7th Grade students in Mrs. Hesseltine's U.S. History lab have been busy learning about early American civilizations via an interactive iPad Quest. Upon completion of the quest, students created world clouds using an app entitled, "Visual Poetry" to 'show what we know' about early American civilizations. Click on the video below for a sampling of student work. Enjoy!
Wow! It doesn't seem possible that we are in our last month of the 2013-2014 school year. In reflection, it is exciting to think about all of the things we have done this year. In a recap of Mrs. Hesseltine's U.S. History Lab, students engaged in the content of the course while also taking part in an iPad Pilot Program. This technology was integrated throughout the school year as a tool to engage students, and create an environment where students interacted with information on a daily basis--creating, sharing, and connecting! It was a pleasure over the course of the school year to work with Ms. Amy Hughes from the International School of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as students in her classes and in Mrs. Hesseltine's U.S. History Lab connected via Edmodo and Skype. We are looking forward to even more opportunities to connect next year. Please stay posted throughout the summer as I will be adding information and resources for students who are interested in looking into U.S. History topics over the course of the summer months!
As we finalize details for the 2013-2014 school year, it is important to note the dates for the final exam for all 7th and 8th grade students in Mrs. Hesseltine's classes. The dates for the final exam are as follows:
Tuesday, May 10th
Thursday, May 12th
Tuesday, May 17th
We will be reviewing in all classes this week. All students were given a list of topics to review on their own as well! Thank you, and please don't hesitate to contact me with questions.
7th Grade U.S. History
All 7th grade classes have been learning about the U.S. Constitution and the formation of the U.S. Government. Students have been exploring topics via an iPad Quest. Key resources include: The National Archives, Stanford History Education Group's Reading Like a Historian, Google Earth, iCivics, the Constitution app, and the Venn Diagram app by the International Reading Association. Homework this week includes an assignment on TED Ed (TED Talks for Education), and is due on Monday, March 24th. Please feel free to reach me via email, or Edmodo for more information, comments, or questions!
Exciting news in 8th Grade...
We recently were informed from the educators at TED ED (TED Talks for Education) that one of the flipped lessons that we created (including a video selected by one of our very own students) will be featured as a "Select" video on the TED ED website. The educators at TED ED are currently editing the lesson. Once we approve their edits, the lesson will be included on their website as a "Best Flip" for other teachers and students to use! Stay posted for more information.
This week in 8th grade classes, students are learning about World War I by exploring topics of interest to them, and creating a presentation about that topic via a menu of apps. Students are using the following resources: The BBC WWI iWonder Guide, WWI app, Flowboard app, Storehouse app, Rap app by Smule, and others. Homework this week is listed on Edmodo and includes the BBC iWonder Guide for WWI. The homework is due March 26th.
7th Grade Social Studies
Students in 7th grade social studies will continue to research a battle from the American Revolution. Classes will work together to create comic strips using an iPad app called Comic Life to show what they know about the battles of the American Revolution. Students will then create video overlays describing the battles that were chosen, and attach the videos to their comic strips. We will create an interactive classroom timeline of the battles of the American Revolution using the student comic strips and videos. Students are encouraged to add to our list of online sources by sending me the link to reputable American Revolution websites.
Homework: students should check their Edmodo account for this week's homework assignment (due Friday, February 7th).
8th Grade Social Studies
Students in 8th grade social studies will be studying the Progressive Era this week. Students will take a closer look at the issues of the Progressive Era, and the people who helped to make changes. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of muckrakers, and the Progressive Era presidents. Students will be introduced to a word cloud app called, Visual Poetry, this week. Students will show what they know by applying their knowledge to the creation of a word cloud.
Homework: students should check their Edmodo account for this week's homework assignment (due Friday, February 7th).
Hello All! As we move through the school year, students are engaging in United States History while also learning new technological skills in the process. Since returning from the holiday break, students have been provided with numerous opportunities to engage in history topics, as well as hone 21st century skills in the process. Students were welcomed back by a visit from Mrs. Amy Hughes, and Mr. Shaun Hughes. Amy teaches Humanities (Language Arts and Social Studies) at the International School of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, while Shaun works as a humanitarian throughout Ethiopia and surrounding regions. Shaun has most recently been stationed in South Sudan. Students were introduced to numerous global topics, and opportunities through discussions with Amy and Shaun.
