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