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Social Studies Week 22: Feb. 10-14

Mon/Tues We moved on this week to new topics within the same unit on Westward Expansion: Changes in Agriculture, The U.S.-Mexico War, and The Trail of Tears. I started off class by explaining it all connects to the unit, along with the Louisiana Purchase material we’ve been exploring for the past 2 weeks, in order […]

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Social Studies Week 21: Feb. 3-7

M/Tu Students researched and found primary sources for their Lewis & Clark Posters, finished the final drafts of the map, did the remaining 1-2 illustrations, and printed off a title, along with the other written components. HOMEWORK: Any of these (above) not completed in class must be finished at home, although manmy students finished. Wed/Thurs. […]

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Social Studies Week 20: 1/27-1/31

Mon/Weds Lewis & Clark Geography/Storyboard project Students finished reading the Lewis & Clark story on National Geographic, then spent most of class composing, as a team, their 12 text boxes relaying the story. The focus was on developing and exploring the skill of distinguishing between more significant and less significant factors in a non-fiction text. […]

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Social Studies Week 19: 1/21-1/24

No School Monday = MLK Day New Rotations begin Tues/Weds After warming up and reviewing some of the amendments between 11 and 26, students took a surprise but open-note quiz on the amendments, mostly focused on the first 10. We checked it together in class. Students then shared their MLK reflections (from last week) with […]

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Social Studies Week 18: Jan. 13-17

Mon-Tues. After returning and going over last week’s Constitution quiz, then doing a brief all-class warm-up involving reviewing the Bill of Rights, we resumed work on the Bill of Rights Activity (see last week’s post for the document). Specifically, we did part 2, in which 12 legal scenarios were presented, discussed in small groups then […]

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Social Studies Wk. 17: 1/6-1/10

Monday-Wednesday = No School, snow days Thurs = 1st & 2nd Hour, Fri. = 3rd & 4th Hour   Thurs/Fri. -Graded Semester Warm-ups, Create a Character Part 2, and the Convention Portfolio were returned to students; students took a few minutes to read the comments. James also made some general comments about the work quality. […]

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Social Studies Week 16: 12/16-12/20

M-Th We held our Mock Constitutional Convention. We had, generally, very fruitful, engaging debates (although fewer in 3rd hour), and found many compromises. Students showed an excellent understanding of the key principles of and debates surrounding the constitution, especially regarding the issues of federalism (state vs. federal power, enumerated vs plenary powers), checks and balances, […]

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Social Studies Week 15: 12/9-12/13

M/Tu We started off by reviewing the basics of the 3 branches of the national government. Emphasis was placed on several of the “checks and balances” built into the duties of the various branches. It was emphasized that arriving at this plan for government was the primary focus of most of the debates at the […]

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Social Studies Week 14: 12/2-12/6

M/Tu Human Timeline We created a human timeline with students standing in the order of the events which their characters participated in during the American Revolution.  Part of the challenge was students figuring out where they should go on the timeline.  After checking the accuracy, it turned into a talking timeline, with students briefly describing […]

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Social Studies week 13: 11/25-11/27

M/Tu I went over the written requirements of the character project part 2, in which students relate information from their research on an event during the American Revolutionary War in a written form of their choice. The specifics are in the document posted last week. This additional document- Character2Writing (1) , contains the basic things I went […]

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