The elves-es have left the building! See you in 2009!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
SS4H2 The student will describe European exploration in North America.
a. Describe the reasons for, obstacles to, and accomplishments of the Spanish, French, and English explorations of John Cabot, Vasco Nunez Balboa, Juan Ponce de Leon, Christopher Columbus, Henry Hudson, and Jacques Cartier.
b. Describe examples of cooperation and conflict between Europeans and Native Americans.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Here's a KWL from one of our sections on the Age of Exploration. We'll be working hard next week and really covering a lot of material and notes, so please check the website for all the relevant information.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Today we covered the Plains Indians, including the Pawnee and the Comanche tribes. Remember that both were nomadic, but the Pawnee actually farmed for half the year and hunted buffalo for the other half.
Students learned what a travois (truh-VOY) was today, it was like a sled the Comanche used on land. The also learned about the Comanche's mastery of horses after the Spanish introduced horses in the New World in the 1500s.
I rewarded all the hard work with flying lessons. Here's KAT throwing a little mustard on with a loop-de-loop in the F-16. You can get this program when you download Google earth. As you can see, we are flying over the Great Plains!
Students also went over to NHM, I'm sure they are telling you all about their "field trip"!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Yesterday and today we talked about the Pueblo tribes from the desert southwest. I also introduced the project every student will do.
This project is open ended and can be about ANYTHING you've learned in Social Studies this year.
Ideas could include, but are not limited to:
Pottery (clay or salt dough)
Kachina dolls (use paper towel tubes)
Igloos (styrofoam blocks?)
Drums (paper/coffee can)
Salmon trap (Kwakiutl)-made of toothpicks or popsicle sticks(?)
Physical map (paper mache)
Longhouse or other Native American structures-(roundhouse)
Fabric (bark, cotton using a hand loom)-weaving
Mounds (Mississippian culture)-paper mache
Buffalo/bison and how it was used maybe(?)
3-D model using "Sketchup" program from Google (it's free! and "relatively" easy)
Model of a Native American-label tribe and region
Basket (woven out of paper or other materials)
Games (lacrosse, Aztec equivalent of basketball)-court?
Agriculture (for example how Pueblo Indians irrigated)
Any kind of scene from the tribes we've studied
Hunting tools (bow and arrow)
Flute or other instrument
Here's a direct link. We'll probably add some more ideas as we have discussions.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
In several sections we discussed the tragic case of Sun Hudson. If your student has questions, please review the case with them. This law that allows "pulling the plug" on infants is a great concern of mine, personally!
We didn't do much in terms of notes, so just make sure everyone is caught up with the Kwakiutl and Nez Perce notes off the website.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
It's also Tuesday, Newsday. We looked at articles on a newly discovered set of asteroid belts and what the COROT satellite has been up to. Scientists believe that we will discover several Earthlike planets by 2012 using COROT.
I am passing out a note regarding Halloween bags, and every student will bring home their bag today or tomorrow. This is NOT mandatory, but is like our pencil policy ("take a pencil, leave a pencil"). We will not have a party on Halloween if our policy is the same from last year.
I was very pleased with the work ethic today. Most of our Indian legends are published and out in the hall, so feel free to come by and check out the great work students are doing!!!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
We did quite a bit today; spelling test retakes, final copies of (most) Indian Legends, and watercolors in homeroom. Students will take these home on Monday; I didn't quite have enough time to take pictures. I also posted next week's running writing topic which is basically standard SS4H1(b) to the letter. We also had counseling by Mrs. Virdin about bullying.
Above is another map from our SS4G1 (Physical and manmade features) project. Check out our class map. This, too is a work in progress.
I will be giving out a rubric for a project next week.
Monday, October 20, 2008
SS4G1 Wrap up...we will continue to work on map skills all year (Skills Matrices on Georgia Standards). Here is a great example of a student who did a "little more" than the required work from the rubric. I always encourage my students to stretch their thinking and creativity and really feel that N.G. did in this case. It is called "Fabulous Island"....fantastic~!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Archaeologists found no weapons, battlements or bodies whose evidence would indicate violence. They did find lots of fibers, no pottery, but a lot of flutes!Scientists discovered a large ceremonial ruins just this year. The fascinating thing is that these sites are 20 miles from the ocean, yet there were fish bones in nearly every place archaeologists look.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
a. Locate where the American Indians settled with emphasis on Arctic (Inuit), Northwest (Kwakiutl), Plateau (Nez Perce), Southwest (Hopi), Plains (Pawnee), and Southeastern (Seminole).
b. Describe how the American Indians used their environment to obtain food, clothing, and shelter.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
This Friday in some sections we went into an Indian legend called Cold Wind, Chinook Wind in our Social Studies text. A more violent version of the tale can be found over here...http://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Legends/Chinook-Wind-Yakima.html
We are still trying to adjust to being back in from ITBS testing and everyone is pretty tired in general. Next week is Spirit Week!
One of the ways we're interacting with the textbook is to do "Sticky Note Wednesday" each week. Students write relevant comments and questions about the text on stickies, then we try to answer questions about the text. The students are coming up with some very interesting ideas and queries?
If you haven't checked out our "somewhat" weekly podcast, it's over at http://mrarnold.podbean.com/
Have a great weekend, don't forget to wear your favorite team shirt on Monday! I have a student bringing in a Florida shirt for me (in theory)....the travesty!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
I hope everyone had a restful weekend. We are doing ITBS testing through Thurday and will have a very shortened schedule in terms of normal classes. Our goals are to finish state reports and start our new unit.
It's also take home Monday. There should be papers to review from all subjects, except for perhaps a few late papers in Social Studies. I graded most of last week's running writing last Friday.
Here we are working on our smartboard, reviewing some ideas for this week's running writing.