Week of Sept 17

FRIDAY – Warm up – North America quiz game – Your goal is 100% twice. Get an atlas from the front of the room if you need help identifying countries. Don’t forget that Puerto Rico and The Bahamas will both be on the quiz as well.

Activity – we worked toward creating a spreadsheet with graphs to post the results of our Geography Knowledge Assessment in our digital portfolios.

THURSDAY – Warm up – North America quiz game – Your goal is 100% twice. Get an atlas from the front of the room if you need help identifying countries.

Mini-lesson / activity: How to check Synergy for your grades; where to click to get the details for each class and each assignment. If you are absent, check with Mr D to make sure you know how to do this.

RE-DO POLICY: You can re-do ANY assignment in this class. You must see Mr. D first – BEFORE SCHOOL OR DURING LUNCH – to find out how best to improve your grade.

Activity – we worked toward creating a spreadsheet with graphs to post the results of our Geography Knowledge Assessment in our digital portfolios.

IMPORTANT – While checking binders I noticed quite a few student DID NOT finish their PBIS notes from Monday. While there is no penalty now – IT WILL COME BACK TO BITE YOU LATER if you do not complete the notes.

The first five students to pass me a note with the secret word on it will get a prize. Secret Word is: Guatemala. Shhhh…don’t blab!

 

WEDNESDAY – Continents, Oceans, and North America test today. You need to make this up if you were absent. You may not complete the test at home. You must take this test in the classroom.

We also had a binder check today – if you were absent there is no need to make this up, as all four core classes will check binders weekly.

IMPORTANT – While checking binders I noticed quite a few student DID NOT finish their PBIS notes from Monday. While there is no penalty now – IT WILL COME BACK TO BITE YOU LATER if you do not complete the notes.

TUESDAY – Warm-up Continents Quiz Game       Oceans Quiz Game  

Your warm-up goal is 100% twice on each quiz before you move on to anything else.

The TEST IS ON WEDNESDAY!! Don’t forget that Greenland, Canada, The United States of America, and Mexico will be on the test as well.

PICTURE DAY TODAY – No assignments.

IMPORTANT NOTICE!! – Mr. D got sidetracked at the end of the day and did not post this very important message. The notes we took yesterday are the beginning of an extended unit on PBIS at SMS. Students must keep the notes organized in their binders for a period of time (6-8 weeks) until we take the open note test. Then the notes will be turned in and graded.

 

MONDAY – Warm-up Continents Quiz Game       Oceans Quiz Game  

Your warm-up goal is 100% twice on each quiz before you move on to anything else.

The TEST IS ON WEDNESDAY!! Don’t forget that Greenland, Canada, The United States of America, and Mexico will be on the test as well.

Mini- Lesson: Note taking skills. We watched and then discussed this short video in class.

Today’s activity – Over the next several weeks, we will tackle one to two P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) lessons. These lesson will involve note taking. SUCCESS DEPENDS ON YOUR SKILLS OF ORGANIZATION AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL!!!

Today’s notes will cover the PBIS lesson on using the main and student offices. We will organize our notes around the three District6 mandates for success – Be Safe – Be Respectful – Be Responsible.

Student and Main Offices

Week of September 10

FRIDAY – Warm-up Continents Quiz Game       Oceans Quiz Game

Remember that three other countries – Canada, USA, and Mexico – along with Greenland will be on the next test.

The Website Project is DUE TODAY.

 

THURSDAY – Warm-up: Continents Quiz Game       Oceans Quiz Game

Remember that three other countries – Canada, USA, and Mexico – along with Greenland will be on the next test.

Mini-lesson: if you were absent today, you missed a lesson on how to log into your student account from a home computer.

Key points:

  • Use the Chrome browser
  • If you have a home account, log out
  • Then click on “Add Account”
  • If you do not have a home account, click on the “waffle” and then on Accounts icon
  • Click on Sign IN
  • Use your lastnamestudentnumber@district6.org to log in.

The BENCHMARK today for the web site project was to have four text boxes completed. Those students who did not have four text boxes completed were strongly encouraged to finish them at home.

THE FINAL DUE DATE IS FRIDAY!!!

WEDNESDAY – Warm-up: Continents Quiz Game       Oceans Quiz Game

Today we will continue to work on our Digital Portfolios. The links are all listed below in the Tuesday blog entry. CLASSWORK BENCHMARK for completing the project on time – 2 rough drafts for text entries. FINAL DRAFT IS DUE FRIDAY

As we are often working on projects in this class, today we introduced the concept of CLASSWORK BENCHMARKS, i.e. “How far should I be on this project in order to finish on time?” if a student is not to the BENCHMARK, it would be a good idea to do some of it at home that night.

BENCHMARK for this project is have two text box entries completed by today.

TUESDAY – No map warm-up today. If you want something to to you can start to preview some of the documents you will use for directions on your first project. This project is DUE ON FRIDAY!!!

DIGITAL PORTFOLIO PROJECT

Directions and assessment for your Digital Portfolio

Step 1: Before we even get started… you should create a new folder.