In addition to having access to the guest speakers, students have also been introduced to numerous U.S. History topics while learning new technology. Students in 7th grade completed a timeline entitled, "Road to the Revolution," using a timeline app on the classroom iPads. In addition, students have explored using Google Earth, and have practiced new concepts by playing the History Line app in groups on the iPads. Over the past week, students were introduced to QR codes and explored various resources by simply scanning QR codes that directed them to a variety of reputable sources of information.
Last week students in both 7th and 8th grade Social Studies classes were introduced to a new homework venue, Ted Ed (Ted Talks for Education). Students will now access video homework assignments online at Ted Ed. After watching the video assignment (giving students supplemental information related to in-class learning) students must "THINK" about the topic within Ted Ed and answer the "THINK" questions. A discussion forum on Ted Ed will be opened up for students each week with a new topic as well. Students are welcome to start a discussion, or comment on a topic in the "DISCUSS" area, and earn extra credit for thought-provoking discussions, questions, and comments.
As we proceed through the next week, 8th graders will be choosing a topic of interest to them related to late 19th century immigration and urban growth, to complete a presentation using an app entitled, "Flowboard." Students will share their completed Flowboards with the entire class via Edmodo at the end of the week. This in class project is self-paced; thus, students must learn to manage their time wisely in class. This week, the 7th grade classes will continue to learn about the beginning of the American Revolution. Students will learn about the Battle of Lexington and Concord, as well as the writing of the Declaration of Independence. Students will use a QR code app to be directed to numerous resources online. Students will also use an app entitled, "American Revolution" to access supplementary information regarding the American Revolution, primary sources, and battle information. Students will follow a lesson provided by Stanford History Education Group entitled, "Reading like a Historian," whereby students will try to figure out who fired the first shot of the American Revolution by reading differing accounts of the first battle.
Stay tuned for more information from Mrs. Hesseltine's U.S. History class!
Homework: All homework assignments this week are listed on Ted Ed. I will send students the link to the Ted Ed assignment in Edmodo on Tuesday, January 21st.
7th Grade Social Studies
Happy 2014! When we return to school on January 6th, the students in 7th grade will continue to learn about the Road to the American Revolution; focusing on key events leading to the Revolution. Students will complete their Road to the Revolution timelines using the Timeline app by the International Reading Association. Upon completion of the timeline, students will then move into Chapter 4, The American Revolution. The weekly homework assignment for the week of January 6th will consist of students watching a video clip regarding the American Revolution, and responding to it by writing a reflection paragraph. Students should always remember to use the APL format when writing their paragraphs. The homework assignment will be posted on January 6th via Edmodo. Students should log on to Edmodo to view the assignment. The due date is Friday, January 10th.
8th Grade Social Studies
Happy 2014! When we return to school on January 6th, the students in 8th grade will continue to learn about immigration and urban life during late 19th and early 20th centuries. Students will gain an understanding of life for immigrants in the United States during this time period. In addition, students will learn about life in American cities; and urban problems that were faced across the United States. This will lead us into a study of the Progressive Era. Students will learn via reputable online resources including images from the Library of Congress and the National Archives. Students will evaluate images using a primary source evaluation document from the National Archives. Students will show what they know through the creation of a final project using the classroom set of iPads and various apps available to them.
There will be weekly homework assignment posted on Edmodo starting on Monday, January 6th, and due on Friday, January 10th. Students should log on to Edmodo to view the weekly assignment.
Special Note: A presenter, Amy Hughes, will be presenting to students in Social Studies this week regarding her perspective on life in Ethiopia. Amy is a native of Malone, New York, and now teaches Humanities at the International School of Addis Ababa. Students in 7th Grade Social Studies have communicated with Amy's classes at various times throughout the first portion of the school year via Edmodo groups. Students have discussed interests, the end of the rainy season in Ethiopia, and water issues world-wide. Amy is visiting Malone for the holidays, and will be meeting with classes at the Malone Middle School. Future projects are being planned for the remainder of the school year to include more opportunities for communication between students at the Malone Middle School and the International School of Addis Ababa.
7th Grade Social Studies
This week, students in 7th Grade Social Studies will be looking at the events leading to the American Revolution. Students will take part in an iPad scavenger hunt, and will use apps and online resources to explore the time period leading to the American Revolution. At the end of the week students will celebrate all that they have learned so far this year with content-area iPad games on Friday. Please see Edmodo for information regarding this week's written homework assignment!
8th Grade Social Studies
This week, students in 8th Grade Social Studies will be looking at the history of labor in the United States. Students will focus on labor issues during late 19th and early 20th centuries by looking at primary sources, and looking at specific examples from the time period. Students will take part in a review of the time period on Tuesday with a display of student Invention timelines that were created last week. Students will be assessed on their learning of the Second Industrial Age on Wednesday, December 18th via an exam. The written homework assignment for this week can be viewed on Edmodo.
