Age of Exploration: Investigating the Spice Trade

We have been talking about how the spice trade was a major cause for the Age of Exploration, and why spices were so valued. So which spice would students want to trade for? Today, they sniff-tested 12 spices to see what they liked and disliked, and then attempted to identify each spice. There were some fun surprises along the way – be sure to ask your son or daughter about their favorites!

Short story diagramming!

Students learned the components of the short story, and then worked in groups to choose the climax (point of change) for the short stories read in class. They did a great job discussing, choosing, and supporting those choices with facts from the stories!