Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Weeks of 5/20 - 5/24 and 5/28 - 5/31

During the week of 5/20 - 5/24, we had short classes due to our State Testing schedule, so our agenda was pretty brief.  We are still working on our research project, with a Thesis and Outline being our main focus.

This week, 5/28 - 5/31 we are finishing up our outlines, working on rough drafts, and completing a bibliography using easybib.com

Here is the weekly breakdown:
  • Monday 5/20
    • Turn in Completed Research
    • Work on Thesis Statement
  • Tuesday 5/21
    • Thesis Statement
    • Work on Research
  • Wednesday 5/22
    • Thesis Statement - due Friday!
    • Begin working on Outline 
  • Thursday 5/23
    • Work on Outline
  • Friday 5/24
    • Work on Outline
    • Turn in any research or completed thesis statements
    • Outline due Tuesday 5/28

  • Monday 5/27 - NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday 5/28
    • Work on Outline
  • Wednesday 5/29
    • Work on Outline 
    • Turn in on Google Classroom
  • Thursday 5/30
    • Bibliography on easybib.com
    • Work on Rough Draft
  • Friday 5/31
    • bibliography on easybib.com
    • Work on Rough Draft

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Week of 5/13 - 5/17

This week in social studies is all about research!  The main goal for the week is for students to complete at least 6 pages of notes (one page = one side of C-Note paper) on their chosen topic, all aiming to answer their 3 - 5 key research questions. 

As they take notes, it is important that they keep track of the websites they use for research (and that those websites are reliable sources!), they paraphrase the information from the website to avoid plagiarizing, and that all notes are working toward a singular point (or thesis) for their paper.

Here is the weekly breakdown
  • Monday 5/13
    • Plagiarism Reminder & Note-taking tutorial
    • Note-taking & Research Time
  • Tuesday
    • Paraphrasing BrainPOP & Kahoot
    • Note-taking & Research Time
  • Wednesday
    •  Plagiarism Review Kahoot
    • Note-taking & Research Time
  • Thursday
    • Thesis Intro
    • Note-taking & Research Time
  • Friday
    • Thesis/Supporting Arguments
    • Note-taking & Research Time
    • HOMEWORK - All Research C-Notes due Monday 5/20

Monday, May 6, 2019

Weeks of 4/29 - 5/3 & 5/6 - 5/10

Well, I just realized that I forgot to make a post last week!  My apologies!  Last week we started a big project that we will be working on for the next few weeks, and will be a collaborative project with Language Arts.  Students will be writing a 3-4 page research paper on a topic of their choice.  Last week, we just started working on how to choose a topic.  This week, students will work on focusing their topic with research questions, and beginning their research, including some refreshers/mini-lessons on evaluating sources and useful note-taking.

Here is a breakdown of THIS week:
  • Monday 5/6
    • How to Write a Research Question Lesson - Video & Packet Info
    • Time to Work (write questions)
  • Tuesday 5/7
    • Website Evaluation Lesson
    • Begin the Search!  Find a RELIABLE website to begin your research
    • Finish Questions - Due Thursday 5/9
  • Wednesday 5/8
    • NO SCHOOL
  • Thursday 5/9
    • Paraphrasing & Plagiarism Lesson
    • Begin Note-taking
  • Friday 5/10
    • Note-taking - Finish Notes on Source #1
Here is a breakdown of LAST week:
  • Monday 4/29
    • Finish Ch. 7 YPHUS C-Notes (including summary) & Turn in
    • C-Notes due Thursday 5/2
  • Tuesday 4/30
    • Guest Speaker Brenda Brainard presents on the effects of Westward Expansion on Native Americans, with a focus on West Coast and Oregon tribes
  • Wednesday 5/1
    • Reflect/Discuss Presentation
    • Introduce Research Project
  • Thursday 5/2
    • How to Narrow down a topic
    • Brainstorming "Brain Dump" - write what you already know about the topic
  • Friday 5/3
    • NO SCHOOL - PROGRESS REPORTS


Monday, April 22, 2019

Week of 4/22 - 4/26

This week in Social Studies, we are continuing our study of Manifest Destiny and the expansion of the United States.  We will finish up the History Alive chapter activities, including a chapter test, then do a little reading from Howard Zinn's A Young People's History of the United States on the same topic.

