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May 21-25

Yes, it's the last week of school, but we're still involved in dynamic learning opportunities. Students should have turned their books in by now and will have taken their final exams. Notebooks can be cleaned out.
At the first of the week we'll focus on the "SOCIAL ISSUES" of WORLD HUNGER and CHILD LABOR that not only pervade Africa, but also many areas of Asia that we have studied during the year.
Mid-week we'll shift to debate format,examining a variety of issues that American politicians must address---rapid transit, environmental concerns, benefits for working mothers, social spending, crime, lotteries,legal reform, immigration, socialized medicine, and a number of other political issues. As you know, your middle schooler enjoys expressing his/her opinion.
WEDNESDAY during DEAR we'll read an interesting article called "Smuggled to America" about a teenager whose parents paid to get him out of China and into America in hopes of a better life. He spent years paying for their decision.

posted on: May 18, 2007

May 14-18

Since all grade levels have Field Day this week we'll have some schedule alterations and special group activities during regular connections time.
MONDAY: Book report museums will be set up and then we'll have a lesson on Child Labor in Africa. Students will present role plays from the various aspects of the child labor problem-UNICEF, former child slave, former child trafficker, and government official.
TUESDAY: We'll have a a chance to see museums from other classes and students will present theirs. View the attached rubric. Download file
THURSDAY: KENTE cloth is due today. Students will take an open note test on African economics and government. This will count as their last test grade.
FRIDAY: I will be out today. Students will have a lesson on the OAU, Organization of Africa Unity, and a number of other organizations that aid in the development of Africa.

posted on: May 11, 2007

May 7-11

MONDAY we'll begin our study of African government with a lesson on the ethnic problems that African countries have had after being freed from colonial rule.
TUESDAY As we study Foreign Involvement students will be able to explain the effect that world rivalries and foreign intervention has had on the governments of independent African nations. Students will explore further to understand the effects that civil wars and ethnic violence have had on children and other civilians.
WEDNESDAY DEAR today....don't forget NEXT MONDAY our Class Museum book reports are due!!! Dissecting Dictatorships is the lesson today and we'll learn why many African countries became dictatorships in the years after colonial rule ended.
THURSDAY Emerging Democracies is the topic today as we examine how some governments are successfully moving to democracies in Africa.
FRIDAY Students will recognize similarities and differences between the Kingdom of Morocco's government and other African governments as we study this unique government. The OAU (Organization of African Unity) role in Modern Africa will also be explored.
Homework: WordSearch on Government terms

posted on: May 04, 2007

April 30-May 4


African Culture is incredibly interesting. This week we'll start with general traditions.
MONDAY students will kick into drama gear with dramatizations of five African folktales in the lesson, "Tell Me a Story", but first we'll examine a graph depicting Africa's diversity.
TUESDAY "In the Spirit" more closely examines some of the beliefs and practices of Africa's traditional religions.
WEDNESDAY Today we'll explore more of the history of the affects of colonialism on Africa...just not enough time to finish that last week! It's DEAR today as well...a good suggestion-start reviewing for Friday's history and culture test!
I will be OUT today at an inservice, but will review for the test tomorrow.
THURSDAY your student may come home "clicking" or speaking Swahili as we study language in Africa. We'll also study the Lemba, an African tribe with an interesting history. Homework: Crossword puzzle on history, study for tomorrow's test.
FRIDAY we'll take a test on African history and culture as studied in the past two weeks. Then we'll read more about Kente cloths, their history and related traditions. We'll look at some sites that show the various colorful patterns of this traditional Africa cloth and next week students can design their own Kente cloth. Read more about Kente on these sites.

