Unit 3 consisted of studying Mongolia. For this country, we read the book: I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade by Diane Wilson. Also, we made Mongolian Chicken with Rice and enjoyed it.
Unit 3 of our academic year consists of reading history and geography of Vietnam from the book: Journey to the Eastern Hemisphere by April Lotempio. To understand the culture in more depth we did the following:
We read the following book:
The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam by Quang Nhuong Huynh (Listen to Arjun’s animal story based on this book)
We tried packaged pho and then we tried making pho from scratch. Pho from scratch was absolutely delicious.
Unit 3 of our academic year consists of reading history and geography of Russia from the book: Journey to the Eastern Hemisphere by April Lotempio. To understand the culture in more depth we did the following:
We listened to the following talks of Shri Mataji:
- 1992-0805 Arrival & Interview, Togliatti, Russia
- 1995-0919 Conference in Saint Petersburg, Russia
- 1995-1001 Navaratri Puja Talk, Cabella
- 1993-0802 Shri Mataji, TV Interview, Saint Petersburg, Russia
- 1994-0917 Arrival & visit to Sahaja school, Togliatti, Russia
- Shri Mataji in Russia-Ukraine 1993-1994
We read the following book:
- Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin (Listen to Arjun’s essay on Communism inspired by this book)
- Burying The Sun by Gloria Whelan
We watched the following movie:
- Animal Farm on Amazon Prime (this was very interesting especially after realizing the symbolism representing communism)
- Anastasia on DisneyPlus
- Fiddler on the Roof on Netflix
We made following Russian food:
We are studying Japan after completing North and South Korea as part of Unit 2 of our academic year. We studied Japanese history and geography from the book: Journey to the Eastern Hemisphere by April Lotempio. To understand the culture in more depth we did the following:
We listened to following talks of Shri Mataji:
- 1995-0301 Arrival and Talk, Tokyo, Japan
- 1994-0418 Public Program, Tokyo, Japan
We read following books:
- Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr (Listen to Arjun’s summary of Sadako and her paper cranes)
- The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck (For creative writing section, Arjun added a paragraph to one of the pages in the book. Listen to this page from The Big Wave.)
- The Master Puppeteer by Katherine Paterson (Listen to Arjun’s analysis of a quote from The Master Puppeteer).
- Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg
- Born in the Year of Courage by Emily Crofford
Arjun created following haiku titled “Global Warming”:
Hurricanes, fires, whirlwinds rage;
Still slaves of money.
We saw following movies:
- Tuna Girl on Netflix
- Tokyo Trial on Netflix (Arjun watched it intermittently but I enjoyed it.)
Arjun did following Japan inspired artwork:
We ate following food that we bought from Kroger:
We made the following Japanese food:
We have spent our second unit of grade 5 studying North Korea and South Korea. We read Korean History and Geography from the book: Journey to the Eastern Hemisphere by April Lotempio. Arjun created this short movie on Korean War using Scratch programming. There are no talks given by Shri Mataji in Korea and so, we read all the quotes where Shri Mataji has talked about Korea. To understand the culture in more depth we did the following:
We read following book: Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park. Arjun got inspired to make box kite after reading this book. Also, he pretended to be a reporter and wrote a news article based on Kite Fighters.
We watched following movies:
- Last Princess on Amazon Prime
- Crash Landing on You on Netflix (Arjun saw it intermittently but I was hooked to it.) This movie inspired us to try instant noodles.
We made following Korean food: