posted on: August 27, 2007
Preparing for the CRCT: Required Homework Activity
Practice tests provide students with the opportunity to gain familiarity with the types of questions that they will encounter when they take the CRCT in April. Each test covers all of the major topics in a particular subject area that students are expected to receive instruction in during the current school year. Because the number of questions available on some topics is limited, certain questions may appear on more than one practice test. For students who do not have Internet access computers are available in the Media Center in the mornings.
Directions…. go to the website:
Login: use your 10 digit code or if you are new and do not have a number: Grade7
Password: education or Grade7
Click on VIEW STUDENT TESTS
– Select the Social Studies icon, tests have been created by Mrs. Glenn and Mrs. Baylor.
Do ALL of the five practice tests listed. You do not need to do them at once. There are 2-100 questions on each test. Complete the tests until you get them ALL correct!
Read each question carefully and review your score and answers when finished. You may want to take notes. You can actually learn the answers to topics we have not yet had a chance to complete by continuing to retake these tests and note the correct answers.
I completed the civics test on _______ date. My score was: ________
parent initials _______
I completed the history test on _______ date. My score was: ________
parent initials _______
I completed the economy test on _______ date. My score was: ________
parent initials ______
I completed the core skills test on _______ date. My score was: _________
parent initials _____
I completed the geography test on _______ date. My score was: _________
parent initials _____
I have completed the 5 practice sessions.
(Student name) __________________________
Parent signature _________________________
This will count as a grade once it has been completed and turned in by Friday 4/20.
posted on: April 11, 2007
We have been studying the ancient kingdoms of Africa and will have a quiz on Thurs. The students have a study sheet of the areas to be covered. Before taking the social studies CRCT,I hope to be able to cover slavery,colonialism and South Africa's apartheid. Most all of the information is being covered in class through streaming video and packets.
I will sending home this week an assignment contract for the students to use for recording their scores from practicing the online CRCT quizzes that Mrs. Glenn and I have developed. It will require your signature once they have been successfully completed.
Our choices for next year's textbook are on display in the Media Center through this Friday. Anyone may stop by and take a peak.
If you have been looking for grades, they have not been posted yet, however I have a ton of them to post and will have them done by this weekend.Any missing grades will need to be completed by the following Thursday.
posted on: April 10, 2007
posted on: February 28, 2007
The students have done a wonderful job completing their research and composing a newsletter/ newspaper on different aspects of life in Israel. Once I have been able to print all the sections, we will put the pages together for each group and share them with the class.
Classwork / homework for today: Read and take notes over Ch.18 lesson 3: Government. Define the key vocabulary and answer the EQ.
We will go over government , arts and recreation, and review people and economy on Wednesday and Thursday in class. A study guide will be available on Thursday. The chapter 18 test will be this Friday.
i-parent updates will be made this weekend and next Monday and Tuesday before Jekyll.
posted on: February 27, 2007
Last week we started a newspaper / newsletter research project in the Mac Lab. "Eye on the News" focuses on Israel, all resources were posted on the blog last week with links to Trackstar. Students should be working on typing their information in a word doc / newsletter form or the Pages template on Apple. Projects are due on February 27,2007. Their newsletter will be stapled together but each section will be graded individually. Be careful not to fall into a trap of cutting and pasting information as that is plagiarism. Pictures are encouraged, headlines, and clip art to make it more appealing is also suggested. These should be informative and interesting at the same time. We will have laptops in the room on Monday for any last minute "Annies."
posted on: February 21, 2007
View this clip from NBC: TODAY
posted on: February 21, 2007
MORE TO COME.......
YOU MAY DO RESEARCH AT HOME AND THEN TYPE YOUR INFORMATION AT SCHOOL USING EITHER WORD: NEWSLETTER FORMAT OR PAGES: NEWSLETTER. DUE DATE 2/26
posted on: February 15, 2007
Students were given this list of vocabulary to review and study for their chapter 17 test on Wednesday.
Their maps are also due on Wednesday.
Quiz: Friday: SEE the bottom of this study guide for a list of physical features.
• Fertile crescent; valley
• Tigris /Euphrates rivers
• 4 major petroleum producers in the Middle East
• describe the terrain of the Middle East and N. Africa
• Explain why they must use methods of irrigation.
• Why is this region referred to as a major world crossroad?
• Which N. African country has the most oil in reserve?
• Locate and name the 2 major mountain ranges.
• Sinai peninsula connects?
• Where will I find a densely populated area?
• Most of the oil in the middle east is found along what body of water?
• Why do the Egyptians call the Nile River “the Gift”
• Who are the Bedouins?
• What is the relationship between oases and cities?
• 3 major peninsulas?