Last week during Social Studies class, students explored 19th Century Westward Expansion in the United States through a self-paced iPad Quest. The websites and apps selected for students gave students insight from a variety of primary and secondary sources. Students learned about key causes, effects, and issues related to Westward Expansion as they monitored and paced their own learning through engagement in the Westward Expansion iPad Quest. This week students will apply what they have learned by choosing a topic to research, and using an iPad app or Web 2.0 tool to create a final project related to 19th Century Westward Expansion.
Homework: Students will be required to complete a research form (provided by the 8-1 ELA Teacher, Mr. Dan Tusa), and write a paragraph about their chosen topic by Friday, November 22nd. Projects must also be complete by Friday, November 22nd.
Last week during Social Studies class, students explored the first English settlements in North America through a self-paced iPad Quest. The websites and apps selected for students gave students insight from a variety of primary and secondary sources. Students learned about the hardships faced by the Jamestown settlers, as well as the geography and economy of the three colonial regions as they monitored and paced their own learning through engagement in the Colonial America iPad Quest. This week students will continue to work their way through the iPad Quest, focusing on key guiding questions.
Homework: Students will be required to complete a long term project regarding Colonial America--due on December 10th. The project will require students to see life in Colonial America through the eyes of the colonists--students will be required to write journal entries or letters back to the Old World, and hand them in by December 10th. A handout of the project expectations and rubric will be given to students in class in Monday, November 18th.
During the week of November 11th, 7th and 8th grade students will take part in a web and app-based scavenger hunt to explore United States history. Starting on November 12th, students will have access to a class blog outlining key resources for students to use throughout the week to access information.
In 8th grade classes, students will learn about westward expansion in the United States following the Civil War. Students will learn the many effects of the Transcontinental Railroad, and the movement of people to western areas of the United States. Students will explore primary and secondary sources from reputable online and app-based resources such as The National Park Service, The Massacre at Wounded Knee Museum app, Google Earth app, Ted-Ed, Library of Congress, and historical documents and images from DocsTeach. Students will explore various perspectives including perspectives from prominent members of the Lakota people.
Weekly Homework Assignment
Due: Friday, November 15th
Students must write a paragraph describing the causes and effects of westward expansion in the United States after the Civil War/Reconstruction Era. Students may use Chapter 18 in the textbook and workbook, as well as online resources to complete the assignment. Students must submit the assignment on Edmodo by November 15th.
In 7th Grade classes, students will learn about settlers in the New World. We will begin by learning about the English colonies, with a focus on the Jamestown Settlement. Students will explore primary and secondary sources from reputable online and app-based resources such as the Early Jamestown app, World History Maps app, and Discovery Education.
Weekly Homework Assignment
Due: Friday, November 15th
Students must write a paragraph describing the problems that the Jamestown colonists faced. Students may use Chapter 3 in the textbook, as well as online resources to complete the assignment. Students must submit the assignment on Edmodo by November 15th.
This week in 7th Grade Social Studies, students will continue to learn about the Age of Exploration. Students will be using an app, Haiku Deck, to create individual presentations of their learning. There will be a quiz on Thursday, October 31st about key people, vocabulary, and ideas related to the Age of Exploration. In addition,the weekly homework assignment due on Friday, November 1st is:
Write a paragraph describing The Columbian Exchange. Be sure to look at the picture and description on page 45 of your textbook to help you. You can also include such information as how this exchange began, and what were some of the pros and cons of this type of exchange. Your paragraph should be at least 5 sentences long. Please hand it in by Friday on Edmodo. I will be in my classroom after school every day this week...feel free to stop by to get your homework done!
This week in 8th Grade Social Studies, students will be learning about Reconstruction--reuniting the country after the Civil War, and rebuilding the South. Central to our conversations will be the idea of Civil Rights for all Americans. Students will be accessing primary sources online to gain first-hand knowledge of this time period in American history. There will be a quiz on Thursday, October 31st, and a weekly homework assignment due on Friday, November 1st. The assignment is listed below.
Your assignment this week is to write a paragraph describing the problems that our country faced after the Civil War. For example, you could include information about civil rights, segregation, reconstructing the South, or other ideas that you have read about. Your textbook has some great information along with pictures on pages 552-571. Feel free to use resources, like The Civil War Trust, to help you as well. Remember, your paragraph should be a minimum of 5 sentences (that is a short paragraph). I will be in my classroom every day after school this week. Feel free to stop by and get your homework done then! Let me know if you have any questions. Again, please hand it in on Edmodo...just press the "Turn In" button and write! Show Less
I apologize for the delay in posting this week, as I have been away from school for a few days due to illness.
