Category: Social Studies

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!

Egypt- in Virtual Reality

Today in Social Studies we were the first class to experiment with Salem’s new virtual reality glasses!

What better way to finish off our study of ancient Egypt than with a virtual field trip to Egypt!
With help from Mr. Caggia and Mr. Coulter, the students were magically whisked away to Egypt and placed in front of the pyramids and sphinx. The VR glasses allowed the students to be in the middle of the picture and see these iconic places up- close and in person (almost). So ask your student how they enjoyed their trip to Egypt and the pyramids today. They should have a good story to tell.

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Sudlow

Social Studies Update-10/28

Well, we had a great first week back! I was super impressed with how the students came back focused and ready to go!

In Social Studies this week, the students have been studying the fascinating topic of ancient Egypt. The students have been learning about their extremely long history, the pharaohs, hieroglyphics, mummies, and the Nile River. All week they have been completing activities for each of these topics in an Egyptian Achievements packet. Friday was the last day to have class time to complete the activities, any remaining work will need to be completed over the weekend for Monday. Below is the link to the Weebly site which has the readings and website links.

Egypt Achievement Stations

The quiz that was scheduled for Friday 10/28 was moved back to Tuesday 11/1.
Below is a link to the Quizlet flashcards.

Egypt Vocabulary

Have a great weekend!

Happenings in Social Studies

Hey everyone,This week the students have been researching the ancient American civilizations of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca. Each day we focused on one these amazing groups and completed a notes organizer that was focused on their: geography, religion, achievements, political, and societal structure (GRAPES). Now the students will be able compare some of their similarities and differences.
Next Wednesday there will be a test for the ancient American unit. Students will be completing a study guide on Monday in class and we will be reviewing on Tuesday. This will be the last grade for the 1st quarter.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

take care,

Mr. Sudlow

Social Studies this week

This week in Social Studies the topic has been geography. Tuesday there was a map skills (TALDOGS) quiz. This was their first graded assessment and it was returned to them today (Friday). Ask your student how they did or check Powerschools.

We are currently studying world geography, so students should be practicing the continents and oceans. Students will need to review the World Map on page 6 and the Globe Skills on page 8 for the quiz on Tuesday.

I have created a weebly page for Social Studies for students and parents to find information. The website is When you go to the site, you’ll find daily topics, a notebook Table of Contents, handouts for each unit, and related links to our units. Under the External Links tab there is a helpful site for learning the continents and oceans. Have a great weekend!