Ch.17 TEST WEDNESDAY
• MAP IS DUE WEDNESDAY
• NO EXTENSIONS!!!!!!
*** Friday we will have a map quiz on the physical features of North Africa and the Middle East.
3 Peninsulas: Sinai, Anatolia,Arabian
Rub' Al-Khali Desert
Gulf of Oman
Gulf of Aden
Study your spelling!!
posted on: February 05, 2007
Friday we learned how to create an Excel spread sheet to compare the populations of the nations of Southeast Asia. We finished our research on their countries and collected their Yellow Matrix for a grade. So if you see any of them sticking out of a book bag, please send it in for a grade.
posted on: January 29, 2007
Today, in the Media Center, we began to research the countries of SE Asia. The students were given specific topics to cover for each country. We will be in the Media Center on Wed. and in the Mac Lab, Thurs. and Friday. The students are working in groups of 2's and 3's. Each child takes a different country and then they will share their information with each other to complete the chart. The children did a wonderful job today, using the Cobb Online Virtual Library and were complimented by the Media Center Specialist as to how quiet they were. All research should be completed by Friday,if not...it unfortunately becomes homework. Four class periods is plenty of time to do the assignment. The chart is on a yellow legal size sheet of paper. Please do not throw it away.Monday the students will be given an assessment activity using their research and then on Tues.1/29 we should begin the Middle East. I have not been able to grade the Chapter Tests yet and i-grade/i-parent has been experiencing various interruptions since its new upgrade. So I will have grades posted as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.
posted on: January 23, 2007
We have been moving quickly through India,studying the people,their economy and most recently their government.Refer to the posts on the blog from January 2005 and you will find a current physical map of India, just like the one we labelled in class last week.The other links that are there are good for studying,also. We will begin the last section on arts and recreation in class on Thursday and the chapter review.I have scheduled the test to be no later than Monday 12/18. Our map quiz will be Tues.12/19. All grades and make-up work must be done by Wed.12/20. Numerous students, including myself, have been absent lately due to a virus going around, therefore, let's only worry about reading the lessons, answering the EQ's,the chapter review being completed,chapter test and physical map quiz taken before winter break.
posted on: December 13, 2006
posted on: November 28, 2006
Map quiz will cover these items:
BHUTAN : THIMPU
NORTH KOREA : P'YONGYANG
SOUTH KOREA : SEOUL
MONGOLIA : ULAN BATOR
TAIWAN : T'AIPEI
SEA OF JAPAN
EAST CHINA SEA
SOUTH CHINA SEA
TIBET, where was it?
posted on: November 27, 2006
Due to several requests by parents, our test will be moved to Monday. Hopefully this will alleviate having too many tests on Friday for many of the students. We will do a Chapter Review packet in class today and complete it for homework. Students will be given a study guide on Thursday and we will do our pretest for the Geography Bee on Friday.Please if you know that you will be absent on Monday, then I would like for you to take your test on Friday. Progress reports go home on the Monday we return from Thanksgiving.
posted on: November 15, 2006
PS2: SS.7.2.1 KEY PEOPLE / PLACES / CULTURAL TRAITS
EQ: DESCRIBE THE 3 MAJOR BELIEF SYSTEMS OF CHINA
2.CREATE A CHARACTER COLLAGE : ONE AT A TIME , WILL FINISH ON WED. IN CLASS
3. NEED COLORING PENCILS, CHOOSE COLORS TO REPRESENT YOUR CHARACTER.
4. BRAINSTORM IDEAS FOR KEY WORDS, PHRASES, AND VISUALS TO INCLUDE IN THE CHARACTER COLLAGE
5. EACH GROUP WILL HAVE A RESEARCHER AND A PARAPHRASER. GRAPHIC DESIGNER AND ILLUSTRATOR ARE ALL OF YOU, AS YOU DECIDE AND WHAT YOU WILL PLACE ON YOUR COLLAGE.
6. HAVE A LEAST 5 KEY WORDS + 5 VISUALS: ILLUSTRATIONS, SYMBOLS, PICTURES, THAT REPRESENT THE MAIN IDEAS OF THE BELIEF SYSTEM.
posted on: November 06, 2006
1.Describe the ways in which the cultures of East Asia are similar.
2.Identify Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism and describe how these beliefs have influenced the culture of East Asia.
3.Describe how most people in East Asia earn their living. (aquaculture, terracing, herding)
4.Outline the changes that Deng Xiaoping introduced into the communist system in China.
5.Explain why even limited economic freedom threatens the "iron rice bowl"mentality in China.
6.Compare the East Asian countries that have communist economies with those countries that have economies based on free enterprise.
