Monday, August 17, 2015

Studying the Distant Past

'Who We Are' Slideshow  Let's begin today by taking a few minutes to put the finishing touches on our slides for our collaborative Google Presentation slideshow about who we are. Click the appropriate link to continue. 4th period click here and 6th period click here. Finally, let's watch our slideshow together and learn about the members of our classroom community.

Group Discussion: How do we know what happened in the distant past?  The time before written records is called prehistory. If no one wrote things down long ago, how do we know what happened in the distant past? What sort of things might historians and scientists examine in order to understand what happened in ancient history?  Discuss your ideas with the members of your group and be prepared to share with the class.  

Is there anything that fictional archaeologist Indiana Jones can teach us about how we study and understand the distant past? 

Studying the Distant Past: Vocabulary Study  Today we are going to learn some of the key vocabulary and concepts related to the study of the distant past by using a vocabulary study guide called a Cognitive Content Dictionary (CCD). You can find your Studying the Distant Past - Cognitive Content Dictionary and a reading selection related to our topic of study (which corresponds to pgs. 6 - 11 of your Ancient Civilizations textbook) in your Social Studies Google Classroom. (I will need to give you the code to your class before you can get started).

Using your CCD you will think about what you already know about the word, include a definition and image, and finally use the word in a sentence.

Homework  Complete and 'turn in' your Studying the Distant Past - Cognitive Content Dictionary by this Friday, August 21 in order to receive full credit.