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Classroom News: October 15-18

7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will continue their work on China, Japan, and Korea. The students will create a stacked timeline that looks at the role of the Mongols in China, India, and Japan. They will then answer some analysis questions based on the timeline. The students will also compare and contrast Japanese and European feudalism. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders are working hard on their political convention tasks. The students are finishing the posters that will hang around school. They will also be planning the banners that will go up in the gym on convention day. The students are finalizing their commercial scripts and they will start production. The candidates are completing their last classroom visits this week, which is when they introduce themselves and their platforms to the younger grades. In addition to all of this, the students are completing the chapter 23 packet. These will be graded. The eighth graders will receive the first of several maps of Europe this week. They will have a quiz over this map on Tuesday, 10/22.

Roles of Political Parties Practice Worksheet Answer Key (for Chapter 22 Test)

21. C
22. A
23. D
24. F or G
25. B
26. G
27. E
28. D
29. E or G
30. A

Classroom News: October 7-11

7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders are completing their lesson on the Silk Road this week. The culminating activity that we are working on is a Silk Road trading game, where the object is to be the first trading group to have at least one of every item on the route. The students will start their study of topic 12 on Tuesday. This topic covers the later Chinese dynasties and achievements, Japanese feudalism, and the development of Korea. The students will discuss the Mongols involvement with several of these civilizations. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies 
The eighth graders continue their work with political convention this week. The candidates will be visiting the 6th and 7th grade classrooms this week to introduce the other students to their parties and goals. The students will also take the chapter 22 test this week. They will have independent work to complete on Chapter 23 this week and next. We will discuss the information and its implications for American society once the independent work is completed.

Classroom News: September 30 - October 4

7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders are completing Egypt and India project presentations on Monday. I have been really impressed with the level of detail that the students have provided in their presentations and the beautiful craftsmanship of the models! It is amazing what we can accomplish when we invest in our own learning! The rest of the week will be spent discussing the Silk Road and the introductory activity to our study of China. The students will learn about the Silk Road by researching it on multiple websites that I will provide them with. They will then have a fun Silk Road trading game to play later in the week. If time allows, the students will start to work on Topic 12 in their textbook. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
Political convention continues this week. The students are getting their first marketing posters up in the hallways, creating a brochure to pass out to their fellow students, writing a speech that the candidates will give in classrooms in the coming weeks, and developing a script for their campaign commercial. Everyone is working hard! We will also continue to work on chapter 22 this week. The students will have their test on this chapter next Tuesday, 10/8. 

Classroom News: September 23-27

7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will complete their first independent study project this week. It has been really fun to see each student get excited about the topic they have picked. Everyone has been working very hard to create a wonderful presentation and product. I can't wait to see the finished projects! Just a heads up... we will complete a teacher-led topic as our next endeavor. This topic will focus on Chinese dynasties and culture, as well as feudalism in Japan. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
Political Convention has begun! The students have nominated their candidates (Dana Kern and Carson Brown in 8X, and Avery May and Jackson Linz in 8Y). The students will spend time this week working with their committees and starting their first projects, including brochures, posters, their commercial script, and the initial classroom speeches. I am very excited about the enthusiasm I am seeing from these students. This is going to be a great campaign!
The students are also working on chapter 22 this week. This chapter focuses on political parties and their role in our government. The students will have their test over chapter 22 on October 2. 

September 16 - 20

7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will spend the week working on their independent projects. There will be a progress check on Thursday. Please see the homework list for details about this. The project is due on Thursday, 9/26.
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders will start their political convention work this week. They will decide on their party name, slogan, and symbol. They will also develop campaign ideas to present to Mr. Grieco. The students will also began chapter 22. The chapter focuses on the elections and political parties. As part of this chapter, the students will look at the functions of political parties. They will also debate whether or not the United States should keep the electoral college or go to direct election of the president. It should be a fun chapter!

Classroom News: September 9-13

7th Grade Social Studies
This week the seventh graders are completing their first topic of the year, topic 2. This topic focuses on early civilizations and their contributions to later civilizations. The test will take place on Tuesday, 9/10. On Wednesday the students will begin their first student-led learning experience! They will choose whether to explore Ancient Egypt or Ancient India in depth. The students will complete a project of their choosing to discover more about a specific aspect of one of their civilizations. The students will have time over the course of two weeks in class to work on their projects. They will then present the projects to the class so that everyone may learn from what they have researched. I am really excited to see the creative and informative products of these projects!
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders are completing chapter three this week. This chapter examines what a citizen is and what duties and responsibilities they have in our country. The test on chapter 3 will be Wednesday, 9/11. The students have been introduced to the political convention process and if they are interested in becoming a candidate, they will give speech on their three best leadership qualities this Thursday. If students are not interested in being a candidate, they have a paper due (a well-developed paragraph is fine) on the three leadership qualities they are looking for in a candidate. The students will start working on chapter 22 on Friday. 