7.Describe the different kinds of governments of the countries of East Asia.Outline the events leading to Communist victory in China and the creation of a Nationalist government in Taiwan.
8.Describe the types of arts and recreation popular in East Asia today.
9.Identify Socialist realism and explain how it serves the needs of communist governments.
Any student who did not have their homework in class today may turn it in for 50% credit on Monday. We used their notes for an Open Notes Review. Those who did not have their notes used their text.
Monday, Come prepared to take notes in class over the history of China.
posted on: November 03, 2006
Today we began our unit on China. The students are to read and take notes on the people of China pgs:525-528. EQ: What ways of life do the people of East Asia continue to share despite their political differences? define your key vocabulary and key people in the Vocabulary section of your notebook.
COBB STUDENTS VOTE
Here's a great opportunity for students to vote in the upcoming election. While we do not have time to review the candidates in depth,students are free to vote at the student computer station in the classroom during the hours of 8:30-4:30 Friday November3 and Monday, November 6.
Students will only be able to vote from a school computer. After they get to the Cobb Students Vote website, each student will need to select their grade level and school. After that, they just click on the candidates of their choice.
After the November 7 Election, we will be able to go back to the web site and check results by school. This is courtesy of Kennesaw State University.
posted on: November 02, 2006
We have been slowly working through the presentations on Japan. We should be finished on Monday. Students have been given mini assignments along the way to supplement their understanding of the Japanese history and culture. The Tanka's will be graded this weekend along with 3 other assignments and grades will be posted shortly. Doing a technology project requires more class time then usual and therefore it is difficult to obtain daily grades.
Students had an assignment Thurs. night to write a short essay on "What would you have done?" making the decision on using the atomic bomb or not. They were given primary source documents on Truman's Decision, Gen. Tibbets commentary on board the Enola Gay, a Survivor's Story, and and facts on the effects of the bomb on Japan . Final copy either cursive or typed due Fri. or at the latest Mon.
Have a great weekend!
posted on: October 27, 2006
Students were given the rubric in class today, one per person. Before declaring the project finished and ready to present they are required to do a self evaluation of of their work. Do not lose this green sheet. All projects are due to be completed in class no later than Friday 10/20. For other interesting topics on Japan check out Mrs. Glenn's blog!
posted on: October 16, 2006
We will be in the MAC LAB for this week. I have posted the websites for you to access from home in case we have problems in the lab or you are absent and need to do research on your own at home. If you would consider this as a homework assignment each night, then you will be finished with your research early and can use next week to put together your project. Hint! Hint!
JAPAN'S ECONOMY http://trackstar.4teachers.org/trackstar/ts/viewTrack.do?number=299717
JAPAN'S FINE ARTS / CRAFTS http://trackstar.4teachers.org/trackstar/ts/viewTrack.do?number=299662
JAPAN'S POP CULTURE http://trackstar.4teachers.org/trackstar/ts/viewTrack.do?number=299708
JAPAN'S SCHOOLS http://trackstar.4teachers.org/trackstar/ts/viewTrack.do?number=299703
JAPAN'S SPORTS AND RECREATION http://trackstar.4teachers.org/trackstar/ts/viewTrack.do?number=299661
JAPAN:TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION http://trackstar.4teachers.org/trackstar/ts/viewTrack.do?number=299681
LIVING IN JAPAN http://trackstar.4teachers.org/trackstar/ts/viewTrack.do?number=299658
PROTECTING JAPAN'S ENVIRONMENT http://trackstar.4teachers.org/trackstar/ts/viewTrack.do?number=299693
RELIGIONS OF JAPAN http://trackstar.4teachers.org/trackstar/ts/viewTrack.do?number=299680
List of topics:
Rubric to be handed out in class on Monday 10/16
Project is due to be presented to the class beginning Monday 10/23.
posted on: October 09, 2006
posted on: September 25, 2006
Remember to study your mountains and major bodies of water: Black sea, Red Sea, Persian Gulf, Caspian Sea, Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, South China Sea, Aral Sea, Yellow Sea, Sea of Japan, Philippine Sea, Java Sea, Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, Caucasus Mts., Ural Mts., Zagros Mts., Himalaya Mts., Mount Everest, Kunlun Mts., and The Altai Mts. Good Luck!! Watch your Spelling.
posted on: September 19, 2006
What do the words of the First Amendment mean?
Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, and Petition. We discussed these 5 freedoms and how they influence our everyday lives. Using a hypothetical situation, we brainstormed various techniques they might use to get their message out. We learned that we have many, many ways of making our view points known. Just as we tried to convey, it's a good idea to respect the rights of other people to hold their own viewpoints. We should listen to what other people have to say in all our activites and throughout our everyday lives. Very often we do not agree with other people's ideas: sometimes we find that what they have to say distasteful or disagreeable or just plain wrong. But people are entitled to hold these ideas. We do not have the right to control or suppress ideas and beliefs we find offensive.
