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Classroom News: November 12 - 20

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will continue to learn about Ancient Greece. The students will review the history of Greece and its development as a democratic society. As a special project, the students will learn about the ancient Olympics and they will then participate in our own version of the Olympics. The students will compete under the name of the one of five Greek city-states, and they will compete in events such as the "javelin throw" (paper airplane toss), "boxing" (memorizing objects in a box in 1 minute), and the "discus throw" (paper plate throwing). It should be a fun week before Thanksgiving!
 
7th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will complete their study of chapter 8. This chapter has focused on the early development of our government, including the first presidencies and the precedents they set that are still followed today. The goal is to have the test on chapter 8 before the students go on Thanksgiving break.
 
8th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will complete their study of chapter 19. This chapter is an overview of the types of laws that exist in our country, as well as an overview of the criminal and civil justice systems. The students will have a test over chapter 19 on Thursday, 11/15. 
 

Classroom News: November 5 - 9

***Monday is Political Convention! Each student is allowed to bring a costume related to their assigned state. This is an optional activity. All students should come in uniform... they will put their costume on before the Convention starts.***
 
6th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will take their second test on Topic 1. This test will cover lessons 6 - 10. On Tuesday we will (finally!) begin topic 2. This topic covers the European region of the Eastern Hemisphere. I have a few fun activities planned for this topic. After we learn about Ancient Greece in lesson 2, the students will participate in their own Ancient Greek Olympics! 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will continue to learn about our early government and presidents. The students are discovering how the cabinet departments came into existence, The development of our national economy, and the important decisions that our first presidents' made that set a precedent for future presidents.
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders' hard work will come to fruition on Monday when the junior high participates in Political Convention. I am so proud of the effort the students have put in to this event to make it better than ever! 
In addition to convention, the students will also begin to examine our judicial system in depth. This begins will a look at why we have laws and what types of laws exist in our country. 

Classroom News: October 29 - November 2

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will finish topic 1!!! The students will complete their last lesson early in the week. They will receive a study guide for the test on Monday. The test over Topic 1 Lesson 6-10 is scheduled for Friday, 11/2.
 
7th Grade Social Studies
This week the seventh graders will complete their study of the Constitution! The students will have a quiz over the Constitution on Wednesday. We will spend Monday and Tuesday practicing for the quiz (it is application-based). The seventh graders will be able to use their resources on the quiz. Later in the week we will start to work on chapter 8.
 
8th Grade Social Studies
This week the eighth graders will be working on political convention. The big event is on Monday, 11/5, so this is our last week to prepare. The marketing committee is busy creating huge banners that will be hung in the gym class. The film crew is editing their commercials and helping me with some organizational tasks for the day of the event. The speech writers are working on the candidates' rally speeches and acceptance speech, and the candidates are overseeing all of it! 
In addition, the students will have a quiz on Tuesday on the location of Western Europe countries, and they have a packet on chapter 14 due Friday.

Classroom News: October 22 - 26

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will complete their study of topic 1. We will be working on lessons 8 - 10. Next week the students will be preparing for and taking their second large assessment. It will cover topic 1 lessons 6 - 10. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
We will finish reading and analyzing the Constitution this week. The students will complete a packet based on the their reading. Several sections of the packet will be graded. We will also begin to prepare for the Constitution quiz. This quiz will be application. Students will be given scenarios and they will have to choose which article of the Constitution applies. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will be working on their political convention tasks, including creating posters and banners, writing a "campaign stop" speech, and completing the filming of their commercials. They will also be working on a map of Western Europe. The eighth graders will have their quiz on Western Europe next week. The students will receive a packet on chapter 14 in the Civics book. This chapter explores America's economy. The students will have to complete the packet by the end of next week. 

Classroom News: October 15 - 19

6th Grade Social Studies
This week we will continue our study of the basics of geography. This will include a more in-depth look at what types of economies and governments exist around the world, and what it means to be a citizen. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies 
We will continue our study of the Constitution. The students will be learning about the contents of the articles and how our modern government works. The students will have a quiz on the Constitution next Tuesday, 10/23. This quiz will require the students to apply their knowledge of the contents of the Constitution to given scenarios.
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The students will have a quiz on chapter 13 this week, this chapter is about what an economy is and different types of economies that exist. The students also have a big week for political convention this week. Our candidates will visit the 6th and 7th grade classes in order to introduce themselves and their platforms. The will also be filming their commercials this week. 

