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The Week of January 16

Posted by Jay McGaughy on January 17th, 2017

Monday, Jan. 16

Bell Ringer: 

In Class:

Assignment: MLK, Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL!

Tuesday, Jan. 17

Bell Ringer: p. 293; Drawing Conclusions

In Class: Students took notes on the following topics from the-greek-world presentation:

  • Macedonia Conquers Greece
  • Phillip’s Military Strength
  • Alexander Builds an Empire
  • Controlling the Greeks
  • Building a New Empire
  • Marching Home
  • Spreading Greek Culture
  • Hellenistic Kingdoms

Assignment: 9.3 Section Assessment due tomorrow. Study for Alexander the Great True/False Quiz.

Wednesday, Jan. 18

Bell Ringer: p. 295; Making Inference

In Class: Students took notes on the following topics from the-greek-world presentation:

  • Hellenistic Macedonia
  • Hellenistic Syria
  • Hellenistic Egypt

We then reviewed 9.3 Section Assessment together.

Students then completed the Alexander the Great True/False Quiz.

Students took notes on the following topics from the-greek-world presentation:

  • The Arts
  • Statues and Paintings
  • Greek Architecture
  • New Forms of Writing
  • Philosophy

Assignment: 9.4 Section Assessment due tomorrow. Study for Greek Achievements Fill-in-the-Blank Quiz.

Thursday, Jan. 19

Bell Ringer: p. 299; Standardized Test Practice

In Class: We graded bell ringers.

Students took notes on the following topics from the-greek-world presentation:

  • Socrates
  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine and Engineering

We then reviewed 9.4 Section Assessment together.

Students then completed the Greek Achievements Fill-in-the-Blank Quiz.

Students then accessed “The Greek World” Quizlet via Google Classroom to study essential vocabulary for tomorrow’s test.

Assignment: Study notes, section assessments, and chapter review questions for tomorrow’s “The Greek World” Test.

Friday, Jan. 20

Bell Ringer: NAME: Your Name; SUBJECT: The Greek World; PERIOD: 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th; DATE: 1/20/17

In Class: Students completed The Greek World Test.

Assignment: THE GREEK WORLD TEST TODAY!

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The Week of January 9

Posted by Jay McGaughy on January 9th, 2017

Monday, Jan. 9

Bell Ringer: p. 280; Analyzing Points of View

In Class: We graded bell ringers that were completed last week.

I informed the students that we will have an intern joining us for second semester who will handle most of the teaching responsibilities during the semester.

Students took notes on the following topics from the-greek-world presentation:

  • The Second Invasion of Greece

We completed #3 a. & b. together from Section 1 Assessment on page 277.

We completed #4 & #5 together from Section 1 Assessment on page 277.

Assignment: Study for POP Quiz on notes from 1/5

Tuesday, Jan. 10

Bell Ringer: p. 282; Interpreting Maps

In Class: We completed #5 together from Section 1 Assessment on page 277.

Students then completed the Persia and Greece Matching Quiz. Students were allowed to use their notes, section assessment, and textbook.

Students then completed The Greek World POP Quiz.

Students took notes on the following topics from the-greek-world presentation:

  • Spartans Build a Military Society
  • Boys and Men in Sparta
  • Life in Sparta
  • Girls and Women in Sparta

Assignment: Study for POP Quiz on notes from 1/6 (Thursday)

Wednesday, Jan. 11

Bell Ringer: p. 287; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students began class by completing today’s bell ringer.

Students then had the reminder of the period to complete the assignment listed below.

Assignment: Finish 9.2, 9.3, and 9.4 Section Assessments as well as Chapter Review Questions #1-8 on page 297, #13-15, #18, and #19 on page 298, and #1-7 on page 299.

Thursday, Jan. 12

Bell Ringer: p. 291; Analyzing Visuals

In Class: Students completed The Greek World POP Quiz #3.

Students took notes on the following topics from the-greek-world presentation:

  • Girls and Women in Sparta
  • Government
  • Athenians Admire the Mind
  • Boys and Men in Athens
  • Girls and Women in Athens
  • Sparta and Athens Fight
  • Athenina Power
  • The Peloponnesian War

Assignment: Study for Sparta and Athens Fill-in-the-Blank Quiz

Friday, Jan. 13

Bell Ringer:

In Class: We graded this week’s bell ringers.

