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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Week of 12/11 - 12/15

In this five day week leading up to winter break, our main goal in Social Studies will be to finish reading chapter five, then prepare for and take the final test.  Chapter 5 is all about the decline of Feudalism in Europe in the middle ages.  There were three big events that contributed to this decline: the signing of the Magna Carta, the bubonic plague, and the Hundred Years' War.  We have been studying these three events and how they caused power to shift such that the feudal system became unstable.

Here is a breakdown of the week:

  • Monday
    • Re-enactment: Battle of Crecy
    • Reflection (in reading notes)
  • Tuesday
    • Section 5.4 - Hundred Years' War - and Reading Notes 
    • Work to finish Reading Note Packet
  • Wednesday
    • BrainPOP Review (we didn't have time to watch any brainpop videos last week!)
      • Magna Carta
      • Black Death
    • Kahoot Review
  • Thursday - Chapter 5 Study Guide
  • Friday - Chapter 5 Final Test

Monday, December 4, 2017

Week of 12/5 - 12/8

This week in social studies, we will be delving into the meat of Chapter 5, the Decline of Feudalism.  We will be focusing on three big events that changed the course of history by contributing to the end of the feudal system: the signing of the Magna Carta (and other political changes in England), the bubonic plague spreading throughout Europe, and the Hundred Years War.  These three events caused power to shift away from feudal lords and into the hands of the common people.  Students will re-enact these events (experiential) to try to understand the perspective of the medieval people, and use various media to analyze the shifting of powers that led to the fall of feudalism.

Here is the weekly breakdown:
  • Monday - No School
  • Tuesday
    • Magna Carta Experiential 
    • Reflection (in reading note packet)
  • Wednesday
    • History Alive 5.2 & Reading Notes Questions
    • BrainPOP: Magna Carta
  • Thursday
    • Bubonic Plague Experiential
    • Reflection (in reading note packet)
  • Friday 
    • History Alive 5.3 & Reading Notes Questions
NOTE - If a student is absent for an experiential, they will be excused from the activity and reflection.  If a student is absent for a brainpop video, they will be excused from the video and notes.  If they are absent for a section of the reading notes, however, they will be expected to make this up.  The chapter of the textbook is available at the link on the right side of this page.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Week of 11/27 - 12/1

This week in social studies, we will be starting chapter 5 of the History Alive textbook, which is all about the decline of Feudalism.  This week is also the last week of Trimester 1.  Last week we wrapped up building our paper castles, which will the be the last grades added to the first trimester grades.  And while last Wednesday was the last day to turn in late assignments, this week students can still turn in late Ch. 2 Reading Notes and/or retake the Ch. 2 Final test.

Weekly Breakdown:
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
    • Set up & work on Ch. 5 Vocabulary C-Notes
  • Wednesday
    •  Work on/finish vocab C-Notes, due Monday12/5
  • Thursday
    • Ch. 5 Preview
    • Ch 5.1 & Reading Notes
    • Last day of Trimester 1
  • Friday
    • No School - Grading Day

Monday, November 20, 2017

Week of 11/20 - 11/22

This short week in social studies is all about building castles!  After three days for a practice build last week, students have gotten all new materials to start their final castle.  They will have the three days of this week to finalize and create their designs with their small groups.

Each student is graded on their daily participation (scores based on daily group evaluations and self evaluations) as well as the final product.  If a student is absent for a day, they will be excused from the participation score.  On Wednesday of this week, students will turn in their yellow castle packet for a final score. 

One last VERY IMPORTANT note . . . the last day to turn in late/missing work from this trimester is this Wednesday 11/22.  With the exception of the Chapter 2 Final Test and Ch. 2 Reading notes, all assignments must be completed and turned in by the end of this week to be scored for the final trimester grade.  All work we do next week will be included in the Trimester 2 grades.

Here is the breakdown for the week:
  • Monday: Final Build Day 1 
    • Get new materials 
    • Begin building
  • Tuesday: Final Build Day 2
  • Wednesday: Final Final Build Day
    • Finish castles
    • Turn in Yellow Castle Packet
    • Last day to turn in late/missing work

Monday, November 13, 2017

Week of 11/13 - 11/17

This week in Social Studies, we are starting our medieval castle design project!  This is one of my favorite times of the year!  We will start with learning some background information on the different types and parts of castles.  Here is a link to the video we will be watching on Monday:

Next, students will be put into small groups in which they will work together and collaborate to design and build paper castles out of limited supplies.  This week, we will be starting with a practice build, and next week students will have the opportunity to start over completely and build their final castle.

Here is a breakdown of the week:
  • Monday: 
    • Video (link above) and Notes
  • Tuesday: 
    • Castle Background Presentation (by Ms. Superneau) & Notes
    • Castle Design Blueprint (HOMEWORK DUE TOMORROW)
  • Wednesday - Friday
    • Practice Build Days
    • Students will receive a daily participation score & will be excused if absent
See Link on right side of page to download handouts and/or presentation.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Week of 11/6 - 11/9

In this four day week in Social Studies, we will be wrapping up our reading and studying of Chapter 2: the Development of Feudalism.  First we will finish reading the chapter and complete the chapter's reading notes, then work to complete the packet titled Feudal Europe.  Before the test, we will spend a day reviewing the information from the chapter and preparing for the test.

The Green reading note packet titled "Feudal Europe" will be due on Thursday, also the day of our test over the information from chapter 2.  There is a link on the right side of the page (Note - you must be viewing the web version to see links) to a copy of the chapter.

Here is a breakdown of the week:
  • Monday:
    • History Alive 2.6 - 2.8 & Reading Notes
  • Tuesday: 
    • Complete table on Page 4 of reading note packet
    • HOMEWORK - Finish Reading Notes . . . Due Thursday!
  • Wednesday:
    • Study Guide
    • Kahoot Review
    • HOMEWORK - Test tomorrow!  Study!
  • Thursday:
    • Chapter 2 Final Test
    • Reading Notes Due

Monday, October 30, 2017

Week of 10/30 - 11/3

This week in social studies, we are beginning our study of feudalism, including the state of Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire and why/how the feudal system was developed.  Most of our work this week and next will be from the History Alive textbook - Chapter 2: The Development of Feudalism.  Students will be working to read and take reading notes in a packet titled "Feudal Europe". 

In addition to book work, students will also have the opportunity to participate in a re-enactment of feudalism, in which they can experience the life of a serf, knight, lord or monarch, swear solemn oaths of loyalty, and prepare for a barbarian attack!

Also, on Tuesday, for Halloween and because we have shortened class periods, we will take a break from feudalism to learn a bit about the history of Halloween.


Here's a breakdown for the week:
  • Monday: 
    • History Alive Ch 2.1-2.2 & Reading notes
  • Tuesday: 
    • Halloween's History (Videos & Kahoot!)
  • Wednesday: 
    • Feudalism Re-enactment
  • Thursday: 
    • Re-enactment reflection & Chapter 2.3
  • Friday: 
    • History Alive 2.4 - 2.5