October 15-19, 2018

Monday and Tuesday

I will be chaperoning the Savannah trip; you will have a substitute teacher while I am out.

Due to half days, each class will only meet once.

You will have review work to complete. I also highly recommend starting on the reading for Part 2 of this unit (SS8H4). You should read p. 294-351 in the textbook. 

Oct 8-12, 2018

This week we’ve been working on the Articles of Confederation as well as reviewing for our test over standard SS8H3. Students were given a study guide two weeks ago and we went over the study guide before the test. 4th period tested on Thursday. All other class periods tested on Friday.

AC Classes: 5 annotations due on FRIDAY!

October 1-5, 2018

Friday, October 5

Periods 1 and 2: Social Studies Fair – CLICK HERE

Periods 3-5

Thursday, October  4

(1) Finish review videos

(2) Extended constructed responses

AC HW: Please review the Social Studies Fair Live Binder before tomorrow

Wednesday, October 3

(1) Finish analyzing/paraphrasing Declaration

(2) Review videos

Tuesday, October 2 

(1) Analyze Declaration

(2) Paraphrase one paragraph/section

(3) “Join or Die” – extra credit

 

TEST CHANGED TO THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11!!

Monday, October 1

Today we had a special lesson from Ms. Richardson, our 8th grade counselor. She taught our classes about setting priorities.

HOMEWORK: Read p. 270-279 (I assigned this the week before break, so you may have already done it).

September 17-21, 2018

HOMEWORK (DUE ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2): READ P. 272-278; BE READY FOR A QUIZ OVER THE CAUSES OF THE REVOLUTION AS WELL AS THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR.

Thursday, September 20 and Friday, September 21

Periods 1 and 2: Thursday: see Pptx. Friday:(1) Review (2) Declaration of Independence (Original)(3) “Join or Die.” (4) Create your own Revolutionary War political cartoon.  

Periods 3-5: Thursday: see Pptx. Friday: (1) Review (2) The Declaration of Independence Simplified (3) “Join or Die.” 

Wednesday, September 19

Today we went over last night’s homework, including three review videos, discussion, and review questions. HOMEWORK: READ P. 256-267

September 19 – Today’s PowerPoint for those who were absent

Tuesday, September 18

PERIODS 3-5: We’re in the computer lab today working on this Webquest about the French and Indian War. You have a graphic organizer to complete. No homework; tomorrow we’ll be discussing p. 240-253.

PERIODS 1-2: We’re in the computer lab today researching the French and Indian War. You have a Critical Thinking T-Chart to complete. You must complete the T-chart in its entirety. You may not take this home; what you do in class is what I’ll grade.

  • DO NOT USE THE WEBQUEST. YOU MUST USE THE RESEARCH RESOURCES ON MY BLOG, OR ANYTHING FROM DESTINY. NO GOOGLING. NO WIKIPEDIA.
  • You will have 40 minutes for this activity.
  • When finished, you will on to the RAFT activity (I will explain).

Are you bored? Is this too easy for you? As always, COME SEE ME!!! I have plenty of alternative activities for you, or you may suggest one to me. It just needs to fit with our current standards.

Monday, September 17 – Constitution Day!!

Station #1 (iPads): What political party are you?

Station #2: Read p. 52-59 in textbook; answer questions p. 58 (if finished, read through p. 66)

Station #3: Design a small poster or write a short reflection: Why is the Constitution so important? How does it impact your life?

EXENSIONS (if you finish early) – (1) Read the Federalist Papers  (2) Read Georgia’s Ratification of the US Constitution (below) 

HOMEWORK: READ P. 240-253!!!!! 

 

 

September 10-14, 2018

Monday, September  10

Today we finished our PowerPoint (1st-3rd) and then completed our study guides (all). TEST TOMORROW!!! STUDY GUIDE AND NOTES DUE TOMORROW!!!

 

Tuesday, September 11

Periods 1 and 2: (1) Test (2) Preview Unit 4. I’d like you to go to use New Georgia Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia Britannica, History.com, or any other research links on my blog to learn about: French and Indian War; Proclamation of 1763; Stamp Act; Declaration of Independence; Georgia’s signers of the Declaration of Independence; Loyalists; Patriots; Battle of Kettle Creek; Siege of Savannah; Articles of Confederation; US Constitution. When you’re finished, test your knowledge HERE.