Students took notes on the following topics from the-greek-world presentation:

  • The Peloponnesian War
  • Fighting Among the City-States

We then reviewed Section 2 Assessment together.

Students completed the Sparta and Athens Fill-in-the-Blank Quiz.

Assignment: Enjoy your three-day weekend!

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The Week of January 2

Posted by Jay McGaughy on January 3rd, 2017

Monday, Jan. 2

Bell Ringer: Happy New Year!

In Class: Happy New Year!

Assignment: Happy New Year!

Tuesday, Jan. 3

Bell Ringer: Teacher Workday

In Class: Teacher Workday

Assignment: Teacher Workday

Wednesday, Jan. 4

Bell Ringer: p. 273; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students copied assignments for the week.

Students organized their binders.

We discussed second semester for 8th graders.

Students took notes on the following topics from the-greek-world presentation:

  • Persia Becomes an Empire
  • Cyrus the Great
  • The Persian Army

Students completed question 1 a. and b. from Section 1 Assessment on page 277.

Students took notes on the following topics from the-greek-world presentation:

  • The Persian Empire Grows Stronger
  • Political Organization

Assignment: Study today’s notes for a “POP” Quiz tomorrow.

Thursday, Jan. 5

Bell Ringer: p. 276; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students completed The Greek World “POP” Quiz #1.

Students took notes on the following topics from the-greek-world presentation:

  • Persian Society
  • Persian Expansion

Students completed question 2 a. and b. from Section 1 Assessment on page 277.

Students took notes on the following topics from the-greek-world presentation:

  • The Persians Fight Greece
  • The Battle of Marathon
  • The Second Invasion of Greece

Assignment: Study for Greece and Persia Matching Quiz.

Friday, Jan. 6

Bell Ringer: No school today – winter weather!

In Class: No school today – winter weather!

Assignment: Have a great weekend!

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The Week of December 12

Posted by Jay McGaughy on December 12th, 2016

Monday, Dec. 12

Bell Ringer: p. 263; Reviewing Vocabulary, Terms, and People #’s 1-8

In Class: Given that all of the students’ notes and section assessments were completed in their Google Drive accounts, students were afforded another day devoted entirely to studying for tomorrow’s test.

Assignment: Ancient Greece Test tomorrow

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Bell Ringer: NAME: Your Name; SUBJECT: Ancient Greece; PERIOD: 1st, 3rd, 5th, or 6th; DATE: 12/13/16

In Class: Students completed the Ancient Greece test.

Students read, worked on assignments from other classes, prepared for remaining benchmark exams, or rested after the test.

Assignment: Ancient Greece Test today

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Bell Ringer: What was your favorite topic we studied first semester? Explain why it was your favorite.

In Class: Students either studied for today’s ELA benchmark exam or tomorrow’s Science benchmark exam or read a novel.

Assignment: None

Thursday, Dec. 15

Bell Ringer: What was your favorite way you learned first semester? Explain why it was your favorite.

In Class: We graded bell ringers today.

Students either studied for today’s Science benchmark exam or read a novel.

Assignment: None

Friday, Dec. 16

Bell Ringer: Merry Christmas!!!

In Class: Assemblies and class parties today before 1:00 dismissal.

Assignment: Merry Christmas!!!

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The Week of December 5

Posted by Jay McGaughy on December 5th, 2016

Monday, Dec. 5

Bell Ringer: High school counselors visited today!

In Class: Students worked on their 4-year plans in the B-11 Computer Lab.

Assignment: None

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Bell Ringer: pp. 252-253; Analyzing Visuals

In Class: We discussed the protocol for Reciprocal Teaching.

Students were then emailed their Reciprocal Teaching Notes Sheets and received their group assignments.

Students began completing Reciprocal Teaching for Greek Mythology and Literature.

Assignment: None

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Bell Ringer: p. 255; Analyzing Information

In Class: Students who either did not finish their 4-plans or who were absent on Monday returned to the B-11 computer lab to complete their plans with Mrs. Butz.

Students who remained in class finished 8.2 Section Assessment with their EXPERT group members and began completing 8.3 Section Assessment with their Reciprocal Teaching group members. Both of these assignments were completed as Google Docs and shared with the respective group members.

