Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hominy Anyone?

While learning about World War I and the United States Food Administration in our American history class, I pulled out my posters and discussed them with my students.  "What's hominy?" one of them asked.  That gave me an idea.

Growing up in the South, we did eat hominy, and even grits, thank you.  (We prefer the latter with cheese, by the way.)  So the next day, my students got to sample hominy, which is corn kernels that have been soaked to remove the hulls.  Most of them were not too impressed, but they did learn something new.  


noun  hom·i·ny \ˈhä-mə-nē\
Popularity: Bottom 20% of words

Definition of hominy

  1. :  kernels of corn that have been soaked in a caustic solution (as of lye) and then washed to remove the hulls

  2. Definition courtesy of Merriam-Webster

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Not in a Box, Not with a Fox

This has got to be my favorite history project of all time.  One of my creative, energetic 7th graders researched Henry "Box" Brown, a slave who built a box, got inside it, and shipped himself to freedom in Philadelphia.  The student then built the box to specifications and even got inside it to demonstrate as part of his presentation to the class.  It currently resides in my classroom.   He was also inspired to do his research paper for English class on the same topic.  

His sister made this dress similar to what a slave would have worn.  She even made it out of thick, coarse material.  Another student made a journal with entries by Harriet Tubman.  

One of my eighth graders researched one of the most exciting exploration stories -- Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance.  He recreated a scene from their camp on Elephant Island near the coast of Chili with upturned life boats used as shelter while they anxiously awaited the return of their faithful captain.  

Friday, April 14, 2017

Where Is Your Sofa?

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hittin' the Road with the Terre Hill Gospel Team

 We just spent four remarkable days with the energetic Gospel Team (the 11th and 12th grade choir elective), reliable chaperones, delightful friends, and gracious hosts.  
Pictured above is a flash mob at Walnut Creek Cheese in Holmes County, Ohio.
*All photographs were taken by Elvin Sensenig.  
The Sommers sisters treated us to a mini concert in 
Wayne County, Ohio.  
 The final evening included a concert with Maranatha Christian School in Sugarcreek, Ohio.  Each school sang a few pieces, then Franklin Miller and Jeff each directed a piece with the combined choirs.  

Saturday, April 1, 2017

An Airplane and Travel Honor Roll Party

Caleb Martin of Italy, Hilary Martin of Germany, Kay Fisher of Mexico, Kaitlyn Zimmerman, Jeff & Deana Swanson of Shalom Supersonic Airlines, and Brandon Nolt (Jeff's 7th grade Bible teaching apprentice) of Switzerland.  
We began the evening scanning their luggage and stamping their passport invitations.  The students then stayed in the waiting area until we boarded the plane.  The teachers had made an instructional and safety video for the students to watch.  

We enjoyed appetizers in Mexico:  chips, salsa, and nachos.  We planned to have the students bring four items in their suitcases, one to use in each room with an activity.  While in Mexico, the students donned hats and learned the Mexican Hat Dance. 
After learning about the intercepted Zimmerman Telegram, we hurriedly left Mexico and dashed back to the plane.  The flight attendants served drinks, pretzels, and peanuts to very polite students.  (They had paid attention to the instructional video, perhaps?)
The next stop was Italy, where we enjoyed Olive Garden salad and olive, tomato and cheese kabobs.  The students then were put into groups and tried to see which group could get the tallest stack of luggage.  After hearing that Italy had joined Germany and Austria-Hungary in WWI, we left Italy and ran back to the plane.  
The cabin air pressure dropped too low on the next flight, and we had to secure our oxygen masks.  We took several pictures to put in the yearbook of the students wearing these.  
Our next stop was Germany, where we ate sweet pickles, cheese cubes, bratwurst, and sauerkraut.  Then we traded pieces of chocolate from our suitcases.  It was at this point that we heard the Nazis were coming (okay, a quick jump to WWII-- it is still history) and ran out the back door, up the hill around the school, and back into the airplane.  
Our last stop was neutral Switzerland where the students sat on sheep skin rugs and listened to yodeling music.  They pulled mugs and spoons from their suitcases, stirred their hot chocolate, and ate homemade apple strudel and real European chocolates. 

 Next we learned one of my favorite old campfire songs, "An Austrian went yodeling on a mountain top high . . . " and refined our yodeling skills.  (The students asked if we could sing it again the next day at school :-).

It had taken us over two hours to set up four rooms and an "airplane", but with the help of our students, we had it all cleaned up in about twenty minutes.  That was a real blessing to the very tired, but very happy teachers.  

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus by the Anabaptist Orchestra

This piece features the brass, woodwind, and percussion sections of the Anabaptist Orchestra.
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