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Welcome Back to school!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

 

 Topic: Welcome to United States History - Everyone has a story!

 

 Today's Goal:  Welcome to your first day of United States History.  Today we will meet some remarkable people

 from the past and share their fascinating stories with the class!   

 

  *Assignments:

 

 Please use the links below to complete the "About Your Child Survey" (Due Friday, August 18) 

 

 Welcome Parents Letter and About Your Child Assignment

        

 

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

 

 Topic: Welcome to United States History  - Historical Investigation: "What is your story?"

 

 Today's Goal:  Today students will begin to learn how historians discover facts about the past. Students will be

 conducting historical interviews with a classmate in order to discover some fun and interesting facts about their 

 classmates.  

 

   *Assignments:

 

   With a partner, please conduct a historical interview by completing the handout below: 

    What is your story?  Historical Interview Activity 

 

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 Friday, August 18, 2017

 

 Topic: Chromebook Distribution! - The first step in creating our digital classroom!

 

 Today's Goal:  Today students will be given their shinny new Chromebook for use in class this year.  Please be sure you have your AUP agreement signed by your parents or guardians. 

 

 

Monday, August 21, 2017  

 

 Topic: Writing a classroom Constitution - What type of social contract do we need to be successful? 

    

 Today's Goal:  Today students will explore some timely facts about solar eclipses that have occurred in the

 past.  The majority of our class time however will be spent working in small groups to help write a "classroom

 constitution" for this school year in order to make every student successful!

 

 Today's Assignments:

 

 1.  Watch the short video about the History of Solar Eclipses:  

 

       

 

      Tables 1 and 2  

 

 2.  Choose ONE person at your table to be your group's "scribe".  As a group, read the information about

      George Washington and the Eclipse of 1777.  Discuss the article with your group.    

     

      As a group, contribute to a group summary explaining why George Washington felt it necessary to

      thank the "Pennsylvania Council of Safety."  Have your scribe type your explanation in Word using Microsoft

      360 on their Chromebook.  Be prepared to discuss your group's answer with the class.  

 

      Your summary should begin with a statement such as: "During the American Revolution, George Washington

      felt it necessary to thank the Pennsylvania Council of Safety because  . . . . "

 

      Tables 3, 4, & 5

 

      Choose ONE person at your table to be your group's "scribe".  As a group, read the information about

      Columbus and the Eclipse of 1504 at the bottom of the page. Discuss the article with your group.    

     

      As a group, contribute to a group summary explaining how Christopher Columbus used his knowledge of the  

      eclipse to his advantage.  Have your scribe type your explanation in Word using Microsoft

      360 on their Chromebook.  Be prepared to discuss your group's answer with the class.  

 

      Your summary should begin with a statement such as: "Christopher Columbus used his knowledge of a solar

      eclipse to . . . "

    

 

 3.  From the beginning of civilization, every society  around the world has established a system of "laws."  Laws

      form the basis of an orderly society, provide safety for all citizens, and creates a system of equality for all. 

      With your group, make a list of at least 3 "laws" we should have in our classroom this year in order to

      create the best possible learning environment.  Have ONE student within your group, email Mr. Gigliotti your 

      list before the end of class. 

 

     Email your group's work to: gigliottip@parmacityschools.org

 

     Use the subject line: Classroom Constitution - and ALL of your names 

       

       
 
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 Tuesday, August 22, 2017

 

 Topic: What is History? - How do we study history and why is it important to learn about the past?

 

 Today's Goal:  Students took time yesterday to discuss, debate, and agree upon some rules, guidelines, and

  expectations we should have in our classroom this year.  The class will go over the final Classroom Constitution

  TOMORROW :-).  Students will also begin working on the How do we study history lesson on their

  Chromebooks.  Each table will receive a different assignment so that they may contribute to our class discussion. 

 

 Today's Assignments:

 

 1.  Mr. Gigliotti will assign your table an assignment: red, white, or blue.  Follow the directions and work with

      your group to complete the activity.  You will want to save your work as you go.  Be prepared to present what

      you have learned with the class.  Use the link below to access the assignment and resources. 

 

   How Do We Study History?
   Learning Target: I can IDENTIFY how historians discover new information about the past
   and EXPLAIN why it's important to learn about the events in the past.