Assignment: Ancient Greece Test This test will be Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Thursday, Dec. 8

Bell Ringer: p. 256; Making Predictions

In Class: We completed the Government in Athens quiz together today.

Students then returned to their Reciprocal Teaching groups to finish Greek Mythology and Literature.

Once completed, students reviewed their notes together in their Reciprocal Teaching groups.

Students also completed 8.3 Section Assessment with their Reciprocal Teaching group members.

Assignment: Study for Ancient Greece Test This test will be Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Friday, Dec. 9

Bell Ringer: p. 257; Drawing Inferences

In Class: We graded bell ringers.

We then completed the Greek Mythology and Literature quiz together.

Students then had time to complete 8.2 and 8.3 Section Assessments if not already completed as well as time to finish their Reciprocal Teaching notes.

Students were then to study for Tuesday’s Ancient Greece Test. Because all of the students’ work is on their Google Drive, students had time to study in class today and will have time to study in class on Monday in preparation for Tuesday’s test.

Assignment: Have a great weekend!

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The Week of November 28

Posted by Jay McGaughy on November 28th, 2016

Monday, Nov. 28

Bell Ringer: p. 239; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students had today to finish all of their Ancient China and China Quizzes. Students could use their Section Assessments and The Amazing Race: China website to complete these quizzes.

Students also had today to finish their Ancient China and China Tests. Students could use their Section Assessments, Chapter Reviews, and The Amazing Race: China website to complete these tests.

Assignment: None

Tuesday, Nov. 29

Bell Ringer: p. 242; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students completed the SQ3R Literacy Strategy for Geography and the Early Greeks today. Any student that was not present in class today should log into Google Classroom to complete this assignment.

Assignment: None

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Bell Ringer: pp. 244-245; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students continued completing the SQ3R Literacy Strategy for Geography and the Early Greeks today. Any student that was not present in class today should log into Google Classroom to complete this assignment.

Assignment: Study for Geography and the Early Greeks Multiple Choice Quiz

Thursday, Dec. 1

Bell Ringer: pp. 248-249; Analyzing Visuals

In Class: Students completed the Geography and the Early Greeks Multiple Choice Quiz.

Students were then assigned to an EXPERT group for the JIGSAW group work activity. Students accessed a note-taking document via their individual email accounts.

Students read their respective chunk of text and recorded notes in the appropriate section of the note-taking document. This document was shared among each EXPERT group member’s SHARE group; therefore, when students were assigned to their SHARE groups, each SHARE group member had all of the notes for Government in Athens.

Students in the SHARE groups shared their expertise from their work in their EXPERT groups. We will continue this activity tomorrow.

Assignment: None

Friday, Dec. 2

Bell Ringer: p. 250; Analyzing Primary Sources

In Class: Students returned to their SHARE groups to share their expertise on their topic.

Students then returned to their EXPERT groups to debrief what they learned in their SHARE groups.

Students then created and shared a Google Doc within their EXPERT group and completed Chapter 8, Section 2 Section Assessment on page 251.

Assignment: Have a great weekend!

 

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The Week of November 14

Posted by Jay McGaughy on November 14th, 2016

Monday, Nov. 14

Bell Ringer: p. 445; Interpreting Maps / p. 446; Drawing Conclusions / p. 447; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students finished the Amazing Race: China today!

Assignment: Complete 14.2 Quiz / Complete 14.3 Section Assessment

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Bell Ringer: p. 453; Analyzing Information / p. 459; Interpreting Maps / p. 460 Analyzing Primary Sources

In Class: Students had a workday to complete Section Assessment for Chapter 14 and to complete Quizzes for Chapter 14 via Google Classroom.

