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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. 

Classroom News: April 8 - 12

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the sixth graders will complete their studies of southwestern Asia. This will include a look at the development of the modern nations that occupy that region and the tensions that have arisen in the area. The sixth graders will have the privilege to hear Dr. Al Miller speak on Thursday at 9:00am in the Church basement. Dr. Miller is a Holocaust survivor. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will continue their study of the Civil War. This week the students will learn about the conclusion of the war. We will complete an interesting document analysis activity that will include photographs, letters, testimonies, diary entries, and government documents. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth grader continue their studies of World War II and the Holocaust this week. They will be learning about the American war effort and we will have a lesson on the Final Solution that was carried out by the Nazis in the later years of the war. The students will hear from Dr. Al Miller on Thursday at 9:00 am in the Church Basement. Dr. Miller is a Holocaust speaker and he will be sharing his experiences with the students. The students will also have an opportunity to ask Dr. Miller questions. I highly encourage the students to be in school that day if possible... this is a unique and historically important opportunity that not many people get to have. 

INVITATION TO HEAR A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR SPEAK

Dear Parents,
The sixth and eighth graders will have the privilege to hear Dr. Al Miller, Holocaust survivor, speak on Thursday, April 11, from 9:00 am to 10:15 am. If you are interested in being part of this important educational event, please join us in the Church Basement on 4/11! 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Beiersdorfer

Classroom News: April 1 - 5

6th Grade Social Studies
The sixth graders will continue their study of topic 6 this week. They will focus on the origins and beliefs of Judaism and Islam. We will also review the origins and beliefs of Christianity. Later in the week and early next week the students will look at southwest Asia's more recent history. The students will have a test over topic 6 late next week. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will begin their study of the Civil War this week. The students will focus on the military advances of both the Union and the Confederates. They will also look at the war's impact on citizens. The students will also watch a short film about the beginning years of the Civil War. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders will continue their study of World War II and the Holocaust. We will focus on the major battles of the War and America's role in the war. We will also discuss the use of ghettos and concentration camps during the Holocaust. 

Classroom News: March 25 - 29

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the sixth graders are starting their study of topic 6. This topic explores southwest Asia, which includes the Arabian peninsula. The students will explore the major empires in the area, and they will also discuss several major world religions that deem this area of the world to be of sacred importance. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will continue their study of chapter 14 this week. This chapter details the events and disputes that led to the Civil War. Our studies will include a look at a few excepts from the novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. The students will have a graded assessment on this chapter at the end of the week; they will not have a chapter test. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders will continue their study of World War II this week. We will wrap up our lesson on Nazi propaganda. The students will study Nazi antisemitism, and the development of ghettos during the Holocaust. The students will also continue to learn about the military events of WWII. 

Classroom News: March 11 - 15

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the sixth graders will complete their study of Africa. We will look at the development of different African civilizations and what geographic, economic, and political events influenced their development. We will also complete our hot dog mummification project! The students are enjoying our experiment!
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will start to work on chapter 14 this week. This chapter focuses on the divide that existed between the North and the South prior to the Civil War. We will examine the events that led up to the Civil War. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The students will complete their study of chapter 22 and 23 by giving their group presentations. These chapters focus on the 1920s and 1930s. The students should gain an understand of the political, social, and economic events of these decades and how these events helped lead the world into World War II. Towards the end of the week we will begin to discuss the start of WWII, including a study of the propaganda that was used by Hitler. 

Classroom News: March 4 - 8

** IOWA TESTING IS THIS WEEK FOR 6TH AND 7TH GRADES. STUDENTS SHOULD GET PLENTY OF SLEEP AND EAT A NUTRITIOUS BREAKFAST!**
 
6th Grade Social Studies
This week the sixth graders will explore the history of Ancient Egypt and Kush. The students will watch a short video on this civilization, they will take notes of the Egypt's geography and development, and they will explore an Egyptian pyramid. The students will also complete a fun project over the next two weeks... they will be creating mummified hot dogs!
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will complete their projects on chapters 12 and 13 this week by taking a short presentation quiz. They will then move on to chapter 14. This chapter will discuss the growing divide between the north and the south before the Civil War. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will take their test on chapter 21 on Monday. This will be open study guide. The students will then complete a group project on the 1920's and the Great Depression. The students will present these projects late this week and early next week. There will be no test on the projects. 

Classroom News: February 25 - March 1

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the sixth graders will complete their study of 20th century Europe. We will then start our exploration of Africa. This will begin with a discussion of the origins of humans. We will end the week starting our study of Ancient Egypt and Kush. This is always an exciting topic for our students to discuss!!
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will continue their chapter 12 and 13 projects this week. These chapters explore westward expansion as well as several cultural, social, and political reforms that were occurring prior to the Civil War. The students will present their projects to the class at the end of the week. There will be a short quiz on the presentations early next week. The students can use any notes they take on the quiz.
 
8th Grade Social Studies
This week the eighth graders will complete their study of World War I. This will look at the major battles that the US was involved in, our plan for peace, and the treaty that the Allies eventually agreed on. We will also begin to look at Chapters 22 and 23. The students will complete group projects on aspects of American culture, politics, society, economics between WWI and WWII. The students will have a central Africa map that they have to complete by Friday. 

Classroom News: February 19 - 22

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the sixth graders will complete Topic 2. We will discuss the remainder of World War II, including a discussion of the Holocaust. The students will also learn about the Cold War and the development of the European Union. The students' test on Topic 2 Lessons 7 and 8 will be on Friday.
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will have their review game for chapter 11 on Tuesday. Their test will be on Wednesday. The rest of the week will be spent working on chapters 12 and 13. For these chapters, the students will be divided into teams and they will become an expert on a topic pertaining to westward expansion and the reform movements of the early to mid-1800s. they will present their findings to the class next week. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The 8th graders will continue to work on their study of WWI this week. They will look at America's involvement in the war, the end of the war, and how the treaty and post-war events led to the beginning of WWII. 

Classroom News: February 11 - 14

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the sixth graders will continue to learn about Europe in the 20th century. We will discuss both World Wars, as well as a brief discussion of the Holocaust. This lesson will also look at the Cold War. The students will have a test on topic 2 lessons 7 and 8 on Thursday.
 
7th Grade Social Studies
This week the seventh graders will complete chapter 11. This chapter has focused on the effects of the Industrial Revolution on the economy of the north and south. This includes an in-depth discussion of the institute of slavery. The students will have a test over this chapter on Thursday.
 
8th Grade Social Studies
This week the eighth grader will continue to discuss World War I. We will investigate the causes for WWI, the major battles of WWI, and how America came to be part of the war. This week we will also do an activity on propaganda. 

Classroom News: February 4 - 8

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the sixth graders will study topic 2 lessons 7 and 8. These are the last two lessons in topic 2. These lessons cover the Enlightenment, European revolutions, World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. These lessons will include some discussion of sensitive topics, including the Holocaust. Though I will not go into detail about specific events of the Holocaust, we will be discussing the general events and why they occurred. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS  OR CONCERNS, PLEASE CONTACT ME! The students will have a test on Topic 2 lessons 7 and 8 on Tuesday, 2/12. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will continue their work on chapter 11 this week. This will include looking at the development of cities in the North and the continuation of slavery in the south. We will discuss the Underground Railroad this week, including its connection to Cincinnati and major people associated with it. The seventh graders will have a test on chapter 11 on Tuesday, 2/12. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders will be doing a quick study of chapter 20 this week. They will complete a packet that provides further details on the domestic and foreign policies of Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson. This sets the scene for our study of World War I. Later in the week, we will look at the causes of World War I.