Category: Social Studies

Social Studies- update

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!

Social Studies- Update

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!

Social Studies- update

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!

Social Studies- update

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!

Social Studies- Family Story

Hello Gnome families,

I hope that everyone has enjoyed a well deserved break. I can’t wait to hear about all the fun things you guys were up to this month. I know that there are a few days left of track-out for you all to enjoy, but I wanted to send out a quick reminder of an assignment that is going to be due next Monday April 23rd.

We are currently studying ancient African kingdoms and one of the main cultural similarities for west African people was the tradition of storytelling to pass along traditions, history, and culture to younger generations. The person in each village who was the storyteller was called a Griot and held a very important and honored roll. The assignment for the students is to interview a family member that they would consider a Griot- StoryTeller (mother, father, aunt, grandmother, grandfather, etc.) The students should ask them to tell a family story, the oldest and most passed down if possible.

This is one of my favorite assignments throughout the year; I love reading the stories that are shared but I also love knowing that the children are learning about their own families as well. My main rule is that the students should learn about a family story that takes place before they were born, it should not be about them. Examples of stories from previous years have been funny situations that parents and grandparents had during their childhood, or how grandparents began dating, military service, immigration stories, and even stories of family ancestry .

The assignment is posted on the Google classroom. Students should type and then submit them back on the Google Classroom.

Here is a copy of the assignment: Griot Story Assignment

Social Studies- Update

This week the students completed the Islamic Expansion Unit with a test on Tuesday and also wrote a couple of articles about the golden age of Islam for a newspaper called the Islamic Times.

Then we began the Ancient African Kingdoms unit. We spend most of the latter part of this week focused mainly on investigating and exploring the geography of Africa. Students have begun work on the Africa TALDOGS maps, however this map is different then previous maps because it is actually 2 maps. One will be on the Geographic Features of Africa and the other will be on the Kingdoms of Africa. This week the students worked on the geographic side. Next week the focus will be on the west African kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai. The TALDOGS map will be due next Thursday.

Have a great weekend!

Update- Social Studies

This week in Social Studies the topic has been on Islam and the achievments of the Islamic Empires. Students examined the split in the religion of Islam between the Sunni and Shia. They also took time to learn about the tradition of head covering for women in Islam. Much of this week was devoted to researching an achievement from the golden age of Islam. Students are currently working on newspaper articles of a famous scientist, an important invention or discovery, and a summary of their influences.

We will wrap up the Islamic Empires unit with a test on Tuesday. There is a Quizlet of vocabulary terms created and posted on Google Classroom for the students to study. Monday we will complete a review in class. Then we will being the next unit of Ancient Africa and the kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai.

Have a great weekend!

Social Studies- Update

This week in Social Studies the students completed the ancient Rome unit on Wednesday. Since then, we have been focused on the Byzantine Empire which is the link between Europe and the Middle East, physically and culturally. It also acts as a link between the Rome unit and the Growth of Islam unit. 🙂 Student are working on completing an activity concerning Byzantine geography, art,the Orthodox Church, and Emperor Justinian.

Next week the students will begin the growth of Islam unit. One of the first topics will be religion Islam, where we will break down the basic beliefs, the Prophet Muhammad, and the Koran. The students will also be completing a TALDOGS map illustrating the growth of the Islamic empires.

Have a great weekend!

Social Studies – Update

In Social Studies this week the focus has been on the Roman Empire. We began the week by examining the inventions and innovations of Roman roads and architecture. Then we explored some famous Romans including: Julius Caesar, Spartacus, and Caesar Augustus. Students were challenged to find connections between the Latin language and English by analyzing prefixes. Finally the students studied rise of Christianity and its impact on the Roman world.

Next week we will complete the Roman unit by investigating the causes of the end of the empire. There will be a unit test on Wednesday next week. Students will review on Monday and Tuesday in class and there is a Quizlet of vocabulary for the unit posted on Google Classroom. At the end of next week we will take a couple of days to map and learn about what happened to the eastern half of the Roman Empire, the Byzantium Empire.

Have a great weekend!

Social Studies- update

This week in Social Studies, the students wrapped up the ancient Greece unit. The students completed a unit test on Thursday. Students also finished a project on Greek pottery, where they illustrated and designed a scene on a pottery outline. Then they wrote as if they were an archeology student who had just found this ancient pot. The students wrote about the illustration and described what they knew about the history of ancient Greece. Then some took the extra credit challenge of considering what artifacts are left by us that would be helpful to archeologists in the future who are researching us.

Next week we are off to join the Roman Legions. We will begin with the geography of the Italian peninsula and complete a TALDOGS map of the region. Then we will begin to examine the mythological founding of the city-state Rome.

Have a great weekend!

FLY EAGLES FLY!