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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. 

Welcome! Classroom News for August 23-31

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I am so excited to start my 12th year of teaching and 5th year with the amazing SASEAS junior high! 
Below you will find what we will be working on for the next week.
 
6th Grade Social Studies
In August we will be working on some introductory activities. I will be giving each student their log-in information for the online textbook and we will explore all of the amazing resources available to them both in the textbook and online. 
We will begin our journey into Eastern Hemisphere geography by looking at some basic information about geography. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
Our first week of school will begin with some housekeeping information, include getting our textbooks and log-in for the online textbook. This year our social studies class will focus on early American history. We will spend the first week reviewing colonization.
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The 8th graders will spend the first half of the year studying civics. We will use the first week of school to take care of some introductory activities as well as examining what Americans value and what it means to be a citizen of the United States. In a few weeks we will begin the process of choosing candidates for political convention. Look for information soon about this fun and educational 8th grade event.