Sunday, March 17, 2019

Week of 3/18 - 3/21

This week in social studies, we will be wrapping up our studies of chapter 10 on the Bill of Rights.  We will start the week working on the Bill of Rights T-Shirt design project, in which students will work with partners (or on their own) to make hypothetical T-Shirts that would represent different amendments in the Bill of Rights.  Each shirt must include the number and "name" of the amendment, the text of the amendment, and an illustration to represent the idea(s) in the amendment.  Each student must choose two amendments to design shirts for, and also write a short paragraph to explain their design.

Next, we will study for and take the final test on the chapter.  No study guide for this chapter, but there is a Quizlet available to students to use to study.  Link on the right under "Important Links".

Here is the weekly breakdown:
  • Monday
    • Bill of Rights T-Shirt Design Project
  • Tuesday
    • Bill of Rights T-Shirt Design Project 
    • HOMEWORK: Final product due Monday 4/1
  • Wednesday
    • STUDY for the TEST: Quizlet & Kahoot!
  • Thursday
    • Ch. 10 Bill of Rights Final Test
  • Friday
    • NO SCHOOL - Grading Day

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Week of 3/11 - 3/12

This week in Social Studies, it's all about the Bill of Rights!  The Bill of Rights is the set of the first ten amendments made to the constitution, and they lay out the rights all American citizens have.  We are starting off the week by reading the chapter and completing the reading notes about each of the ten amendments. 

Then, in small groups, students will have a chance to debate the outcomes of important and defining supreme court cases that are relevant to their lives as students. 

Lastly, if we have time this week, we will begin our project in which students will create line of "Bill of Rights" fashion, by designing T-Shirts that represent different amendments in the Bill of Rights.

Here is the weekly breakdown:
  • Monday
    • Ch. 10 Reading Notes (10.3 - 10.4)
  • Tuesday
    • Ch. 10 Reading Notes (10.5 - 10.6)
  • Wednesday
    • Finish Reading Notes (due Friday 3/15)
    • Begin Supreme Court Case Debate
  • Thursday
    • Supreme Court Case Debates, continued
  • Friday
    • Finish Supreme Court Cases (as necessary)
    • Begin T-Shirt Design Challenge
Looking ahead: Next Week (Thursday) will be the final test on Ch. 10

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Week of 3/4 - 3/8 (Post-Snowpocalypse)

In this, our first full week back after an extended snow break (hope you all had fun!), we will be finishing up what we started before all these unexpected days off!  We need to start with finishing the final test for chapter 9, the Constitution.  This test has two parts, a multiple choice section and a written section.  Students who were in school on Friday 3/1 have already started the test, and just need to finish. 

Next, I wanted to show students a video for Black History month (we would have had a few more days of February if not for the snow), but I figure it's fine to celebrate Black History any time of the year!  This video is Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History.  A student recommended I watch it, and when I did, I thought it was great!  It introduces students to lesser known African Americans who achieved great things in our history.  Students will take notes during the video, then do a small biography project on one of the people featured in the video after.

Lastly, we will start our next chapter in History Alive this week: Chapter 10, The Bill of Rights.  It's a busy week!

Here is the weekly breakdown:
  • Monday
    • Finish Ch. 9 Test 
    • School Climate Survey (link on the right)
  • Tuesday
    • Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History Video & Notes
  • Wednesday
    • Finish Video
    • Begin Mini Bio Project
  • Thursday
    • Finish Mini Bio Project 
    • Final due Monday 3/11
  • Friday
    • Ch. 10 Bill of Rights Preview
    • 10.1 - 10.2

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Week of 2/19 - 2/22

This week in Social Studies, we will be wrapping up our study of the constitution.  We will finish our Law Firm Smackdown, in which small groups work together to find answers to puzzling constitutional questions.  Then, we will begin studying for a final test on the chapter.  Ch. 9 Final Test will be on Monday, after students are given a chance to complete a study guide and review information in class.