Your assignment for tonight is to think of a way to help remember these rights. Write a poem, a rap song or advertising jingle that will tell someone else all about the rights we have under the First Amendment. If you check the blog tonight, and need extra time to finish your assignment :) you may have one extra day. If you were absent today then create a slogan for a bumper sticker that expresses something about the First Amendment.
REMINDER!!!!! Map Quiz: WEDNESDAY: Mountains and major bodies of water
Progress Reports went home Friday and most were signed and returned today. Parents ask to see their report if you have not seen it yet.
posted on: September 18, 2006
Students are to finish the Chapter Review for homework tonight. Studyguide will be sent home Tues. Test is Wednesday over Chpt.24.
posted on: September 11, 2006
Climate and Resources:Download file
posted on: September 08, 2006
We have been studying the physical features of Asia and the how they affect the land and its people. The students have in their possession a map of the region and will have a quiz over the rivers and deserts on Monday. We will tackle the mountains at a later date. Today the students will answer our last 2 questions about mountains and rivers and begin Climate and Resources p.498-501,
To better facilitate their note taking skills, I am requiring that they follow these steps:
1. Read the selection first
2. Develop an effective question from the subheading ( Ask: what was the main idea of the information ?)
3. Write that question in the left column
4. Answer the question in the right column, identifying the main idea(s), supporting details, and vocabulary ( do not use complete sentences, paraphrase)
5. At the end of their notes they will be required to draw conclusions and summarize an answer for their essential question in paragraph form.
Tuesday 9/12 we will be observing Constitution Day with a special look at the first amendment.
Chapter 24 test will be next Wednesday 9/14.
Did you know that a fifth ocean was named in the year 2000? What is it?
posted on: September 07, 2006
Thursday: Tests were returned and placed in students notebooks under graded papers.
On Thursday the geography of Asia was introduced and students took 2-column notes over pages 491-495.
They should be able to identify the main landforms of Asia.
Explain how mountain ranges affect life in this region.
Identify important rivers of this region and describe how they affect the land.
Friday, we took our first Open Notes Quiz and learned that our notes need more information in them. This was a trial run,but a real eye opener. Students colored and labeled physical maps of Asia with these terms: Download file
posted on: September 01, 2006
Today in class we checked over the review packet on cultural and physical geography. Reviewed and took notes on the 5 Themes of Geography and applied their knowledge to identify these themes as they viewed various photographs.
Homework is to review vocabulary on page 33 follow the directions, and to answer the Reviewing Facts #1-10 using complete sentences.
Test will be Wednesday and a study guide will be given out in class on Tuesday.
Study your vocabulary, practice your spelling, no word bank is provided.
Don't forget your free homework pass for parents who attend PTSA Open House.
posted on: August 29, 2006
Complete the Geography Review packet from class. Refer to pages 4-31 of your text. We will review in class and a study guide will be posted later. Practice your lines of latitude and longitude. Have a wonderful weekend. See you Monday!
posted on: August 25, 2006
Complete the Geography Review packet from class. Refer to pages 4-31 of your text. We will review in class and a study guide will be posted later. Practice your lines of latitude and longitude. Have a wonderful weekend. See you Monday!
posted on: August 25, 2006
Today we were able to review the four main components of cultural geography.Download file
posted on: August 23, 2006
EQ: Why is it important to study physical geography?
Monday, the students worked together in pairs, taking two-column notes over physical geography:pgs.22-27. See notes:Download file
Tuesday, we reviewed their notes and defined key vocabulary pg.22
Began new lesson on cultural geography.
EQ: What are the main parts of culture?
Finish two-column notes at home tonight.
Wednesday is DEAR. Do not forget your book to read.
Thursday we will have a notebook check to see if you have organized your work. Quick, easy 100 if it's done correctly!
posted on: August 22, 2006
Need several suggestions or help to answer our Essential Question? Use This.
EQ: What does your artifact infer/tell about the life and times of the people (of Kroger-land) who made it?
1.Type of artifact:
Can made of steel
Where or how does one acquire these ingredients?, what conclusion can we draw about the culture, their vocation/occupations?
2. Special qualities of the artifact:
cylindrical in shape
smooth with ribbed sides
Paper label with writing, colors, numbers, and pictures- what does this tell you about the people who made the artifact?
time frame this may have existed?
What do the other numbers on the bottom of the can suggest?
What is technology?
The innovation, change, or modification of the natural environment to satisfy human needs and wants. Technology refers to the body of know-how about the means and methods of producing goods and services.
