September 21

Friday, September 21st, 2018

Students reviewed for the Age of Exploration vocabulary quiz by playing Gravity before taking the quiz. Afterwards, students started tracing the colonial empires on a corresponding organizer. We will finish it after the break. 

NO HOMEWORK FOR ON-LEVEL STUDENTS! AC STUDENTS – IF YOU DID NOT FINISH YOUR EXPLORER RESEARCH LAST NIGHT, THEN YOU WILL NEED TO FINISH IT OVER THE BREAK. YOUR EXPLORER ORGANIZER IS DUE ON MONDAY WHEN WE RETURN TO SCHOOL. 

It’s almost conference time again! Conference week gives teachers and parents an opportunity to meet and discuss student progress and exchange important information. This year, sixth grade conferences will be conducted with homeroom teachers (1st  period) during the week of October 15-19.

Parents, please note: You may schedule a conference with your child’s teacher(s) at any point during the year.  You are not limited to this week of conferences, and please bear in mind that you will only be meeting with your student’s homeroom/1st period teacher.  You can choose to schedule a face-to-face conference, a phone conference, or no conference at all. Conference times are twenty minutes in length.

To ease sign up, I will create a Sign-Up Genius the week after break, which parents can use to sign-up for a conference time.

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September 20

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2018

On-level students completed a gallery walk of route maps where they recreated the routes  for eight explorers from the Age of Exploration, and added Prince Henry “The Navigator”. At the end of class, students wrote and submitted a Ticket-Out-The-Door on the explorers.

AC students completed the same gallery walk of route maps, but afterwards, they began research on the nine explorers. Students should have the research organizer complete by Monday after break. At the end of class, students wrote and submitted a Ticket-Out-The-Door on the explorers. 

HOMEWORK: STUDENTS SHOULD STUDY THE AGE OF EXPLORATION CROSSWORD AND MATCHING PRACTICE TO BE READY FOR THE VOCABULARY QUIZ TOMORROW.

 

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September 19

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Students completed a matching organizer on the Age of Exploration, while viewing a corresponding video. As a class, we reviewed and discussed the correct answers for the organizer. We checked the correct answers for the Age of Exploration crossword, and d analyzed the exploration place mats. 

HOMEWORK: STUDENTS SHOULD STUDY THE VOCABULARY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS ON THE CROSSWORD AND THE VIDEO ORGANIZER IN ORDER TO BE READY FOR THE VOCABULARY QUIZ ON FRIDAY. 

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September 18

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2018

Students had two opportunities today to retake the Unit 1 Test. The first was before school and the second was during class. Students had to submit the remediation sheet for the test, along with having it signed, in order to be allowed to retake the test.

Students finished working on their Age of Exploration place mats and received the Age of Exploration Vocabulary Crossword. If students did not finish the crossword in class today, they should finish it for homework. Here are the vocabulary words for the crossword: Northwest, Caravel, Telescope, Navigation, Trade, Muslim, Silk, Continent, Age, Triangular, Imperialism, Spices, Fifteenth, Astrolabe, Porcelain, Trader, Explorer, Colonization, Printing.

HOMEWORK: STUDENTS SHOULD COMPLETE THE CROSSWORD PUZZLE FOR HOMEWORK IF THEY DID NOT FINISH IT IN CLASS TODAY. STUDENTS SHOULD STUDY THE TERMS AND DEFINITIONS ON THE CROSSWORD TO BE READY FOR THE VOCABULARY QUIZ ON FRIDAY. 

 

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September 17

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2018

HAPPY CONSTITUTION DAY!!!

Students read a short piece regarding the Age of Exploration and worked in collaborative pairs to create a placemat on it. We will continue these tomorrow in class. 