Step 2:  How to create your Google Site AKA  your Digital Portfolio (Stop after Step #11)

Step 3  How to add a text box

Step 4  How to upload a photo

Step 5  How to publish your site

Step 6  How to hand in your assignment

VOILA!! You are finished.

MONDAY – No homework – yet. Today we discussed our “agreements” for classroom management.

Welcome Back!!

FRIDAY – Today we were introduced to the Chromebook policies for the classroom and we explored one of the acceptable uses of the Chromebooks in our classroom with GeoGuesser.

Click on the link above; click on the SIGN UP button; click on the SIGN UP WITH GOOGLE button.

 

THURSDAY – Today we took a baseline pre-test showing student knowledge of place names for continents, oceans and countries in the world. If you were absent you must see Mr. D. about making up the test.

We also reviewed school cell phone policies and expected hall behavior.

 

WEDNESDAY – Today we authenticated our district technology accounts, activated our Synergy accounts, and checked to make sure we could open our student email.

If you missed today, make sure to check in with me to find out what you need to do.

As for the extra credit offered yesterday – the deadline has passed. ONE student took advantage of the opportunity. Tune in often for more opportunities 🙂

TUESDAY – What a great first day at Scenic Middle School! The students listened to a presentation by the principal about the “Spartan Way.” If we can all get on the same page with this, it will be a great year!

In class we answered the burning questions:

“What is Social Studies?”

“Why is it important to learn it?”

If you were in class, and you checked this blog, you have a chance to earn your first FIVE EXTRA CREDIT POINTS! (I don’t give these out often either). To get YOUR points, put your name (ALWAYS FIRST AND LAST) and the period you have social studies in the upper right corner. Then tell me the very important advice I gave to you about success in this class.

I also asked you to think about what “agreements” we would need in order for all of us to be able to do our jobs well.

The deadline for this passes at the end of school on Wednesday!

Greetings! This home page – and related site links – will be THE PLACE to find everything you need to know for a successful year in this Social Studies class.

Week of May 29th

TUESDAY – FRIDAY: Your last attempt to name as many countries and bodies of water that exist  in the world comes next Monday. Use your warm-up time to review the countries we have learned so far…

North America and Latin America Quiz Game

North America Quiz Game

Central America and The Caribbean Quiz Game

South America Quiz Game

Europe quiz game

Africa Quiz Games

MIDDLE EAST QUIZ GAME

Brush up on your water bodies with this link….

World Geography Games

or, you can brush up on the ones we haven’t learned yet to boost your final number!!!

Asia Quiz Game by Region

Activities this week are centered around creating cultural artifacts for your invented country. See the directions in Google Classroom.

Any absentee make-ups for the governments test must be completed by this Friday. Those who wish to retake the test for a better score have until June 12th to make it up.

Week of May 14th

MONDAY – TUESDAY: No warm-up

Priority #1 – Finish your flag and currency assignment INCLUDING THE WRITTEN PORTION!!! Read the directions carefully.

Priority #2: Finish copying the “types of government” notes posted below and submit them to Google Classroom. Check Synergy if you do not know if you are finished with this.

Priority #3: Create study flash cards for the upcoming government and economies test. Use BOTH the types of government notes and the governments and economies review sheet linked below to create your flash cards.

– types of government – answers

Government and economies review sheet

WEDNESDAY – No warm-up

Activity = Watch the video linked below as a class, or at home if you are absent.

Video – How to make effective flash cards.

Priority #1 – finish your types of government notes and submit them in Google Classroom if you have not done so.

Activity – making flash cards. Be thorough, as any/all the material in both documents linked below could show up on the test.

– types of government – answers

Government and economies review sheet

Week of April 30th

FRIDAY – Test Today!

Activity – Today we will “front-load” information you will need for the design of  the flag and currency for your country.

TEXT

Why Use Currency ? This article gives background information on the origin of money.

VIDEO

World’s Coolest Currencies – Make sure to take note of the fact that each currency has a theme throughout each denomination. Sizes and shapes vary from country to country. They have even begun to change the materials currencies are made from.

VIDEO

Flags and Their Meanings – While there is no need to watch the entire video, what you do need to understand is that each and every element of a flag has a REASON for being there.

TEXT

Color Meanings in Flags – Read and discuss as a group how you might use these colors and meanings in your country’s flag.

 

 

THURSDAY – Warm up – Western Asia aka The Middle East. Your goal is 100% twice!

Hand in Comparing Economic Systems.

Begin the assignment posted in Google Classroom – Our (My) Country’s Government.

WEDNESDAY – Warm up – Western Asia aka The Middle East. Your goal is 100% twice!

Activity – Part one: FINISH the Comparing Economic Systems worksheet as a group. Compare your answers, discuss whether or not you believe YOU have the correct answer. WHAT IS THE EVIDENCE FROM THE TEXT??????Then and HAND IT IN.

Part two: Begin working on the assignment in Google Classroom – Our (My) Country’s Government / Economy

Each member of the group must complete this assignment and hand it in.

