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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Week of 5/14 - 5/18

This week in social studies, students are wrapping up their Maya, Aztec, and Inca Presentations while the class is taking notes on the slides.  Students will be allowed to use these notes to help them on the test that we will spend the second half of the week studying for (and taking).  This is the last week of our study of Maya, Aztec and Inca!

Here is the breakdown of the week:
  • Monday
    • Presentations & Note-taking
  • Tuesday
    • Some classes finish up presentations
    • BrainPOP Review & Wrap up (turn in brainpop video notes)
    • Finish Student-generated test question activity
      • This activity is on Google classroom (classroom.google.com)
      • Students write multiple choice test questions based on their presentations to the class
      • Due Thursday 5/17
  • Wednesday
    • Finish Test Questions
    • Study Guide
  • Thursday
    • Study Guide
  • Friday
    • Final Test over characteristics & achievements of Maya, Aztec, and Inca

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Week of 5/7 - 5/11

This week in social studies is all about preparing for (and beginning) our Maya, Aztec, and Inca Presentations!  We are starting off the week with finishing up the last of the requirements in the Google Slides, like the bibliography and the Vocabulary Slide.  Then, students will have a chance to write up index cards to help during the presentation, and to practice what they will say with their group. 

The end of the week is a little off kilter, with the district track meet on Thursday, so some groups will begin presenting on Thursday, while others will begin on Friday.  The last item I hope to accomplish is a chance for students to write TEST questions about their presentation!  This assignment is available on Google Classroom.

Here is a breakdown of the week's activities:
  • Monday
    • Use www.easybib.com to create a Bibliography
    • Begin Vocab 
    • HOMEWORK - Finish Slides by Thursday (at the latest!)
  • Tuesday
    • Finish Vocabulary Slide (each student adds in one word and its definition)
    • Begin Index Cards/Presentation Notes
  • Wednesday
    • Finish Index Cards
    • Presentation Practice with group
  • Thursday
    • Begin Presentations and/or Test Questions (on Google Classroom)
  • Friday
    • Presentations
    • Student Audience take notes

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Week of 4/30 - 5/3

This week in Social Studies, students will be working to create a presentation on their topic over Maya, Inca, Aztec or the Achievements.  This will be done using Google Slides online - working with their group, each student will create 1 - 3 slides in a group presentation.  The slides are meant to teach the class about the topic.

Here is my predicted breakdown of the week:
  • Monday 4/30
    • Finish Online Source C-Notes
    • Introduce requirements of Presentation
  • Tuesday 5/1
    • ROUGH DRAFT - Google Slide Presentation
    • Students must finish all notes before beginning slide
  • Wednesday 5/2
    • Begin FINAL DRAFT - Google Slide Presentation
  • Thursday 5/3
    • Work on FINAL DRAFT of Google Slide Presentation
    • ALL NOTES due TODAY
  • Friday - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Identifying Spoof/Hoax Sites

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: Chemistry
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: 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 4: 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 5: Cloning
Clones http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/27557/scientists-clone-dinosaur/
Cloning Fact Sheet https://www.genome.gov/25020028 https://www.genome.gov/25020028

Pair 6: Museums
The Museum of Jurassic Technology http://www.mjt.org/
The Virtual Museum of Bacteria http://www.micropia.nl/en/

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Week of 4/23 - 4/27

This week in social studies, we are mostly focusing on research and online note-taking.  Students will learn some tricks for evaluating the reliability of websites, then will find a suitable informational website to gain more information about their FOCUS topic for the Maya, Inca, Aztec project.  Students will also learn some tricks for paraphrasing and putting things into their own words - then will take C-Notes on the information from their reliable source.

Here is a breakdown of the week:
  • Monday
    • Continue textbook FOCUS Topic C-Notes
  • Tuesday
    • Finish Textbook C-Notes (HW: DUE FRIDAY)
    • Online Source Evaluation 
      • BrainPOP Video Notes
  • Wednesday
    • Continue Online Source Evaluation
      • Brainpop & Hoax Wksht
    • Find a Reliable Source for your FOCUS Topic
  • Thursday
    • Paraphrasing/Plagiarism
    • Begin Online Source C-Notes
  • Friday
    • Online Source C-Notes

Monday, April 16, 2018

Week of 4/16 - 4/20

This week in Social Studies, students are continuing their work on the Civilizations of the Americas project.  Last week, each student group chose/was assigned a particular civilization or topic on which to focus: Maya, Aztec, Inca, or the Achievements of all three civilizations, then began working on the reading notes associated with that chapter.  Students will be finishing those reading notes this week, as well as beginning Vocabulary C-notes on their assigned chapter.  Lastly, at the end of the week, each student will choose a topic within the chapter to focus on (we're calling it the "Focus Topic").  Students will become an expert on one aspect of their civilization - starting with C-Notes from the textbook.

Here is a breakdown of the week:
  • Monday
    • Continue Reading Notes
  • Tuesday
    • Finish Reading notes (due Friday 4/20)
    • Check Answers
  • Wednesday
    • Vocabulary C-Notes (10 - 12 words, definitions, sentence & picture)
  • Thursday
    • Finish Vocab C-Notes (don't forget a summary!)
    • Due Monday 4/23
  • Friday
    • Mini-tutorial: How to take notes from a textbook
    • Focus Topic C-Notes

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Week of 4/9 - 4/13

This week in Social Studies, after a little more overview of the three civilizations of Maya, Aztec and Inca, student groups will be selecting one topic to focus on and begin reading the chapter in the textbook on that topic.  The assignment will be to read the assigned chapter(s) and complete the reading notes.  We will be working on reading and notes this week and next, so there will be no new homework this week.

Here is the weekly breakdown:
  • Monday
    • BrainPOP Videos - Maya, Aztec & Inca
  • Tuesday
    • Kahoot Review
    • Folder Cleanout
  • Wednesday
    • Choose Topics, Roles, Discuss Project
    • Begin Reading Chapter & Reading Notes
  • Thursday
    • Continue Assigned Chapter & Reading Notes
  • Friday - NO SCHOOL