Friday, April 29, 2016

CNN Student News, EDpuzzle, and Digital Portfolio Building

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CNN Student News  As we watch CNN Student News today, identify one or two news stories that you can pinpoint geographically and place on the Current Event layer of your Social Studies World Map via Google Maps. 

Syria; the Marianas Trench in the western North Pacific Ocean; Washington, D.C.; Chanhassen, Minnesota and Brigham Young University were all featured in today's segment. After pinning at least one of these places on your map, consider the most important question: What happened here? You should include a title for the event, the date(s) the event took place, a brief summary of what happened, and include an appropriate photo or video. If you need to refer to a transcript of today's broadcast you can find it here.

Period 4: EDpuzzle on the Geography and Early Greece  Students of Period 4, because you had an assembly yesterday today you are going to interact with an EDpuzzle video about Ancient Greek geography and history. Please take out your headphones, login to EDpuzzle, and locate the video "Geography and Early Greece." Watch the video carefully and answer the questions along the way to the best of your ability. You will be graded on the quality and completeness of your responses. If you don't finish in class, please finish for homework. 

Period 6: Building Your Digital Portfolio  Take some more time today to continue building your Digital Portfolio. Have you personalized your home screen? Make sure to tell your site visitors about the purpose of your Digital Portfolio, about who you are, and what you're about. Have you started adding content to your class pages yet? Reflect back on the school year and select the digital assignments that you are most proud of? You can add digital assignments in the form of Google documents, drawings, slide shows, maps, and videos.  

Also, here's a sneak peak at the rubric I will be using to assess your Digital Portfolio. We will talk more about it on Monday. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Awards Assembly and the Geography of Ancient Greece

 Today's Learning Objective  Discuss the connections between geography and the development of city-states in the region of the Aegean Sea. 

 

Period 4: Awards Assembly  I know you're disappointed, students of Period 4, but you will not be doing Social Studies today. Instead, you'll be heading to the MPR for our quarterly Awards Assembly. If your substitute teacher is not aware of this, please politely inform him or her that there is an assembly this period. Bring your belongings with you because most likely you will not be coming back to the classroom. Please be on your absolute best behavior during the assembly. Congratulations to each of you who will be recognized for your academic excellence! I am very proud of you!

Period 6: EDpuzzle on the Geography and Early Greece  Today you are going to interact with an EDpuzzle video about Ancient Greek geography and history. Please take out your headphones, login to EDpuzzle, and locate the video "Geography and Early Greece." Watch the video carefully and answer the questions along the way to the best of your ability. You will be graded on the quality and completeness of your responses. If you don't finish in class, please finish for homework. 

Building Your Digital Portfolio  If you finish your EDpuzzle early, take some more time today to continue building your Digital Portfolio. Have you personalized your home screen? Make sure to tell your site visitors about the purpose of your Digital Portfolio, about who you are, and what you're about. Have you started adding content to your class pages yet? Reflect back on the school year and select the digital assignments that you are most proud of? You can add digital assignments in the form of Google documents, drawings, slide shows, maps, and videos. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Goodbye Ancient China, Hello Ancient Greece


Flocabulary Ancient China Video and Review  To help us say goodbye while reviewing some of the key concepts we've learned during this unit, the good folks at Flocabulary have put together an interactive music video about ancient China. After we watch the video together, be prepared to help answer questions in order to demonstrate your understanding of ancient China. 

https://www.flocabulary.com/unit/ancient-china/video/

Introduction to the Geography of Ancient Greece  The geography of Ancient Greece is unlike that of any other civilization we have studied this year.Familiarize yourself with the Geography of Ancient Greece by exploring The British Museum's website here. Read the introduction, follow the story of Odysseus' travels to many fantastic lands, explore maps of Ancient Greece, and finally investigate an Ancient Greek shipwreck. If you do not get to fully explore the site in class today, please do so outside of class. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Han Dynasty and the Silk Road

 Today's Learning Objective  * Detail the political contributions of the Han Dynasty to the development and expansion of the empire.


Warm-Up: Ancient China Quiz  Show me what you've learned this past week about the Zhou Dynasty, the Warring States Period, Confucius, and Shi Huangdi and the Qin Dyansty by taking the online quiz here.  

The Han Dynasty: Jigsaw Reading Activity  Today we will be learning about the achievements of the Han, the dynasty that ends up replacing the Qin. However, due to limited time we are going to do a "jigsaw reading" of the passage about the Jigsaw Dynasty. Each group will be assigned one passage from the text, become experts on one particular topic, and then report out to the class about what they learned. You can find the Han Dynasty passage here. Please wait for your assignment before beginning to read.  

