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Monday, May 22, 2017

Week of 5/22 - 5/25

This week in social studies, we are coming near the end of our Maya, Inca and Aztec project.  Student groups are presenting their Google Slides presentation to the class.  During presentations, students are taking notes on the information presented by their peers.  The note-taking has two goals: one is to allow students a chance to practice taking notes on a verbal presentation, the other is for use on our text next week.  On this unit test, students will actually be tested on all three civilizations and their achievements.  The test will mostly be written by students - later this week, students will actually write test questions about the presentation given to the class. 

*Note* Students who are absent can make up their presentation later this week in class, or for me at lunch or after school.

Here is a breakdown of the week:
Monday - Tuesday: Presentations
Wednesday: District Track Meet - Test Question writing/review of information
Thursday: Finish all presentations & review information
Friday: No School - Have a great 4 day weekend!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Week of 5/15 - 5/19

This week in Social Studies will be all about creating and preparing for class presentations on the Maya, Inca, Aztec project.  Last week, we ended up needing the full four days to work on the Smarter Balanced Assessment, so this week we will be focusing on the presentations for the full week.  Students will be working in groups to create a Google Slides presentation on their topic.  Each student will be responsible for one or two slides of the presentation on their "Focus" topic, one vocabulary word, and a citation to credit their online source.

Here is a breakdown of the week:
Monday: Introduce project, create rough draft of slide
Tuesday: Finish rough draft, begin working on focus topic slides
Wednesday: Online Source citation & vocabulary word
Thursday: Finish slides
Friday: Prepare for presentation (write index cards, practice)

Presentations will be held next week, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Students who are absent for their group's presentation will be expected to make up the presentation.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Week of 5/8 - 5/11

This four-day week in Social Studies is made even shorter by testing.  Monday, we started taking the Smarter Balanced Language Arts CAT test during the social studies period.  We will likely be testing through Wednesday.  If so, Thursday in social studies will be a "catch-up" day, which will be a chance to return papers, look at grades, and finish any work on the Maya, Inca, Aztec project that may need to be finished before groups will be starting their Google Slide presentation creation next week.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Week of 5/1 - 5/5

This week in Social Studies is all about online research.  To start, students will learn a bit about verifying sources before they use them for academic research.  Next, students will be going online to find a reliable website with which to learn more about their Maya, Inca, or Aztec topic.  Students will find one website that has information about their focus topic.  Next, they will take C-Notes to paraphrase the information found on the site.  Lastly, students will use the website easybib.com to create a citation of that source for use in the bibliography in their eventual Google Slides presentation.

Here is a breakdown of the week:
Monday: Verifying Online Sources (Brainpop "Online Sources" & "Is it a Hoax" Activity")
Tuesday: Paraphrasing (Brainpop & paraphrase practice)
Wednesday: Find a site on "focus" topic (using "Is This a Hoax" worksheet to verify the reliability of the source)
Thursday: C-Notes (paraphrase information from site)
Friday: Complete C-Notes (questions & summary); www.easybib.com citation

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Identifying Hoaxes (spoof) Websites

Partner groups will be going to one of the following set of websites to evaluate and determine which one is a "hoax."  Use the resources provided by Ms. Superneau to help you identify which site is real and which site is fake.  Warning!  Some of the fake sites are very convincing! You will need to delve deeply and think critically!

On your worksheet, identify which site is real and which one is fake, and explain how you know.

Websites:

Pair 1: Chemisty
Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division http://www.dhmo.org/ 
Carbon Monoxide http://www.cdc.gov/co/default.htm

Pair 2: Birth and genetics
Genochoice http://www.genochoice.com/
Gender Prediction Kits http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-baby/gender-prediction/gender-prediction-kits-are-they-accurate/

Pair 3: Food
The Ova Prima Foundation http://www.ovaprima.org/
NZ Nutrition Foundation http://www.nutritionfoundation.org.nz/nutrition-facts/nutrition-a-z/Eggs

Pair 4: Water
Dehydrated Water http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Your-Own-Dehydrated-Water/
International Water Association http://www.iwa-network.org/latest-news.php

Pair 5: Endangered animals
Save the Guinea Worm http://www.deadlysins.com/guineaworm/index.htm
Endangered species: Vaquita http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/finder/vaquita/vaquita.html

Pair 6: Cloning
Clones http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/27557/scientists-clone-dinosaur/
Cloning Fact Sheet https://www.genome.gov/25020028 https://www.genome.gov/25020028

Pair 7: Museums
The Museum of Jurassic Technology http://www.mjt.org/
The Virtual Museum of Bacteria http://www.micropia.nl/en/

Monday, April 24, 2017

Week of 4/24 - 4/28

This week in Social Studies, we are continuing our work on the American Civilizations research project.  First, students will be given the opportunity to finish the reading notes on their group's assigned chapter. Next, class time will be given for work on vocabulary C-Notes.  For this assignment, groups will choose 10-12 important academic vocabulary words from their chapter. 
Lastly, this week, students will choose one section from their assigned chapter to learn more about.  At the end of the week, students will complete detailed C-Notes about the information in this section.

Here is a breakdown of the plan for the week:
Monday: Finish reading notes, begin vocab c-notes
Tuesday: Vocabulary C-Notes
Wednesday: Choose individual topic, begin detailed C-Notes
Thursday - Friday: Finish Notes

Monday, April 17, 2017

Week of 4/17 - 4/21

This week, we will be kicking off our unit on Maya, Inca and Aztec project as an entire seventh grade with a video that introduces us to the three civilizations and their achievements.  Then, in social studies, students will be put into specialization groups - each group will be given either one chapter to focus on: Maya, Inca Aztec or the Achievements of all three civilizations.  In this group, students will begin reading their assigned chapter and completing reading notes on the topic.  The goal will be to complete the chapter by the end of the week.

Weekly Breakdown:
Monday: Maya, Inca, Aztec Video with worksheet, Kahoot & Mayan Hieroglyph project (this will happen during all core classes)
Tuesday: Inca BrainPOP warm up, new groups, roles, etc
Wednesday - Friday: Read assigned chapter and worksheet