WHAT CONCLUSIONS CAN YOU DRAW FROM THE ARTIFACT THAT WOULD HELP YOU DESCRIBE THE LIFE AND TIME OF THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT OR USED IT?
Answer your Essential Question in at least three good paragraphs, w/5-7 sentences each. Cursive or typed. This is your first grade so WOW me!
You may be creative but remember you must have evidence to support your hypothesis.
posted on: August 17, 2006
This test has been moved to Tues. 5/23. We will practicing our map skills in class on Mon. on the promethean board interactive map. Continue to study the map at home. Hold on to your packets covering ancient Africa as there will be a culminating activity Mon-Wed. All lockers will be cleaned out on Wed.5/24. Thurs.students will only need to bring to school their DEAR book, pen, and pencil. Friday we will have shortened classes, yearbook signing and a movie. Parties, pizza, refreshments, etc. are optional for each homeroom teacher. We are on the final count down and it is extremely important that students understand that behavior will continue to be respectful and on task.
posted on: May 19, 2006
We have been taking notes over the People, Economy and Government.
Then we took open notes quizzes. They use a highlighter to identify their answers. While checking their answers they may use their text to add information that may have been overlooked. This method of checking has sustantially improved their ability to take notes. A quiz on the countries of West Africa will be on Mon.5/08. Maps will be given to the students on Tuesday after the Southern Africa map quiz. Spelling counts.
posted on: April 28, 2006
Only these countries will be on the quiz:
posted on: April 27, 2006
CRCT TESTING HINTS
You want to be rested and ready for the CRCT. That means you need a good night’s sleep each night and a good breakfast each morning. You also need to arrive at school in time to get ready for the day without rushing. The following may be helpful as you get mentally prepared for testing.
• Pay close attention to the directions.
• Be sure to mark your answers in the correct section and next to the correct number.
• The test lasts 5 days and covers Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.
• Wrong answers do NOT count against your score. Do not skip any questions because you are not sure of the answer.
• If you are not sure of an answer, try to eliminate two of the choices and guess between the other two.
• Try to answer all questions in order without skipping around so that you do not lose your place on the answer sheet.
• Read ALL the answer choices before you mark your final answer. Sometimes answers may be somewhat alike or may seem possible but not be entirely correct.
• Watch wording. Look for words such as “not” or “least” or “always” or “most”.
• In reading comprehension, read the questions before you read the passage so that you know what to look for.
• Estimate math questions. It might help you eliminate one or more answers.
• Pace yourself so that you do not spend too much time on one question. However, there should be plenty of time for everyone to finish, so do not rush either.
• Review your answers if you finish before time is up.
• Just because other students in your classroom are finished does mean that you are about out of time or need to rush. Your teacher will post how much time you have left. This is not a race. It does not matter whether you finish first, last, or somewhere in between.
• Relax. Most students at Mabry do very well on this test. You can be one of them if you take the time to read carefully, think through all of your answers, and mark your answer sheet carefully.
DO NOT FORGET TO COMPLETE THE PRACTICE TEST QUESTIONS ON THE CRCT SITE DUE MON. 4/17
THOSE OF YOU WHO WERE NOT IN CLASS ON FRIDAY, YOU HAVE TO TAKE NOTES OVER CH.23:3 GOVERNMENT. DUE MON. BE SURE TO HAVE THE EQ FOR BOTH 23:2 AND 23:3 READY TO HAND IN FOR A GRADE.
posted on: April 14, 2006
Students read and took notes over Ch.23:1
Be prepared for and open notes quiz.
Practice the CRCT test questions and if you want to practice more the skip over to Mrs. Glenn's Blog and login to several of the games she has set up for her students. See if you know as much as Target. Have fun!
posted on: April 12, 2006
EARN 5 BONUS POINTS IF IT IS SIGNED BY PARENTS- TEST WED.3/29
Hints for Chapter 19 Test: North Africa
1.Who were the Berbers?
2.Define: muezzin, fellahin, colonialism, Ramadan (what happens during this time?)
3.Why is oil most important to North African economies?
4.Describe how Israel's right to exist was made possible?
5.What major challenge do North African's face today?
6.How did North African's feel about colonialism?
7.Why would North African Muslims think that Western culture would
threaten their way of life? Did colonialism contribute to this belief
8.What North African countries did France, Great Britain, and Italy
9.How has the Aswan dam benefited Egypt?
10. Why do North African countries import most their food?
11. How does a lower death rate contribute to population growth?
12. North Africans face disagreement involving____________
13. Describe the major effects of a rapidly growing population in North Africa.
14. What decisions must North African independent countries do once
they gained independence?
posted on: March 28, 2006
4 essential questions from chapter 18 are due in class Thursday.
