Week of November 12th

FRIDAY – Warm up – Rivers

Click on the “give up?” button to reveal the location of the straits and canals that will be on the November 29th test. Label them on the map provided. See the study guide to know which straits and canals you should label. World Water-ways study guide.

Activity: Recognizing connections, confirmations, and questions while reading Newsela articles on Australia and Oceania physical and human geography. Posted in GC. DUE TODAY!!!

THURSDAY – Warm up Seas and Bays

Click on the “give up?” button to reveal the location of the straits and canals that will be on the November 29th test. Label them on the map provided. See the study guide to know which straits and canals you should label. World Water-ways study guide.

Activity: Recognizing connections, confirmations, and questions while reading Newsela articles on Australia and Oceania physical and human geography. Posted in GC.

WEDNESDAY – Warm up – Lakes

Activity: Recognizing connections, confirmations, and questions while reading Newsela articles on Australia and Oceania physical and human geography. Posted in GC.

TUESDAY – Warm up Straits and Canals

Activity: Click on the “give up?” button to reveal the location of the straits and canals that will be on the November 29th test. Label them on the map provided. See the study guide to know which straits and canals you should label. World Water-ways study guide.

Lesson: Where is / What is Australia & Oceania?

Activity: Recognizing connections, confirmations, and questions while reading Newsela articles on Australia and Oceania physical and human geography. Posted in GC.

MONDAY – NO SCHOOL

Week of November 5th

FRIDAY – Warm up: The Rivers Your goal is 100% twice!

Activity: There are a plethora of missing assignments on the SMS 6th grade Green Team. We have a WORK DAY today.

For those who are all caught up there is EXTRA CREDIT  posted in Google Classroom.

THURSDAY – Warm up: The Rivers Your goal is 100% twice!

Don’t forget to check the World Water-ways study guide. The test will be November 29th!!

Activity: History of the Land Bridge Theory – assignment is posted in GC. This is the third day we’ve worked on it in class. IT IS DUE TODAY!!

WEDNESDAY – Warm up: The Lakes Your goal is 100% twice!

World Water-ways study guide. The test will be November 29th!!

 

TUESDAY – Warm up: The Lakes Your goal is 100% twice!

LessonMap of Beringia   This is a time lapse animation of the land bridge being covered with water at the end of the Ice Age. Sorry, it does not load on Chromebooks.

Activity – History of the Land Bridge Theory. Assignment is posted in GC.

MONDAY – Warm-up: The seas. Your goal is 100% twice!

Lesson – example of evidence and conclusions.

Activity – Finish the assignment “What killed the magafauna?” Posted in GC. If not finished in class it is homework! Due on Tuesday.

Week of October 29th

FRIDAY – Warm-up: The seas. Your goal is 100% twice!

Lesson – What is megafauna?

Activity – What killed the megafauna? Posted in Google Classroom.

 

THURSDAY – Warm-up: The seas. Your goal is 100% twice!

Activity – continued watching and discussing videos on the first human migration to the “Americas.”

The First Americans Explanation for Kids – a simplified version.

The First Americans

Teachers’ Domain When Did the First Americans Arrive

Where Did The First Americans Come From?

WEDNESDAY – no warm up

Lesson – Human migration to the Western Hemisphere

Activity – Use Cornell notes method to record what you learn in these videos.

The First Americans Explanation for Kids – a simplified version.

The First Americans

Teachers’ Domain When Did the First Americans Arrive

Where Did The First Americans Come From?

TUESDAY – Warm-up REVIEW GOAL IS 100% TWICE:  North America quiz game

Activity – Review questions generated during the 60 Minutes feature that taught us about the “Eagle Hunters” of Mongolia.

Lesson – Focus on meta-cognition i.e. “thinking about thinking.”

Step one – new information

Step two – review questions in your group

Step three – watch video to seek answers to questions

Step four – class discussion and closure

 

MONDAY – Warm-up REVIEW GOAL IS 100% TWICE: Continents Quiz Game       Oceans Quiz Game

Activity – PBIS Notes: Use the note taking style of your choice to record the important points from the PBIS lesson on Assemblies.

ALL FOUR PAGES OF NOTES ARE DUE ON TUESDAY!!

Restrooms

Hallways and Locker Courts

Student and Main Offices

 

Week of October 22nd

FRIDAY – South America Test – if you were absent you will have to make up the test before school, during lunch, or during warm up.

Activity – Independent work time to finish Early Human History paragraph and notes. THESE ARE DUE ON MONDAY. There will not be time to work on this in class Monday.

THURSDAY – Warm-up: South America Quiz Game Goal – 100% twice. TEST IS TOMORROW!!