**This is just a preview; it’s OK if you don’t understand everything. I’d just like you to get a taste for what we’ll be covering over the next few weeks. If there are any specific vocabulary words or concepts that are new or confusing, please write them down. I’ll make sure we cover those in class.

Periods 3-5: (1) Test (2) Preview Unit 4 – CLICK HERE.

If the online textbook is too much for you right now, CLICK HERE for a more simplified view of the same information.

If the above is all too easy, please follow the instructions for periods 1 and 2.

When you’re finished with your research, test your knowledge HERE.

**This is just a preview. It’s OK if you don’t understand everything. I’d just like you to get a taste for what we’ll be covering over the next few weeks. If there are any specific vocabulary words or concepts that are new or confusing, please write them down. I’ll make sure we cover those in class.

Wednesday, September 12

Test Corrections: Part 1

Thursday, September 13

Test Corrections: Part 2

Read Chapter 8 in textbook if finished

Friday, September 14

Periods 1 and 2: Social Studies Fair – meet in 8th grade lab. Social Studies Fair Binder

Periods 3-5: KWL; Preview by reading textbook p. 240-253; complete graphic organizer and answer questions

 

September 4-7, 2018

Monday, September 3 – NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 4

  1. Vocab quiz
  2. Touchstones #1
  3. Periods 1 and 2 Extension: James Oglethorpe, Trustee Georgia
  4. Periods 3-5 Extension: Preview chapter 3

Wednesday, September 5

Lecture/Contest – Colonial Georgia

Absent or need additional practice? CLICK HERE. Review chapters 8 and 9 (PowerPoints, chapters, activities,  etc). You will need the textbook login info.

Thursday, September 6

Lecture/Contest – Colonial Georgia

Absent or need additional practice? CLICK HERE. Review chapters 8 and 9 (PowerPoints, chapters, activities,  etc). You will need the textbook login info.

Friday, September 7

1st and 2nd – read 4 articles; write 5 connections or questions (sub)

3rd – read p. 14-25 in workbook; answer questions (sub)

4th and 5th – Finish PowerPoint/notes/contest

August 27-31, 2018

Monday, August 27

Today, we reviewed a set of primary source documents and provided a constructed response. We also reviewed plagiarism and how to avoid it. If you’ve been absent, you can get a copy of the documents from me when you return.

Tuesday, August 28

Today we finished our primary source activity and watched excerpts from a video about Hernando De Soto.

Wednesday, August 29: EARLY RELEASE

Today we met ONLY with 1st, 3rd, and 5th periods. We did a skills-based lesson to practice reading charts, maps, and graphs. 2nd and 4th periods will have this same lesson the next time we have an early release day.

Thursday, August 30

Today we took notes on European Exploration. If you were absent, please read chapter 8 in your online textbook. Remember, you’ll need your login and password (on the syllabus).

Friday, August 31

Today we went over our vocabulary words and completed a graphic organizer (below). You are to complete each square with a definition, drawing, antonym, synonym, or sentence using the word (5 of each type).  You will have a quiz on Tuesday.

 

 

 

A Message from the GMS Foundation

Please support the GMS Foundation and help us better serve your student!

 

The Griffin Foundation is a non-profit organization formed for the sole purpose of raising funds beyond those currently provided by the Cobb County School District to fund elements of education such as technology enhancements, supplemental enriched curriculum, student services, additional faculty and capital improvements.

 

This year the Foundation hopes to raise enough money to purchase:

– 58 laptops for the ELA classes

– 2 laptop carts for teachers transport and charge the laptops

– 52 iPad tubs for teachers to transport and charge iPads

 

How can YOU help or get involved?

– Donate to the Give 2 Griffin Annual Fund by:

  • Completing the donation form you received in the mail and either mailing it to the school in the self-addressed envelope provided or having your student turn it in to his/her teacher
  • Donating directly online at www.cobbk12.org/griffin/foundation

– Go to our Spirit Night at:

  • AR Workshop (DIY creative session) Wednesday, Sept. 12th 6:30 pm (this is limited to 30 people)
  • US Cafe Thursday, November 29th . 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

REMIND

Please support te GMS Foundation and help us better serve your student!

