Category: Social Studies

Social Studies- update

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!

Social Studies- Update

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!

Social Studies- Update

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!

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!