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Monday, October 16, 2017

Week of 10/16 - 10/20

This week in social studies, students will be taking a final test on the fall of the Roman Empire, then we will begin a related poster project about the technological advances brought to Europe by the tribes we have been calling "barbarians".

Here is a breakdown for the week:
  • Monday: Fall of Rome Test Review 
    • Study guide
    • Kahoot Review
  • Tuesday: Fall of Rome Final Test
    • This test is OPEN NOTE!  Be sure to finish all notes and bring them with you to class
  • Wednesday: Begin the Barbarian Innovation Advertisement Poster Project 
    • Introduce the project
    • Begin brainstorming
  • Thursday & Friday: Continue work on Advertisement project

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Week of 10/9 - 10/11

This short week in social studies, students will be continuing to learn about the circumstances that led to the fall of the Roman empire.  Students are filling out a C-Note packet that uses a variety of sources.  We will start the week by watching a short song video about the Fall of Rome (link on the right side of this page).  Next, we will read an article that goes into more detail about the invasions of the empire by the "barbarian" tribes.  This article can be found in the "Middle Ages Articles" link on the right side of the page. 

Quick reminder . . . don't forget that Thursday of this week is a grading day for teachers!  That means Midterm progress reports.  Students who want to improve their grades prior to these progress reports will need to turn in late work by Wednesday.

Now, here is the weekly breakdown:
  • Monday: Fall of Rome song & C-Notes.
    • (also, Monday will be a chance to catch up or complete any incomplete notes)
  •  Tuesday & Wednesday: "Background: The Invasions" Article and C-Notes
  • Homework: COMPLETE Fall of Rome Multimedia Source C-Note Packet 
    • Due Monday 10/16

Monday, October 2, 2017

Week of 10/2 - 10/6

This week in Social Studies, we will begin our study of the fall of the Roman empire.  The collapse of Rome launched Europe into the Middle Ages, and forced many people into the socio-economic system called Feudalism.  This time period also brought many new people and tribes into Europe (what we call the "barbarian" invasions), and with them they brought many new innovations and ideas.  After the fall of Rome, Europe was never the same again.

We will be learning about this topic using a variety of different sources, including videos, websites, textbook, an article and a song!  Students will record their learning on a special packet C-Notes that have been set up as "guided" notes.  Most of this work will be done in class, but if a student misses class, they should be able to make up the work at home.  On the right side of this page, there is a set of links under "Fall of Rome" links that will take you to most of the resources in the notes.

Here is a breakdown of the week:
Monday: Fall of Rome Pre-Test
Tuesday: BrainPOP video (C-Notes)
Wednesday: Mr. Giotto's website & Scavenger Hunt (C-Notes)
Thursday - Friday: History Alive Section 1.2 (C-Notes)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Homework due Monday 10/2

Many students finished in class, but if your student didn't, here it is: Medieval Europe Geography Challenge.  Students should have an accompanying worksheet in their binders.  They need to answer the questions and label the map.  Below are pictures of the maps to use for reference, and the questions that need to be answered.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Week of 9/25 - 9/28

This 4-day week in Social Studies, we will be beginning our study of the middle ages - and practice  note-taking and map-reading.  To start, we will take a closer look at the "Introduction to the Middle Ages Eras" article.  Students will use close reading protocol to mark the text, then summarize each paragraph in their own words on C-Note paper.

We will end the week with a History Alive (our textbook) geography challenge about medieval Europe.  In pairs, students will work to answer questions about the maps in the book and to add information to a blank map of Europe.  There is a link on the right side of the page to the maps in the book.

Here is a breakdown of the week:
Monday - Tuesday: Intro to Middle Ages Article and C-Notes  - Due Thursday 9/28
Wednesday - Thursday: Medieval Europe Geography Challenge - Due Monday 10/2

Monday, September 18, 2017

Week of 9/18 - 9/22

This week in Social Studies, we will be wrapping up activities from last week, then launching into some history!

To start, on Monday, students will have an opportunity to finish the Pathway Project.  This will be the last class day to work on this project, however students will have the week to finish at home for homework (if necessary).  The due date for the project is Friday 9/22.  See last week's post for details.

Next, we will spend a couple days talking about why it is important to learn and study history.  Tuesday we will start with a couple of short videos that succinctly describe why studying and learning about history is important.  See below for links to the videos.  Students are taking C-Notes on the videos, then will be creating posters to illustrate one of the reasons studying history is important.  These student posters will decorate my classroom to serve as a reminder throughout the year!

To end the week, we will start our study of the middle ages in Europe with a short introductory article and a medieval game.

Here's the breakdown for the week:
Monday: Last day to work on Pathway Project (due Friday)
Tuesday: Why Study History Video & C-Notes
Wednesday: Why Study History Poster (due Monday 9/25)
Thursday: Current Events Check-In; Finish Why Study History Poster (due 9/25)
Friday: Intro to Middle Ages Article & Tabla Lusoria game

Video Links:
Why is History Important?
Why Study History?

Friday, September 15, 2017

First full week of school: 9/11 - 15

During the first full week of Social Studies, we had two assignments we were working on: the Personal Pathway project and classroom expectations and routines. 

In the Pathway Project, students are working to create an artistic, thoughtful and creative poster that depicts different aspects of their lives, past and future, along a pathway.  Our objective with this project is to get to help me get to know students better, and to help them get to know each other better.  It is also designed to help students learn class and academic expectations, and to read and use a grading guide effectively.

Students will start with a brainstorm, which needs to be approved by Ms. Superneau.  The projects will be worked on mostly in class, however some students may need to work on them at home.  Monday 9/18 will be the last class period to work on the Pathways, and final drafts will be due Friday 9/22.

To the right, you will see the brainstorm sheet and the grading guide for the Pathway Project.

For class expectations and procedures, students will take notes on a presentation in class.  These will be completed and turned in Friday 9/15.  If a student missed a day of the presentation, both the Powerpoint, and note-taking handout is available in the "Worksheets & Handouts" link on the right side of the page. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------->

Daily Breakdown:
Monday: Class Syllabus & Class Expectations (begin note-taking)
Tuesday: Introduce Pathway project, students begin to brainstorm
Wednesday - Thursday: Continue Class expectations Notes; Work on Pathway Project
Friday: Finish Notes and turn in; Continue work on pathway project