geography, culture and some elements of history. GO ahead, try it
QUIA Put The Odyssey in Order
Middle School Hub
National Geographic Explorer
These quizzes are challenging.. study Tang and Ming dynasties to prepare for this test
Today's GeoBee Quiz - National Geographic
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