HOMEWORK: IF STUDENTS ARE OPTING TO DO THE UNIT 1 TEST RETAKE, THEY SHOULD STUDY ALL OF THEIR UNIT 1 MATERIAL TONIGHT. THE REMEDIATION SHEET SHOULD BE COMPLETE AND SIGNED. STUDENTS CAN COMPLETE THE RETAKE TOMORROW MORNING OR DURING CLASS TOMORROW. IF STUDENTS OPT FOR TOMORROW MORNING, THEY SHOULD BE IN THE THEATER BY 8:15 AM, AND I WILL BRING THEM TO MY ROOM. IF STUDENTS ARE OPTING TO COMPLETE THE RETAKE DURING CLASS, THEY ARE STILL RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WORK COMPLETED DURING CLASS TIME. 

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September 17

WEEK-AT-A-GLANCE – SEPT 17TH – 21ST, 2018

Standards for the week: Themes and Enduring Understandings: Topic 4 – Age of Exploration and Empire Building

MONDAY – INTRO TO AGE OF EXPLORATION

TUESDAY – VOCABULARY CROSSWORD, RETAKE FOR UNIT 1 TEST

WEDNESDAY – CLOSE NOTES – ON-LEVEL AND AC; BCR – AC ONLY

THURSDAY – ROUTE MAP – ON-LEVEL AND AC; TIMELINE – AC ONLY

FRIDAY – AGE OF EXPLORATION VOCABULARY QUIZ; COLLABORATIVE CIRCLE

This week we start investigating the Age of Exploration. Students will also have an opportunity to retake the Unit 1 Test over European Geography. For on-level students they will have two formatives including the route map and the vocabulary quiz. AC students will have three formatives which include the route map, a timeline and the vocabulary quiz. 

 

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September 14

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2018

We analyzed the Unit 1 test results, and students wrote explanations for why they answered questions incorrectly. All students received the Unit 1 Remediation sheet and all students should complete it regardless of their grade on the test. The retake opportunity will be Tuesday morning at 8:15 am. Students should have the remediation sheet completed and signed in order to be allowed to retake the test. 

HOMEWORK: ALL STUDENTS SHOULD COMPLETE THE REMEDIATION SHEET FOR THE UNIT 1 TEST. IT IS DUE TUESDAY MORNING. 

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September 13

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2018

Students took the Unit 1 Test today and updated their notebooks afterwards. The notebook page on the blog is current and students should make sure that their notebook is current.

HOMEWORK – AC ONLY – ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES EXTENDED RESPONSES ARE DUE TOMORROW. NO HOMEWORK FOR ON-LEVEL OTHER THAN TO MAKE SURE YOUR NOTEBOOK IS CURRENT. 

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September 12

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

Students reviewed for the Unit 1 test today by playing a Quizizz review game. Here is a link to the site. https://quizizz.com/

The Game Code is: 344217

Students should study all of their notebook materials, along with playing the game to be ready for the test tomorrow. 

On-level students submitted their Environmental Issues Postcards today.

HOMEWORK: STUDENTS SHOULD STUDY FOR THE UNIT 1 TEST. AC STUDENTS HAVE AN EXTENDED RESPONSE DUE ON FRIDAY. 

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September 11

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2018

We reviewed the Languages of Europe as our warm-up today, and students completed a graphic organizer on the religions of Europe. There is a summary on the back side of the organizer. 

I completed a quick study guide check at the beginning of each class. While most students are completing the study guide, some were only half done, and others were left at home or were completely blank. I will start notifying parents of incomplete or missing homework assignments via email. 

HOMEWORK – STUDENTS SHOULD STUDY FOR THE UNIT 1 TEST ON THURSDAY. STUDENTS SHOULD REVIEW THE PHYSICAL FEATURES OF EUROPE, THE POLITICAL MAP OF EUROPE, LOCATION, CLIMATE, NATURAL RESOURCES, AND POPULATION DISTRIBUTION, ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, LANGUAGES, AND RELIGION. IF STUDENTS WOULD LIKE TO REVIEW FOR THE TEST BY FLASH CARDS, HERE ARE THE FLASH CARDS. Study Guide FLASH CARDS for European Geography Test 2018

DEVICES – STUDENTS SHOULD BRING THEIR DEVICES TO CLASS TOMORROW FOR A REVIEW LESSON. 

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