TUESDAY – Warm up – Western Asia aka The Middle East. Your goal is 100% twice!

Activity – Comparing Economic Systems: the assignment and the directions are posted in Google Classroom. Work independently and quietly to complete this assignment.

 

MONDAY – Warm up – Western Asia aka The Middle East. Your goal is 100% twice!

Activity – wrap up notes on types of governments. Compare your notes to the answer sheet linked below. If you have something similar in your notes – highlight it and make it bold. Add any additional information you don’t have yet. These notes will serve as a study guide for a quiz later.

The notes are no longer posted here. I you need to finish your notes you will need to come in before school or during lunch.

AFTER you are finished with your notes look at this Interesting map of where in the world each type of government is used. It is a great illustration of just how diverse governments around the world really are.

Week of April 23rd

WEDNESDAY – Warm up – Western Asia aka The Middle East.

Activity – Research types of governments the world has experienced. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but these types of governments have been used in the past, or are in use today. The graphic organizer is posted in google Classroom. Click on the links below to begin your research.

Civics for Kids

BBC – Types of Government

World Governments – A hodge podge of good information. you may have to make inferences with this one.

Interesting map of where in the world each type of government is used. Not much information here; so don’t “spin your wheels” too long gazing at it.

 

 

TUESDAY – Warm up – Western Asia aka The Middle East.

Activity – moderated chat. The rules – stay on topic, participate, and be engaged.
Go with what you know or what you THINK to begin with.
After the 10 minute timer, continue discussion while reading through the attached article.
Complete the EXIT TICKET in the last 10 minutes.

 

 

MONDAY – Warm up – Western Asia

Activity – Map Analysis – posted in Google Classroom.

Project Evaluation – posted in Google Classroom.

 

Week of April 16th

MONDAY – Warm up – study for Africa Final Exam this Friday!

Activity – Map check in today – where are you in the process?

See the link below to get ideas regarding what type of natural resources neighboring or geographically similar countries may have.

Natural Resources by Country

Week of April 9th

FRIDAY – warm up – Practice for the Africa test next Friday! use the links below.

Interesting reading if you are all caught up – History of Triskaidekaphobia

Activity – Work on your maps. Refer to the directions in Google Classroom as needed.

MONDAY – Warm up: On April 20th you will be tested on ALL of Africa. Between now and then warm up will consist of reviewing the separate regions of Africa for 10 minutes each day, or testing yourself on the entire continent when you believe you are ready. DO NOT be found off task during warm up!

Activity – This week you will begin work on THREE maps for your country – a physical geography map, a political / transportation map, and a land use map. See the directions posted in Google Classroom.

Map Scale

Example of population map that uses circles to show population sizes.

 

Week of April 2nd

THURSDAY – Warm up – Southern Africa Quiz Game Your goal is to get 100% twice. QUIZ ON FRIDAY!

Once warm up is completed, finish up the Country Data Sheet AND the backstory of how your country came to be. Turn those in in Google Classroom.

NEXT STEPS: Review these sites linked below. By “review” I mean STUDY them…together in your group. You must make a final decision on which landforms you will include in your new country. You are not locked into the five listed on your data sheet. You may change those if you wish. You may add more than five to your country, but you must have AT LEAST five.

While it is important that YOU CAN IDENTIFY a majority of the landforms listed on these sites, the MOST IMPORTANT discussion to have in your group is HOW THESE LAND-FORMS WILL AFFECT THE PEOPLE IN YOUR COUNTRY.

World Landforms – Click on the words in the diagram to learn more.

Types of Landforms

More about Landforms!

Once you have made a decision on which landforms to include in your country, take a look at the maps linked at the end of this lesson to get an idea of how to map it. Think about the following as you set out to begin mapping:

Map elements that must be included – a key; a compass rose; a title; labels on physical features (example – the mesas in the Rogue Valley are called Upper and Lower Table Rock); a distance scale, and full color throughout.

Read about distance scales here.

(You do not need to read about Map Projections, etc…)

Here is a more advanced and in depth look at distance scales on maps.

Check out these for idea generators.

The Land of Good and Bad

The Island of Many Forms

 

 

WEDNESDAY – Warm up – Southern Africa Quiz Game Your goal is to get 100% twice. QUIZ ON FRIDAY!

Activity – See Tuesday’s post. READ BOTH LINKS REGARDING TYPES OF LAND-FORMS.

TUESDAY – Warm up – Southern Africa Quiz Game Your goal is to get 100% twice.

Activity – See the directions and your data sheet posted in GC.

Types of Landforms

More about Landforms!

CIA World Factbook

 

 

MONDAY – Warm up – Southern Africa Quiz Game Your goal is to get 100% twice.

Video Activity: While you are viewing this video series, be thinking about how countries divide their territory into administrative units. The USA is divided into states; as you have seen, other countries are divided into regions that may have different names, such as provinces, districts, or prefectures.  This video series will give insight into WHY the lines are drawn the way they are. PAY ATTENTION to the reasons they are drawn so that you can apply these same principles when you divide your country into administrative units.

Force of  Nature