Monday, Mar. 13
Bell Ringer: p. 511; Interpreting Maps
In Class: Students were given back their benchmark exams, then organized their binders in preparation for the next topic. Students completed a bell ringer activity.
After the bell ringer, we began our new topic, “The Early Americas.” We completed an ABC Brainstorm and reviewed answers for the brainstorm. Students were to list all the letters A-Z and come up with as many words as possible for each letter, using knowledge that they have about the Maya, Aztec, and Inca.
We looked at a map of the Mayan Civilization, our first civilization of study. We discussed the geography and resources.
After introducing the geography of the Maya, we started making GIST summaries for this section. For each subheading, students are to complete a summary using only 20 words. Today’s subheadings to be completed are:
-Early Peoples of MesoAmerica
-The Classic Age
We then reviewed and shared summaries with one another. At the end of class, we completed a 3-2-1 activity. Students listed 3 important details from today, 2 things that stuck out to them about class, and one question they still have about the material. Students who were absent need to make sure that they get their bell ringer and complete summaries for all of the subheadings in Section 1.
Tuesday, Mar. 14
Bell Ringer: p. 513; Analyzing Visuals
In Class: Students completed a bell ringer activity. We then finished doing out GIST summaries for this section. Today’s subheadings are:
-Decline of Maya Civilization
See Monday’s post for instructions on completing summaries. We shared and reviewed summaries as a class. Students worked on 16.1 Section Assessment and we reviewed answers for the Section Assessment as a class to prepare for tomorrow’s quiz.
Assignment: Study for 16.1 T/F quiz
Wednesday, Mar. 15
Bell Ringer: p. 517; Interpreting Maps
In Class: Students completed their bell ringer activity. We then took our 16.1 T/F quiz on the Mayan Civilization. After the quiz, we took a pre-assessment of the Aztec Empire.
Students then completed an entrance slip. We wrote down something we already knew about the Aztec Empire. Students shared some of their answers. Students kept their notecard in their notebook untill the end of class.
We then formed groups for Reciprocal Teaching. Students worked on Reciprocal Teaching until the end of class. At the end of class, students took out their notecard from the beginning of class, turned it over to the other side and completed their exit slip. Students wrote something they learned about the Aztec Empire from class today and turned it into the teacher.
Thursday, Mar. 16
Bell Ringer: p. 518; Analyzing Visuals
In Class: Today we completed our bell ringer activity, then formed our groups to continue working on our Reciprocal Teaching notes. Groups who complete Reciprocal Teaching then worked on Section Assessment for Section 2. We will have some time in class tomorrow to get everything completed for this section.
Friday, Mar. 17
Bell Ringer: Write five words that describe Cortes’ conquest of the Aztecs. Use page 520 in your book if you need to.
In Class: Today we completed and discussed our bell ringer activity. We submitted our bell ringers from this week to be graded.
We did an activity on historical perspectives and did a class discussion on a primary source. The source was a letter from Hernan Cortes to Charles V. We did an analysis activity as a class. After we did the activity, we completed the post-assessment.
Students who were absent do not have anything to make up from today’s class. However, students must submit their bell ringers from this week to Mrs. Prosch when they return to school.
Assignment: Have a good weekend!