Category: Social Studies

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!

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!

Social Studies- Update

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!

Social Studies- update

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!

Social Studies- update

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!