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