Friday, September 30, 2016

Current Event Friday

The debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was just one big story featured in this week's The Week in Rap. 




Adding to Our Social Studies Google Map  Today we are going to pin the current event story you researched this week from last week's "The Week in Rap" episode, as part of the "Current Events" layer of your Social Studies Events Map. Follow the steps: pin event in its proper geographic location, add a title, include the text from your current event summary, post a related image, and consider including a specialized icon for your pin.  

Flocabulary: The Week in Rap  Many important news events took place around the world this week. Let's review some of them with our friends at Flocabulary.



Thursday, September 29, 2016

Quiz Day!


Assessing Human Migration, Surviving the Ice Age, and the Birth of Farming  Today you will be taking a quiz testing your understanding of key concepts we've studied recently, which include human migration, surviving the Ice Age, and the birth of farming. The quiz can be found here. I will read be reading all questions and answer sets aloud before providing you time to work on the quiz independently. Most of the quiz is multiple choice, however there are also two short response questions. For the short response questions, explain your ideas as completely as possible so I'm clear about what exactly you know and understand. When you are done with the quiz, click the 'submit' button. If you finish early and time permits, you may consider doing the activities listed below.

Academic Business Time Due to the fact that there are various assignments that we have been working on that are due tomorrow, I would like to give you some structured time if needed today to work on them. They include
  1. Current Event Summary #3
  2. Early Agriculture - Cause and Effect
  3. Costs and Benefits of Farming 
Each of these assignments can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom and are due and must be 'turned in' by tomorrow, Friday, September 30.

Independent Literacy Time  If you have completed and 'turned in' each of the assignments above, you may use this time to do any of the following: take an Accelerated Reader quiz, read a Newsela article, or read from your A.R. book. 

Homework  Complete and 'turn in' all assignments from the past week by tomorrow, Friday, September 30, which include: Current Event Summary #3, Early Agriculture - Cause and Effect, and Costs and Benefits of Farming.  

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Examining Agricultural Tools and Reviewing for Quiz



Life at the Time: Tilling the Soil  Students: How might you plant a garden without using any tools?  It would be pretty difficult, wouldn't it. Therefore, can you understand why even early on using tools for farming was so important?  

Let's read the introductory paragraph from the passage below. Now take a moment and carefully study the images and accompanying captions in order.



Who probably made the tools show in the pictures? 

How might a toolmaker have been paid for the work? 

Look at how the toolmakers improved designs as time passed. Which sickle do you think would have been most efficient? 

Now imagine that you are farmer in the ancient Middle East and you have used one of the more advanced metal sickles for the first time. Discuss with the members of your group all the various benefits of using a metal sickle. In what what ways will it help you produce more food crops?   

Reviewing for Quiz: Three Videos  We are going to have a quiz tomorrow on the following topics we've studied recently: human migration, surviving the Ice Age, and the development of farming. But before we do, we are going to watch excerpts of three short videos to help you review the content and important ideas. You may use the document From Human Migration to the Development of Farming - Video Notes, which can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom, to take notes if your choose.




Homework  Study for your quiz on 'human migration, surviving the Ice Age, and the development of farming,' which you will be taking tomorrow, September 29.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Costs and Benefits of Farming



Writing Warm-Up  cost is something that has a negative effect. A benefit, on the other hand, is something that has a good effect or is a positive. What do you think the costs (the negatives) and benefits (the positives) of farming are going to turn out to be? Share your ideas here.   

The Costs and Benefits of Farming: Reading and Note-Taking Activity  Today in small groups you are going to read an excerpt and study a diagram from your text regarding the costs and benefits of farming. As you read, you will take notes on the Costs and Benefits of Farming using the document of the same name in your Social Studies Google Classroom. The text passage and diagram are featured below (but can also be found on pg. 35 of your Social Studies textbook). Towards the end of the period, each member of your group must be prepared to share at least one farming cost and/or one benefit they learned during the course of their study. The Cost and Benefits of Farming assignment will be due Friday, September 30.  


Video: The Agricultural Revolution  Now let's watch as our friends at Crash Course hilariously explain the importance of the Agricultural Revolution.  


Homework  Complete the assignment Costs and Benefits of Farming, which will be due Friday, September 30, in addition to the assignment Early Agriculture - Cause and Effect. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

How the Agricultural Revolution Changed the Way People Lived



Cause and Effect Mini-Lesson  Before you can begin to understand the relationship between events related to the Agricultural Revolution you may need to a refresher on the nature of 'Cause and Effect.' Cause is what makes something happens. Effect is what happens as a result. To see 'Cause and Effect' in action, check out the video below. 


