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Thursday, October 19

Today we reviewed Cornell notes and took notes on the Rise of Sumer (pages 62-64). 

Homework:  Please finish the notes and summary. We will write Cornell note questions tomorrow.

Wednesday, 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!

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, October 16

Today we did a partner notebook check for our Early Man unit.  We are working towards having organized notebooks with signs of interaction (key words highlighted, annotations in the margins).

Homework:  Nothing new!

Friday, October 13

Today we took the Early Man/Stone Ages test.  Please see me if you missed the test!

Homework:  There is a notebook check on Monday!  (We gave additional time).  Make sure you have 6 pages that are complete and reviewed (annotated, highlighted).

Thursday, October 12

Today we finished taking notes on the 6 parts of civilizations, connected the ideas to Weslandia, and worked in teams to experience early life as “traders.”

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

Wednesday, October 11

Today we read about Catal Hoyuk, the first city in ancient Turkey.  We then took notes on GRAPES, the 6 parts of civilizations (Page 6 of your notebook).

Homework:  Please finish your “skull” study guide by Friday!  The Early Man quiz is this Friday (online).  The notebook check has been changed to MONDAY.  Please interact and annotate all six pages of your notebook.

Tuesday, October 10

Today we played a Stone Ages review Kahoot and talked about the steps to developing into a civilization (page 5 of our notebook).

Homework:  Please finish your “skull” study guide by Friday!  The Early Man quiz is this Friday (online). Notebook check this Thursday!  Do you have 5 complete pages?

Monday, October 9

Today we reviewed the three Stone Ages with a charade activity and discussed ways to “interact” more with our notes (highlighting key ideas, annotating, asking questions). 

Homework:  Please finish your “skull” study guide by Friday!  The Early Man quiz is this Friday (online). 

Also, check your notebooks. Are all 4 pages COMPLETE?  Have you gone back and highlighted, annotated.  The first notebook check is this Thursday, Oct. 12th.

Wednesday, October 4

Today we starting exploring the three Stone Ages (paleo, meso, and neolithic) by looking at two secondary sources (our textbook and an informational article).  We practiced finding main ideas and paraphrasing them in our notes.

Homework:  Be prepared for Friday’s Africa map quiz.

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 Friday. 

Monday, October 2

Today we continued our Otzi research project.  Tomorrow will be the final class day.

Homework:  Continue studying for Friday’s Africa map quiz. Check your notebook. Are all three pages complete?

Thursday, September 28

Today we discussed the paleolithic age, ice ages, land brides, and migration.  We added migration patterns to our globe.  The globes should be complete!

Homework:  Did you finish the notes on early hominids? (pages 30-32 in your textbook).  Study for the Africa map quiz – October 6th.

Wednesday, September 27

Today we reviewed early hominids by putting together “skull” and discussing which tools each may have used.  We added a key of early hominid sightings to our globes.

Homework:  Did you finish the notes on early hominids? (pages 30-32 in your textbook).  Study for the Africa map quiz – October 6th.

Tuesday, September 26

Today we reviewed the Africa map (I gave out the 15 places to study) 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 – October 6th.

Monday, September 25

Today we looked at clues and learned the difference between fossils, artifacts, primary and secondary sources. 

Homework:  Finish labeling and coloring the Africa map.  Due tomorrow.  The Africa map quiz is Friday, October 6th.

Friday, September 22

Today we reviewed timelines and began labeling and color-coding our Africa maps. 

Homework:  Please finish labeling and coloring the Africa map by Tuesday, September 26th.

Thursday September 21

Today we finished our globe presentations and set up our first table of contents in our interactive history notebook.  We didn’t get to finish notes, so the homework was postponed.

Homework: Nothing. We will do timeline notes as the starter.

Tuesday, September 19

Wednesday, September 20

Today we worked with our globe teams to write a persuasive body paragraph on where ancient settlers would have thrived best.  Teams presented their findings to the class.

Homework: Nothing new! We will start back in our notebook tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 19

Today was the last day to work on stage 1 of the globe.  I will be giving a grade for the first part.

Homework:  Nothing new!  See me at lunch or after school if you fell behind with the globe project.

Monday, September 18

Today we worked on 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.

Friday, September 15

Today we worked on color-coding the geography of our continents.  Monday is the last day for stage 1 of the globe project.

Homework:  Turn in any missing parent forms.  See me at lunch or after school on Tuesdays if you have missed any quizzes.

Thursday, September 14

Today we learned about using physical maps and differentiating between mountain ranges, deserts, and fertile land.  Tomorrow is the last full day of working on stage one of the globes.

Homework:  Turn in any missing parent forms.  See me at lunch or after school on Tuesdays if you have missed any quizzes.

Wednesday, September 13

Today we took a map skills class.  I “rolled the dice” and kids were allowed to take the quiz with the globe project team.

Homework:  Turn in any missing parent forms.  See me at lunch or after school on Tuesdays if you have missed any quizzes.

Tuesday, September 12

Globe project!  We are finishing our plotting of the continents.  Many groups are labeling features related to ancient civilizations.

Homework:  Review pages H and H1 for tomorrow’s latitude/longitude/maps quiz.

Monday, September 11

Globe project!  We are finishing our plotting of the continents.

Homework:  Review pages H and H1 for Wednesday’s (CHANGE) latitude/longitude/maps quiz.

Thursday, September 7

We continued working on our globe project and reviewed map terms for next Tuesday’s quiz!

Homework:  Review pages H and H1 for Tuesday’s latitude/longitude/maps quiz. Please turn in any missing information packets.

Wednesday, September 6

We began the globe project with plotting Australia.

Homework:  Please bring back the Information Packet (in the manila envelope).

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.

Homework:  Please bring back the Information Packet (in the manila envelope).

Friday, September 1

Today we did another practice with the world map and started our globe project.

Homework:  Please bring back the Information Packet (in the manila envelope). Study the 7 continents and 4 oceans.

Thursday, August 31

Today we reviewed the 7 continents, 4 oceans, and main seas on the world map.  We learned about latitude, longitude, meridians, parallels, and hemispheres to prepare for our world globe project (Pages H and H1 in textbook.

Homework:  Please bring back the last page of your syllabus packet by Friday.  See me for materials.  Begin reviewing the world map.  Quiz on Tuesday, September 5th. Spelling counts! 🙂

The world map will be checked for a grade this week!

Wednesday, August 30

Today we reviewed the 7 continents, 4 oceans, and main seas on the world map.  We started a textbook scavenger hunt to acquaint ourselves with our Ancient Civilizations book.

Homework:  Please bring back the last page of your syllabus packet by Friday.  See me for materials.  Begin reviewing the world map.  Quiz on Tuesday, September 5th.

The world map will be checked for a grade this week!

Tuesday, August 29

Today we did a “blind” drawing of the world and began exploring the 7 continents, 4 oceans, and main seas on the world map.

Homework:  Please bring back the last page of your syllabus packet by Friday.  See me for materials.  Begin reviewing the world map.  Quiz on Tuesday, September 5th.

Monday, August 28

Welcome to the first day of middle school!  Today we reviewed many important elements such as the sixth grade syllabus packet, school materials, and schedules.  We worked on a pictograph survey to help share more information about ourselves.

Homework:  Please bring back the last page of your syllabus packet by Friday, September 1st.  Please make sure you have a composition book for our class (see me if you need one!)

 

 

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