August 26 - September 6

7th Grade Social Studies
Over the course of the first two weeks of August the seventh graders will be studying the ancient cultures that developed in the Fertile Crescent and Mesopotamia. The students will have the opportunity to read a portion of Hammurabi's Code (the first written law code), and try to solve cases using the ancient justice system. There will be a test over topic 2 on Tuesday, September 10. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders have been discussing American values during the first week of school. During these weeks, they are also discussing American citizenship. The students will look at the naturalization process and debate whether or not mandatory service should be instituted in our country (these students are amazing debaters!). There will be a test over chapter 3 on Wednesday, September 11. The students will also be introduced to the political convention process during the first week of September. The students who want to be considered for their class's presidential candidacy will need to write a speech and deliver it on Thursday, September 12. The students will receive specifics about this in class. 

August 22-23

Welcome back! I am very excited about this school year. We have wonderful educational opportunities planned for this year. This week all of my classes will be working on introductory activities. The students will need to have their welcome letter signed the first night of school. 
I look forward to an excellent year of learning! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at beiersdorfere@saseas.org or 513-831-5277.

Classroom News: May 13 - 24

6th Grade Social Studies
The sixth graders will complete topic 8 this week. This topic exams the development of civilizations, religions, and modern governments and economies of South Asia. The test is scheduled for Tuesday, 5/14. The sixth graders will them complete topic 9 over the next week and a half. Topic 9 will examine the history, religions, government, and economy of China. This should be an interesting topic to end our year on. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will continue their study of chapter 17 over the next few weeks. This chapter takes an exciting look at the development of the West. We will discuss the rise of cattle farming, mining, the Transcontinental Railroad, and the treatment of Native Americans. The students will have a test over this chapter on Wednesday, 5/22. Beginning on Thursday, 5/23, the students will begin a quick study of chapter 18. This chapter will examine urbanization and industry just before the turn of the 20th century. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
May 13-16 are the eighth graders' last school days at St. Andrew. This is a very bittersweet week! I am so excited for the amazing experiences that lay ahead in high school for these wonderful students, but I will miss these kids tremendously. Our last week together will focus on completing chapter 26 (which covers the Civil Rights Movement) and preparing for the social studies exam that will take place on Thursday, 5/16. The students already have a study guide for this exam. 

Classroom News: May 6 - 10

6th Grade Social Studies
The sixth graders are wrapping up their study of South Asia this week. We will looking at the modern economics, government, and social structure of South Asia. The test on this topic is scheduled for Tuesday, 5/14. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will complete their study of Reconstruction this week. They will complete the study guide on Monday, and the test is scheduled for Wednesday. We will begin out study of the development of the American West on Thursday and Friday. This will include relations between the US and Native American tribes, and the development of the cattle industry and cowboys. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth grader are finally moving on from WWII and the Holocaust after many intense lessons and discussions. The students will spend this week taking a quick look at the Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. The 8th grade social studies exam is scheduled for Thursday, 5/16. The students already have their study guide for this exam. 

Classroom News: April 29 - May 3

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the sixth graders will be continuing their unit on South Asia. The students will be learning about Buddhism, and will complete a small graffiti art project on the idea of enlightenment. The students will also study the later empirical history of the area and the independence of India. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will continue their study of Reconstruction. They will examine how the Union struggled to enact the plan. The students will analyze several primary documents related to the failure of Reconstruction. The test on chapter 16 will take place next Tuesday, 5/7. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders will (finally!) finish their WWII and Holocaust unit. Our last Holocaust lessons will focus on the liberation of the camps and what happened afterwards to the survivors. The students will also look at the War Crimes Trials that took place after the war. The students will have an open book test on WWII on Friday, 5/3.  The exam study guide will be handed out this week! The social studies exam is scheduled for Thursday, 5/16. 

Classroom News: April 23 - 26

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will begin studying topic 8. This topic examines the development of civilizations, empires, nations, and religions in southeast Asia. We will examine the Hindu and Buddhist faiths as part of this topic.
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will begin studying chapter 16 this week. This chapter looks at the period of Reconstruction that followed the Civil War. The students will examine how the south began to rebuild, efforts that were take towards racial equality, as well as immediate set backs that were experienced. the students will also examine how the southern states reentered the Union. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The students will start to wrap up their studies of WWII and the Holocaust this week. The students' reflections on the Holocaust unit are due on Wednesday, 4/24. The students will have an open book test on WWII on Friday. We will also be discussing the end of the war and the liberation of the camps throughout Europe. 

April 15 - 18

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the sixth graders will be completing their chapter on Southwest Asia through time. They will have a review game on Monday and their test will be on Tuesday. During the second half of the week, the sixth graders will begin their study of Topic 8, which covers Southeast Asia. This will include the development of civilizations in the region as well as a close look at the origins and beliefs of Hinduism and Buddhism. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will complete their study of the Civil War this week. The students will have the chance to examine Civil War documents and discuss what historical information they can get from these documents. They will have their test over chapter 15 on Thursday, 4/18. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders will continue their study of WWII and the Holocaust. This week the students will look at the Final Solution as well as resistance and rescue during the Holocaust. We will also examine the end of the war and the repercussions for all involved, Allies, Axis powers, victims, and civilians.