Here is the weekly breakdown:
  • Monday - NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday
    • Law Firm Smackdown Activity
  • Wednesday
    • Continue (and/or finish) Law Firm Smackdown
  • Thursday
    • Finish Law Firm Smackdown
    • Finish reading Chapter 9
    • Ch. 9 Study Guide
  • Friday
    • Ch. 9 Study Guide
    • Kahoot Review/Quizlet
    • HOMEWORK: Study Guide due Monday, Ch. 9 Final Test on Monday . . . STUDY!!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Week of 2/11 - 2/15

This week in Social Studies, students are finishing up their study of the constitution, and will be taking a "Bar Exam".  The Bar Exam is a short 20 question quiz about details we studied about the constitution.  Students must pass the Bar Exam (minimum score 17 out of 20 correct) in order to become a lawyer.  Our Student Lawyers will then be put into Law Firms.  Law firms will create names and posters, then will be asked to solve a series of constitutional "dilemmas" in which they must determine the answer and where that can be found in the constitution itself.

Because students must pass the Bar Exam to become a lawyer, they will be allowed to retake it as many times as necessary.  This fact may make the weekly breakdown different for different students.  Please ask you student Tuesday night if they passed the Bar Exam.  If not, please help them study so they will be successful on their second try.  Check student planner or warm up later this week for more up-to-date information.

Estimated Weekly Breakdown:
  • Monday
    • Finish Ch. 9 Reading Notes
    • HW: Finish & Study Reading Notes.  Bar Exam tomorrow!
  • Tuesday
    • Class Review - Ch. 9 Constitution Questions
    • Students take Bar Exam
  • Wednesday
    • Student Retake Bar Exam (as necessary)
    • Extra Credit options for students who passed
  • Thursday
    • Students Retake Bar Exam (if necessary)
    • Begin forming law firms?
  • Friday
    • Retake bar exam?
    • Form Law Firms
    • Create Signs
    • Possibly begin Constitutional Dilemma Activity

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Week of 2/4 - 2/8

This week in Social Studies, students will begin reading Chapter 9 of History Alive.  This chapter is all about the US constitution.  Students will learn to identify more than 30 of the key features of the document, including being able to describe checks and balances, federalism, the amendment process, the law-making process, and the three branches of government.  Students will also be challenged to find certain passages in the constitution itself!

For the reading notes (that we will be working on this week), students will work in pairs to read a section of the chapter and answer the questions.  Half the questions will be from "Constitution Question Cards" that are available in the classroom.  After we are done using them as a class, I will make them available to view here, on the blog.  The chapter and constitution are available under History Alive Links on the right side of this page.

Here is the weekly breakdown:
  • Monday
    • Review Ch. 8 Tests (and misconceptions/difficult concepts)
    • Turn in Vocab C-Notes
    • Finish 9.2 
  • Tuesday
    • Begin Ch. 9 Reading Notes (with partner)
      • read section out loud with partner
      • answer questions
      • get that section's constitution question cards
      • answer questions in formal response
      • find the answer in the constitution for bonus points!
    • Goal: 2 sections
  • Wednesday
    • Continue Ch. 9 Reading Notes 
    • Goal: 2 sections
  • Thursday
    • Continue Ch. 9 Reading Notes 
    • Goal: 2 sections
  • Friday
    • Finish Ch. 9 Reading Notes
    • Quizlet/Review
    • TEST MONDAY!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Week of 1/28 - 1/31

This week in Social Studies, we are first wrapping up a video (Constitution USA - A More Perfect Union - available free on Amazon Prime) about the delicate balance of federalism and how it has created controversy in our country. 

Then, we will be starting our next chapter in History Alive, Chapter 9: The Constitution - A More Perfect Union.  In this chapter, we will do a deep dive into the constitution (not including the Bill of Rights and other various amendments - this will be covered next) to learn how our government is structured.  We will begin, as we often do, with vocabulary c-notes to preview important vocab and the main concepts of the chapter. 

Here is the weekly breakdown:
  • Monday
    • Constitution USA - Video and Questions
  • Tuesday
    • Finish Video & turn in questions
    • Begin Ch. 9 Vocab C-Notes 
      • The Constitution - A More Perfect Union
  • Wednesday
    • Finish Ch. 9 Vocab C-Notes 
    • HOMEWORK: Vocab C-Notes due Monday 2/4
  • Thursday
    • Ch. 9 Preview 
    • 9.1 - 9.2
  • Friday - NO SCHOOL