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Middle School Social Studies News: October 2012

In Social Studies, students have been studying the early history of humans – how and why they evolved, their migration out of Africa, and how they survived in various environments. We started the year off with a Jeopardy preassessment activity in class, which allowed kids to demonstrate their knowledge in teams. They took a test over that material, which has laid the foundation for what we  will cover in greater depth this first unit. In the next couple of weeks, we will spend some time on the Agricultural Revolution, learn about the  development of towns, cities, kingdoms and empires, and eventually ask the question, “What is progress?” This unit will lead nicely into the next, when we cover some of the first civilizations of North and South America: the Mayans, Incas and Aztecs. Look for student presentations about those empires at the Curriculum Celebration in January.

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