Classroom News: October 9 - 12

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will have their first major test in social studies. After studying the first five lessons in topic one, the students spent time last week reviewing the material, including filling out a study guide. They will play a game as their final review on Tuesday, and their test will be on Monday. The test will include matching, fill-in-the-blank, and multiple choice questions. The students will begin topic 1 lesson 6 on Thursday. Friday is the Blue Ribbon Celebration and Run4Fun, so students will be at the Seton campus all day. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The students will continue their study of the Constitution this week. We will explore each of the seven articles of the Constitution, and the students will discover what governmental powers are granted or restricted in each of them. There will be graded worksheets on the document, and eventually the students will have a quiz on the contents of the Constitution. The students will not have class on Friday because we will  be at the Seton Campus all day for the Blue Ribbon Celebration and the Run4Fun. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders will complete chapter 23 on Tuesday by grading the packet they completed last week in class and over the weekend. The students will then begin to study our Economic system (Civics chapter 13) as well as looking at what other economic systems exist around the world today. After completing notes on Chapter 13 this week, the students will have a test over the material next week. In addition to their Civics work, the students will continue their work on Political Convention. The candidates will begin their classroom visits this week to introduce themselves and their platforms to the 6th and 7th graders. In addition to that, their campaign crew will be working on posters, film scripts and schedules, and writing speeches for upcoming events. It will be a very busy three days of class!

Classroom News: October 1-5

6th Grade Social Studies
This week in social studies we will complete our discussion of culture, including what factors help determine an area's culture. We will have a test over lessons 1-5 in Topic 1 next Tuesday, 10/9. The students will spend the second half of this week complete a study guide for the test and reviewing the material we have learned. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
We will complete our study of the development of the Constitution this week with a test over chapter 7 on Monday. The students will begin an in-depth study of the Constitution on Wednesday. This study will take us several weeks, and the students will be looking at each article and how the information in each one has led to our modern government. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
Political Convention is in full swing this week! The students will be working on writing their commercial script, scheduling classroom visits, writing their first speeches, creating poster and writing brochures to support our candidates. In addition to all of this work, the students will be looking at the voting process more closely through reading and answering questions on chapter 23 in the Civics book. 

Classroom News: September 24 - 28

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will continue their study of the Ecosystems and climates. The students will complete an activity to help them better understand the different ecosystems in our world. Then we will examine the relationship between humans and their environment.
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will continue their study of the Constitution. We will complete our discussion of the founding fathers' decision to abandon the Articles of Confederation and create our Constitution. We will then examine the Constitution's articles. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The students will complete their study of political parties this week. They will have their test over this topic early next week.  The students will continue to work on political convention as well. This week we will begin our committee work. The students will start to develop their ideas for their party's commercial, speeches, and marketing. 

Classroom News: September 17 - 21

6th Grade Social Studies
As the sixth graders return from Camp Kern this week, the students will be continuing to study the basics of geography. This includes a study of climates and ecosystems, and how people interact with the environment. The students will be completing a mini-research activity on ecosystems this week. We will be using our new chromebooks this week to explore the online resources and activities for the lessons we are working on.
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will continue their study of the beginning of American government by learning about the Continental Congress and the development of both the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. The students will have their first major test over this material (chapter 7) next Tuesday, 9/25. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
This will be an exciting week in social studies for the eighth graders! Anyone who wants to run for president of student council will give a short speech in class on Tuesday. Each class will vote for the person they believe will be the best leader. The person elected will choose their vice presidential candidate and the students will be divided into support committees for the duration of the Political Convention process. Each class will also choose their political party and create their class slogan. 
In addition to all of that, the students will also continue to work on chapter 22, which focuses on political parties in the United States. 

Classroom News: September 10-14

6th Grade Social Studies
This week we will be learning about the physical geography of our planet. The students will have a short quiz over this section on Tuesday before they head to Camp Kern. The students will also be remembering the events of 9/11 this week. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
This week the seventh graders will continue to analyze the Declaration of Independence. They will have a graded assignment on this document. We will watch a video on the Revolution this week, and the students will have a quick quiz on the contents of the video. By the end of the week, we will start to discuss the development of our Constitution. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders will have their first chapter test on Tuesday over chapter 3. The students completed a study guide on Friday to help them prepare. We will also remember the events of 9/11 on Tuesday. The students will start the Political Convention process on Wednesday. They will have their first assignment for Convention due on Tuesday, 9/18. In addition to all of this, we will start studying political parties in America towards the end of the week. 

Classroom News: September 4-7

Please join us on Thursday at 6:30 pm for Meet the Teacher Night! I am looking forward to spending the evening talking about the great things we will be learning this year!
 
6th Grade Social Studies
This week we will continue to explore some basics of geography. The students will begin to investigate all of the great resources online for our social studies book.
 
7th Grade Social Studies
This week we will be reading and analyzing the Declaration of Independence and its importance to the founding of our nation. We will also review the events of the Revolutionary War. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
We will continue to study what it means to be a citizen of the United States. The students will receive their study guide to chapter 3. The eighth graders' first test will be Tuesday, 9/11.