 

 2.  Be prepared to discuss what you have learned with the class.   

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 Wednesday, August 23, 2017

 

 Topic: You are the Historian Activity! - Learning about famous explorers! 

 

 Today's Goal:  Today students will complete their discussion of how we study history but working on a "Primary

  and Secondary Source Activity."  Students will be working in groups to determine if historical evidence they

 discover is either a primary or secondary source.  In the process, students will be learning about two famous

 explorers Lief Erikson and Christopher Columbus.   

 

  *Assignments:

 

 1.  Go over our student created Classroom Constitution! 

 

 2.  Complete a Primary vs. Secondary Source Activity

 

 Each table will be assigned the assignment below.  Students should work together to complete the

 assignment by downloading the digital worksheet and completing the assignment in Microsoft Word.   

 

 Primary vs. Secondary Source Activity: Leif Erickson 
 
Learning Target: I can EVALUATE sources of historical information to determine if they are
 primary or secondary sources. 

        

 When you have completed your assignment, email you final copy to Mr. Gigliotti.  Be sure to use the correct

 subject line below. 

 

  Email Address: gigliottip@parmacityschools.org

 

  Subject line: Primary and Secondary Source Activity

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

 

 Topic: You are the Historian Activity! - Learning about famous explorers! 

 

 Today's Goal:  Today students will complete the Primary and Secondary Source Activity.  The class will go over

 all of the information.  We will also review for tomorrow's short quiz over this weeks materials.

   

 

 *Assignments:

 

 1.  Each table will complete the assignment below.  Students should work together to

      complete the assignment by downloading the digital worksheet and completing the assignment   

      in Microsoft Word.   

 

 Primary vs. Secondary Source Activity: Leif Erickson
 
Learning Target: I can EVALUATE sources of historical information to determine if they are
 primary or secondary sources. 
        

 When you have completed your assignment, email you final copy to Mr. Gigliotti.  Be sure to use the 

 correct subject line below. 

 

  Email Address: gigliottip@parmacityschools.org

 

  Subject line: Primary and Secondary Source Activity

 

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 Friday, August 25, 2017

 

 Topic: How do we study History? - Conclusion

 

 Today's Goal:  Today you will take your first quiz over the material we discussed throughout the week.  Please take your time, check your answers and submit your quiz.  Following the short quiz we will begin to discuss the concept of a "colony."  Students will be working collaboratively to create their own successful colony. 

 

  *Assignments:

 

 1.  Take a few minutes to complete and go over the:

       Primary vs. Secondary Source Activity: Leif Erickson
      
Learning Target: I can EVALUATE sources of historical information to determine if they are
       primary or secondary sources. 

 

 2. Take 5 minutes to study your materials from the week.  Use the review materials.

 

 3.  Ace the "What is History Quiz!" 

 

 Have a great weekend!

 

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Monday, August 28, 2017  

 

 *Greetings High Quality students!  I am sorry that I am unable to be with you today.  Please behave

  for the sub and complete the assignments listed below.  We will begin the presentations during the

  second half of class tomorrow.   

 

 Topic: Building your own colony assignment   - What type of settlement will your group create? 

    

 Today's Goal:  Today students will begin to learn about the concept of "colonies."  A "colony" is a group of

 people who are settled in a distant land but who are still governed and connected to their homeland.  Students

 will be working together to complete an assignment in which they must create their own colony.  Each group will

 present their colony to the class on Tuesday. 

 

 Today's Assignments:

 

 1.  Take two minutes to watch the short "What is a Colony" Video. 

 

      

 

 2.  Participate in a class discussion about the video and our hypothetical Mars Colony.   

 

 

 3.  Each table should now work together to complete the:

 

       Building Your Own Colony Activity!
       Learning Target: I can work with my group to PLAN and CREATE a new colony and 
       ENSURE it's survival. 

       
 
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 Tuesday, August 29, 2017

 

 Topic: Building your own colony activity - What type of settlement will your group create?

 

 Today's Goal:  Students should work to complete their Building your own colony activity today with their group. 

 Each group will present their colony to the class during the second part of class today. 