Assignment: Complete 14.3 Quiz / Complete 14.4 Section Assessment

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Bell Ringer: p. 461; Analyzing Visuals / pp. 462-463; Analyzing Visuals / p. 465; Genaralizing

In Class: Students completed the following Chapter Review questions for Chapters 6 and 14 while I was away at Professional Development today:

Chapter 6: #1-10 on p. 199; #11 on p. 199; #12-15 on p. 200; #1-7 on p. 201

Chapter 14: #1-12 on p. 467; #13 on p. 467; #14-16 on p. 468; #1-7 on p. 469

Assignment: Complete 14.4 Quiz

Thursday, Nov. 17

Bell Ringer: NAME: Your Name; SUBJECT: Ancient China; PERIOD: 1st, 3rd, 5th, or 6th; DATE: 11/17/16

In Class: Students had access to all Section Assessments for Chapter 6, The Amazing Race: China website via Google Classroom, and Chapter 6 Review questions completed in class yesterday to aid them in completing today’s test.

Assignment: ANCIENT CHINA TEST TODAY!!!

Friday, Nov. 18

Bell Ringer: NAME: Your Name; SUBJECT: China; PERIOD: 1st, 3rd, 5th, or 6th; DATE: 11/18/16

In Class: Students had access to all Section Assessments for Chapter 14, The Amazing Race: China website via Google Classroom, and Chapter 14 Review questions completed in class Wednesday to aid them in completing today’s test.

Assignment: CHINA TEST TODAY!!!

 

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The Week of November 7

Posted by Jay McGaughy on November 7th, 2016

Monday, Nov. 7

Bell Ringer: p. 185; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students continued The Amazing Race: China today!

Assignment: Complete 6.4 Section Assessment

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Bell Ringer: pp. 188-189; Analyzing Visuals

In Class: Students continued The Amazing Race: China today!

Assignment: Complete 6.4 Quiz / Complete 6.5 Section Assessment

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Bell Ringer: p. 194; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students had a workday to complete Section Assessment for Chapter 14 and to complete Quizzes for Chapter 6 via Google Classroom.

Assignment: Complete 6.5 Quiz / Complete 14.1 Section Assessment

Thursday, Nov. 10

Bell Ringer:

In Class:

Assignment: Complete 14.1 Quiz / Complete 14.2 Section Assessment

Friday, Nov. 11

Bell Ringer: Veterans’ Day! – No School

In Class: Veterans’ Day! – No School

Assignment: Veterans’ Day! – No School

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The Week of October 31

Posted by Jay McGaughy on October 31st, 2016

Monday, Oct. 31

Bell Ringer: p. 175; Biography: Drawing Inferences

In class: Students had class time today to complete Section Assessments for Chapters 6 and 14.

We also finalized our Amazing Race: China website.

Assignment: None

Tuesday, Nov. 1

Bell Ringer: p. 176; Analyzing Primary Sources

In class: Students began the Amazing Race: China today!

Assignment: Complete 6.1 Section Assessment

Wednesday, Nov. 2

Bell Ringer: Interim Assessments

In class: Meet in B-11 Computer Lab for Interim Assessments today.

Assignment: Complete 6.1 Quiz (Google Classroom). Complete 6.2 Section Assessment

Thursday, Nov. 3

Bell Ringer: p. 177; Biography: Drawing Inferences

In class: Students continued the Amazing Race: China today!

Assignment: Complete 6.2 Quiz (Google Classroom). Complete 6.3 Section Assessment

Friday, Nov. 4

Bell Ringer: p. 178; Interpreting Maps

In class: Students continued the Amazing Race: China today!

Assignment: Complete 6.3 Quiz (Google Classroom).

 

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The Week of October 24

Posted by Jay McGaughy on October 27th, 2016

Monday, Oct. 24

Bell Ringer: HIGH FLIGHT TODAY!

In Class: HIGH FLIGHT TODAY!

Assignment: HIGH FLIGHT TODAY!

Tuesday, Oct. 25

Bell Ringer: p. 167; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students were introduced to the Amazing Race: China Project.

Team captains created all the necessary Google Slides, Forms, and Docs for their team folders.

All students joined their respective Google Classroom classes.

Assignment: None

Wednesday, Oct. 26

Bell Ringer: p. 170; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students created their Google Slides for their respective chunk of text. These Google Slides will be the Detour on the website we are creating for our Amazing Race: China project.

Assignment: None

Thursday, Oct. 27

Bell Ringer: p. 173; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students created their Google Forms for their respective chunk of text. These Google Forms will be the Road Block on the website we are creating for our Amazing Race: China project.

Assignment: None

Friday, Oct. 28

Bell Ringer:

In Class:

Assignment: None

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