Category: Social Studies

Social Studies- update

This week in Social Studies the students began their unit on Ancient Greece. Hopefully your child has already started to see the connections and influences that the Greeks have on our world today. Students explored the geography of Greece’s mainland and islands using the Five Themes of Geography. They completed a TALDOGS map of the region as well. They are currently learning the 12 main gods and goddesses. There will be short quiz on Monday on the 12 Olympians. Students can use the quizlet on Google Classroom to help them study.

Today, the students did a great job performing the Trojan War from Homer’s Iliad. J Next week, we will analyze more of their influence in art and architecture.

Have a great weekend!

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This week in Social Studies the focus has been on Ancient China. The students completed their investigation on a major religion by creating Informational Displays showing the major beliefs and creating an advice column from each religion’s perspective on common problems. I was really impressed with their understanding of the material and I have to say that we’ve got some very good artists on our team. The students also explored the Great Wall’s history, purpose, and lasting impact that continues to this day. Currently, the students are investigating the Silk Road and the effect that this trade had on China’s economy as well as culture.

Next week, the students will be making a timeline of some of the major dynasties in China’s history. This will be the last topic before we begin to review in preparation for a unit test next Friday.

Have a great weekend!

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This week in Social Studies the focus has been on the three religions of China: Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. We completed a chart that compared the basic beliefs of each religion. Students are currently working to create an informational display on one of the three religions, detailing facts about the founder, basic beliefs, quotes, and an advice column. Friday students took a quiz on the geography and religions of China.

Next week, the students will continue to work on their religion displays. We will also begin examining some of the many accomplishments of the ancient Chinese including; the great wall, terra cotta soldiers, gunpowder, silk, paper, compass, Forbidden City, and more.

Have a great weekend!

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This week in Social Studies the students completed the South Asia Unit. The students completed a unit test on Tuesday and those have been returned to the students and are updated in Power Schools.

We have already begun the Ancient China Unit. Students are currently working to create a TALDOGS map of East Asia, which will be due next Wednesday. They have also begun analyzing the Three Ways of China: Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Next week students will be comparing and contrasting these religions. They will also begin working on an information display on one of the these religions.

Enjoy the long weekend!

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This week in Social Studies the focus has been on ancient South Asia. Students examined their 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 analyzed 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. Lastly the students studied the origins of Buddhism; from its foundation and beliefs, to the spread of this religion throughout Asia.

Next week the students will review on Monday and take the ancient South Asia unit test on Tuesday. The students have a Review to work on over the weekend. Monday we will go over the answers. There is also a Quizlet made for vocabulary. The link is posted in Classroom. The Ancient South Asia unit test will be on Tuesday. In the latter part of next week, we will begin the next unit on China. Our first focus will be on Geography.

Have a great weekend!

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First off, I want to shout out to the students that I was so impressed with their readiness for school. I felt like we didn’t miss a beat getting back into a school routine. Great job kids!

This week in Social Studies the focus has been on ancient South Asia. The students created their own TALDOGS map of the area using their own choice for colors and symbols to represent. Then we reviewed our understandings of the Indus River civilizations with an archeology activity that required them to make conclusions about these people and their way of life. Later in the week the students analyzed the makeup of the Indian Caste System and the impacts that this had on people’s roles in society. Students wrote a short journal entry explaining what life would be like as a certain caste. Then the focus on Friday was on the basic understandings of Hinduism and its customs and traditions. Over the weekend the students will be working on a puzzle based off a reading on the Ganges River.

Next week the students will be examining an excerpt of one of the more famous stories of ancient India, the Ramayana. We will also investigate the achievements of these people, considering some advanced mathematical ideas as well as projects like the Taj Mahal. Student will also be creating a timeline that illustrates some of the Empires that ruled this area and the impact that each had on way of life.

Have a great weekend.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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 : )