posted on: April 27, 2007

April 23-27


AH! Back to our joyous high level learning and thinking.
We'll have the AFRICA MAP TEST on Wednesday of this week...we keep running out of time to discuss what is on the PHYSICAL FEATURES portion! Students will be given 2 maps. One to identify the countries and one to identify the physical features that will include the following: Sahara, Kalahari and Namib Deserts; the Great Rift Valley; Mt. Kenya, Mt. Kilamanjaro and the Atlas Mountains; the Nile, Orange, Niger, Zambezi and Congo/Zaire Rivers; Lake Chad, Lake Victoria and Lake Nyasa.
MONDAY we'll review the African history we covered before CRCT and begin with a History Mystery about African Trade.
TUESDAY students will learn about the African slave trade and read a primary source of one slave's experiences.
WEDNESDAY brings the MAP tests and DEAR. Students are currently working on their FINAL book report of the year in a mini-museum form. It is due on May 14.
THURSDAY topics include colonial rule and a short play; students will create a mind map of as they take notes.
FRIDAY we'll wrap up with a timeline of African history from as early as the 1600's that influenced the creation of apartheid and its eventual demise. We also have a crossword of African history terms.

posted on: April 20, 2007

April 16-20

CRCTs this week! We'll continue to study Africa and also review for Friday's Social Studies CRCT. Don't forget your online tests which should be taken by Wednesday. You should return a sheet signed by your parents.

Homework for this week is a cubing strategy-due Friday. Cubing is a great strategy to use when you are trying to help students understand a major concept. And, it's a great pre-writing activity should the teacher choose to assign a formal paper after the cubing exercise. In this instance, we're going to cube APARTHEID in Africa because it will most likely be covered on our Social Studies CRCT on Friday. Students will basically define apartheid, discuss the laws imposed and people involved in trying to fight this separateness for decades. They'll compare apartheid with other events throughout history which sought to divide rather than to unite and collaborate. They'll be reminded of lessons where civilizations flourished because leaders respected all people and focused on education and unity.

Here's a pdf on the strategy.
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There are a number of examples in class that I will show the students. It's best done on a square tissue (Kleenex) box...(minus the tissue). Here are the prompts for our assignment.
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NEXT MONDAY, April 23 students will have an African Map test. Test will include identifying the countries (not capitals), the Sahara, Namib, and Kalahari deserts, Sahel, Savanna. Seregenti Plain, Nile River, Mt. Kilamanjaro, Congo/Zaire River, Congo/Zaire Basin, Great Rift Valley, Atlas Mountains and Ethiopian Highlands.

In class we'll continue to work on CRCT review...this week with a PowerPoint and online games.
Students are demonstrating remarkable recall and understanding!

posted on: April 16, 2007

March 26-30


This week students will present their Mission Africa Power Points on the history, culture, government and economics of sub-Saharan Africa. We'll share a topic each day.
On Monday students will view a DVD of African economic activities and take Cornell notes. Students will be given a homework packet to complete by Friday. It will count as a "mini-project" grade. They'll complete a number of short activities in this overview of African geography, climate, industries, animals, and nations.
On Tuesday students we'll view students productions, then we have a short play on the construction of the Aswan Dam and the controversy surrounding it. We also have an article to read about farming in the desert.
Wednesday is DEAR. It's time for students to think about their Africa book report which is a group project, a small "museum" with artifacts and a backdrop. This is not due until May and directions should be posted soon. We'll have a PowerPoint today on Ancient Kingdoms, prepared by students and we'll read about the Ancient Kingdom of Mali and the Ashanti tribe.
Thursday we'll view more PowerPoints and take notes. We'll complete activities on the ancient African kingdoms of Ghana and Songhay.
Friday we'll finish our PowerPoint viewing and go over the Africa packet. We'll begin a closer look at apartheid in South Africa as this is the topic of many of our books for this next report. It is also a topic on the CRCT.
TIME FOR A RELAXING SPRING BREAK! Enjoy and be safe! Here's some fun with Africa maps!