Study for your religions quiz. We will finish discussing economy in class Thursday.
posted on: March 22, 2006
Study for your test on Friday over Chapter:18 The Middle East and North Africa. Your study guide is the secret to success. Don't forget to get a parent signature for 5 bonus pts. added to the test. This test goes on this marking period.
Political map quizzes were returned today to all classes except 2nd period. Retakes will be next Wednesday, in class. THIS IS THE LAST TIME I WILL ALLOW A RETAKE OF A QUIZ. . Most students have learned how important it is to study the first time. Some still need to start studying earlier and more than just the night before.
CHANGE: Writing assignment willbe due later.
We will also have a test over the three major religions on Tues. Study the chart we did in class.
posted on: March 16, 2006
STUDY STUDY STUDY!!!
Capitals and countries of the Middle East Quiz Wednesday.
Use this site to practice and study for your quiz.Begin with level 1. Copy and paste the URL to search for:
In class today we practiced using the site, girls against boys, some classes need to prepare more than others. We also took note over pg.382, Lesson 4: Arts and Recreation, answered the EQ: How are the arts and sports of the Middle East a blend of traditional and modern?
Middle East and North African Countries
Label each of these countries and their capitals:
The quiz over these countries will be _______ ________without a word bank .
Algeria Libya Abu- Dhabi Kuwait
Bahrain Morocco Algiers Manama
Cyprus Oman Amman Muscat
Egypt Qatar Ankara Nicosia
Iran Saudi Arabia Baghdad Rabat
Iraq Syria Beirut Riyadh
Israel Tunisia Cairo Sanaa
Jordan Turkey Damascus Tehran
Kuwait United Arab Emirates Doha Tripoli
Lebanon Yemen Jerusalem Tunis
posted on: March 14, 2006
1. Jekyll Island Social Studies packets were checked in class and collected for a grade.
2. All projects from the WebQuest: Finding a Solution to the Israeli and the Palestian conflict were extended til Frday March 3rd.
3. Friday, projects were shared in their task groups and then they chose the best 3-4 projects from each group to share with the class.
4. Students took Power Notes (outline) over The People of the Middle East, pages 369-372.
5. Students were to respond to the Essential Question:What role does religion play in the lives of the people of the Middle East?
6. A power point lesson on the beginnings of Islam was presented and the students were given a chart to complete, comparing the 3 major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
7. Map Quizzes over the physical geography of the Middle East were returned and the retake of that quiz will be Thurs. March 9th in class.
8. Additional maps were made available to the students for studying.
9. Monday students took Power Notes over the Economy of the Middle East pages 373-376 and answered the EQ: How has the discovery of oil changed the economies of many countries in the Middle East?
posted on: March 08, 2006
This is a list of the words you will need to know for the Quiz Thursday. There will be no word bank.
1. Persian Gulf 2. Gulf of Oman 3. Gulf of Aden 4. Red Sea 5. Caspian Sea 6. Arabian Sea 7. Mediterranean Sea 8. Strait of Hormuz 9. Tigris River 10. Euphrates River 11. Nile River 12. Suez Canal 13. Rub’ Al Khali 14. Sahara Desert 15. Sinai Peninsula 16. Zagros Mountains 17. Arabian Peninsula 18. Anatolian Plateau 19. Atlas Mountains 20. Iranian Plateau 21. Mount Ararat 22. Atlantic Ocean 23. Black Sea
Thursday will be our last day in the computer lab. Your projects are due on Mon. 2/27.
posted on: February 15, 2006
LINK TO CRISIS IN THE MIDDLE EASThttp://126.96.36.199/portfolios/b/bennett_k/webquest/
posted on: February 09, 2006
After taking the test today on India the students read an article in their New York Times UPFRONT magazine on the thirty years of nonviolent protests led by Gandhi forcing the British out of the Indian subcontnient. Their writing assignment was to write a brief essay explaining :
Under what circumstances do you think it is permissible to participate in civil disobedience?
Should those who engage in civil disobedience be prepared to suffer the consequences of their actions?
Finish for homework if you do not finish in class.
***Mon. Feb.6,2006 Only day to retake the map test on India****
posted on: February 01, 2006
posted on: January 24, 2006
The first 4 days back from winter break were spent taking the Performance test via computer.
Last week we hit the ground running to cover the geography of India. We had the most fun zooming over the earth via Google Earth. Everyone wanted me to zero in on their address. After surfing the world awhile, we were able to see the effect of subcontinent on the Himalayas, get a close up view of the Ganges River and the delta it forms in Bangaladesh. The Eastern and Western Ghats were easy to pick out along with the Deccan Plateau. Students labeled their maps and a test is set for January 27th.The students will need to know how to spell all the words listed on the back of their maps. No word banks will be given.