 

 Today's Assignments:

 

  1.  Each table should now work together to complete the:

 

       Building Your Own Colony Activity!
       Learning Target: I can work with my group to PLAN and CREATE a new colony and 
       ENSURE it's survival. 

 

 

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 Wednesday, August 30, 2017

 

 Topic: What Happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke? - Solve the age old mystery!

 

 Today's Goal:  Today students will learn about England's first attempt at a an English colony in North

 America.  In 1587, 117 English men and women left their homes in England and built a settlement off the coast of

 what is now North Carolina known as Roanoke.  Just a few years later, all of the settlers, as well as their

 buildings, had vanished!  Complete the assignment below to help find out the truth about what happened to the

 Lost Colony of Roanoke!   

 

  *Assignments:

 

 1.  With your group, present your colony Slides presentation to the class. 

 

 2.  Discovering the Lost Colony Of Roanoke
      Learning Target:
I can RESEARCH facts about the Lost Colony of Roanoke to DETERMINE
      what happened to the lost colony.

 

 

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

 

 Topic: What Happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke? - Solve the age old mystery!

 

 Today's Goal:  Today students will begin learning about how to use their digital Social Studies binder.  Students

  should follow directions and begin completing the LiveBinder Practice activity below. 

   

*Assignments:

 

 1.  With your group, present your colony Slides presentation to the class. 

 

 2.  Discovering the Lost Colony Of Roanoke
      Learning Target:
I can RESEARCH facts about the Lost Colony of Roanoke to DETERMINE
      what happened to the lost colony.

 

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 Friday, September 1, 2017

 

 Topic: Getting Started With Your Digital Binder

 

 Today's Goal:  Today students should complete their practice LiveBinder activities.  The class will go over the

 information about the Lost Colony of Roanoke and the Columbian Exchange. 

 

 

*Assignments:

 

 1.  Mr. Gigliotti will be going over some very important information about your digital Social Studies

      binder.  Mr. G will also be providing you with information about how to login to your account. 

 

 2.  With the guidance of Mr. G, complete the LiveBinder Practice Activity below:   

 

     LiveBinder Practice Activity
      Learning Target: I can CREATE a LiveBinder to showcase my Social Studies achievements.

 

 

  Have a great 3 day weekend!

 

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Monday, September 4, 2017  

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 Topic: Labor Day - No School

 

  

    

 Today's Goal:  Enjoy your 3 day weekend!

 

 Today's Assignments:

 

 No homework or activities!

 
 
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 Tuesday, September 5, 2017

 

 Topic: Getting Started With Your Digital Binder - The Lost Colony of Roanoke and the Columbian Exchange

 

 Today's Goal:  Today students should complete their practice LiveBinder activities.  The class will go over the

 information about the Lost Colony of Roanoke and the Columbian Exchange.

 

 Today's Assignments:

 

  1.  Log into your LiveBinder account we created last week. 

 

  2.  Complete parts 5, 6, 7, & 8 of the white assignment in your LiveBinder tab 

 

       LiveBinder Practice Activity
      Learning Target: I can CREATE a LiveBinder to showcase my Social Studies achievements.

 

 

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 Wednesday, September 6, 2017

 

 Topic: What Is Happening to the Colony of Jamestown- Can you unravel the mystery?

 

 Today's Goal:  Today students will work together to unravel the Jamestown Mystery.  Jamestown was the first

 successful colony set up by the English.  However during its first 20 years, over 80% of the people who went

 there died!  The king has chosen you and your group to solve this mystery. 

 

  *Assignments:

 

 1.  With your group, follow the directions to complete the assignment below.  Every student will need to complete

      the work in their LiveBinder. 

 

 The Jamestown Mystery
 
Learning Target: I can HYPOTHESIZE why over 80% of Jamestown's early inhabitants died using
 clues and primary sources.

 

 

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

 

 Topic: What Is Happening to the Colony of Jamestown? - Looking at the evidence

 

 Today's Goal:  Today students will continue to work together to unravel the Jamestown Mystery.  Jamestown was the first successful colony set up by the English.  However during its first 20 years, over 80% of the people who went there died!  The king has chosen you and your group to solve this mystery.  Today we will be examining the clues.  

   

*Assignments:

 

 1.  With your group, follow the directions to complete the assignment below.  Every student will need to complete

      the work in their LiveBinder. 

