Social Studies

Three Schools of Thought

Thursday (3/8)Creating a map of China to learn about China’s geography.

HW-Finish your China map/geography notes (pgs. 182-185).

Friday March 2nd: We worked on our study guide for our test next week on Tuesday, gave partners advice of how to improve notebooks, and prepped for Monday’s achievement presentations.

Friday, February 23 – Today we began our study of the Buddhism beliefs (4 noble truths and Eightfold Path).  We will continue this Monday.

Homework:  Interact with your notebook.  Make sure it is up-to-date!

Thursday: Learning about the life of Buddha and his practices.

HW-Finish your notes on the Life of Siddhartha (the document required for these notes can be found below)

Life of Siddhartha

Tuesday, February 20 – Today we read about the parts of Hinduism.

Homework:  Interact with your notebook.  Make sure it is up-to-date!

Thursday, February 15 – Today we took the east Asia map quiz and played a review India Kahoot.


Tuesday 2-13 
Today we learned about the social structure of Ancient India and took notes about the Caste system of Ancient India.

Homework: Study for the East Asia Test: India, China, Indonesia, Bay of Bengal, Himalayas, Tibetan Plateau, Gobi Desert, Vietnam, Indian Ocean, Qin Ling Mountains, Mongolia, Huang He (Yellow River)

Monday (2/12)–Learning about the Aryan Invasion of India.

HW-Finish Aryan Invasion Cornell Notes (pgs. 148-149) and study for your East Asia Map quiz on Thursday 2/15!

Tuesday (2/13)-Learning about the origins of Hinduism and the caste system.

HW-Study for your East Asia Map quiz on Thursday 2/15!

Tuesday Feb 6-

Today we finished finding facts about Indian Geographic Features, then took Cornell Notes on the Harappan Civilization, which we will review tomorrow.

HOMEWORK: Finish Cornell Notes.  Don’t forget your summary!

Tuesday, January 30- Today was an Egyptian work period. Students studied their notebook (adding highlights and annotations) and worked on their pyramid study guide.

Homework:  The Egypt notebook check is tomorrow, Wednesday, January 31.  The Egypt Unit test is this  Thursday, February 1.  Work on your “pyramid” study guide – due Thursday!

Monday 1-29:  The Egypt notebook check is January 31.  The Egypt Unit test is Thursday, February 1.

Wednesday (1/24)Reviewing the importance of religion in Egypt! Then, we will learn about the important women in ancient Egyptian history.

Websites on Egyptians Queens:


HW-Get your notebook caught up if it is not up to date.  Make sure you have 7-10 facts on Nefertiti or Hatsheput for your notebook.

Wednesday (1/17)Taking the History Bee and then continuing our Egyptian Religion Group Project, make sure you are working diligently!


History Bee

Thursday, December 7

Today we finished teaching the Jewish holy days and we began Cornell notes on the Jewish revolt and migration.

Homework:   The Israel test is Wednesday, December 13.  The Israel notebook check is Thursday, December 14.

Wednesday, November 29

Today we compared Hammurabi’s Code of Laws to the 10 commandments and began our “Important People of Israel” trading cards.  We will continue those in class tomorrow.

Homework: Make-up any missing or incomplete pages in your Israel notebook.

Dead Sea Websites
Wednesday, November 8

Today we took Cornell notes on the Phoenicians. (pages 78-79).

Homework:  Notebook check is Monday, Nov. 13th.  Continue the Mesopotamia study guide – the Mesopotamia test is Tuesday, Nov. 14th.

Tuesday, November 7

Today we started our Mesopotamia Study Guide (on a “cuneiform” paper) and reviewed the empires with a game show.

Homework:  Notebook check is Monday, November 13th.  Please “interact” with each page!  Highlight key ideas, annotate, etc.

Please work on your study guide – due Tuesday, November 14th.  The Mesopotamia quiz is Tuesday, November 14th.

Monday, November 6

Today we finished our empire notes.

Homework:  Hang out and interact with your Empire notes. (highlight, annotate).


Today we took our Middle East Map quiz.

Tuesday the Hammurabi flyer is due.

An example of CERT paragraph. Should be Times New Roman, double spaces, and Font 12.

Hammurabi’s Code of Laws is fair OR unfair. One reason Hammurabi’s Code is fair OR unfair is because_____. For example, in law #### it states, “________” (CITE SOURCE). This laws shows why Hammurabi’s Code is fair OR unfair because____. *Repeat for reasons #2 and #3. In conclusion, I believe Hammurabi’s Code of Laws are fair OR cruel for myself and the citizens of the Babylonian empire.

Remember that you are taking on the perspective of a citizen. You are a member of the Babylonian society creating a flyer to either supporting or protesting the laws.You can type or write the title of the flyer and the law. Be sure to include the entire law and #.

You cartoon should be colored and clearly show the law that wrong broken and the consequences. Use speech bubbles or captions to explain the action.  Keep it G rated.


Hammurabi’s Codes – Fair or Cruel


Halloween 10-31

Today we walked in the shoes of ancient Sumerians and tried to write our names in cuneiform with styluses and clay tablets.

Homework:  Finish all Hammurabi Cornell notes.  Review for next week’s Middle East map quiz.  The quiz is Friday, November 3.

Thursday (10/26)Sumerian achievement reflection, Hammurabi’s Code of Laws Cornell Notes (pgs. 74-745)

HW-Finish your Hammurabi’s Code of Laws notes

Thursday, October 18

Today we finished notes on the geography of Mesopotamia and created a skit to summarize the key notes from that section.

Homework:  Finish your Middle East map!  Checked tomorrow!

Wednesday 10-18

Today we continued practicing our Cornell notes as we learn about “The Rise of Sumer”.

Homework: Notebook check FRIDAY

Tuesday, October 17

Today we began exploring the Middle East map by labeling and color-coding the major areas.  We also started our new unit on Mesopotamia by setting up a new Table of Contents in our notebook.

Homework:  Work on your Middle East map.  This will be checked for a grade on Thursday.  All areas listed should be labeled and country borders should be outlined or colored.

Monday 10-16: Today we reviewd notes on the 6 parts of civilizations, connected the ideas to Weslandia

Homework: Notebook check this week

Thursday 10-12: We read about the ancient city of Catal Hoyuk and worked in teams to experience early life as “traders.”

Homework:  The study guide is due tomorrow- Early Man test is tomorrow.

Wednesday (10/11)-Notes on the parts of civilizations and GRAPES structure

HW-Study for your Early Human/Stone Age Quiz Friday 10/13 and complete your study guide(DUE 10/13)

Tuesday (10/10)-Notes on the development and parts of civilizations plus Early Human/Stone Age review for our quiz on 10/13

Homework: Finish study guide by Friday.  Quiz on Friday!!!!

Tuesday, October 3

Today was the last day for the Otzi project in class. Please finish at home.

Homework:  Finish (and cut out) the Otzi frame. Don’t forget to  add citations of the sources you used on the back.  The Africa map quiz is still THursday.

Otzi Research

Article 1

Article 2

Article 3

Article 4


Tuesday, September 26

Today we reviewed the Africa map and took notes on the early hominids and their tools.

Homework:  Please finish the notes on early hominids (pages 30-32 in your textbook).  Study for the Africa map quiz.

Tuesday, September 19

Today we finished up color-coding the geography of our continents.

Homework:  Nothing new!  We are finishing the project soon, so there will be some short upcoming homework assignments.

Tuesday, September 5

Today we took our world map quiz (see me at lunch or during class tomorrow to make-up).  We also finished labeling latitude/longitude and setting up our papers for our globe project.



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