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The Week of August 22

Posted by Jay McGaughy on August 22nd, 2016

Monday, Aug. 22

Bell Ringer: p. 59; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students were provided an example of a proper MLA heading for their bell ringers as well as an example of how to correctly set up each day’s bell ringer and how to accurately answer bell ringer questions for Interpreting Maps. Examples will be provided for the various types of bell ringer questions as we get to them, respectively.

Students copied tonight’s assignment. See below.

Students received back their Week 2 Bell Ringers (20 pts./Bronze) and their TSAaEC Tests (100 pts./Gold).

Students then organized their binders by taking everything out of their binders except for today’s bell ringer and placing all the items into a sheet protector, writing Topic 1 on the outside of the sheet protector with a Sharpie, taping closed the sheet protector, and placing it in the Previous Topics sections of their binders.

Students then took notes on the following topic:

I then read “Geography of the Fertile Crescent” on pages 58-61 to the students.

We then began completing together the Section 1 Assessment, #’s 1-4 on page 61. We will complete the Section Assessment tomorrow in class.

Assignment: Study for Geography of the Fertile Crescent True/False Quiz.

Tuesday, Aug. 23

Bell Ringer: pp. 62-63; Interpreting Maps

In Class: We completed the remaining questions of the Section 1 Assessment on page 61 (20 points/Bronze).

Students then completed the Geography of the Fertile Crescent True/False Quiz (20 points/Silver).

Students then took notes on the following topic:

Assignment: None

Wednesday, Aug. 24

Bell Ringer: p. 65; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students then took notes on the following topic:

Assignment: None

Thursday, Aug. 25

Bell Ringer: pp. 66-67; Analyzing Visuals

In Class: Students then took notes on the following topic:

I then read “The Rise of Sumer” on pp. 64-68 to the students.

We also began completing together the Section 2 Assessment, #’s 1-4 on page 68. We will complete the Section Assessment tomorrow in class.

Assignment: Study for The Rise of Sumer Matching Quiz.

Friday, Aug. 26

Bell Ringer: p. 71; Analyzing Information

In Class: We graded Week 3 Bell Ringers today (20 pts./Silver).

We then completed the remaining questions of the Section 2 Assessment on page 68 (20 points/Bronze).

Students completed The Rise of Sumer matching quiz (20 pts./Silver).

Students then took notes on the following topic:

Assignment: Have a great weekend!

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The Week of August 15

Posted by Jay McGaughy on August 15th, 2016

Monday, Aug. 15

Bell Ringer: Why did equality exist between men and women during the Paleolithic Age?

In Class: Students copied tonight’s assignment.

I returned the students’ bell ringers from last week and the students’ The Stone Ages quiz. Students should place the bell ringers behind the Bell Ringer tab in their binders and place The Stone Ages quiz behind the Section Assessment tab in their binders.

We reexamined a cave painting that we viewed last week. Students had the same picture and were able to label what they saw. We then developed a theory as to why this particular cave painting was created. We then read about the cave painting and we read the theories that social scientist have advanced about this cave painting.

Students then went into the hallway and were able to examine five more artifacts from the same cave. The students labeled what they saw using the pictures of the artifacts on their sheets of paper. The students then developed their own theories about why the artifacts were created or what the artifacts were used for. Students then read about each artifact and read the theories social scientist have developed about each artifact. We then reviewed all of this information together.

Assignment: Begin studying for The Stone Ages and Early Cultures Test. The test will be either Wednesday or Thursday.

Tuesday, Aug. 16

Bell Ringer: Why did the equality that existed between men and women during the Paleolithic Age erode during the Neolithic Age?

In Class: Students copied assignments for both tonight and tomorrow tonight.

Students then worked together to create clock appointments for future partner work that will be done in class.

We continued our study of The Stone Ages and Early Cultures (Otzi the Iceman, Emergence of Civilization, Urban Focus, New Political and Military Structures, New Social Structure Based on Economic Power, and Development of More Complexity in a Material Sense).

Assignment: All students should have their binders, tab dividers, sheet protectors, paper, and novels in class tomorrow and every day thereafter.

Wednesday, Aug. 17

Bell Ringer: What do think about Otzi the Iceman and the theories about his life?

In Class: Students copied their assignments for the remainder of this week.

We then organized the students’ binders. Tab dividers should be labeled Bell Ringers, Notes, Literacy Activities, Section Assessments, and Previous Topics in that order.

We continued our study of The Stone Ages and Early Cultures (Emergence of Civilization, Urban Focus, New Political and Military Structures, New Social Structure Based on Economic Power, and Development of More Complexity in a Material Sense, Distinct Religious Structures, Development of Writing, New and Significant Artistic and Intellectual Activity).