The Silk Road: EDpuzzle Video  One of the greatest achievements of the Han Dynasty was the innovation of the "Silk Road." Learn more about it by interacting with an EDpuzzle video today. After you log in, locate the video entitled "The Silk Road and Ancient Trade." Watch the video carefully and answer the five questions. What you don't finish in class becomes homework.
   
Homework  Finish your "Silk Road" EDpuzzle video and answer the questions.

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Incredibly True and Sometimes Strange Story of Shi Huangdi

Shi Huangdi, "First Emperor" 

 Today's Learning Objective  List the policies and achievements of the emperor Shi Huangdi in unifying northern China under the Qin Dynasty. 


Reading and Writing Warm-Up  Read about the life, achievements, and 'dark side' of ancient China's "First Emperor" Shi Huangdi here. Next, answer questions about what your read here.  

Video: 'First Emperor of China'  Today we will watch a short film about Shi Huangdi and his impact on China. Pay attention to several of the film's areas of focus: the dragon motif, Qin Dynasty warfare, Chinese writing, Qin's Code of Law, and the Great Wall of China. Take notes on how each of these subjects are depicted using the document First Emperor of China - Notes, which can be found in your Social Studies folder. If for some reason you would like to pay $2.99 you can access the film below. Otherwise, I'll be showing the video on the big screen for free in class.   

Thursday, April 21, 2016

What Does Confucius Say?

Chinese philosopher Confucius

 Today's Learning Objective  Identify the political and cultural problems prevalent in the time of Confucius and how he sought to solve them.


Confucius Warm-Up  Read about the life and work of Confucius, one of the world's most famous philosophers, here. The reading is also available in video form below. 


Next, head over to your Padlet wall (Period 4 and Period 6) and share one thing you learned about his life and one thing you learned about his ideas.

EDpuzzle Video: Confucius  Put your developing understanding of Confucius to the test by interacting with an EDpuzzle video about the famous Chinese philosopher. Login, watch the video "Confucius" carefully, and answer the five questions.

Homework  Complete the Confucius EDpuzzle assignment, which will be due next Friday, April 29

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Ancient China: The Zhou Dynasty and the Era Of the Warring States

Ancient China during the Warring States Period 



















 

 Today's Learning Objective  Identify the political and cultural problems prevalent in the time of Confucius and how he sought to solve them.


Warm-Up Video  Watch the informative video below that a group of high school students made about today's topic of study:  the Zhou Dynasty and the Era of the Warring States. 


Cause and Effect:  The Zhou Dynasty and the Era Of the Warring States Cause is what makes something happen. Effect is what happens as a result. Practice identifying cause and effect while reading about the Zhou Dynasty and the Era of the Warring States using the assignment Cause and Effect: The Zhou Dynasty and the Warring States Era, which can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom.

CNN Student News  As we watch CNN Student News today, identify one or two news stories that you can pinpoint geographically and place on the Current Event layer of your Social Studies World Map via Google Maps. 

Brazil; Ecuador; Washington, D.C.; Silicon Valley, California; Iraq and Monterey, California were all featured in today's segment. After pinning at least one of these places on your map, consider the most important question: What happened here? You should include a title for the event, the date(s) the event took place, a brief summary of what happened, and include an appropriate photo or video. If you need to refer to a transcript of today's broadcast you can find it here.



Homework  (1.) Complete the assignment Cause and Effect: The Zhou Dynasty and the Warring States Era, which will be due on Friday, April 22. (2.) Complete your Shang Dynasty DocentEDU and Mandate of Heaven DocentEDU assignments, both of which are also due this Friday, April 22.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Ancient China: The Mandate of Heaven


Warm Up Quiz  Show me what you learned about the Shang Dynasty by taking the quiz here.  
Crash Course Video: Ancient China  Let the team at Crash Course review and introduce some key ideas related to Ancient China.  Watch the video below.  


The Mandate of Heaven - DocentEDU Assignment  Learn about an important belief held by many in Ancient China regarding how the right to rule was determined by reading an online article about the the Mandate of Heaven DocentEDU style. I have embedded questions, videos, and vocabulary support to make your online reading experience more meaningful and interactive. You will also receive points for questions that you answer correctly. You can access the article or 'Docent' at your DoecentEDU Dashboard or from your Social Studies Google Classroom. This assignment should be completed by Friday, April 22.

Homework  (1.) Complete your Shang Dynasty DocentEDU assignment, which is due on this Friday, April 22(2.) Complete your Mandate of Heaven DocentEDU assignment, which is also due on this Friday, April 22.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Ancient China: The Shang Dynasty Meets DocentEDU


 Today's Learning Objective  Locate and describe the origins of Chinese civilization during the Shang Dynasty.  


Video Warm Up  Watch the video below and then write a response explaining the significance of the Shang Dynasty here.  


