As part of the Sixth Grade Social Studies Curriculum, students are studying the Ancient Israelites. During the past few weeks, students have analyzed the environment, the history of the Israelites, and their interactions with neighboring societies.

This past week, students learned about the significance of the Masada fortress to the Hebrews. Students discussed the importance of the fortress to the Jewish rebels in 70 A.D. They researched archaeological remains such as the cisterns, the towers, and the harsh surrounding environments. As a STEM project, they replicated the three main towers and the Judean desert along with the Dead Sea.

Models incorporated elements of art, architecture, engineering and mathematics. Students worked in cooperative learning groups to complete their models. It was a great experience for them to bring history to life in the classroom.

Anne-Marie Hudani
St. John Fisher School Principal

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