Early Agriculture: Guided Reading and Cause and Effect Activity  Today we will read about how the Agricultural Revolution changed the way people lived. The Early Agriculture - Reading Selection can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom, as well as here. As we read, you will make note of the relationship between key events related to the birth of agriculture and early farming using the Early Agriculture - Cause and Effect document, which can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom.

Homework  Complete the Early Agriculture - Cause and Effect activity, which is due Friday, September 30

Friday, September 23, 2016

Current Event Friday

A once-bullied teen creating the app "Sit With Us," is just one of the
current events you can choose to investigate this week.

Flocabulary: The Week in Rap  Many important news events took place around the world this week. Let's review some of them with our friends at Flocabulary.


Researching and Summarizing a Current Event  This week Flocabulary rapped about bombs exploding in New York City, a U.S. airstrike that accidentally hit Syrian soldiers, the killings of two more black men (Terence Crutcher and Keith Scott) and the protests that followed, the celebration of the International Day of Peace, a girl who was bullied creating an app called "Sit With Us," a new study that found that no matter how fast you pick up your food from the floor it will still have have bacteria on it, and the world's largest Viking ship arriving in New York City

In addition, yesterday CNN Student News also referenced the shooting of black men in Oklahoma and North Carolina, the importance of Pennsylvania in the presidential election, a group in California that is preparing meals for families dealing with a serious health crisis, and the Guinness world speed record set by the monowheel

Your objective is to select the story the most interests you, click the link for additional information, take notes, and then write a current event summary. Locate the document Current Event Notes and Summary in your Social Studies Google Classroom. This assignment will be due next Friday, September 30

Thursday, September 22, 2016

'The Story of All of Us' and CNN Student News



Video Excerpt: "The Story of All of Us"  Let's continue to develop our understanding of human migration and early agriculture by watching an excerpt of the program "The Story of All of Us." Take notes on what you observe, learn, and what questions you may have, using the document The Story of All of Us - Video Notes, which can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom



CNN Student News  As we watch CNN Student News today, identify one news story that you can pinpoint geographically and would like to potentially place on the Current Event layer of your Social Studies Events Map via Google Maps. 

Charlotte, North Carolina; Tulsa, Oklahoma, Pennsylvanianorthern California; and North Yorkshire, UK were all featured in today's segment. If you choose to pin one of these places on your map, consider the important questions: What happened here? Who was involved? When did it happen? How did it happen? Why is it important? You should include a title for the event, 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 for additional information you can find it here.

Homework  Complete your Early Agriculture - Cognitive Content Dictionary, which is due tomorrow, Friday, September 23

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Early Agriculture Vocabulary and CNN Student News


Early Agriculture: Vocabulary Study  Today we are going to be studying the key vocabulary related to 'Early Agriculture' using the assignment Early Agriculture - Cognitive Content Dictionary located in your Social Studies Google ClassroomWe will be using an excerpt from our Social Studies textbook, also located in your Social Studies Google Classroom, to help us understand the lesson's key words and concepts.  

CNN Student News  As we watch CNN Student News today, identify one news story that you can pinpoint geographically and would like to place on the Current Event layer of your Social Studies Events Map via Google Maps. 

Aleppo, Syria; Hofstra University in Hempsted, New YorkFlorida; and Cedarburg, Wisconsin were all featured in today's segment. If you choose to pin one of these places on your map, consider the important questions: What happened here? Who was involved? When did it happen? How did it happen? Why is it important? You should include a title for the event, 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 for additional information you can find it here.

Homework  Complete the assignment Early Agriculture - Cognitive Content Dictionary by Friday, September 23.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Reflecting on Our Human Journey and Introducing Agriculture

Why do you think many of our early human ancestors abandoned (left behind)
the hunter-gatherer lifestyle to become farmers?














Reflecting on Our Human Journey: Google Classroom Discussion  Over the past several class periods you have learned the story of early human migration and how ultimately people populated the entire world. What significant things have you learned about our human journey? How has this changed your understanding of where you come from? Has it made you feel more or less connected to other people in the world? Explain. Share your ideas in your Social Studies Google Classroom. Also, make sure to comment or build upon the response of at least one of your fellow classmates. Please refer to the "Scholarly Discourse" sentence guidelines to help guide your online discussion. 



Early Agriculture: Writing Warm-Up  Why do you think many of our early human ancestors abandoned (left behind) the hunter-gatherer lifestyle to become farmers? What advantages (positives) do you think farming might have over hunting and gathering? Share your ideas on your class's Padlet wall (Period 2, Period 4).

