Friday, August 19, 2016

The Past, Present, and the Future

"Know your past. It is the foundation for your present, and the path to your future." 
- Pulani Kanahele

Google Mapping Activity  Take a few minutes to put the finishing touches on our collaborative Google Map about the special places we visited during summer vacation. Then be prepared to take share out about your special place, while also learning about the travels of your classmates. 

Why Study History?  In our Social Studies course this year part of our focus will be on studying early human history and ancient civilizations. But why? Why should we care about happened thousands or even millions of years ago? Why does what happened in the past matter to us now? Why do we study history in general and why should we care? Turn to the members of your table group and have a discussion about why you think it is important to study and understand what happened in the distant past. Discuss why learning and appreciating history is worth our time. 

Next, let's watch the perspective of a history teacher in the video below about why he believes knowing history is important. 

Flocabulary: The Week in Rap  Not only is it important to understand the past, but it's also critical to make connections to what is happening right now. Many important news events took place this around the world this week. Let's review some of them with our friends at Flocabulary.