This year the Foundation hopes to raise enough money to purchase:

– 58 laptops for the ELA classes

– 2 laptop carts for teachers transport and charge the laptops

– 52 iPad tubs for teachers to transport and charge iPads

 

Donate to the Give 2 Griffin Annual Fund by:

  • Completing the donation form you received in the mail and either mailing it to the school in the self-addressed envelope provided or having your student turn it in to his/her teacher
  • Donating directly online at www.cobbk12.org/griffin/foundation

 

Nicola Bradburn Fuller

President,

Griffin Middle School Foundation, Inc.

[email protected]

August 20-24, 2018

Monday, August 2o

Periods 1 and 2: Mississippian article; Mississippian article #2Europeans article, European timeline; graphic organizer

, and mini-essay.

Mini-essay: Look at the two cultures: Europe and the American Indian.  These two groups have been living separately for centuries.  They are going to meet on the land of the American Indian.  What areas of possible conflict and misunderstanding might they experience?  Where might the two cultures find common ground?  Your written response to this question must be at least three paragraphs.  You must include information from at least two sources.

Periods 3-5: Finish mini-projects; share

 

Tuesday, August 21

Periods 1-5: Finish mini-projects; work on study guide

HOMEWORK: MINI-PROJECTS AND STUDY GUIDES DUE TOMORROW!!! TEST (SUMMATIVE) TOMORROW!!!

Wednesday, August 22

Periods 1-2: (1) test (2) essay/organizer

Periods 3-5: (1) test (2) gallery walk – mini-projects

 

Thursday, August 23

Periods 1-2: Exploration essay (see Monday)

Periods 3-5: (1) Gallery Walk (2) Read about Hernando De Soto  ARTICLE 1   ARTICLE 2  . Write  4 Noticings and 4 Wonderings.

 

Friday, August 24

(1) Test Review and Correction

(2) Preview Exploration and Colonization

 

 

August 13-17, 2018

Monday, August 13

Periods 1 and 2: We completed and shared our mini-projects.

Periods 3-5: We completed and checked our puzzles.

QUIZ (FORMATIVE) TOMORROW!!!

Tuesday, August 14

Periods 1 and 2: (1) Take quiz (2) CLICK HERE to preview chapter 8. You can also CLICK HERE to preview chapter 2. It’s the same content.

Periods 3-5: (1) Take quiz (2) CLICK HERE to preview chapter 8. You can also CLICK HERE to preview chapter 2. It’s the same content.

Wednesday, August 15

Periods 1 and 2: Read ARTICLE 1 and ARTICLE 2; complete your graphic organizer (below). If you need additional information, CLICK HERE. Remember, your main focus is on the Mississippians. This should take you 30-45 minutes to complete.

Period 3: SGM (Student Growth Measurement) in lab

Periods 4 and 5: Use the workbooks to complete your graphic organizer about the Mississippians. If you need additional information, CLICK HERE. Remember, your main focus is on the Mississippians. This should take you 30-45 minutes to complete.

Thursday, August 16

Periods 1 and 2: (1) Complete graphic organizer using online textbooks and/or articles from yesterday (2) Based on what you know about what was going on in Europe (specifically Spain, France, and Britain) during the time of European exploration to the New World, what do you think European explorers would have thought about the Mississippians? Explain in 2-3 paragraphs. EUROPEAN HISTORY TIMELINE

Period 3: Use the workbooks to complete your graphic organizer about the Mississippians. If you need additional information, CLICK HERE. Remember, your main focus is on the Mississippians. This should take you 30-45 minutes to complete.

Periods 4 and 5: Use the workbooks to complete your graphic organizer about the Mississippians. If you need additional information, CLICK HERE. Remember, your main focus is on the Mississippians. We will check at the end of class.

Friday, August 17

Periods 1 and 2: Social Studies Fair day #1 – brainstorming

Periods 3-5: (1) Finish notes (2) Mini-project