So far we have covered the first 2 sections in their book over People and Economy.
On Friday, Jan.20th the children were given a written assignment to complete. They were to explain how India's monsoons could be considered a curse and a blessing at the same time.
If you were not in school on Friday, be sure to see me for this assignment.
posted on: January 23, 2006
Thank you for all the wonderful desserts that the students brought in to share for International Day/Multiculturalism. The children enjoyed themselves immensely. I can't eat another sweet.
If you have not finished your matrix research for the countries, you will need to finish it at home for Monday. The Cobb Online Resources/Virtual Library is on the cobbk12.org website. The username is:cobbhome, the password is: cobbhome
If your are checking i-parent and you feel there are some discrepancies please wait till Tues. to inquire, as many papers were handed in with no names and some children were absent. Monday in class I will try to identify work and collect the last of the late papers (50% credit). Some of the students need to be more responsible at making up missed work due to absentism. In January, I will be following the school policy to the letter and they will only have the number of days absent +1 to make up work. It is most difficult to pull all late and missed work and grade it at the last minute. Any missed tests must be taken on Tuesday in class.
posted on: December 16, 2005
Map test was today. grades have been posted.
Lesson on Government:
EQ: Why has it been difficult for the nations of Southeast Asia to achieve peace and stability?
Read pages 568-570. Take notes and define the key vocabulary.
New Map Skill: Learn the capitals to the countries of Southeast Asia. Spelling counts this time! We will have a test on all ten countries THURSDAY 12/15 of next week.
ANYONE WHO DID NOT PASS THE MAP TEST TODAY MAY TAKE IT OVER EITHER TUES. 12/12- 8:20 AM OR WED. 12/13- 4:30 PM. A SIGN UP SHEET FOR TUES. AND WED. WILL BE POSTED IN MY ROOM I'M SORRY, BUT NO OTHER TIME IS AVAILABLE. THE RETAKE WILL NOT BE IN THE SAME ORDER AS THE FIRST TEST, BUT IT WILL BE THE SAME LOCATIONS. SEE TUESDAY'S BLOG FOR INFORMATION.
CHAPTER 28 TEST WILL BE GIVEN WED.12/14.
posted on: December 08, 2005
Practice makes Perfect! I am posting the two sites that we have used in class to practice for the map test. Both work well, however, they do not include these islands or the bodies of water. Listed are the extra's you will need to know: Sumatra, Borneo, Celebes, New Guinea, Java, Andaman Islands, Timor, Bay of Bengal, Andaman Sea, Gulf of Thailand, South China Sea, Java Sea, Banda Sea, Timor Sea,
Arafura Sea, Celebes Sea, and the Gulf of Tonkin.
posted on: December 06, 2005
Study for the map test on Southeast Asia on Thursday 12/8. See the attached notes that will be taken in class on Tues. as review. This a short unit and we will have the test over Chapter 28 on WED. 12/14. We still have 16 more days to work until Winter Break so no "snooozin" yet :) We will be working in the Media Center next week to do a small research project over Chapter 28. I finally have clearance to upload the winning ppts. Yeah!!! Stay tuned.
posted on: December 05, 2005
We are almost finished presenting the ppt's and their extension activities. The students will be given specific notes to highlight from their worksheets that review important points covering ancient China. A major Quiz will given on Wed. Nov.9th. A homework assignment given on Mon.11/7 due 11/9 will be to create a picture using the pieces of a tangram.
posted on: November 03, 2005
Don't forget to complete the two worksheets sent home on Friday.We will check it and view two more lessons on China on Monday.
posted on: October 22, 2005
Complete Study Guide that was given as classwork for Monday in class.
Practice using the A/B study sheet for test on Wednesday Oct.5.
Study guide will count as a grade , checked in class on Tuesday.
Be able to identify the 4 main islands of Japan and have your essential questions from the unit answered and neatly done in essay form to hand in for a grade on Wednesday.
posted on: October 04, 2005
Students compared our form of government to the constitutional monarchy that was established in Japan at the end of WWII. Identifying the similarities and differences of our preamble and constitution to theirs.
posted on: October 04, 2005
Bill of Rights
Students discussed the importance of each of the rights they have under the Constitution and were asked to explain what one right could they not do without. Also, brainstormed new rights they felt should be added and why.
posted on: September 16, 2005
We are doing a study and virtual tour of the mountains,rivers,deserts, plateaus, and climate of Asia,Chapter 24. Students have been labeling maps and taking notes.I was able to check every student's notes and discussed their answer to the essential question, give feedback and had some students redo their work. Many of the students still need help in notetaking,we will continue to practice. I want the children to learn: Read first, change the sub- heading into a question,and then take notes. Highlighted words must be included in the notes as they are important and so is the information around it.We will continue to practice and have Open Note quizzes, they will only count as classwork for now. As their notetaking begins to improve,I will count them as a Quiz grade. Please check your child's work to see how they are improving.