posted on: March 13, 2007

February 26-March 9


Monday we'll review once more for the Middle East Mayhem test on Culture, Economics and Government by taking the practice tests from InspirEd. Partners can study and review for tomorrow's test.
Tuesday We'll take the test: MIDDLE EAST MAYHEM! We can do DEAR today instead of tomorrow since students will finish the test at different rates. Students can finish their Anchor Activity with no penalty today. (It was due last week).
Wednesday It's time to start Middle East History with a lesson about the ancient civilizations in the Middle East-Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, Assyrians and Persians! First we'll review what we remember about the history from the culture as we review Cornell Notes on History.
Thursday Conflict in the Middle East: Basic Issues! Since there are many conflicts, there are many opinions. We'll look at Muslim vs. Muslim, The Persian Gulf War and US involvement in the Middle East.
Friday Middle East MAP test today. You should know this well since you created a map!
During Jekyll week, you'll learn more about the Arab-Israeli conflict. Today we'll learn about the Ottoman Empire through a play. Historians claim that much of the current conflict in the Middle East began when Britain and its allies carved up the Ottoman Empire after WWI.

March 5-9

You'll have a packet to complete during the two days you will be at school. It's about Middle East history and conflict. You'll read "How the Middle East Got That Way" and complete a lessons which will help you understand the obstacles the Jews confronted in creating the country of Israel, and how the Holocaust contributed to the Israel's creation. You'll watch a documentary as well.

Read below about the requirements of the Middle East MAP Test on Friday.

Hope you have your Middle East Map activity! You'll have to identify A-T. THEN, you'll have to
Write in the location of the Rub Al Khali
Draw the Nile, Tigris and Euphrates in their correct location with a line.
Indicate the location of the Suez Canal with a star.
Write SP on the Sinai Peninsula.
Write an AN on the Anatolia Peninsula.
Write an AR on the Arabian Peninsula.
Write an H on the Straight of Hormuz
Write GO on the Gulf of Oman
Write GA on the Gulf of Aden.
Identify the Caspian Sea.

Don't have to know the capitals for this test!

posted on: February 25, 2007

February 21-23


Wednesday: DEAR! We'll most of the period to working in the Middle East Reading Center anchor activity since those questions are due FRIDAY, February 23rd! First we'll talk about Arabian Achievements and the Golden Age of Islam. Homework: STUDY for your quiz!
Thursday: Chapter 18 quiz on the Middle East. This is the BOOK quiz! STUDY!
After the quiz we'll review with a story about the three religions of the Middle East and complete a VENN diagram. HOMEWORK: Word searches, crossword puzzles on Middle East vocabulary.
Friday: Jeopardy and other online games/activities about the Middle East! This will be a great review for the Middle East Mayhem exam next week. Anchor Activity Packet is due today!
OVER THE WEEKEND you may want to prepare for your Middle East Mayhem Exam on Tuesday, February 27. It's on Middle East Economy, Government and Culture!! We'll study the history after this exam and have a separate short history test. (There's a Middle East history packet that will accompany you to Jekyll!)
Just a note...Mrs. Rosenberger has done a terrific job in our class this last few weeks. Her last day is next Tuesday, February 27. She will have successfully fulfilled her "TOSS" requirement at Kennesaw State University of observing, planning lessons with me and doing some teaching for five weeks.

posted on: February 17, 2007

February 12-16

Check your notes! Attached is the Chapter 18 Review Notes! Check with your personal notes or keep a copy for the exam in a few weeks!
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Monday we'll study the roles women in the Middle East including Golda Meir and Benazir Bhutto. We'll compare and contrast the lives of women in Israel and other areas of the Middle East. Then students will read an article about Islam and Muhammad in Upfront Magazine and we'll discuss.
Tuesday we'll start discussing Middle Eastern economics with a lesson called "You Be the Economist!", the main topic being the need to diversify in the Middle East. We'll also talk about OPEC, the Organization of Oil Producing Countries and its importance to the Middle East.
Wednesday is DEAR, so we're back in our Middle East Reading Center anchor activity for half an hour. Then we'll have a lesson on desalination.
Thursday we'll review the economic outlook for Saudi Arabia and discuss an overview of Middle East Economics through Cornell Notes.
Friday we'll start discussing the government of the Middle East by completing a map noting the various governments in the area. We'll further discuss theocracy and the impact Islam has on the governments of certain countries.

