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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Week of 3/12 - 3/14

During this short week in social studies, we have a very simple goal: Read Chapter 15 and answer the questions in the Reading Notes about the chapter.  Chapter 15 is all about West Africa's Cultural Legacies.  It covers written and oral traditions, music, and visual arts.  It also discusses how these cultural achievements are still affecting and influencing our world today.  In class, we will also be watching several videos to help with our understanding of these concepts.  Please feel free to email to request the links to the videos we watched in class.

Here is a breakdown of the week:
  • Monday - 15.1 - 15.2
  • Tuesday 15.3
  • Wednesday 15.4-15.5
Anything not finished in class should be finished at home for homework over the long weekend, due Monday.  Note: DO NOT worry about the middle page titled: Plot Summary and Notes on the story of Sundjata.  

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Week of 3/5 - 3/9

Our second trimester is nearly over!  There is no school on Friday of this week, so all LATE/MISSING WORK from trimester 2 needs to be turned in by Thursday 3/8.  Wednesday March 14th is the last day of the trimester.

This week in social studies, we will be finishing up our last project of the trimester - West African Children's Book Project.  We will work on these in class on Monday and Tuesday, and they will be due Thursday 3/8.  This will be the last major graded item for the Trimester 2 Gradebook. 

Next, we will be starting a new chapter on West Africa - Ch. 15: The Cultural Legacy of West Africa.  In this chapter, students will learn about the written and oral traditions, as well as the music and visual arts of the West African people.  We'll begin the chapter this week with vocabulary C-Notes.

Here is a breakdown of the week:
  • Monday - Tuesday
    • FINISH Children's Book Project
    • Final project due Thursday 3/8
  • Wednesday
    • Use Ch. 15 Vocab Quizlet to set up C-Notes
    • Write words and definitions
  • Thursday
    • Finish C-Notes
      • Sentences, Pictures, and Summary
      • Notes due Monday 3/12 (First assignment of Trimester 3
  • Friday - NO SCHOOL

Monday, February 26, 2018

Week of 2/26 - 3/2

In this full five-day week of Social Studies, we will be working to wrap up our studies of Chapter 12, on the Early Societies of West Africa.  To start the week, we will review the chapter with a study guide, then we will have our final test on Wednesday. 

At the end of the week, students will work on an artistic project that will show how small communities of families in West Africa developed into great kingdoms.  They will create small picture books that explain (in terms a 3rd grader can understand) why and how some communities grew and developed.

Here is a breakdown of the week's agenda:
  • Monday 2/26
    • Ch. 12 Study Guide
  • Tuesday 2/27
    • Finish Ch. 12 Study Guide
    • Practice Vocabulary (Quizlet)
    • Some students may begin children's book project
  • Wednesday 2/28
    • Ch. 12 Final Test
    • Study Guide due today
  • Thursday 3/1
    • Everyone begin work on Children's Book Project
      • Finish Rough Draft, if not done already (Rough draft is Processing 12 in reading notes - we actually started this last week and was due on Monday)
      • Begin Final Draft - use grading rubric as guide while working
  • Friday 3/2
    • Continue work on Children's Book Project

Monday, February 19, 2018

Week of 2/20 - 2/22

This short week in social studies, we will be finishing the chapter 12 reading notes, then do a little bit of review.  Here is the breakdown for the week, as I see it...
  • Monday - NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday
    • Ch. 12 Reading Notes: 12.4 - 12.5
  • Wednesday
    • Ch. 12 Processing
  • Thursday
    • Ch. 12 Kahoot Review
  • Friday - NO SCHOOL

Monday, February 12, 2018

Week of 2/12 - 2/16

This week in social studies, we will start out the week with wrapping up the Africa geography challenge from last week, then beginning our study of the vocabulary in chapter 12: Early Societies of West Africa.  Students will work independently to take C-notes on important terms from the chapter, using an online learning site called Quizlet (Link on the right side of this page).  They will be given 12 words, then use the site to get (and practice) the definitions of each word.  Students will then write original sentences that use the words correctly, and draw simple pictures to illustrate them. 

This week, students will also begin reading Chapter 12 and taking reading notes on the chapter.

Here is a breakdown of the week:
  • Monday
    • Finish Geography Challenge (due at end of class)
    •  Begin Ch. 12 Vocab C-Notes (use Quizlet.com for definitions)
  • Tuesday
    • Finish Vocab C-Notes (due Friday 2/16)
  • Wednesday
    • Student-Led Conference Portfolio (in-class only)
    • Begin Ch. 12 Reading Notes
      • Preview 12
  • Thursday - Friday: 
    • Continue Ch. 12 Reading Notes
    • Vocab C-Notes DUE today

Monday, February 5, 2018

Week of 2/5 - 2/9

This week in social studies, we will start off with three days to finish the Samurai and Tea Master Comic Project.  The final draft of that project will be due Friday 2/9, so if they don't finish in class, they will have a couple days to finish it for homework.

At the end of the week, we will be shifting gears (and continents!) entirely to begin our study of Western Africa at the time of the middle ages.  We will be starting with a geography challenge, in which students will familiarize themselves with the location, and how the geography affected the people that lived there.

Here is our weekly breakdown:
  • Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday
    • Work on Samurai and Tea Master Comic Strip
    • Final project due Friday 2/9
  • Thursday - Friday
    • Western Africa Geography Challenge
    • Geo challenge due Monday 2/12
Geo Challenge Questions:

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Week of 1/29 - 2/1

My apologies for posting so late in the week this week!  First, I have a couple reminders. 
  1. Last Friday, we took a test over Ch. 22 The Rise of the Warrior Class in Japan.  Many students were absent for this test, so this is just a reminder that if you missed class last Friday, or didn't take the test because you had missed so many days previously, you will need to come in after school or during lunch to take it.
  2. This Friday there is no school for Progress Reports.  Any missing assignments to be included on the progress report sent home must be turned in by Thursday 2/1.  
  3. I WILL, however, still accept late work after progress reports, until the end of the trimester.
Now, onto this week in Social Studies!  We have started reading a short traditional story from Japan titled "The Samurai and the Tea Master."  The link to the story is available on the right side of this page.  We are reading the story in class, and then students will work to create an accurate re-telling of the story in comic book form.  Keep an eye out for the assignment sheet with the grading guide at the bottom for all the project requirements.

We will be working on this project for this entire week, and part of next week in class, with a due date of next Friday, 2/9.

Here is the weekly breakdown:
  • Monday
    • Students who need to may finish/take Ch. 22 test
    •  Everyone else, begin reading story and taking notes
  • Tuesday
    • Read story and take notes as a class
  • Wednesday
    • Intro Project
    • Students begin brainstorming & rough draft
  • Thursday
    • Finish Rough Draft (HOMEWORK - due Monday)
    • Begin Final
  • Friday - NO SCHOOL