Getting Started with DocentEDU  Today we will be signing up for a new program called DocentEDU. DocentEDU lets you answer questions, see teacher notes, and take your own notes on any webpage. To get started, you first need to visit the Chrome Web Store and install the DocentEDu extension. Next, head over to DocentEDU, click 'Sign up as a Student and then 'Sign up with Google.' Finally, I will provide you with a code to enroll you in my class. You are now ready to start using DocentEDU. 

Shang Dynasty DocentEDU Assignment  Today you will be reading an online article about the the Shang Dynasty DocentEDU style. I have embedded questions, videos, pictures, and vocabulary support to make your online reading experience more meaningful and interactive. You will also receive points for questions that you answer correctly. You can access the article or 'Docent' at your DoecentEDU Dashboard or from your Social Studies Google Classroom. This assignment should be completed by next Friday, April 22.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Dynasties of Ancient China

 

Warm-Up Quiz  It's time to show what you've learned about the 'Geography of China.' Take the quiz here.   

Video Introduction to Chinese Dynasties  Welcome to the amazing world of Ancient Chinese Dynasties! Watch the entertaining and informative video below and share your response here.   



Ancient China Dynasty Timeline  Today you will create a digital timeline featuring the earliest dynasties of Ancient China: the Neolithic Era (Xia Dynasty), Shang Dynasty, Chou (Zhou) Dynasty, Ch'in (Qin) Dynasty, and Han Dynasty. In addition to labeling each dynasty, your timeline should include the years of their reign and an image representing each dynasty. You can find the assignment Ancient China Dynasty Timeline in your Social Studies folders, which includes an example of how to complete your timeline. You can find images and information about ancient Chinese dynasties here and here. You may also Google each dynasty for additional images and dates.


Homework  (1.) Complete the Map of China project, which is due this Friday, April 15. (2.) Complete the Ancient China Dynasty Timeline, which is also due this Friday, April 15. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

CNN Student News and China Activities



CNN Student News  As we watch CNN Student News today, identify one or two news stories that you can pinpoint geographically and place on the Current Event layer of your Social Studies World Map via Google Maps. 

North Korea; South Korea; Hiroshima, Japan; Turkey and India were all featured in today's segment. After pinning at least one of these places on your map, consider the most important question: What happened here? You should include a title for the event, the date(s) the event took place, a brief summary of what happened, and include an appropriate photo or video. If you need to refer to a transcript of today's broadcast you can find it here.

Ancient China Map Project  Today is your last class day to work on your China Map. China Map Directions and a blank template for the China Map assignment can still be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom. There are a multitude of resources you can use to help in labeling your map. An online student atlas can be found here. A physical map of China can be found here. And a political map of China can be found here. We will work on this in class today and tomorrow. The China Map will be due this Friday, April 15

Time for Kids China Activities  If you have finished your China Map, you may work on an alternative assignment. You may either read your A.R. book silently, or you may check out the Time for Kids Around the World activities for China here. Tour through China's most amazing sites here. Travel through our timeline of major events in China's History here. Learn Mandarin Chinese here. Find out what a typical day in the life of a Chinese boy is like here. And finally find out how much you learned during your virtual voyage through China by taking the quiz here.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Mapping China




 Today's Learning Objective   Explain the geographic features of China that made governance and the spread of ideas and good difficult and served to isolate the country from the rest of the world.


Video Warm-Up  Get oriented with China's geography by watching the guided Google Earth tour of China below. What observations can you make?  


Ancient China Map Project  Today you will begin creating an informative digital map of China and labeling it with essential components of its geography. China Map Directions and a blank template for the China Map assignment can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom. There are a multitude of resources you can use to help in labeling your map. An online student atlas can be found here. A physical map of China can be found here. And a political map of China can be found here. We will work on this in class today and tomorrow. The China Map will be due next Friday, April 15

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

CNN Student News and Ancient China Activities

 

CNN Student News  As we watch CNN Student News today, identify one or two news stories that you can pinpoint geographically and place on the Current Event layer of your Social Studies World Map via Google Maps. 

Iceland; Panama City, Panama; Wisconsin; and London, England were all featured in today's segment. After pinning at least one of these places on your map, consider the most important question: What happened here? You should include a title for the event, the date(s) the event took place, a brief summary of what happened, and include an appropriate photo or video. If you need to refer to a transcript of today's broadcast you can find it here.

Ancient China Webquest and EdPuzzle Continue exploring some of the things you'll be learning about during our unit on ancient China by continuing to work on the Ancient China Webquest, which you can find in your Social Studies Google Classroom. Follow the links, research the questions, and record your answers using the document. This assignment is due on Friday, April 8.

Also due on Friday is your Geography of China Edpuzzle. If you haven't completed it yet, please make sure you get it done.