 

    The Jamestown Mystery
 
   Learning Target: I can HYPOTHESIZE why over 80% of Jamestown's early inhabitants died using
    clues and primary sources.

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 Friday, September 8, 2017

 

 Topic: What Is Happening to the Colony of Jamestown? - conclusion

 

 Today's Goal:  Today students will continue to work on the Jamestown Mystery.  Students will be writing a final hypothesis and a letter to the king.  The class will go over the exciting conclusion of the mystery today after we write our letters to the king!

 

*Assignments:

 

1.  With your group, follow the directions to complete the assignment below.  Every student will need to

     complete the work in their LiveBinder. 

 

    The Jamestown Mystery
 
   Learning Target: I can HYPOTHESIZE why over 80% of Jamestown's early inhabitants died 

    using clues and primary sources.

 

Monday, September 11, 2017  

 

 Patriot's Day! 

 

  

   

 Topic: Meet the Pilgrims! - Ever wonder why we celebrate Thanksgiving?

 

 Today's Goal:  In just a few weeks you will be sitting down to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving feast with

 your friends and family.  Have you ever wondered why Americans enjoy getting together on Turkey day

 to eat and watch football?  Today we will begin to learn how that tradition began by learning more about

 a famous group of people in American History known as the Pilgrims!  Students should complete at least

 Part 1 today in class.

 

 Today's Assignments:

 

1.  A moment to reflect on the events of 9-11-01

 

2.  Click on the link below to access the assignment.  Complete Part 1 in your LiveBinder.  If there is time

     you may also begin working on parts 3 and 4. 

 

     The Pilgrims and Thanksgiving
    Learning Target: I can TEACH my family the story of the Pilgrims during my Thanksgiving

    dinner this year.

 
 
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 Tuesday, September 12, 2017

 

 Topic: Meet the Pilgrims - Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?

 

 Today's Goal:  Today students should complete at least parts 2 and 3 of the Pilgrim activity in class. 

  We will be going over all of the information as a class.  Students who do not finish this assignment

 should complete it for homework.

 

 

 Today's Assignments:

 

1.  Click on the link below to access the assignment.  Complete Part 1 in your LiveBinder.  If there is time

     you may also begin working on parts 3 and 4. 

 

     The Pilgrims and Thanksgiving
    Learning Target: I can TEACH my family the story of the Pilgrims during my Thanksgiving

    dinner this year.

 

 

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 Wednesday, September 13, 2017

 

 Topic: Let's Have some Puritan Fun!- What was life like for a teenager in Colonial America?

 

 Today's Goal:  Today students will learn about the Puritans.  The Puritans were one of the earliest groups

 to come to America for religious freedom.  Students should complete part 1 of the activity in class today. 

 We will be going over part 1 as a class. 

 

  *Assignments:

 

1.  Click on the link below to access the assignment.  Complete Part 1 in your LiveBinder.

 

     Puritan Fun!
     Learning Target: I can ANALYZE what it would have been like to have been a teenagers in
     Puritan Society. 

 

 

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

 

 Topic: Early English Colonies Review Activity - Getting Ready for the quiz

 

 Today's Goal:  Today students will complete several review activities for tomorrow's quiz. 

   

*Assignments:

 

1.  Click on the link below to access the Early English Colonies Review Activity .  The activity will open    

     in PowerPoint.  Students will be given time to move the words from the word bank into the correct

     colony's column.

 

    Download the Early English Colonies Review Activity 

 

 

2.  Review for tomorrow's quiz using the review materials

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 Friday, September 15, 2017

 

 Topic: Quiz Day and Colonial Geography - Happy Friday!

 

 Today's Goal:  Today students will be given some time to review for the Early English colonies quiz. 

 Students will then take the quiz and begin working on the 13 Colonies Geography activity. 

 

*Assignments:

1.  Review for tomorrow's quiz using the review materials

 

2.  Ace the Early English Colonies Quiz!

 

3.  Learn about the most famous event in Puritan History: The Salem Witch Trials 

 

     

 

4. Discuss how a feeling of "hysteria" can effect a society.  Has something like the Salem Witch Trials ever

    happened since?  Could it happen again?

 

5.  Have a great weekend!


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