posted on: February 08, 2007

February 5-9

16.jpg (This map depicts in red the "stress" areas where water is needed-note the Middle East and North Africa!)
Monday we'll call a summit meeting for the Water Crisis in the Middle East. Homework on Monday is a Geography Review Wordsearch and a graph/map of oil production in the Persian Gulf. Since we will begin studying Middle Eastern Culture, Economics and Government tomorrow, students will take a pretest today! Don't worry, it won't take long! There's a lot we have to learn!
Tuesday we'll begin by reviewing Chapter 18 in our book with the Chapter 18 Review. We'll do half of this in class and finish the second half for homework. Today we'll have a short open book quiz on the Geography of the Middle East.
Wednesday is DEAR, so we'll start with half an hour with our anchor activity in the Middle East Reading Center. Then we'll check the Chapter 18 Review and review Middle Eastern culture through Cornell notes.
Thursday students will have the opportunity to judge cases according to Islamic law as well as learn the Five Pillars of Islam.
Friday we'll discuss the Islamic Hajj or pilgrimage. Then we'll study about Abraham and Jewish religious practices.
IMPORTANT DATES!! We've asked each class to note these dates in their agendas:
Mapping the Middle East: Due February 14th
Anchor Activity: Due February 23
Middle East Book Report: Due March 16. May be turned in earlier!
Chapter 18 Quiz: February 22.
Middle East Mayhem Exam: As part of this unit, we will also have a final exam,tentatively planned for Tuesday, February 27th. This will only include the Culture, Economics and Government.
THEN we'll study the history, complete a history packet at Jekyll, and on Wednesday of the week after Jekyll be tested on the history of the Middle East. Book reports will be due two days later, so let's pace accordingly. Although we have planned a lot, we've chunked the tests so we don't have a huge one at one time and we're planning lots of classroom support. Have fun with your learning!

posted on: February 02, 2007

Middle East Anchor Activity

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An "anchor activity" is an integral part of differentiated instruction. As students are working at their own pace in a variety of groups, using a variety of strategies, some often finish before others. The Anchor Activity for the Middle East is a reading center with articles about the Middle East conflict and other appropriate topics designed to extend and enrich student learning.
Magazine articles are taken from student publications such as Upfront Magazine (New York Times) and Time for Kids.
Students should complete their reading during class in the next few weeks, with a deadline of Friday, February 23rd to turn in the packet. DEAR time would be an appropriate time to use the Middle East Reading Center as well as when self-paced work is finished.

posted on: January 30, 2007

January 22-26, January 29-February 2

January 22-26
MONDAY: Assignment India: Ghandi, Sikhism, pollution in the Ganges, Indian women, bonded laborers and child labor in the carpet industry are among the topics discussed in this "intelligent" television video from the Christian Science Monitor. The topics are discussed in sections, therefore it is easy to take outline notes and stop the video and discuss the issues.
TUESDAY: INDIA QUIZ on Chapter 25. We'll briefly prep for the procedures for ASIA DAYS when we finish the quiz. The Reading Essentials text on India is loaded with rich resources. Today we'll review that document for added information on aspects of India.
WEDNESDAY: Review starts for Unit 7-Japan, China, Southeast Asia, India. No test, just review, review the information!!!

January 29-February 2

MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY: Performance testing in the MAC LAB.
All Social Studies classes are required to take their classes for yearly performance tests.
TUESDAY NIGHT'S HOMEWORK IS THE CHAPTER 17 REVIEW! Most students are finished with their Performance testing.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1st: Southeast Asia/India book report is due!
We'll introduce the Middle East unit today and hopefully have a few moments for skits. We'll also check the Chapter 17 Review.
HOMEWORK: Whereabouts! Locating physical features in the Middle East are homework.

FRIDAY: We'll continue our study of the Middle East!

posted on: January 11, 2007

January 16-19

MONDAY: MLK DAY HOLIDAY!! Have fun, be safe.
TUESDAY: The Hindu religion is the topic of the day. We'll look at Sikhism as well.
WEDNESDAY: The Sikh packet we started yesterday is time consuming, so we'll take finish this today. DEAR. Some students have selected a skit option for their book report, so these next two DEAR days will be a great opportunity for planning and collaboration.
Homework: Crossword vocabulary review on Asian geography and culture.
THURSDAY: We'll study the structure of the Indian government today. Check out these links!
Homework: Crossword vocabulary review on Asian government and economy.
FRIDAY: We'll study India's industries in a lesson on economy. Here are some links we'll review

NEXT TUESDAY, January 23, we'll have a quiz on Chapter 25 on India. We'll review on Monday, but make certain you use your Chapter 25 review as a study guide.
Don't forget the deadline of February 1 for your Southeast Asia book report!
Coming up January 25 and 26-ASIA DAYS! Make certain you've given your parents the volunteer handout so we can have a tasty food experience as well!

posted on: January 10, 2007

January 8-12

Hope everyone had a restful and safe holiday.
Special notes for this month! We'll complete our brief study of India by January 24, and the 24th, 25th and 26th we'll have ASIA DAYS Learning Centers.
We'll have Performance Testing the 29th, 30th and 31st, so your Southeast Asia/India book report will be due on Thursday, February 1. Choices allow students to choose a skit or performance, so we would need to be in the classroom. Chances are we'll finish the Performance Testing by then, but we also may have student absences. I'll have an alternate plan for those students who have completed their performance testing....perhaps as simple as DEAR!
MONDAY, January 8, we'll begin our study of India with the Chapter 25 Review.
TUESDAY: We have a gorgeous DVD on INDIA to view from the Southern Center for International Studies. Today we'll look at the history and government. Homework: Inductive Learning on Chapter 25 includes grouping and labeling the vocabulary, then crafting summary sentences about the information gathered.
WEDNESDAY: We'll study about the independence of India from Great Britain in a lesson called "Free At Last". We'll do a play on Ghandi during this lesson as well. More DVD ...
THURSDAY: Today we'll study about the caste system of India and finish our DVD.
FRIDAY: Our study of the religions of this area begin today. We'll start with Buddhism.

posted on: January 05, 2007

September 11-15

From last week...we're finishing up the physical geography of South East Asia. Students are completing maps that they've labeling with physical and political features. The political map test is Wednesday, the physical map test is next Monday. Don't forget to bring in your crossword puzzles from Friday.

MONDAY/TUESDAY: It's the 5th anniversary of 9/11 and since we will be studying the Middle East later this year, we're going to take a look at issues surrounding the War on Terrorism. Interestingly enough, in combination with Tuesday we'll have some very unique lessons. Constitution Day is nationally recognized this month and by law Social Studies teachers are required to address this topic in a manner of their choosing. We're combining it with 9/11 to discuss it in conjunction with 9/11.
We're planning to talk about the Patriot Act written after 9/11 and compare/contrast it with the order from Roosevelt after WWII to set up Japanese internment camps. We'll address civil liberties and question if government should go beyond the normal limits of its authority during wartime.
This weekend I recieved my September copy of Social Education and there is a wonderful lesson about "thinking as a founding father" where students can have a window into the influences each man brought to framing the constitution.
We'll also look over the Bill of Rights and some hypothetical situations where students will determine if rights have been violated.
What a great foundation for talking about government in the countries we'll be studying!

WEDNESDAY: DEAR. We'll take the political map test, then we'll begin a review of physical geography terms and concepts we learned while working through our Inspired Ed curriculum.

THURSDAY: It's time to start planning some projects-both technology ...and you guessed it, FOOD! We'll review the BLOG for additions...resources, a BREAD project, and an upcoming tech experience in the MAC LAB soon. Now that we are through with Geography, we'll begin our study of Japan with the Chapter 27 Review!
Progress reports are coming home tomorrow. Please keep the following in mind:
The 7th grade work policy is followed. If students do not have their work, it is a zero and they have 24 hours to bring it in for a 50. Students must present it to the teacher. Work not turned in, lost, misplaced, does receive a zero. I provide ample opportunity for students to receive an easy completion grade on homework to bring up a lower grade on our not-so-easy tests. Another "easy" A will be to simply keep your NOTEBOOK organized. I check this each nine weeks for a notebook grade.

FRIDAY: We'll continue the Chapter 27 Review. MONDAY is the Physical Geography map test. Items count 4 points, spelling is one of those points. There is no word bank. Students did a phenomenal job on the Political Map test on Wednesday. Congratulations!

posted on: September 10, 2006

September 5-8

Social Studies test Friday on Chapter 24. Study your Chapter Review for assistance. This is an easier, standardized test with matching vocabulary. Pay special attention to the section in your text on Great Circle Routes.
Today students will participate in a play on the Indus Valley civilization,and complete a population analysis of China.

Homework: Monsoon article and visual organizer. We'll review all the work that was begun when I was out-Physical Features, the Indian Subcontinent, Population Analysis and other geographic aspects of Asia.

THURSDAY: Today we're exploring Asian Geography through Google Earth. It's downloadable to most updated computers (2-4) years old if you want to try it at home! We were able to fly to Beijing,Hong Kong,Tokyo, Mount Everest, the Philippine, India and more today as we took a birds eye view of the Asia landscape.
We'll review for Friday's test. Physical and political maps of Asia are assigned and due next Monday. We'll have a test on the physical map next Wednesday,the political map next Friday.

FRIDAY: Students will take the Chapter 24 Test. In groups,they'll examine climagraphs of the different areas of Southeast Asia and reach some conclusions about the varying climates in Asia.

posted on: August 27, 2006

August 28-September 1

MONDAY: Review for Wednesday's TEST on basic geography. Please note:

Pages 4-5 Five Themes of Geography. Use your notes to name the five themes and their two-three components. You will also be required to provide an example of one of the components.
Pages 5-8 Globes. Know vocabulary in blue.
Pages 9-11 Maps. Know vocabulary in blue
Pages 12-15 Name five types of maps and explain their use.
Pages 22-27 Physical Geography. Understand environment, identify three climate zones and describe, know vocabulary.
Pages 28-29 Cultural Geography. Be ready to explain how you can understand government of a country by asking four questions. List the three basic economic questions. What comprises a culture? What is an ethnic group? List the eight cultural regions of the world and explain how geographers compare and contrast these different regions in order to understand them.
Students should use their Chapter Review, notes on PowerPoints, and page 32 in the text as study guides. The Review on page 33 will also be helpful.

TUESDAY: We'll play games and have study time for Wednesday's test.
Don't forget, OPEN HOUSE tonight at 6:30. Parents only.


THURSDAY: We'll begin Chapter 24, The Physical Geography of Southeast Asia, pages 481-503. Students will take notes using a Chapter Review as we do for each chapter we study. This will be finished for homework.

FRIDAY: I am out for medical reasons until Wednesday. The substitute will go over the Chapter Review answers with the students.
In partners,students will examine graphs and charts and complete a visual organizer about the various features of the Indian subcontinent. They will next examine a physical map of Asia and identify landforms, rivers, bodies of water and other physical features. There should be time in class to finish this, if not,it is due on next Wednesday.

posted on: August 27, 2006

August 21-25

MONDAY: Today students worked on completing the Geography Review. This week we have some awesome online lessons about longitude/latitude, the Five Themes of Geography, mapping and other geography adventures. The idea is to delve deeply and explore richly!

Parents, PLEASE email me if you have not done so at I want to add you to my GIA Parent Group List!

TUESDAY: We discussed the Geography Review and reviewed the MAP AND ATLAS information on our blog. Students were introduced to the number of geography games on the blog for review.

WEDNESDAY: Today was DEAR, Drop Everything and READ! Students read for half an hour, then we explored Longitude and Latitude via our blog and new Promethean board.

THURSDAY: We'll also review FIVE THEME OF GEOGRAPHY via a PowerPoint and links on our blog. Students will work in groups to identify over sixty landform terms as an additional review. Students will finish for homework, using the glossary in their textbook.

FRIDAY: We'll discuss INTELLIGENT behaviors as practiced in the GIA and study the concept of CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY. Today students will be introduced to their ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS which accompany every unit of study as a homework piece and anchor activity.

We're planning to take a Geography review Test next Wednesday and then begin our study of the Geography of Southeast Asia!

Don't forget our 7th Grade Open House on Tuesday,August 29!

posted on: August 21, 2006

August 14-18

MONDAY August 14: Students received a GIA orientation packet which contains two copies of the syllabus(one to sign, one to keep), a GIA brochure, Reading in the Content Area brochure, and a Welcome Letter to parents.
They also received a homework assignment due WEDNESDAY. This is a vocabulary assignment which is part of their training to become GIA agents of investigative learning this week. Tomorrow, Tuesday, agents should bring a signed syllabus and their completed agent profile.
TUESDAY, August 15: Students are learning some classified information today! We returned to the roots of social studies...deep in early childhood where students learned about themselves, their families, their communities. We want to build a learning community in the GIA. How do we best accomplish this? The question? What do we know about group dynamics? What do we know about how how we best learn? How do we work in groups with students who learn differently than we do? How does a teacher meet the diverse needs of many learners in her classroom? Can creativity be taught? Can we shift from a preferred intelligence pathway to explore a new one? Students completed surveys in learning styles and multiple intelligences. By the end of Wednesday we'll have explored creativity and learning modalities and will have a complete "learning profile" on each student. These profiles will be the basis for our differentiated classroom and will be used to form a variety groups for projects at later dates. And, here's the real SOCIAL STUDIES lesson! Given knowledge of these concepts, we'll work more effectively in problem solving groups throughout the year!
Students, your SNEAKY WORD assignment is due tomorrow. Here's your chance to express your preferred learning style and make your first big impression! Remember the homework policy! If you do not remember your assignment tomorrow, it receives only half credit on day two and a 0 on day three. Stay on top of your game and remember your assignment the first time!
Don't forget your signed syllabus and remind your parents to email me at so I can finish my group email list. We're off to a great start!
WEDNESDAY was our first DEAR-Drop Everything and READ in Social Studies. Each Wednesday we'll take 30 minutes to read. Students should be prepared with a book in hand. This is not a time for homework! Students will use reading logs to record the number of pages read toward their goal of a million words across subject areas in Grade 7 this year.
Today we finished our Learning Style Profile with a look at learning modalities (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) and creativity and combined those results with the Multiple Intelligence and Learning Style surveys from Tuesday. We'll use this information all year.
THURSDAY: Today students will take the pre-test for AC Social Studies. Books will be issued and students will begin a review of geography. Students began this work in class and should have it finished by tomorrow.
World Regions Globes, pages 4-8 Answer questions 1-5
Maps, pages 9-11 Answer questions 1-6
This is a basic review. Questions should be answered in complete sentences.
Tomorrow students need their notebook and five dividers! Don't forget to cover your books. These are VERY old and outdated books, so we use many rich supplementary materials. This is the last year we'll use these books.

FRIDAY students had books covered,notebooks were organized,homework checked and learning style/creativity information returned to them. We discussed physical geography in general and will spend next week delving into the subject in interesting ways.

posted on: August 14, 2006

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