Mr. Champlin 6 Gold Social Studies
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What Did I Miss?
Students took a building tour in World Geography.
In class today we enjoyed get to know each other excercises and introduced ourselves to the class.
Students received their first "Do Now" question today. We also organized our binders, explored the World Geography website, discussed "Current Events", and talked about the Kids in the Kommunity group.
We spent a little more time finishing up our pretests today and watched a "Current Event" modeled. We also took a tour through the website and answered questions.
Today we had our first "Current Events" presentations and then took notes while watching a Geography Basics video.
Students began discussing each of the 5 Themes of Geography today and received handouts for their binders. We also talked about which note taking styles suited them the best, comparing their styles to various styles. Students sang the "Geography Song".
Do Now question covering relative and absolute location. We also practiced the "Geography Song" and began a worksheet utilizing the notes that we took while watching Friday's video.
The "Do Now" question concerned Geography's thenme movement and how it applies to the study of Geography. We also corrected our "Geography Basics" video worksheet.
The "Do Now" question today was about the theme "place' and how it applies to Geography. We also discussed the questions from our Goegraphy Handbook.
"Current Events", Teach the Teach and Geography Olympics were on the agenda for today. Have a great weekend!
"Do Now" question today had to do with regions and how they are represented in Geography. We also defined several other key terms and began to build a study guide for Thursday's quiz.
Today we discussed the change in the quiz date and went over the website scavanger hunt homework. we also continued building our study guides for the 5 Themes quiz. Homework - please see "Homework" icon.
Due to the shortened classes today, we checked homework and then had a quick quiz review using Geography Olympics.
Due to the magazine drive today we had "Current Events", "Teach the Teach", and discussed GIS and GPS.
Quiz today covering 5 Themes of Geography.
Today's discussion centered around features on a map that make it more user friendly. We began to draw a map to a "secret destination" utilizing some of these features that we discussed.
Students today practiced using coordinates to determine absolute location. We also attempted to follow a classmates map to their "secret destination".
Current events, "Teach the Teach", and map work were on today's agenda. We also discussed our Map Projection assignment.
Today we discussed coordinates and absolute location as well as recognizing clues in the text and making predictions utilizing them.
We got to know our desk atlas today and practiced looking up absolute locations. We also had a look at our Goode's Interrupted Map projection homework.
Today we worked out of our atlases to complete a worksheet. We also practiced absolute location.
Class today centered around absolute location and getting to know your atlas. We also had "current events' presented today.
Today we prepared for the atlas quiz.
Atlas quiz today!
The lesson today centered around landforms utilizing the "Do Now" question and our Activity Workbook.
Today we finished the landforms worksheets, presented "Current Events", "Teach the Teach", and went over our quizzes.
Class today centered around a "Do Now" quiz. We then went over our landform worksheet and added landform and water features into the vocabulary sections of our binders.
Today we discussed landforms and viewed a landforms video called "Geographically Speaking".
Half Day. Worked on Mark Twain friendly letter.
We were in the computer lab today working on the next long term assignment, the Europe Cereal Box.
Today we worked once more in the computer lab on our Europe Cereal Box assignment. Today's "Current Events" will be presented with next Friday.
Class today reveiwed landforms via a surprise quiz. We also began to discuss the water cycle using the textbook software.
Today we continued our discussion about the water cycle and have moved on to speak about climate and weather.
The discussion today centered upon climate change. We viewed the video "An Inconvenient Truth" to hear Al Gore's view on glaobal warming.
The topic today centered around climate and global warming.
Today we had a pop "Do Now" quiz. We then listened to current event presentations and were entertained by "Teach the Teach". In between we had a test review utilizing Geography Olympics.
The discussion today centered around climate zones and climate types.
Today the students got a chance to show what they have remembered from quarter 1 in the format of an assessment!
The discussion today was about global format in a socratic seminar format.
Today we discussed culture, what it is, and how all cultures are different and unique, NOT WEIRD!
We utilized todays shortened classes to begin our discussions about the 8 Traits of Culture.
We continued discussing the 8 Traits of Culture today, along with Current Events and "Teach the Teach".
Today we learned what a school day is like for a middle school aged student in France. We compared what we learned to our own day.
Our classroom discussion today centered around the beginnings of civilization, thanks to Dr. Cohen. A special shout out to our special guest speaker Dr. Cohen. Thanks Dr. Cohen!
Today we created our study guide in preparation for our upcoming 8 Traits of Geogrpahy quiz. We also saw the Ryan Halligan presentation.
The class today was dedicated to preparing for tomorrow's quiz via Geography Olympics.
Today the students all got to show off their knowledge of the 8 Traits of Culture!
Students today completed watching the Europe Overview video and taking bullet style notes. We then paired up to try answering a worksheet using our notes.
Students paired up to work on answering questions about the Europe Overview video.
The "Do Now" question had to do with the English Channel. Students paired up to work on answering questions about the Europe Overview video.
Students today were assessed on the vocabulary words from Western Europe.
Today we used the 1/2 day shortened classes to begin our discussion about Northern Europe's countries.
Students learned about Denmark's territory of Greenland today. They also broke into group work to prepare for their Northern European country skits taking place tomorrow.
Today we discussed how our experiences have tied into Geography. We then used our Presentation Plus software to begin exploring Southern Europe.
Current events and "Teach the Teach" were on todays agenda, but most of the class was spent utilizing a socratic seminar approach to discussing colonizing Mars as a preparation for the upcoming field trip.