Early Agriculture: Vocabulary Study  Today we are going to be studying the key vocabulary related to 'Early Agriculture' using the assignment Early Agriculture - Cognitive Content Dictionary located in your Social Studies Google ClassroomWe will be using an excerpt from our Social Studies textbook, also located in your Social Studies Google Classroom, to help us understand the lesson's key words and concepts.  

Homework  Complete the assignment Early Agriculture - Cognitive Content Dictionary by Friday, September 23.

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Journey of Humankind





Journey of Humankind: Interactive Map  Today we are going to go on a virtual global journey of modern humans over the last 160,000 years. This interactive map "will show for the first time the interaction between migration and climate over this period." Press "play" and watch your ancestors begin their migration out of Africa to the furthest reaches of the globe. Read their stories along the way. Observe the changes in climate that they are forced to confront. Make note of when and how your ancestors first set foot in the Americas. 

Video: The Human Family Tree  Now we are also going to continue watch excerpts from the National Geographic documentary The Human Family Tree: Tracing the Human Journey Through Time. The film "traces the human journey through time, from our origins in the heart of Africa to the ends of the world." In your Social Studies Google Classroom you can still find the document The Human Family Tree - Video Study Guide, which you will use to continue to take notes.  

Friday, September 16, 2016

Current Event Friday

What's been happening in North Dakota? Find out in this week's The Week In Rap























Adding to Our Social Studies Google Map  Today we are going to pin the current event story you researched this week from last week's "The Week in Rap" episode, as part of the "Current Events" layer of your Social Studies Events Map. Follow the the steps: pin event in its proper geographic location, add a title, include the text from your current event summary, post a related image, and consider including a specialized icon for your pin.  

Flocabulary: The Week in Rap  Many important news events took place this week around the world this week. Let's review some of them with our friends at Flocabulary.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Journey Around the Earth and Beyond



Video of the Day: Cosmic Eye  Behold the marvel that is our vast universe! 


Populating the Earth: Assignment Review  Today you will be provided some time in class to work on your two 'Populating the Earth' assignments from this week, which are both due tomorrowPopulating the Earth - Questions and Populating the Earth - Cognitive Content Dictionary. Both assignments can still be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom. After working closely with the members of your team, be prepared to share your responses to the questions with the class.

If you are finished with both assignments, you may also use this time to put the finishing touches on your Current Event Notes and Summary #2, which is also due tomorrow

Video: The Human Family Tree  Today we are also going to watch excerpts from the National Geographic documentary The Human Family Tree: Tracing the Human Journey Through Time. The film "traces the human journey through time, from our origins in the heart of Africa to the ends of the world." In your Social Studies Google Classroom you will find the document The Human Family Tree - Video Study Guide, which you will use to take notes.  

Homework  Complete the assignments Populating the Earth - Cognitive Content Dictionary, Populating the Earth - Questions, and Current Event Notes and Summary #2, all of which are due tomorrow, Friday, September 16

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Populating the Earth (Day 2)


Video: The First Great Migration  The first great migration out of Africa and into other parts of the world was heavily influenced by climate. This segment explores the paths of migration into Asia and beyond.  

Populating the Earth: Guided Reading  Today we are going to read the 'Populating the Earth' section from our Social Studies textbook's Interactive Reader. You can find a PDF of the selection here, as well as in your Social Studies Google Classroom. After reading, you will begin to answer the questions from the document Populating the Earth - Questions, which can also be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom. 

Homework  In addition to completing the assignment Populating the Earth - Questions, also make sure you complete and 'turn in' the assignment Populating the Earth - Cognitive Content Dictionary by Friday, September 16

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Populating the Earth


Video of the Day  Who says there's not positive news happening in the world? Dario and Brayan rap in Emberá, in an effort to preserve the indigenous language of their native Colombia. Watch, listen, and get inspired. 




Populating the Earth: Vocabulary Study  Today we are going to be studying the key vocabulary related to early humans 'Populating the Earth' using the Populating the Earth - Cognitive Content Dictionary located in your Social Studies Google Classroom. We will be using an excerpt from our Social Studies textbook, which can also be found in your Google Classroom, to help us understand the lesson's key words and concepts.   

Homework  Complete Populating the Earth - Cognitive Content Dictionary, which is due Friday, September 16.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Friday, September 9, 2016

Google Mapping and The Week in Rap



Adding to Our Social Studies Google Map  Today we are going to continue adding to our newly created Social Studies Events Map. If you missed yesterday, you may want to first want to watch the tutorial video below. 


If you haven't finished pinning your story about the discovery of 'Lucy,' one of our earliest human ancestors, make sure you do so as part of the "Historical Events" layer of your Google Map. Remember to place a pin the proper location, add a title, include the text from your summary, and post a related image. You are welcome to add a distinctive icon in place of your pin to help categorize the events you will be recording throughout the school year. Check out the model below. 




