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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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The Week of October 17

Posted by Jay McGaughy on October 17th, 2016

Monday, Oct. 17

Bell Ringer: pp. 156-157; Analyzing Visuals

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

We then reviewed Buddhism using the students’ Major World Religions Comparison Chart.

We then reviewed Section 2 Assessment

Students completed the Origins of Hinduism Fill-in-the-Blank Quiz.

Assignment: Study for Origins of Buddhism Matching Quiz

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Bell Ringer: p. 159; Reviewing Vocabulary, Terms, and People — #’s 1-9

In Class: I was away at Professional Development today; therefore, students completed the following:

Assignment: Study for Indian Empires True/False Quiz

Wednesday, Oct. 19

Bell Ringer: p. 160; Reviewing Themes — #15-16

In Class: We reviewed Section 4 Assessment.

Students completed the Indian Empires True/False Quiz.

Students completed the following Student-Driven Literacy Strategies for our Study of Ancient India:

Religious Art (ancient-india; slides #36-38)

  • Semantic Map
  • Reciprocal Teaching
  • Semantic Map

Sanskrit Literature (ancient-india; slides #39-41)

  • List-Group-Label
  • JIGSAW
  • Exit Slip

Assignment: Study for Indian Achievements Fill-in-the-Blank Quiz

Thursday, Oct. 20

Bell Ringer: p. 161; Standardized Test Practice — #1-7

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

Students completed the following Student-Driven Literacy Strategies for our Study of Ancient India:

Sanskrit Literature (ancient-india; slides #39-41)

  • List-Group-Label
  • JIGSAW
  • Exit Slip

Scientific Advances (ancient-india; slides #42-44)

  • Think-Pair-Share
  • Think-Pair-Share
  • Think-Pair-Share

We then reviewed together Section 5 Assessment.

Students completed the Indian Achievements Fill-in-the-Blank Quiz.

Assignment: Study for Ancient India Test

Friday, Oct. 21

Bell Ringer: NAME: Your Name; SUBJECT: Ancient India; PERIOD: 1st, 3rd, 5th, or 6th; DATE: 10-21-16

In Class: Students completed the Ancient India Test.

Assignment: HIGH FLIGHT MONDAY – Dress Appropriately!!!

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The Week of October 10

Posted by Jay McGaughy on October 11th, 2016

Monday, Oct. 10

Bell Ringer: Teacher Workday – No School!

In Class: Teacher Workday – No School!

Assignments: Teacher Workday – No School!

Tuesday, Oct. 11

Bell Ringer: p. 140; Analyzing Information

In Class: Students completed the following Student-Driven Literacy Strategies for our Study of Ancient India:

Indian Society Divides (ancient-india; slides #11-13)

  • Quick Write
  • Jot Charting
  • Quick Write

Brahmanism (ancient-india; slides #14-16)

  • Five-Word Prediciton
  • Say Something
  • Five-Word Prediciton

Assignments: None

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Bell Ringer: p. 146; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students completed the following Student-Driven Literacy Strategies for our Study of Ancient India:

Hinduism Develops (ancient-india; slides #17-19)

  • Major World
  • Religions
  • Comparison Chart

Assignments: None

Thursday, Oct. 13

Bell Ringer: p. 149; Interpreting Maps

In Class: I am attending Professional Development today; therefore students had the following assignments to complete:

  1. Turn to a blank sheet of paper in the Literacy Strategies section of your binder and divide the paper into three columns. Label the three columns from left to right: What I Know, What I Want to Know, and What I Learned. Before you read, write anything you already know about Groups React to Hinduism in the first column. It is okay if you don’t know anything. Before you read, write anything you want to know about Groups React to Hinduism in the second column. Now, read Groups React to Hinduism on pages 140-141. Finally, write what you learned about Groups React to Hinduism in the third column.
  2. Complete Section 2 Assessment, #’s 1-6 on page 141
  3. Read Siddhartha’s Search for Wisdom on pages 142-143.
  4. Complete the World Religions Comparison Chart that you received yesterday in class.
  5. Read Teaching of Buddhism on pages 144-145.
  6. Complete the World Religions Comparison Chart that you received yesterday in class.
  7. Read Buddhism Spreads on pages 146-147.
  8. Complete Section 3 Assessment, #’s 1-5 on page 147.

Assignments: Complete Sections 2 (p. 141) and 3 (p. 147) Assessments

Friday, Oct. 14

Bell Ringer: p. 150; Interpreting Maps

In Class: I am attending Professional Development today; therefore students had the following assignments to complete:

  1. Read ‘Indian Empires’ on pages 148-151.
  2. Complete Section 4 Assessment, #’s 1-4 on page 151.
  3. Read ‘Indian Achievements’ on pages 153-157.
  4. Complete Section 5 Assessment, #’s 1-5 on page 157
  5. Read the articles on Ancient India
    1. Early Civilizations in the Indus Valley
    2. The Caste System
    3. The Rise of Hinduism
    4. The Birth and Spread of Buddhism
    5. The Gupta Period of India
  6. For each of the aforementioned headings, write 10 questions. You should have five basic recall questions for which the answer can be found on the lines in the text. You should have five higher-level thinking questions for which the answer has to be derived from between the lines of the text. These are questions that require someone to think about what the author is communicating in the text. You will have a total of 50 questions.

Assignments: Complete Sections 4 (p. 151) and 5 (p. 157) Assessments

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The Week of October 3

Posted by Jay McGaughy on October 4th, 2016

Monday, Oct. 3

Bell Ringer: NAME: Your Name; SUBJECT: The Hebrews and Judaism; PERIOD: 1st, 3rd, 5th, or 6th; DATE: 10/3/16

In Class: Students completed The Hebrews and Judaism Test.

Students could then either read, work on assignments from other classes, or prepare for their math benchmark exam.

Assignment: None

Tuesday, Oct. 4

Bell Ringer: p. 131; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students completed the following Student-Driven Literacy Strategies for our Study of Ancient India:

Geography of India (ancient-india; slides #2-4)

  • A-B-C Brainstorm
  • X Marks the Spot
  • A-B-C Brainstorm

Harappan Civilization (ancient-india; slides #5-7)

  • Anticipation Guide
  • Margin Notes
  • Anticipation Guide

Assignment: Benchmark Exam Friday

Wednesday, Oct. 5

Bell Ringer: pp. 132-133; Analyzing Visuals

In Class: Students organized their binders.

Students completed the following Student-Driven Literacy Strategies for our Study of Ancient India:

Aryan Migration (ancient-india; slides #8-10)

  • Preview and Predict
  • 3-Minute Pause
  • GIST

We will review the students’ GISTS tomorrow before completing Section 1 Assessment and taking the Geography and Early India Multiple Choice Quiz.

Assignment: None

Thursday, Oct. 6

Bell Ringer: p. 135; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Student’s shared their GIST’s they completed yesterday in class.

Students completed Section 1 Assessment, #’s 1-5 on page 135.

Students took the Geography and Early India Multiple Choice Quiz.

Assignment: None

Friday, Oct. 7

Bell Ringer: p. 137; