Category: Social Studies

Social Studies- update

This week in Social Studies the students analyzed the accomplishments of ancient Egypt. Their investigations were on pyramids, mummification, pharaohs, hieroglyphics, and the Nile River. Students used documents as well as links to fun and informative websites to learn and explore these interesting topics. They completed a packet of actives for these topics. Ask your student if they completed the packet or if they need to finish it up over the weekend.

Next week there will be a quiz on Tuesday on ancient Egypt. The latter part of next week the students will be learning about Judaism, one of the world’s oldest religions based on monotheism. This will be the first of many religions the students will explore this year as our topics travel around the world to the ancient civilizations.

Have a great weekend!

Social Studies- update

This week in Social Studies the students completed the Mesopotamian portion of the unit with a quiz on Wednesday. We have now transitioned into the Egyptian portion of the unit. We have spent the first couple of days focused on the geography of Egypt and explaining the meaning of the nick-name Gift of the Nile. The students have seen many similarities in the use of rivers for silt and irrigation between Mesopotamia and Egypt. But we have also touched on some differences in the organization of the Mesopotamian city- states and the all-powerful Egyptian pharaoh.

Next week the students will have the opportunity to explore some of the interesting details of ancient Egypt. Some topics they will be learning about are: the three kingdoms, pharaohs, hieroglyphics, mummification, religion, and pyramids.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend!

Social Studies- Update

This week in Social Studies the topic has been on Mesopotamia. We first began with a map of Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent. Students analyzed the impact of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers both positive and negative on the land. Students should be completing an activity over the weekend on their overall opinion of the rivers, whether they were a “blessing or a burden.” Students began this activity on Thursday by working in the SAS curriculum pathways website. Students can go to Google Classroom to find the assignment and also attach their completed activities back to Classroom from the SAS website. No worries if they have problems attaching their completed activities, I can help them with that part. They just need to complete the activity and save it.

Next week there will be a quiz on Mesopotamia on Wednesday. Then we will begin the 2nd portion of the unit by looking at the development of the ancient Egyptian civilization as well as comparing and contrasting the rivers and geography.

Have a great weekend!

Social Studies- update

This week in Social Studies the students completed their first unit on Geography. The students completed a group project which required them to display items to be packed in a suitcase related to each of the Five Themes of Geography. They also took a Geography Unit test on Wednesday, which will be returned to them on Monday.

Yesterday and today the focus was on the migration patterns of hunter gatherer societies. This will lead into the next unit of Mesopotamia and Egypt, where some of the oldest civilizations developed. We will begin this unit next week.

Hope you have a great weekend!

ps- Ask your student if his or her tribe “survived” the hunter gatherer simulation activity today : )

Social Studies- Update

This week in Social Studies the focus has been on map skills and Geography. Students took a quiz on Tuesday on Map Skills which were graded and returned today. The grades will be updated in Powerschools over the weekend. I was also super impressed with the maps they created of their bedrooms. There was a great deal of effort put forth on the details and labeling all the TALDOGS map elements.

Next week the focus will be on the 5 themes of Geography. The students will be studying the 5 themes and creating a country project based on the themes as well. It will be a mostly in class project, but there may be some portions that will be finished at home if they begin to fall behind. Tuesday there will be a quiz on the Continents and Oceans. There are materials on the Google Classroom to help them study for this.

Take care and have a great weekend.

Mr. Sudlow

Social Studies- update

Week one is in the books! And I would say it was a great first week!

I’ve been so impressed with all the students. They have really handled the transition to middle school like they are old pros! I’ve really enjoyed meeting and getting to know this amazing group of kids so far. In class we wrote Biographical Poems describing some of our likes, needs, and fears.

Our first topic for Social Studies is maps. The students learned about different types of maps and the basic elements of a map. The acronym for the map elements is, TALDOGS. You can ask your student what each letter stands for.

Next Tuesday there will be a quiz on the maps and TALDOGS. The students also received an assignment to make a map of their bedrooms. Students may be working on that over the weekend, it is due on Wednesday.

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Sudlow

Social Studies Test on Monday

This week in Social Studies the students completed their investigation into ancient South Asia. Today the students received a unit review which they worked on in class and we went over the answers together. The review activity and answers as well as a Quizlet for vocabulary have been posted to the students’ Google Classroom accounts. Students should review this material for their test on Monday.

Our next unit to begin will be ancient China. Students will investigate many interesting topics like the Great Wall, Dynasties, Forbidden City,
Fireworks, paper, Silk Road, and much more.

Have a great weekend!

Ancient Rome Test on Monday

Happy Friday!

In Social Studies this week the students really dived into the many interesting topics regarding the Roman empire. They learned about gladiators and the coliseum as well as baths and aqueducts. They studied some famous Romans like Romulus, Remus, Spartacus, and Julius Caesar. They even performed some of Shakespeare’s play about Caesar.

Monday there will be a test on the Roman Empire. Students should study the map we reviewed in class on Friday as well as review the important people and vocabulary found on the Quizlet, which is also found on the Google Classroom.

Thanks so much!
Have a great weekend!

Scholastic Book Orders through 12/9

Today Scholastic Book magazines went home with students.
*SCHOLASTIC orders are open through next Friday 12/9.

For those who wish to purchase items, students can bring back the order forms to Mr. Sudlow with a check to Scholastic. Or you can order online using our Class Code: PG67L at

Students will receive their orders back before track out.

Social Studies Updates

Students this week have continued their study of ancient Greece. They have spent time illustrating a Greek pottery scene and then writing as an archeologist who has recently discovered this artifact. Students should be finishing up their paragraphs for this project this weekend.

Monday there is test on ancient Greece. Students have completed a review today in class.
There is also a Quizlet made to help them study.

The next unit of study will be ancient Rome, which will start on Tuesday.

Have a great weekend!