Next, if time permits, pin the current event story you researched from last week's "The Week in Rap" episode, as part of the "Current Events" layer of your map. Follow the same steps: pin location of the event, add a title, include the text from your current event summary, and post a related image.  

Flocabulary: The Week in Rap Summer Recap Many important news events took place around the world over the summer. Let's review some of them with our friends at Flocabulary.



This week's episode featured a variety of important news events that took place over the last few months, including: 
  • The Brexit vote, in which the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union
  • A failed coup attempt in Turkey 
  • Suicide bombers attacking the Istanbul airport
  • The killing of a founding member of ISIS
  • The closing of many US private prisons
  • A split vote from the US Supreme Court on President Obama's immigration plan
  • The killings of unarmed black men, including Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, which sparked protests across the country
  • The attack on police officers in Dallas
  • Brazil's President Rousseff being found guilty of fraud and being impeached
  • US success at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro 
  • The Zika virus finding its way to Miami through mosquitos 
  • The death of Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor 

Start thinking about which of these news events you would like to examine in more depth. Next week, you'll have an opportunity to read and learn more about your selected event, take notes, write a summary, and ultimately pin it  to your Social Studies Events Map

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Early Humans Quiz and Google Mapping Historical Events


Early Humans Quiz  Show me what you've learned 'Early Humans' by taking the online quiz below. The quiz is composed of 10 multiple choice questions and a short response paragraph. I will read the questions and answers to you and then provide you time to write your paragraph (you will have two topics to choose from). If you finish early, you may work on any incomplete academic work or read a book quietly. 



How to Create a Google Map for Social Studies  This year we will be using Google Maps to record both historical and current events. Watch the tutorial video featuring your favorite teacher below to learn how to get started. 



Homework  Complete the Neanderthal and Modern Humans - Venn Diagram and Current Event Notes and Summary, both of which are due this Friday, September 9.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Examining the Neanderthals and Summarizing Current Events




Video: The Neanderthals  Today we are going to continue to learn about the lives of the Neanderthals, as we add to our Neanderthal and Modern Humans - Venn Diagram, by watching a few more excerpts of the Discovery Channel documentary Neanderthal.   


Writing a Current Event Summary  Last week Flocabulary rapped about the discovery of a new star, Proxima Centauri, the spike in the price of the Epipen, the peace negotiated in Colombia between the rebels and the government, how the University of Chicago is dealing with issues of free speech on campus, the death of legendary actor Gene Wilder, and Beyonce's record setting night at MTV's Video Music Awards. Your initial objective was to take notes on your chosen topic.  

Today take some time to write a summary about your selected current event using the document Current Event Notes and Summary in your Social Studies Google Classroom. For a reminder about what goes into writing a good summary check out the video from Flocabulary.


Your paragraph will be assessed using the rubric below. 


This assignment will be due this Friday, September 9

Study for Early Humans Quiz  Tomorrow you will be taking a short quiz on 'Early Humans,' which will test your understanding of how we study and make sense of the ancient past, as well as what we know about the lives of our early human ancestors and how they changed over time. The quiz will be primarily multiple choice, and may include a few short response questions as well. Please review your Social Studies assignments, as well as the Social Studies Blog entries from the past two weeks in order to be prepared.

Homework  (1.) Complete the Neanderthal and Modern Humans - Venn Diagram and Current Event Notes and Summary, both of which are due this Friday, September 9. (2.) Study for your Early Humans Quiz, which you will take tomorrow, September 8

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

'Lucy' Update and Introducing the Neanderthals


'Lucy' Update: Did she die from falling out of tree? So as to prove the point that new archaeological evidence is constantly changing our understanding of the ancient past, just this week CNN came out with a story speculating that Lucy, our early human ancestor, may have died from a fall from a tree. After reading an excerpt of the article and watching the video here, think about whether this story changes anything about your understanding of one our earliest human ancestors.

Introducing the Neanderthals The human evolution journey continues as we learn about another human species, one that many consider to be the most closely related to us: the Neanderthals. As you read from the excerpts from our Ancient Civilizations textbook below, use the document Neanderthal and Modern Humans - Venn Diagram (in your Social Studies Google Classroom) to take notes on how Neanderthals are both similar and different compared to our modern human species.


 

Video: The Neanderthals  Now we are going to continue to learn about the lives of the Neanderthals, as we add to our Neanderthal and Modern Humans - Venn Diagram, by watching excerpts of the Discovery Channel documentary Neanderthal.    


Homework  Please complete your Current Event Notes and Summary and the document Neanderthal and Modern Humans - Venn Diagram by Friday, September 9