Hello All! This week 7th graders with focus on learning the differences between political maps and physical maps. In addition, students will learn about the physical geography of the United States. During the week, the 7th grade classes will also focus on learning the location of the 50 states. Students have one homework assignment this week, and they are required to turn it in using their Edmodo account. Students can hand the assignment in any time before Friday, October 4th.
7th Grade Weekly Homework Assignment:
1. 7th graders will write a paragraph about a trip across the United States traveling from one coast to another. Students will choose their own route across the United States and tell the states that they will pass through. Students will also describe why they chose the route that they chose. Students are required to turn in the paragraph by Friday, October 4th using Edmodo.
2. 7th grade students should study for a geography exam on Friday, October 4th. The exam will cover key geography terms and concepts in their geography workbook, as well as the physical geography of the United States, and the location of the 50 states.
In 8th grade Social Studies this week students will be learning about the Civil War. Students will learn about the key events at the beginning of the war, and will begin to learn about life in the United States during this tense time in American history. Students will gather facts from historical documents such as letters from Civil War soldiers. In addition, students will look at Civil War slang and other interesting facets of Civil War life in the United States. Students have one homework assignment this week that must be turned in using their Edmodo account. The assignment is due on Friday, October 4th.
8th Grade Weekly Homework Assignment: Students will write a paragraph that must include key Civil War vocabulary, places, and people. In the paragraph students should describe key aspects of the onset of the Civil War that we have read about and talked about in class. The paragraph must be 5-7 sentences (minimum) and must be handed in by Friday, October 4th on Edmodo. Students may use their Chapter 16 Civil War workbooks to assist them,
So far this week students have been starting to use the classroom set of iPads and have been working hard to set up Edmodo accounts. We will finish up Edmodo account set-up on Wednesday, and will begin the first unit of study in Social Studies during Wednesday and Thursday classes. Students in 7th Grade Social Studies will learn about U.S. Geography, and will learn key geography concepts and terms. Students in 8th Grade Social Studies will look at the time period leading up to the Civil War. Both groups will be using various forms of technology to discover and apply knowledge.
As you know, students in all of my classes are required to have a social studies binder, with 5 separate binder dividers. The dividers should be labeled as follows:
Divider 1: Workbook
Divider 2: Graphic Organizers
Divider 3: Lined Paper
Divider 4: Edmodo
Divider 5: Other Handouts
Students in 7th Grade will have a homework assignment on Thursday night whereby they are required to give two examples of human-environment interaction on page 2 of their Geography workbook.
Students in 8th Grade will have a homework assignment on Thursday night requiring them to write a paragraph (5-7 sentences) explaining the differences between the Northern United States and the Southern United States prior to the Civil War.
Today in 7th grade Social Studies, students watched a PBS documentary regarding the events of September 11th 2001. The classes took part in many thoughtful discussions about that day. For homework tonight, students must write a minimum of one paragraph (5-7 sentences) explaining how they felt about the video and/or the events of 9/11. Students will hand the assignment in tomorrow during class.
Social Studies textbooks were handed out to all students yesterday. This notice is just a reminder for you to make sure your textbook is covered by Monday, September 16th. As I mentioned in class, be sure to cover your book with either a paper or cloth cover. Remember that if your textbook is covered by September 16th, you will earn a 100% on a homework assignment. WOW! What a great way to start off the school year!
It looks like we are off to a great start to the new school year! Last week we spent time going over classroom expectations, the grading policy, and general information regarding Social Studies class this year. In addition, we had some very thoughtful discussions regarding responsible use of technology, and the idea of responsible digital citizenship.
Students brought home three forms--a green form outlining key information about the class, a pink copy of the green form, and a white letter introducing Edmodo. Students are required to return the green-colored note and white note to me by Wednesday, September 11th, signed by the student and parent/guardian. The pink note is for student/parent/guardian records.
This week in Social Studies students will be taking part in the following:
Monday, September 9th: Students will complete an interest inventory so that I can find out more about each of the students in my class. We will also take some time during class to organize our Social Studies binders for the school year. Students are required to have a 1''-2'' binder for Social Studies class with five dividers. We will be labeling the dividers on Monday together in class. Students should be sure to have one package of lined paper in the binder as well.
Tuesday, September 10th: Students will begin the first part of the course pre-assessment. We will continue to organize binders on that day as well. Students will be required to bring a book to class--to read after they complete the first part of the pre-assessment.
Wednesday, September 11th: On this day, we will be covering the events of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Students will be taking part in discussions regarding the events of that day, and will watch video clips from that day.
Thursday, September 12th: Students will be introduced to Edmodo, and will create their student account on Edmodo. We will discuss proper use of Edmodo as a communication tool within the classroom, and practice posting, and completing a poll.
Friday, September 13th: Students will take part two of the course pre-assessment. We will continue to organize binders on that day as well. Students will be required to bring a book to class--to read after they complete the second part of the pre-assessment.
Like always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me!
Hello All! Welcome back to a new school year! I will be updating this blog on a weekly basis with class notices, assignments, key topics and ideas, and important links. This year in 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies students will have the opportunity to use numerous educational technology resources. In addition, all students enrolled in my classes will be taking part in the Malone Central School District iPad Pilot Program. Students will be using iPads to engage in key aspects of United States History throughout the course of the school year. Students will be instructed on the importance of being a responsible digital citizen, and the proper use of technology as an educational resource. Please see the blog links for a listing of some of the technological resources we will be using this year.
On September 5th & 6th I will be going over class expectations with students in class, and will inform students of the grading policy. In addition, we will be spending time discussing the meaning of responsible digital citizenship and responsible use of technology in an educational setting.
Students will be given a letter to be signed by students and their parents/guardians. The letter gives information about the class, along with class expectations, and the grading policy. Students are required to return the signed green copy of the letter to me by Wednesday, September 11th in class. Parents may keep the pink copy for their own records. Thank you, and please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
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Mrs. Jennifer Hesseltine teaches United States History at the Malone Middle School in Malone, New York. When not at school, Mrs. Hesseltine can be found researching innovative ways to peak student interest in learning. Mrs. Hesseltine was recently accepted into the first cohort of TED-Ed Innovative Educators, the education initiative of TED Talks. Mrs. Hesseltine is also a contributing author of the Teaching Channel Blog, and has also contributed ideas to the TED-Ed Blog and Education Week Teacher with Larry Ferlazzo. Contact Mrs. Hesseltine via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via Twitter @jenhesseltine.