Propaganda Museum Walk

Hey 6th grade Social Studies students!Put your thinking caps on because it’s time to think critically. You are invited along a Propaganda Museum Walk in the Digital Age Classroom where you will find groupings of World War II Propaganda borrowed from Cobb Digital Library’s Britannica Image Quest. Evaluate the examples identifying the tone and the representative of the subjects. Utilizing your understandings from the DBQ process, determine what the documents say, what they mean, and why they matter. Utilize your group members to facilitate discussion and evaluation of the primary source documents provided.

Propaganda Museum Walk Guide

The above linked document should be utilized along your museum walk.

Propaganda Museum Walk Folder 

The above allows access to the shared folder on Microsoft Office 365 and includes the primary source documents utilized via the Propaganda Museum Walk.

Breakout EDU Mania at Durham

Since the fall of the 2016 school year, the Durham Media Center has been abuzz with Breakouts! Collaboration requests have come from far and wide. All grade levels and a variety of content areas including social studies, science, Spanish, reading and language arts have experienced Breakout EDU through collaborative efforts with the media center. One of the greatest challenges of being an educator is getting students to “buy into” the learning. So often it’s the teachers, rather than the students, who are excited about the topics or subjects of study. That’s not the case with Breakout EDU. This learning concept “tricks” kids into learning. Without even realizing it, students are evaluating puzzles and riddles through thinking critically, calling upon prior knowledge, looking through a variety of different lenses, working with peers, and guiding their learning in a setting where the teacher serves on the periphery rather than as the lead. Students must also persevere through frustration and change what they are doing until they figure out the “problem.” Breakout EDU has been an amazing experience at Durham this school year. Here’s a culmination of the awesomely innovative learning experiences Durham Middle students and staff have had through Breakout EDU.

Students across grade levels and subject areas learned through Breakout EDU.

Students reflect upon their Breakout learning experience.

Extended Resources for Fever 1793 and Terrible Typhoid Mary

Hey 7th graders! I’ve created an awesome list of extended print resources for you to check out while you are studying either Anderson’s Fever 1793 or Bartoletti’s Terrible Typhoid Mary. Hopefully these novels have piqued your interests and have you wanting to learn more. Your media center is always here to help!

Extended Print Resources

PROPAGANDA MUSEUM WALK

Sixth grade Social Studies students in Mrs. Bitler’s, Mrs. Wishon’s, and Mrs. Clements’ classes participated in a Propaganda Museum Walk led by Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker in the Digital Aged Classroom. Students began with an introduction to propaganda where five popular propaganda techniques were highlighted. Then student groups had the opportunity to visit four different stations featuring selections of propaganda arranged by type. Within each station students analyzed pieces of propaganda using Mrs. Baker’s Propaganda Museum Walk Guide. They utilized fellow group members to help them evaluate and analyze the posters. This was a day of deep critical thinking for these sixth graders, and they rose to the challenge.

 

Propaganda Agenda

 

STATION 1: “DONALD DUCK IN NUTZILAND”

Watch the video segment independently and complete the writing prompts on your guide. After each student has responded to the prompts on his/her own, discuss responses as a group and add additional insights to your notes.

 

STATIONS 2, 3, & 4 are on display in the Digital Aged Classroom.

Religion with Mr. Vedra and Mrs. Baker Take II

Welcome Back to Mr. Vedra’s 7th period Social Studies Students!

Today we are continuing on our path to understanding the basics of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. You will be paired up as you visit 3 stations. In each station utilize the printed and digital resources available to learn more about each religion.

 

STATION 1: ISLAM

Read Susan Douglass’ article “What is Islam?” from Kids InfoBits in Cobb Digital Library, and complete the What is Islam? Guiding Questions.

STATION 2: CHRISTIANITY

View the Birthplace of Three Religions using the Christianity Cloze Notes as a guide for extracting the most important information. Finally complete the Christianity Exit Ticket (see Mrs. Baker or Mr. Vedra for this) before leaving.

