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Middle School Social Studies

It’s been six long years since the last one, but the middle school is gearing up for Trader Joe’s Big Bartering Bonanza this Thursday, May10 and Friday, May 11. During this event students incorporate all of their knowledge about microeconomics and create a product to market to students in younger grades. In return, K-5 students […]

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Middle School Social Studies

We’ve just wrapped up a very successful unit on homelessness, culminating with a huge poverty simulation involving nearly all of the middle school students and many of their parents. MLive did an article on the event which can be found at http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2018/03/middle_school_homelessness_sim.html. Students also participated in a debate taking on a variety of roles, as […]

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Social Studies

We are currently in the heart of our unit on homelessness, having hosted Dan Kelly – head of the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County – for a Q & A a few weeks back and having just taken a field trip to the Delonis Center in Ann Arbor. Students have moved beyond common stereotypes and […]

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Middle School Social Studies

We are on to our third unit of the year: homelessness. Students will be starting the unit by writing a narrative about and drawing a picture of a homeless person. An imaginary homeless person that, in theory, should symbolize a lot of their preconceived notions about homeless people. I am asking them to describe the […]

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Middle School Social Studies

As the semester wraps up we’re tying together all loose ends with our extensive unit on Cambodia. The culmination is a “Life Under the Khmer Rouge” project, as well as a student-led simulation at the curriculum celebration on January 19th. Please feel free to participate. All adults are welcome. Following this unit we will get […]

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Middle School Social Studies

Oh how I missed teaching about Cambodia. We’re now into the heart of the unit. It’s April 1975 and the Khmer Rouge have arrived in Phnom Penh. Civilians are being evacuated from the cities. Students are going to go through a series of about six lessons, which cover the daily lives of Cambodian “new” people […]

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Middle School Social Studies

Ahhhh, it’s so good to be teaching about Cambodia again. My favorite unit. Having touched upon Chinese and Indian influences on the region, we are now digging deep into the Angkor period. This period lasted from about the ninth to the fifteenth century and peaked with the empire expanding throughout most of Southeast Asia. Throughout […]

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Middle School Social Studies

The year is well underway in social studies. Students have been theorizing why civilizations emerged where they did and what human and geographical factors contributed to their success. We’re about to dive into ancient China and the Indus Valley as a way to see how these major civilizations shaped the region, specifically how religion, trade, […]

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Middle School Social Studies

Differences are apparent. Tensions are rising. Conflict is inevitable. We’re getting closer and closer to the Civil War in social studies. Students have finished their news show projects on 19th century technology, agriculture, labor, transportation, etc. They also wrapped up a mini-unit on reform movements which included key figures in the education, women’s rights, abolition, […]

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Social Studies

Students are rolling through the nineteenth century in American history. In our most recent unit, Expansion, student will be putting on a news show, promoting major events in the nineteenth century within one of three regions: South, West or Northeast. Major themes include agriculture, technology, industry, labor and transportation, as well as race and class […]

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