Friday, September 3: Test:Chapter 24(may use their notes)
posted on: August 31, 2005
Checked“ More Geography” for a grade.
Study guides will be given to the class and Reviewing Vocabulary and Reviewing Facts pg.33, will be assigned as classwork and finished for homework. All work will be checked Mon.and reviewed in class; students will be given study time before taking the test.
Test has been postponed til Tues.
Test Mon. over pages 22-31
Classwork:Teacher modeled how to answer the EQ using main ideas and supporting details. We discussed how to summarize the lesson and all students copied the essay to use as an example for future essential questions.
Answer to the Essential Question pg.28:
What are the parts of culture? There are four main parts to culture. (1) People/family is extremely important part of culture because of its structure,the values they teach and how they meet the physical and emotional needs of the group. Another key to culture is an ethnic group: people who share a language, history, or place of origin and customs. Customs or rites of passage are traditions of the past that are still practiced today. Religion helps to hold families and culture together by influencing the way people think and act. (2) Economy helps to define a culture by how the group decides to use their physical geography/environment and natural resources to meet their basic needs. (3) Government was developed to organize and rule the group. Also, government was given the power to defend the people and resolve environmental issues. (4) Arts and recreation help to define a culture because they are specific to a region. The four main parts of culture that we will study are: People, Economy,Government,and Arts and Recreation.
posted on: August 18, 2005
EQ:What are the main parts of culture?
What is culture?
It is a way of life for a group of people
Cultural groups are influenced by their geography
It defines how people are alike or different
What makes up culture?
Rules and government
Arts and sports
How do people define culture?
Ethnic groups: share a language, history,or
place of origin
Customs: past practices that continue to be observed today
Family provides physical and emotional needs: food, shelter, values, love, affection, and sense of purpose
All of these strongly influence culture
What determines the economy of a culture?
Adaptation to the environment and finding uses for the natural resources
What will be produced? For whom?
Using those resources to earn a living
Different types of economic systems: privately owned and operated or government owned factories
Why do we have governments?
To organize and defend the culture
To solve environmental problems
There are many different types of gov.
Some people have a voice in govt. others do not
How do arts and recreation define a culture?
Art, music,stories, poetry,and dance vary from region to region around the world and are special to each culture
Leisure activities may be special to a region : origami
What defines a culture region?
Similar use of the environment
Have a common culture
Similar uses of natural resources
How people change the land
What are the eight culture regions of the world?
The U.S. and Canada
Eastern Europe and Northern Asia
The Middle East and North Africa
Southern and Eastern Asia
EQ:What are the main parts of culture?
Using your notes, answer the EQ with complete sentences and summarize what you have learned.
posted on: August 17, 2005
pg. 28-31 CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY
What are the main parts of culture?
Two Column Notes
Turn the sub-titles into an intelligent question.
Notes are phrases not sentences
Try to put it into your own words
When you have completed your note taking, use the information you have gathered and develop a min. of 8 complete sentences, forming a good paragraph to answer the EQ.
DEAR Day is tomorrow!
posted on: August 16, 2005
Mon. August 15, 2005
Intelligent Behavior #2, #3Decreasing Impulsivity: Thinks before acting, plans and gathers information, clarifies goals.
Using All the Senses: experiments, builds models, observes carefully, role-plays, studies problems, gathers data, focuses
Classwork: Check Friday’s worksheet,take notes on the 5 themes, and define key vocabulary on pg.28. (1st section of spiral notebook )
posted on: August 15, 2005
Complete textbook contract-damage report
Read pgs. 5-15
Five themes of geography worksheet
May work quietly in pairs
Class work becomes homework if not completed in class.
3 SUBJECT SPIRAL NOTEBOOK:
Check Up +
5 DIVIDER NOTEBOOK:
posted on: August 12, 2005
List 5 ways that you would demonstrate intelligent behavior in class today and every day.
Pre- test # 2 pencil
3 subject notebook
Come to class prepared
Write assignment in your agenda
Have work and book out on the desk ready to work
Sit quietly and READ
Wait for attendance to be taken.
Raise hands to participate in class
Never interrupt your classmates
Listen for directions about assignments
Use our eyes to observe before reacting
Use good manners
posted on: August 11, 2005