STATION 3: JUDAISM

Watch Judaism 101: Religions in Global History* from Hip Hughes History and complete the accompanying Video Guide. 

*This video is linked from YouTube and student access is limited while on campus. Mrs. Baker will assist with on campus access.

Religion with Mr. Vedra and Mrs. Baker

Wednesday, October 5th

Welcome Mr. Vedra’s 7th period!

Today Mrs. Baker will guide you to accessing BrainPOP in Cobb Digital Library for viewing of The Mysteries of Life with Tim and Moby movie. Mrs. Baker will then assist you in answering questions about religion utilizing the Understanding Religion with BrainPOP handout. This video provides a brief summary of 3 religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Then you will have the opportunity to independently view the same video clip to complete a 4W’s + H Chart for each of the 3 religions being studied.

Finally be sure to complete the Exit Ticket before leaving!

I’ll see you tomorrow as well for review of today’s objectives.

6th Grade Social Studies Hunger Games Project

Hey Mrs. Bitler’s and Mrs. Wishon’s Social Studies Students!

You guys are about to make the coolest, most mind-blowing parallels between Suzanne Collin’s dystopian novel The Hunger Games and what you have learned in your Social Studies classes this year. I want to help you navigate Cobb Digital Library, so I’ve created an awesome 6th SS Hunger Games District Pathfinder to guide you to the databases that will be the best fit your particular standard(s). All other assignment details are shared on your teachers’ classroom blogs, but remember that your media specialist, Mrs. Baker, knows a little something too, and would love to “speak literature” with you. Stop by anytime!

The Hunger Games Image borrowed from Google images.

6th Grade Social Studies: Latin America Pathfinder

Calling All Experts! The switch has been flipped, and you are the teacher! Now that you have had the opportunity to brainstorm a list of questions to guide your research process, let’s dive in. Utilize the Latin America Pathfinder to help you get started in Cobb Digital Library. After you have exhausted these suggestions, you are welcome to further expand your research but use this guide first. Let’s do this!

Calling All Expert Groups!

6th grade students collaborate in their expert groups to plan their project goals.

6th grade students collaborate in their expert groups to plan their project goals.

Students utilize the media center computers as they implement technology into their project plans.

Students utilize the media center computers as they implement technology into their project plans.

Support for your Argument: Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Need support for your argument? Then Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the source for you! Mrs. Dean’s and Mrs. Miller’s 6th grade Reading students recently had the opportunity to partner with Mrs. Baker as they researched support for their claims regarding current issues of their choosing. Students were guided through utilizing this Cobb Digital Library database, but anyone can be advised of the basics by checking out the Opposing Viewpoints in Context Pathfinder. Need more help? Swing by the media center for a one-on-one consult with your media specialist, Mrs. Baker.

 

7th Social Studies: Important Events and People

Mrs. Danowski’s and Ms. Huffman’s 7th Grade Social Studies classes and the media center are partnering to extend students’ understanding of significant people and events studied this school year. Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker will be guiding students through their research via the following has created a Glogster Pathfinder to guide students, through the research process.

In addition to the 7th grade Social Studies standards covered via the lesson content, the following ISTE Standards and Standards for the 21st Century Learner are also covered per Mrs. Baker’s contribution to the unit.

ISTE Standards: 1. a, b.; 2. b; 3. b, c.; 4. d; 5; 6 a., b., c., d.

Standards for the 21st Century Learner:  1.1.4, 1.1.5, 1.1.6, 1.1.8; 1.2.2, 1.2.3, 1.2.4, 1.2.6, 1.2.7; 1.3.1, 1.3.3, 1.3.5; 1.4.4; 2.1.1., 2.1.2., 2.1.3., 2.1.4., 2.2.1., 2.2.4., 3.1.3, 3.1.4, 3.1.6; 3.2.1