Category: Social Studies

Social Studies- update

We are just about finished with our unit on Ancient China. Last week the students completed an investigation on a major religion by creating an Informational Display illustrating the major beliefs and creating an Advice Column using each religion’s perspective on common problems. This week students investigated the Silk Road and the effect that this trade had on China’s economy as well as culture through a Web-quest activity. They also completed a timeline of some of the major dynasties in China’s history.

Monday students will take an ancient China Unit Test. The students worked on the study guide in class on Thursday and Friday to prepare. A copy of a blank study guide and the answers are posted in Google Classroom. There is a link to Quizlet for the Ancient China vocabulary posted in Google Classroom as well.

Once the students have completed the China Unit test we will be off to start our next unit, ancient Greece!

Have a great and safe weekend!

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This week the students began the Ancient China Unit. We began the week by examining the geography of China and how natural barriers, like mountains and deserts have impacted China’s development. Students are currently working to create a TALDOGS map of East Asia, which are due on Monday.

Students also spent time this week analyzing the Three Ways of China: Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism. We completed a chart that compared the basic beliefs of each religion. Next week students will be comparing and contrasting these religions. They will also begin working on an information display about one of these religions, detailing facts about the founder, basic beliefs, quotes, and also including an advice column.

Have a great weekend!

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This week in Social Studies the students made tremendous progress in our South Asia unit. The students began the week with an archaeology activity that required them to make conclusions about Indus River civilizations and their way of life, by analyzing photographs of their artifacts.

Then the students examined the makeup of the Indian Caste System and the impacts that it had on people’s roles in society. Students wrote a short journal entry explaining what life would be like as someone from a certain caste. We also focused on the basic beliefs of Hinduism and its customs and traditions.

Friday students examined India’s amazing accomplishments in the areas of math, science, and architecture. They created timelines of some of the major groups and empires that ruled South Asia. We evaluated the idea of Cultural Diffusion, or the influence of culture from one group to another and how South Asia is a great example of this occurring

Next week the students will be reading an excerpt of one of the more famous stories of ancient India, the Ramayana. Then we will explain the origins of Buddhism; from its foundation and beliefs, to the spread of this religion throughout Asia. There will be a Unit Test on Friday next week. Students will begin working on the review on Tuesday. There will also a Quizlet made for vocabulary.

Have a great weekend!

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This week in Social Studies the topic has been ancient Egypt. First students examined some occupations from ancient Egypt and evaluated which one of them was the most important to Egyptian society. Then the students learned about the history of writing in Egypt and practiced writing with Egyptian hieroglyphics. Also this week, they rotated through 4 stations learning about Egyptian history, pharaohs, mummies, and pyramids. Currently they are completing activities about each of these topics in a portfolio called Egyptian Accomplishments. Students will continue working on these activities in school on Saturday or at home over the weekend.

Monday there will be a quiz on ancient Egypt. There is a Quizlet review to help with vocabulary posted in the Google Classroom.

Have a great weekend!

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This week in Social Studies the students began examining the region of Mesopotamia. They took some time to color and map the area of the Fertile Crescent region and analyzed the conditions that allowed for the growth of the world’s first civilization: the Sumerians. Students explored the many achievements of this unique group and then evaluated which their accomplishments was the most impressive.

Next week we will continue to explore Mesopotamia. We will study their language cuneiform and the famous epic story of Gilgamesh as well as the Babylonian King Hammurabi and his code of laws. There will be a quiz on Mesopotamia on Thursday. Wednesday there will be a review activity to help students prepare.

Have a great long weekend!

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This week in Social Studies the students have been engaged in lessons about the 5 Themes of Geography. Currently they are researching an assigned country and recording facts related to the Geography Themes. They are working in collaborative groups and choosing what items should be packed in a suitcase if someone were to be traveling to this country. The activity also requires them to display the items and the rational for each on a construction paper suitcase. This is a definitely a challenging activity with research skills combined with creative and abstract ideas, but your kids are doing great!. I’ve really been impressed with them this week, and I’m excited to see with they come up with in the next couple of days.

Monday there is test on the Geography Unit. We’ve been reviewing in class and the students have a review activity to bring home over the weekend. I’ve also linked a Quizlet Flashcard activity to the Google Classroom with the unit’s vocabulary words for the students to practice with over the weekend as well.

Next week the students will complete work on the suitcase activity. Then we will take a couple of days to practice with using timelines, to learn the difference between BCE, CE, BC, AD. This will be important because many of our units this year will be from the BCE time period.

Have a great weekend!

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This week the topic in Social Studies has been Feudal Japan. Students made some great comparisons between the social structure of Middle Ages Europe and that of Japan. We also took some time to examine the customs and duties of the Japanese Samurai. Next week the students will investigate the history and cultures of Korea. Wednesday there will be a test on the Japan and Korea unit. Then we will begin our final unit of the year, Ancient Americas: Aztecs, Incas,and Mayans.

Have a great weekend!

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This week in Social Studies the students wrapped up the Middle Ages unit and completed a portfolio of work. There will be no test on the Middle Ages and the portfolio will be the one assessment grade for the unit. The students have already begun investigating the Reformation & Renaissance topics by analyzing the life and impact of Martin Luther. Students created a reenactment of his life in 8 mini scenes in class on Friday.

Next week the focus will also be on the Renaissance time period. We will explore the advancement of science and the arts in Europe. We will specifically examine Leonardo Da Vinci as an example of great Renaissance thinker. There will be a quiz for Renaissance and Reformation at the end of next week.

Have a great 3 day weekend!

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This week in Social Studies the focus has been on the Middle Ages. There was a quiz on Tuesday covering some of the important vocabulary and people that we’ve covered so far. The project for the middle ages is a portfolio of work, and the students have been completing portions of it each day. So far they’ve mapped out the Battle of Hastings, turned a Gingerbread figure into aperson from Feudal times, given King John of England a report card, and now they are researching the effects of the Black Death. Over the weekend the students will be completing a Coat of Arms coloring and description which is due on Monday.

Next week the students will complete their investigation of the Middle Ages with a Newspaper Cover on the Crusades and then an overall evaluation of their impression from this period. During the last part of next week, students should begin entering a new time of learning and rediscovery into the arts and sciences; the Renaissance!

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First off, thank you to all the parents that came out today for the 3rd quarter awards assembly. You make it a very special event. We love to get a chance a to brag on your kids. And major kudos to Mr. Ferriter for being the ever amazing master of ceremonies.

This week in social studies the focus has been on the African Kingdoms. The students completed the portion on west Africa with a quiz earlier in the week, and then the the focus shifted to the East African city-states. We examined the history and origins of the Swahili people and language and analyzed the the extensive trade routes across the Indian Ocean.

We will be wrapping up the African Unit with a test on Tuesday next week. We will be reviewing on Monday and competing a Study Guide in class. There is a Quizlet created for the students to begins studying over the weekend. During the 2nd half of the week, we will begin the next unit on the Middle Ages – Europe.

Have a great weekend!