Weekly Breakdown:
  • Monday
    • Review Ch. 15 Reading Notes
    • Work Time: Ch. 15 Study Guide & Timeline Project
    • HW: 
      • Study Guide due Wednesday 4/24 
      • Timeline Project due Friday 4/26 (this is NOT applicable for students in 4th period)
  • Tuesday
    • Finish Ch. 15 Reading Notes Review
    • Kahoot and Quizlet Review
    • HW: Study Guide due Wednesday - TEST on Wednesday
  • Wednesday
    • Chapter 15 Final Test
  • Thursday
    • A Young People's History of the United States -
    • Chapter 7 - As Long as the Grass Grows or Water Runs
  • Friday
    • Finish Ch. 7 & Reading Notes

Monday, April 15, 2019

Two Weeks: 4/8 - 4/12 & 4/15 - 4/19

Apologies for missing last week's post!  Last week, we read chapter 15 on Manifest Destiny and the Growth of the Nation.  We spent much of the week in the STEM lab with a giant "map" of the United State's eventual territorial acquisitions. 

This week, we will be reviewing the information we read in the chapter.  We will be watching some brainPOP videos, completing the reading notes, and creating a timeline of events.  This Friday, I will be taking half the students to the Federal Courthouse.  I will have a sub that will watch a video on the Bill of Rights with the students.

Also going on this week is a STEM Brain Project with the University of Oregon.  This project will be conducted during 4th period on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, so students with 4th period social studies will have a different schedule.

Here is last week's weekly breakdown:
  • Monday 4/8 - 15.2 Louisiana Purchase
  • Tuesday 4/9 - 15.3 Florida
  • Wednesday 4/10 - 15.4 Texas
  • Thursday 4/11 - 15.5 Oregon Country
  • Friday 4/12 - 15.6 Mexican-American War
Here is this week's weekly breakdown:
  • Monday 4/15
    • Per. 2, 5, and 7: Finish Mexican-American War brainPOP worksheet, Finish Reading Notes, including Processing 15
    • Per 4: Brain Project
  • Tuesday 4/16
    • Per. 2, 5, 7: Manifest Destiny Timeline Project 
    • Per. 4: Brain Project
  • Wednesday 4/17
    • Per. 2, 5, 7: Manifest Destiny Timeline Project
    • Per. 4: Ch. 15 Study Guide
  • Thursday 4/18
    • Per. 2, 5, 7: Study Guide
    • Per. 4: Brain Project Assembly
  • Friday 4/19 
    • Federal Courthouse Field Trip
    • Constitution USA Video & Notes "It's a Free Country"

Monday, April 1, 2019

Week of 4/1 - 4/5

This week in Social Studies, we will be doing a few different things.  We are going to start off our return from Spring Break and the final trimester with some housekeeping-type tasks.  Then, we will start off our 8th grade STEM project by creating some questions based on reading passages.  These questions will be used later in the project.  Lastly, we will move forward in US History, and begin our study of westward expansion and manifest destiny.

Here is the weekly breakdown:
  • Monday
    • Turn in Bill of Rights T-Shirt Project
    • Review Ch. 10 Bill of Rights Test
    • UO STEM project survey
    • Folder Cleanout
  • Tuesday
    • Read assigned passage (different for each class)
    • Generate at least 5 multiple choice questions based on the reading
  • Wednesday
    • Finish Question Activity
  • Thursday
    • Ch. 15 Vocabulary
    • Ch. 15 Preview & 15.1
  • Friday
    • Finish Ch. 15 Vocabulary

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