9/27/13

US HISTORY:

Today was a catch-up day. Those not finished with the vocab assignment (due yesterday, began Wed.) were given the class period to get those done. Those already finished were to complete the worksheet for sections 1.2-1.4 . We will discuss the worksheet on Monday and move on to sections 1.5-1.12.

WORLD STUDIES:

Third period discussed longitude and latitude. Eighth period completed the map activity from yesterday and the QuickWrite, which was turned in. 

9/26/13

US HISTORY:

Turn to 1.1. Examine the picture on p. 4. How did the Anasazi adapt to their environment? (Discuss this with your group.)

Read 1.1.  What is inferred when we say that American Indians are resourceful? How are scientists like detectives? (Discuss these answers with your group.)

Before beginning section 1.2-1.4 reading handout, examine the maps on p. 8-9. What connections are you seeing between the American Indians and the environment? (Discuss a few possible answers with your group)

Begin the section 1.2-1.4 reading handout. Read each section before doing the assigned questions for that section. Write answers in complete sentences or you will lose points. 

(This assignment will be completed on Friday.)

WORLD STUDIES:

We completed the map activity for section 1.3 and we answered the quickwrite:

“Explain in a paragraph how the compass rose, the map grid and the legend helped you complete the map station activity.”

Discuss possible answers with your group. Then begin writing.

Use complete sentences. Reread what you write and make corrections before handing it in.

9/25/13

US HISTORY:

Vocabulary assignment!!! (P. 6-7)

1. Locate in the margins the five KEY CONCEPT words.

2. Find the definition of the word, but summarize its meaning in your own words. Do NOT copy the definition from the book.

3. Draw a diagram, word map, or other graphic organizer that shows how the word relates to something you already know.

4. Write a sentence that explains how that word relates to chapter one’s theme (how the first Americans adapted to the environment).

What wasn’t finished was assigned as homework. Due tomorrow.

WORLD STUDIES:

We discussed the map on p. 15 of the book, looking at things like the title, legend, compass rose, cardinal and intermediate directions. I then handed out a version of the map and in their groups they set about collecting information from ten mini map assignments posted around the room. We will finish this activity tomorrow.

9/24/13

US HISTORY:

We did a group activity, learning how to adapt as a group to a new environment (tools, clothing & shelter), much the way the native Americans did when migrating to the North and South American continents. We presented our findings to the class and received participation points.

WORLD STUDIES:

We reviewed sections 1.1 & 1.2 from the reading and how it helps explain chapter one’s essential question. We used the facts collected from the readings to help us in our discussion. We followed this up with a discussion of the vocabulary homework assignment and how these words help us understand more about maps. The homework assignment was handed in.

9/23/13

US HISTORY:

We reviewed Friday’s work and set about outlining Chapter One in our reading journals. We discovered that the theme of chapter one is how the first Americans adapted to their environment. Tomorrow we will begin a series of activities to study how the American Indians adapted to the environment.

WORLD STUDIES:

We read sections 1.1 & 1.2 and collected facts from each section and discussed them. We also worked on the vocabulary assignment. Those not finished were assigned it as homework. We will discuss it and hand it in tomorrow before moving on to section 1.3.

9/20/13

US HISTORY:

Today we discussed the questions from yesterday’s handout on Colonial life and the physical land–and its influences on Native Americans and the colonists. We then handed in the completed assignments. A .5 will be deducted from answers that are not written out in complete sentences.

WORLD STUDIES:

We previewed chapter one in our reading journals and assessed what we knew and didn’t know about the material to be covered in the chapter.

We also previewed our first chapter one assignment for section 1.1-1.2, which we will do as a class on Monday.

9/19/13

US HISTORY:

We continued our map activity and accompanying questions, the purpose of which was to help students understand land claims made by France, Britain and Spain in North America, c. 1750, and which land features were prominent in these claims.

The purpose of the questions is to help students understand the affect of the land’s physical features on the colonists and native American Indians. We will discuss these questions on Friday.  Those not finished with the questions today are to take them home as HOMEWORK.

WORLD STUDIES:

We did an activity in pairs, one person playing a map maker and the other playing the role of a geologist. The map maker was to map the classroom where three “gold ingots” were on the ground. The map was to help the geologists find the gold after a “snow storm” covered up the gold. The geologists then used the maps to find the gold, which proved to difficult after I covered the ground with patches of “snow” and moved desks around to add confusion to the terrain.

When we finished and discuss our efforts, the students wrote a quickwrite paragraph and turned it in.

Cartographers (map makers): Describe what references in the classroom (desks, doors, tables, windows) you used to make your map. What else did you put on the map to help your partner find the gold? (Arrows? Xs?)

Geologists: What was it like to use your partners map? What challenges hindered you? What could they have done to make things easier for you?

 

9/18/13

Today was a half-day. “A” schedule, periods 1-4 only.

US HISTORY:

We did a map activity and accompanying questions, the purpose of which was to help students understand land claims made by France, Britain and Spain in North America, c. 1750, and which land features were prominent in these claims. We will finish these on Thursday.  Period 7 will start this on Thursday.

WORLD STUDIES:

Third period only. We watched a video on the planet earth and how its rotation affects climate and society.

9/17/13

US HISTORY (1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th periods) & WORLD STUDIES (3rd period):

Today was Constitution Day, the birthday of our Government. We studied the preamble and discussed it:

“We the people of the United States–in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity–do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Discussion: “What does it mean to form a more perfect union? Establish Justice? Insure domestic tranquility? Provide for the common defense? Promote the general welfare? Secure the blessings of liberty?”

After our discussion we watched a video (time allowing) regarding religious freedom in our country.

Then we did a quickwrite:

In a paragraph (using complete sentences so I can understand you), please answer the following question: “How can we as citizens help our nation become a more perfect union?”

WORLD STUDIES (8th period):

Our learning target today was to predict and locate what we knew and didn’t know about what we previewed in our textbooks regarding Unit 1. The job was to do the preview activity (see READING JOURNALS on the front page of this website) and record steps 1 & 2 in our reading journals.

9/16/13

US HISTORY:

Our learning target today was to predict and locate what we knew and didn’t know about what we previewed in our textbooks regarding Unit 1. The job was to do the preview activity (see READING JOURNALS on the front page of this website) and record steps 1 & 2 in our reading journals.

Prior to this we reviewed and discussed our quickwrites from Friday regarding colonial life and what connections it has to the themes of exploration, community and individualism.

WORLD STUDIES:

Our learning target today was to predict and locate what we knew and didn’t know about what we previewed in our textbooks regarding Unit 1. The job was to do the preview activity (see READING JOURNALS on the front page of this website) and record steps 1 & 2 in our reading journals.

Prior to this we reviewed and discussed our quickwrites from Friday regarding human environmental interaction.

(Period 8 did not complete the task, as they are a day behind 3rd period. They will pick this up tomorrow.)