What's Happening in Challenge...
Dates to Remember:
- October 6th - Elementary Open House 5:30pm
- October 24th - New to District Challenge Testing Window opens
- October 31st - Student Holiday / Parent Teacher Conferences
- November 4th-6th - Greek Festival of Dallas This is an optional activity to do as a family. This is not a school activity.
Challenge students are working hard studying Greek Mythology. This month students will move on to our study of heroes from Greek Mythology. These stories are exciting and will lead us to interesting activities, vocabulary, and discussions as we write our own myths. I hope your child is coming home and sharing all they learn in Challenge.
Side Note - Greek Costumes - At the end of our Greek unit, we will have a Greek festival complete with food, activities and costumes. If your child participates in Halloween or Fall activities which will require a costume, you might want to consider a Greek costume to be used at a later date for our festival. The following link contains some ideas for creating a Greek costume. https://www.kidslovegreece.com/en/3289-greek-goddess-for-halloween/
Reviewing Videos of Greek Mythology
Challenge students will have the opportunity to view many videos about our Greek heroes in Challenge. Please note these videos are district approved, child appropriate, and G rated. Many movies have been made about Greek mythology, however, a great deal of them are for adults and should be previewed before young children view them.
Athenian Secret is a math simulation in which the Challenge classroom will become ancient Greece of 2000 years ago. Challenge students will travel through the city of Athens as they solve problems and search for clues to the “secret formula.” Students will be working in cooperative teams to become master mathematicians. This is an exciting way for students to practice problem solving and critical thinking skills. Specifically, students will be involved with the following:
1. Familiarity with the ancient city of Athens
2. Awareness of the Greek alphabet
3. Information about Greek gods and goddesses
1. Spatial relations
4. Problem Solving
5. Critical Thinking
6. Decision making
1. Positive feelings towards math and problem solving
2. Accomplishment relating to accumulation of drachmas
3. Excitement in scurrying around old Athens trying to discover the secret formula before the other teams
“He who can work with numbers can also bring great riches into his life and the lives around him.”
Challenge students will continue to learn about chess and chess puzzles . We will have a chess puzzle UIL event during the Spring semester. To supplement their chess instruction, students are encouraged to work on ChessKid.com. Each student will be given log on information from the campus Challenge teacher.
Why Teach Greek Mythology?
The teaching of mythology provides many varied benefits to students of all ages. Students come in contact with a variety of world cultures while comparing those cultures to their own. Mythology also teaches history by examining ancient times and their effect on the modern world. The study of Greco-Roman and Norse mythology also strengthens students' understanding of language since many English words are derived from characters and events found within. It can also increase students' appreciation for Literature and art by understanding the many mythological allusions. By studying ancient mythologies, students also start thinking analytically about modern culture, analyzing the traces of ancient mythology has left behind and the legends that have been created in their own day.
Mythology combines all these different facets of learning into one object of study. And the best part is: Mythological stories are often fun! If taught correctly, a mythology course can be simultaneously educational and entertaining.
Because of its multifaceted nature, mythology is hard to categorize into one single subject area. Some schools teach mythology as a history or sociology course. Others emphasize the literary importance and teach mythology as an English or Communication Arts course. Teachers of Latin often teach mythological stories to supplement the study of language.
No matter which way mythology is taught or to which age group, it is still an important and interesting topic of study.
Please check your child's Challenge folder each week and help them to remember to return it the following week. Items to look for are Weekly Challenge assignments and notes from the teacher. The newsletter is also sent home in the folder. Please remove items that are in the side that says Keep At Home. Sometimes your child may share their Challenge papers with you, but they are left in the folder. It helps us to know that you are receiving communication if the papers are removed.
If papers are sent in the side that says: Return to School, then please place them back in the folder and return in time for your child's Challenge day.