Lesson – Writing a paragraph

Activity – Write the paragraph

The assignment is posted in Google Classroom. ALL NOTES AND PARAGRAPHS DUE ON MONDAY, OCT 29TH.

WEDNESDAY – Warm-up: South America Quiz Game Goal – 100% twice. TEST IS THIS FRIDAY!!

Activity –  Give One – Get One: Find others in class who NEED the notes you have, and GIVE them one of your notes, then you can GET one from them.

TUESDAY – Warm-up: South America Quiz Game Goal – 100% twice. TEST IS THIS FRIDAY!!

Lesson – there was a short 5 minute lesson covering the Paleolithic Age and the Neolithic Age and what it all means. Included also in the discussion were the Bronze Age, Iron Age, Middle Ages, Modern Age and the current age,  the Information Age.

Activity – We played a 60 Minutes feature on the ancient art of falconry – key word is ancient! Students were required to write at least one question about what they watched.

Activity – more time to work on Early Human History notes.

 

MONDAY – Warm-up:  South America Quiz Game Goal – 100% twice. TEST IS THIS FRIDAY!!

Activity – Research early human history articles on Newsela to find evidence to define, explain, compare or contrast the essential vocabulary of this unit. The “power words” are posted in the assignment on Google Classroom. THE KEY showing where to find the evidence is also posted in GC.

Students will have time in class on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday of this week, students will have time in class to write a paragraph showing wheat they have learned about early human history.

Week of October 15

MONDAY : Warm-up:  South America Quiz Game Goal – 100% twice.

Activity: Class reflection and goal setting.

Activity – Early Human History project. The assignment and the link to the articles to read are in Google Classroom.

Week of October 8th

THURSDAY – Warm-up:  South America Quiz Game Goal – 100% twice.

Activity – Early Human History project. The assignment and the link to the articles to read are in Google Classroom.

WEDNESDAY – oops…got busy

TUESDAY – Warm-up. YOUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS TO FINISH CALCULATING YOUR GPA AND HAND IT IN WITH A PLAN TO FIX ANY D’S OR F’S!!!

If you are finished with that, you can begin to explore our next place location test. South America Quiz Game

Activity – PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) notes. – Use your favorite note taking style (outline, columns/table, or mind map) to highlight ways to be SAFE, RESPECTFUL, AND RESPONSIBLE in the Hallways and Locker Courts.

MONDAY – Warm up: review  Continents Quiz Game       Oceans Quiz Game  

Lesson – How grades are calculated; How to calculate GPA

Activity – Calculate and hand in GPA

Activity – Question posted in GC: “What do you think of when you think of historical events?”

Week of October 1

FRIDAY – No warm-up

Latitude and longitude final exam today – open flip book! Test is posted in Google Classroom.

Flip books are DUE TODAY!!

THURSDAY – No warm-up.

Test today – if absent you will need to take the test in the classroom before school or during lunch.

Activity – Independent work time on the Absolute Location flip book. DUE FRIDAY!!

There is an “open flip book” test on Friday as well.

WEDNESDAY – Warm up – North America quiz game THE TEST IS THIS TOMORROW, OCTOBER 4TH! DON’T FORGET THE BAHAMAS AND PUERTO RICO!

Activity – Independent work time on Absolute Location Flip books. DUE ON FRIDAY!!

TUESDAY – Warm up – North America quiz game THE TEST IS THIS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4TH!

CHECK SYNERGY – YOUR GRADE IN THIS CLASS MIGHT HAVE CHANGED WHEN THE LAST ASSIGNMENTS WERE ENTERED!!!!!!

Activity – Independent work on Absolute Location flip book.

THERE WILL BE AN “OPEN FLIP-BOOK” TEST ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5TH.

FLIP BOOKS ARE DUE THE SAME DAY!!!!!

MONDAY – 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. THE TEST IS THIS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4TH!

Activity – Absolute-location-flip-book-w-vocab final

This activity will be completed in class over several days. The due date will be Friday, October 5th. Use the table and the links below to find information explaining the critical vocabulary for this project. THERE WILL BE AN “OPEN FLIP-BOOK” TEST ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5TH.

 

The links are in ascending order of reading levels – lowest first; highest last.

Latitude and Longitude for Kids

textbook pg 4-5

Understanding Latitude and Longitude – the Global Grid

Newsela article at multiple reading levels available in Google Classroom.