Students worked with their 12:00 appointments to write a 10-question test based on the provided objectives. Students will have time to finish this activity tomorrow in class.

Assignment: The Stone Ages and Early Cultures Test is tomorrow. will be FRIDAY!!!

Thursday, Aug. 18

Bell Ringer: What did you think about the activity we completed in class on Monday (artifacts and theories)?

In Class: Students worked with their 12:00 appointments to write a 10-question test based on the provided objectives.

Students then returned to their respective desks and then swapped the tests they wrote with their 1:00 appointments.

Students completed the tests they received. Students attempted to answer all the questions without using their notes the first time. The second time, students used their notes to answer any questions they did not answer on their first attempt.

Students could either study for tomorrow’s test or read a novel with the time remaining in class.

Assignment: Study for The Stone Ages and Early Cultures Test. Test tomorrow!

Friday, Aug. 19

Bell Ringer: Explain how you studied outside of school for today’s test.

In Class: Students submitted this week’s bell ringers. Improper MLA headings resulted in a 10% deduction in score. Bell ringers were graded based on completion at four points each. This will be a 20 point, BRONZE grade.

Students worked with their 2:00 appointments to complete The Stone Ages and Early Cultures test. This will be a 100 point, GOLD grade.

Assignment: Have a great weekend!

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The Week of August 8

Posted by Jay McGaughy on August 6th, 2016

Monday, Aug. 8

Bell Ringer: Teacher Workday!

In Class: No School!

Assignment: Enjoy your last day of summer!

Tuesday, Aug. 9

Bell Ringer: What does a good classroom student do to be successful? Write a five-to-eight sentence paragraph that provides specific details or examples.

In Class: Students had about 10 minutes to complete today’s bell ringer.

Students then volunteered to share their ideas about what a good classroom student does to be successful.

We then discussed the CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS for Oak Mountain Middle School’s EAGLE PRIDE where PRIDE stands for POSITIVISM, RESPECT, INTEGRITY, DETERMINATION, and EXCELLENCE.

We then partially reviewed the most important parts of the 8th Grade World History to 1500 Course Syllabus for 2016-2017.

We began our study of The Stone Ages and Early Cultures (Paleolithic Age; first slide only).

Assignment: Get lots of rest tonight!

Wednesday, Aug. 10

Bell Ringer: How can you assure that you are never tardy to a class? Write a five-to-eight sentence paragraph that provides specific details or examples.

In Class: Students had about 10 minutes to complete today’s bell ringer.

We then discussed the HALLWAY EXPECTATIONS for Oak Mountain Middle School’s EAGLE PRIDE where PRIDE stands for POSITIVISM, RESPECT, INTEGRITY, DETERMINATION, and EXCELLENCE.

Students highlighted in their paragraphs examples they listed that were consistent with the EAGLE PRIDE.

Students copied today’s assignment.

We continued our study of The Stone Ages and Early Cultures (Paleolithic Age and Neolithic Agricultural Revolution).

Assignment: Read your notes one time.

Thursday, Aug. 11

Bell Ringer: How should you conduct yourself when you visit either the front office or the administrative office? Write a five-to-eight sentence paragraph that provides specific details or examples.

In Class: Students had about 10 minutes to complete today’s bell ringer.

We then discussed the OFFICE EXPECTATIONS for Oak Mountain Middle School’s EAGLE PRIDE where PRIDE stands for POSITIVISM, RESPECT, INTEGRITY, DETERMINATION, and EXCELLENCE.

Students turned to a neighbor and talked about the three examples they provided in their paragraphs for examples of appropriate behavior when visiting either the front office or the administrative office.

Students copied today’s assignment.

We continued our study of The Stone Ages and Early Cultures (Paleolithic Age, Neolithic Agricultural Revolution, Mesolithic Age, and Neolithic Age).

Assignment: Study for Stone Ages Quiz!

Friday, Aug. 12

Bell Ringer: What does appropriate behavior look like when visiting the media center to check out a book, return a book, pay a fine, or use available technology? Write a five-to-eight sentence paragraph that provides specific details or examples.

In Class: Students had about 10 minutes to complete today’s bell ringer.

I then read to the students a comparative essay on the transition from the Paleolithic Age to the Neolithic Age.

Students then worked with an assigned partner to complete the Stone Ages Quiz.

Students then used the FCA’s for this week’s paragraphs to peer edit and score today’s bell ringer response.

Assignment: Have a Great Weekend!!!

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