9.30.15

EARLY RELEASE

US HISTORY:

Using the reading assignment from 2.4 (see 9.29.15), students filled out a post-it note that used two examples from the assignment to explain how they know France explored and conquered New France using the Fur Trade. Students then moved on to 2.5 reading assignment:

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WORLD STUDIES:

Completed and turned in the first draft of the 2.1 writing assignment. (see 9.29.15)

MYTH BUSTERS:

Completed our discussion of questions #8, #9 & #10 of “Saints, Snakes & Pirates”.

9.29.15

US HISTORY:

Some completed, some started 2.4.

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WORLD STUDIES:

Continued 2.1:

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MYTH BUSTERS:

We continued discussing the questions and answers for “Saints, Snakes & Planes” and where and how we found them in the text.

9.28.15

US HISTORY:

We used our video notes from last week to create a mind-map that answered the following question: “How did European explorers and settlers conquer the Americas?”

Screen shot 2015-09-28 at 2.11.49 PM (2)When finished (due end of class), we began the next reading assignment:

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WORLD STUDIES:

We completed our chapter 2 outline and began the first reading assignment:

Screen shot 2015-09-28 at 10.44.45 AM (2)MYTH BUSTERS:

We identified where in the text (“Saints, SnakesĀ  & Pirates”) we could find the answers to each question by drawing a box around the portions of the text and labeling it with the number of the question.

9.25.15

US HISTORY:

Completed the video “America Before Columbus”. If you were absent, you can find the link to the video at 9.21.15.

WORLD STUDIES:

Completed our map test retake. Continued outlining chapter 2.

MYTH BUSTERS:

Discussed reading: “Saints, Snakes and Pirates”.

9.24.15

US HISTORY:

Prior to starting part two of “America Before Columbus” we did an anticipation activity to imagine what changes would occur in America and Europe after Columbus’s new world discovery:

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Next, we began the second part of the video.

WORLD STUDIES:

We reviewed yesterday’s map test and discussed common errors. Tomorrow is our retake map test before moving on to chapter two.

MYTH BUSTERS:

We continued turning in yesterday’s reading assignment and finishing (or starting) the second reading “Saints, Snakes and Pirates”.

9.23.15 (First Day of Autumn)

EARLY RELEASE

US HISTORY:

Completed part one of “America Before Columbus” (you can find the video link at the Monday post 9.21.15). Afterwards, we completed the concept definition map. (Those not done should do so at home, using their notes.)

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WORLD STUDIES:

Completed the map test:

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MYTH BUSTERS:

We turned in the following reading strategies for “The Legend of St. Patrick”.

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9.22.15

US HISTORY:

Discussed video notes taken from yesterday. Resumed film. See 9.21.15 for video link.

WORLD HISTORY:

Studied for map test using a practice test:

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MYTH BUSTERS:

Continued our discussion of “The Legend of St. Patrick”

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9.21.15

US HISTORY:

After we passed back Friday’s reading assignment, we used the answers to create a concept definition map for “SPANISH EXPLORATION OF THE NEW WORLD”. We used slavery, conquistadors, disease, colonies and missions as examples. We discussed the topic in groups and as a class and handed it in.

Next we began the documentary “America Before Columbus”. We took notes on the following, which covers the first half of the video:

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We managed to get 15-20 minutes through the first half. If you were absent, go to the link to get caught up:

WORLD STUDIES:

We discussed the 1.4 map activity:

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MYTH BUSTERS:

We discussed the questions at the end of “The Legends of St. Patrick”. (The questions were rewritten by the teacher because he felt the originals were too complex. Those students who had already answered the original questions will get full credit.)

  • Review the notes and highlights you took on each legend using the READ WITH A PENCIL strategy.
  • According to each legend, what did St. Patrick accomplish?
  • Did the legends of St. Patrick actually occur? (What types of evidence proved the legend? Was there evidence to disprove the legend?)
  • What questions do I have about the evidence presented? (What more information do I need to draw a more accurate conclusion about St. Patrick?)

9.18.15

US HISTORY:

Complete and discuss 2.1-2.3. Due end of class.

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WORLD STUDIES:

Discussed yesterday’s assignment. Returned to 1.4, reviewed the reading and completed the map activity.

MYTH BUSTERS:

Reviewed St. Patrick versus Oisin. Discussed how to use “mind maps” as a way to organize our thoughts and notes on stories:

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9.17.15

US HISTORY:

Discussed the POV assignment about Columbus. Began our discussion of Spanish exploration of the New World:

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WORLD STUDIES:

Reviewed the vocabulary words from 1.3 and determined if they were examples of relative or absolute location:

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MYTH BUSTERS:

Close-read and discussed St. Patrick and the Snakes.