More information in the matrix below.

latitude horizontal lines;  measures distance north or south from the Equator.; measured in degrees; 90° total from the Equator to the poles.;  also known as parallels.
longitude vertical lines; measures distance east or west of the Prime Meridian;measured in degrees;180° total east or west of  the Prime Meridian; also known as meridians
parallels Another name for lines of latitude
meridians Another name for lines of longitude
Equator The zero° line of latitude; divides the north and south hemispheres
Prime Meridian The zero° line of longitude; divides the east and west hemispheres
Tropic of Capricorn The latitude line 23.5° south of the Equator; it is the farthest point south that the sun will be directly overhead.
Tropic of Cancer The latitude line 23.5° north of the Equator; it is the farthest point north that the sun will be directly overhead.
degrees The unit of measure (angles) for latitude and longitude; there are 69 miles in a degree of latitude.
minutes A smaller unit of measure for lat/long; there are 60 minutes in a degree
seconds An even smaller unit of measure for lat/long; there are 60 seconds in each minute
coordinates The lat/long values that intersect to give an absolute location on Earth.

Week of September 24

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. TEST WILL BE ON THURSDAY!

Lesson – How to make a flip book.

Activity – Absolute Location Flip-book – see description below in Thursday’s blog stream.

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. Don’t forget that Puerto Rico and The Bahamas will both be on the quiz as well.

Lesson – Direct instruction with PowerPoint on finding absolute location using latitude and longitude.

Activity – Absolute-location-flip-book-w-vocab final

This activity will be completed in class over several days. The due date will be Friday, October 5th. Use the table and the links below to find information explaining the critical vocabulary for this project. The links are in ascending order of reading levels – lowest first; highest last.

Latitude and Longitude for Kids

textbook pg 4-5

Understanding Latitude and Longitude – the Global Grid

Newsela article at multiple reading levels available in Google Classroom.

More information in the matrix below.

latitude horizontal lines;  measures distance north or south from the Equator.; measured in degrees; 90° total from the Equator to the poles.;  also known as parallels.
longitude vertical lines; measures distance east or west of the Prime Meridian;measured in degrees;180° total east or west of  the Prime Meridian; also known as meridians
parallels Another name for lines of latitude
meridians Another name for lines of longitude
Equator The zero° line of latitude; divides the north and south hemispheres
Prime Meridian The zero° line of longitude; divides the east and west hemispheres
Tropic of Capricorn The latitude line 23.5° south of the Equator; it is the farthest point south that the sun will be directly overhead.
Tropic of Cancer The latitude line 23.5° north of the Equator; it is the farthest point north that the sun will be directly overhead.
degrees The unit of measure (angles) for latitude and longitude; there are 69 miles in a degree of latitude.
minutes A smaller unit of measure for lat/long; there are 60 minutes in a degree
seconds An even smaller unit of measure for lat/long; there are 60 seconds in each minute
coordinates The lat/long values that intersect to give an absolute location on Earth.

“Old School” latitude and longitude song

“New School” latitude and longitude song

Extra Credit Opportunity! Students will have the opportunity to earn up to 50 points EC during a trimester. In the classroom are places to display messages in the following categories. What do I already know? (re: content covered in class), What do I want to know? (re: topics related to or spring-boarding from the content in class), What have I learned this year? (of course…class content related). Formatting must follow these specific guidelines (examples posted in class) – Statements in the aforementioned categories word processed and mounted on a 3×5 or 4×6 note-card. Students are encouraged to enhance their presentation with colored borders and illustrations.

WEDNESDAY – 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 – review note taking styles.

Activity – Students added to their PBIS notes on Restrooms.

We will eventually collect these notes in about two weeks and a letter grade will be assigned. If you do not finish them in class IT IS HOMEWORK!

 

TUESDAY – 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.

Today we took a content knowledge pre-test. Please make this up if you missed today.

Reminder – The GKA file and your recent updates to the website will be graded on Wednesday.

 

MONDAY – 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.

Last week we finished our Geography Knowledge Assessment (GKA) data table and graphs. Today we will create pages in our digital portfolios for all of our core classes and embed the GKA file on our Social Studies page.

 

Step to Success:

  • Create a page for each core class – Language Arts, Science, Math, and Social Studies. A page for your elective is optional. Directions on how to create a page (super easy) are posted on Google Classroom.
  • Give each page banner a design or theme that makes sense for the subject shown. For example, your Language Arts page may have a banner featuring your favorite novel.
  • BEFORE you embed your Geography Knowledge Assessment on your Social Studies page, INSERT a Text Box and write a reflection that sets a goal for how much you will learn about geography place names. Insert that text box at the top of the page. Be specific! How many continents and oceans will you know at the end of the year? How many countries and other water bodies will you know at the end of the year?
  • Then follow the directions posted in Google Classroom on how to embed a file.

Don’t forget to hit Publish when you are done!!

If this is not finished during class or if you were absent IT IS HOMEWORK!!

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.