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ASAP (After School Assistance Program) is available with me on Tuesdays from 2:15-3:15.

Friday, December 15

We watched “Prince of Egypt” to connect our studies of Israel to our upcoming unit on Egypt.

Have a wonderful break!

Thursday, December 14

We did an Israel notebook check.  If you were absent, please turn in your notebook!

Homework:  Nothing new!

Wednesday, December 13

Today we took the Israel unit test.

Homework:  The Israel notebook is due tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 12

We played Kahoot, took the online review quizzes, and worked on our study guide.

Homework:  Finish your Israel study guide by Wednesday.  The Israel test is tomorrow, and the notebook is due Thursday.

Monday, December 11

We worked on our Israel study guide and Jewish revolt notes.

Homework:  Finish your Jewish revolt notes (Cornell notes; pages 240-242).  Finish your Israel study guide by Wednesday.  The Israel test is Wednesday and the notebook is due Thursday.

Friday, December 8

Ms. Levy was our guest speaker and gave the students more information on the Jewish history.

Homework:  Work on the Israel study guide.  The Israel test is Wednesday, December 13.  The Israel notebook check is Thursday, December 14.

Thursday, December 7

Today we finished teaching the Jewish holy days and we began Cornell notes on the Jewish revolt and migration. I gave out the Israel study guide.

Homework:  Work on the Israel study guide.  The Israel test is Wednesday, December 13.  The Israel notebook check is Thursday, December 14.

Wednesday, December 6

Today students taught about the important Jewish texts.  We will continue tomorrow.

Homework:  Make sure your Israel notebook is up-to-date. Do you have your Dead Sea prompt printed and glued in?  Did you finish your Cornell notes on Jewish beliefs (includes the summary and questions)?

Tuesday, December 5

Today we reviewed the Early Hebrews and Jewish beliefs with a quick Family Feud game.  We also started exploring Jewish texts and holy days. Teams will teach the class their topic tomorrow.

Homework:  Finish the Cornell notes from Monday. 

Monday, December 4

We took Cornell notes on the Jewish beliefs (pages 232-234).

Homework: Finish your Cornell notes (summary and questions).

Friday, December 1

We finished the Israel trading cards and presented our ideas in the form of an interview panel.  We also worked on our Israel timeline (can be typed in Google class or handwritten in your journal).

Homework: Finish your Israel Timeline.

Thursday, November 30

We finished our people of Israel trading cards.  Please make sure they are secured in your notebook in a pocket or paper clipped.

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

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.

Tuesday, November 28

Today we reviewed the Milestones of Hebrew history (notebook page 3) and finished our Dead Sea exploration.

Homework: Finish the Dead Sea prompt (page 2 in your notebook).

Monday, November 27

Today we did a Dead Sea exploration finding facts from 3 different online sources.  Our final piece was to write a paragraph describing what makes the dead sea so unusual. (This response was on the back of our graphic organizer page).

Homework:  Keep working on the Dead Sea exploration (page 2 in our Israel notebook). Due Wednesday.

Thursday, November 16

Today we summarized our learning of the geography and movement of the early Hebrews by writing a children’s story.

Homework:  Turn in all fundraising envelopes tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 15

Today we completed a map of the geography of the early Hebrews.

Homework:  Try the geography challenge if you would like!

Tuesday, November 14

We took the Mesopotamia test today. 

Homework:  See me if you are missing any items. The grading period ends on Friday!  Hammurabi posters?

Monday, November 13

Today we had our Mesopotamia notebook check.  If you received below a C, come visit me after school on Tuesday to revise.

Homework:  Please finish and bring your Mesopotamia study guide tomorrow for the unit test.  Please bring a charged computer.

Thursday, November 9

Today we reviewed our Phoenician tweets, updated our notebooks, and worked on our Mesopotamia study guide.

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

Wednesday, November 8

Today we took notes on the Phoenicians with “tweets” written from their perspective (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).

Friday, November 3

Today we set up notes for the empires in Mesopotamia and turned in our Hammurabi Flyers. (Turn in any missing ones, please).

Homework:  The Mesopotamia Unit Quiz will be Tuesday, November 14th.

Wednesday, November 1

Today we continued with the Hammurabi Citizen Flyer.  I reviewed how to cite a source and gave reminders about writing strong argumentative paragraphs.

Homework:  Keep working on the Hammurabi Flyer.  Due Friday.  The Middle East map quiz is tomorrow.  

Tuesday, October 31

Happy Halloween!  Today we started our Hammurabi Citizen Flyer.  You may work with a partner, but I reminded all students that some work may need to be outside of class.  Please see samples below and instructions on Google Class.

Homework:  Study for Thursday’s Middle East map quiz.

Monday, October 30

Today we read more about Hammurabi’s laws and whether they were fair or cruel.  We will be starting our Hammurabi Flyer project tomorrow.  Instructions will be posted in Google Class.

hammurabi-samples

Homework:  See me for any missing notes.  Study for Thursday’s Middle East map quiz.

Friday, October 27

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 Thursday, November 2.

Thursday, October 26

Today we read and took Cornell notes on the Rise of Babylon and Hammurabi’s Codes (pages 74-75).  We practiced extracting the most important facts as a class.

Homework:  Finish the Hammurabi Cornell notes.  Keep reviewing the Middle East map.

Wednesday, October 25

Today we reviewed the importance of the Sumerian achievements with a group skit persuading us of the importance and impact of the one invention.

Homework:  Finish the Sumerian achievement chart by Thursday.  Review the Middle East map – the quiz is Thursday, November 2nd.

Tuesday, October 24

Today we continued working on the Sumerian Achievement chart (due Thursday).

Homework:  Finish the Sumerian achievement chart by Thursday.  Review the Middle East map – the quiz is Thursday, November 2nd.

Monday, October 23

Today we started our Sumerian Achievement chart looking at the many inventions of Sumer.  You had the choice of completing it online (in Google Class) or writing the notes on a graphic organizer.

Homework:  Finish any Sumerian Cornell notes from last week (Rise of Sumer and Religion – 2 pages)

Friday, October 20

Today we wrote questions for our Rise of Sumer notes and took Cornell notes on The Religion of Sumer.

Homework:  Finish any Sumerian notes. 

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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