This week, in 7th Grade Social Studies, students will finish their Venn Diagram projects that they have been working on in class. In addition, students will begin to learn about The Age of Exploration. Students will enhance learning through the use of technology on a daily basis. During the course of Chapter 2 students will use two apps to apply their learning--Aurasma to create augmented reality out of a vocabulary board in the classroom, and Haiku Deck to present information learned in their own words. During the course of the next couple of weeks students will be working independently, and in groups to further their learning of United States History. There will not be a major homework assignment this week due to the shortened week--this should also give students an opportunity to complete any assignments that they may be missing (as the end of the quarter quickly approaches). As always, please don't hesitate to touch base with me any time.
This week, in 8th Grade Social Studies, students will finish their Haiku Deck projects. Students will be sending me their projects electronically via Edmodo, and I will have them on display at this site next week. The projects are a display of student learning regarding key aspects of the Civil War.
Student learning this week will be centered around Reconstruction, and key aspects of the time period following the Civil War. Students will be using an app, Aurasma, to create augmented reality of key components of Reconstruction. Students will also practice their historian skills by evaluating history via primary sources--images, political cartoons, and posters from the time period. There will not be a major homework assignment this week due to the shortened week--this should also give students an opportunity to complete any assignments that they may be missing (as the end of the quarter quickly approaches). As always, please don't hesitate to touch base with me any time!
Over the past few weeks students have been learning about key aspects of United States geography (7th graders) and history (8th graders). In the process, we have been able to implement the use of Edmodo as a communication tool in the Social Studies classrooms at the Malone Middle School. I would like to encourage all parents to create a parent account at www.edmodo.com so that you can keep an eye on your child's Edmodo account. In doing this, you will see assignments, grades, and any communication between your child and the class/teacher. To join your child's classroom on Edmodo, simply have your child log on. In the left hand corner of their screen you will see a parent code to login.
Over the past few weeks students have been working in with numerous apps on the classroom set of iPads. Eighth graders have created Venn Diagrams showing the differences betweeen the North and the South prior to the Civil War using a Venn Diagram app. Students are now working on a presentation using an app called Haiku Deck to apply what they have learned regarding key Civil War battles and events. Seventh grade students have been honing 21st Century Skills by using apps on the iPads to find the latitude, longitude, and elevation of various places--including Malone, New York. In addition, students have been using www.pixabay.com to find public domain images representing human-environment interaction. Lastly, students have been practicing United States geography skills by playing game apps such as Tap Quiz Maps, and Stack the States. In the common weeks, we will continue to implement more technology to assist students in the learning process.
Again, students in 7th and 8th grade Social Studies will be responsible for one main homework assignment per week. The homework assignment must be turned in on Edmodo. Students have the entire week to complete the assignment. Students who do not have access to technology outside of school should make arrangements to use the technology available at school during study hall, home base, and/or after school. Some class time will be given during the week as well for students to work on the homework assignment.
Assignments for the week of October 7th:
This week we will be learning about the arrival of the earliest Americans across the Bering Land Bridge. Your assignment this week, is to use what you have read about and learned to write a paragraph describing the similarities and differences between
the lives of the earliest Americans and your life today. How are we similar to
these early people, and how are we different? Remember a paragraph is at least
5-7 sentences. Be sure to use your Chapter 1 Workbook (the blue workbook), and
pages 6-14 in your textbook to help you. If you need a computer to use, please
feel free to stop by during homebase, a study hall, or after school to use the
Write a paragraph describing how the Union took control of the Mississippi River during
the Civil War. Be sure to include key battles and the names of key people (Union
Generals). Remember, a paragraph should be a minimum of 5-7 sentences. This is
due on Thursday, October 10th. Use your studyhall time wisely. Also, feel free
to come in and use the iPads in our classroom during home base, or after school.
Let me know if you do not have access to a computer outside of school, and I
will make arrangements for you to use an iPad in my classroom throughout the
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Summer! I hope everyone is enjoying summer vacation. I have attached a
link to the school calendar on the landing page for those of you who like to plan ahead! Opening
day of school for the 2013-2014 school year is on September 5, 2013. I will
look forward to seeing you all then. In the meantime, have fun and stay
About the Author
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 email@example.com, or via Twitter @jenhesseltine.