With half of 6 Gold out today at the field trip, we completed group work answering general questions about Europe.
With half of 6 Gold out today at the field trip, we completed group work answering general questions about Europe.
Today we had the Geography "Dance Off", and finished discussing Southern Europe.
We began our discussion about Asia today utilizing our daily "Do Now" question and an introductory video. Students practiced note taking while watching the video.
Continued Asia overview video.
Some students took their Europe assessment today. Others began to look at the physical features and capital cities in Asia.
Today we heard "Current Event" presentations, "Teach the Teach", and continued watching the Asia overview video. We decided to divide into grroups and present to the class one Asian country.
Today the students worked together to come up with a way to teach their classmates researched facts about an Asia country.
We discussed Asia country populations today and compared square miles vrs. population densities. We also worked on ideas and strategies of how to teach our classmates about the country we have been assigned.
We had last week's "Current Events" presented today and we also say a couple of group skits...
Collected homework. Continued Asia skits. Practice for Geography Dance off! Ya!!!
Today we discussed Israel, its origin and history, and also talked about the Chinese Yin Yang symbol.
Today's discussion centered around the history of Iran. We also passed back several assignments and began discussing the Middle East. Homework - see "Homework" icon.
We learned about Jordan's lost city of Petra today. We then wrote down questions and observations about the Middle East based upon knowledge already obtained before today's class and shared them with a class mate. Study guides for the Middle East were handed out today.
Today the students worked in the library on the computers to gather facts about the Asia country that they are presenting. A couple of classes received new presentation dates.
The topic today was the formation of Israel. Students read text and formulated a short essay answer supported by textual evidence or prior knowledge.
The discussion today turned towards east Asia, specifically China and Mongolia and their past relationship. We also continued working on our Middle East essay question.
Today's discussion centered around the "Big Three", Japan, China, and India. We also corrected the Middle East worksheet.
Today we discussed China's neighbors and corrected our Middle East worksheet. Class 6 presented their Asia countries.
Due to MCAS testing, not all classes were able to meet today. Those that met, met for only a short time and went over their Middle East worksheet answers and answered questions from a "Flocabulary" rap song covering the Middle East.
Due to MCAS testing, not all classes were able to meet today. Those that met, met for only a short time. Current events were presented by students in each class. "Teach the Teach" where time permitted.
Monday's class discussion centered upon China, it's government, and the government types of its neighbors. We also watched a short video covering China, and practiced our note taking skills by "chuncking" the video.
Today we worked in groups, discussing the main ideas in the "China Revealed" video. We then mixed up and enlarged our groups to further enrich the conversation.
"Do Now" question addressed China and their neighbor's government types. We also "chunked" China in video format while practicing our note taking skills.
Group work was on the agenda today, as the students taught each other about different aspects of China. They will present to the class beginning tomorrow.
"Current Events" and "Teach the Teach" today. We also saw several groups present different aspects of the China Revealed video.
Today we discussed the physical features of Eastern Asia. We also saw a few presentations featuring a some of the facts portrayed in the "China Revealed" video.
The class topic today centered around the subcontinent India and the mountain ranges surrounding it. We also finished our China skits and corrected our homework.
Half day today was spent working on a comparasin chart of China, Japan, and India.
Collected Africa brochures. Reviewed for quiz utilizing Geography Olympic format.
Greatr insight into Chinese culture by participating in a Tai Chi class!
Today the students were able to show off their knowledge of China, India, and Japan by taking an assessment.
The topic of discussion today was North Africa. We begin our Africa learning in North Africa, covering Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco.
Today we began our overview of Africa discussion, concentrating on unique land and water features on the continent and a general discussion about the countries.
The discussion today centered on North African, namely Morocco and it's relationship with Western Sahara. We also examined the continent as a whole, both politically and physically, concentrating on the bodies of water that surround Africa.
The "Do Now" question today covered Tunisia and the Mediterranean Sea. We also put a game plan in place to prepare for Tuesday's North Africa Quiz.
Today we reviewed the material on the North Africa worksheet that the students have been researching. This material will be included on the quiz tomorrow.
Assessment covering North African countries today.
We began discussing the location of countries in West Africa today. The conversation also touched upon culture in Nigeria.
Current Events today and comparing American middle schooler's culture to Nigerian middle school culture.
Today in class we learned about Western Africa's physical features and reviewed the North Africa assessment.
The topic in today's MCAS shortened classes was the effect of population increase has on a country's people, resources, and economy as a whole. We also broke up into groups to begin conversations about the effects that colonialism and gaining independence had upon the nations of Africa.
Today we worked in groups to read and discuss the Rwanda genocide.
Group work to continue our Rwanda discussions.
South America assignment was given out today in the computer lab. Due date is Friday, June 14.
Students today worked in the computer lab on their South America assignment.
Today we reviewed our vocabulary words and learned new facts about East and Central African countries utilizing the Presentation Plus software.
Today we were assessed on the East/Central Africa vocabulary words.
The subject in class today was "apartheid". We also finished our Rwanda discussions and our video of east/central Africa.
The "Do Now" question today discussed elevation and countries in Africa. We also had "Current Events" and "Teach the Teach". Certain classes continued learning about East/Central Africa.
Today we discussed the oldest desert in the world, addressed final Build-a-Country concerns, and finished learning about Southern Africa.
The lesson today covered the up and coming economies of Africa.
Build-a-Country presentations today. We also discussed physical features of Africa.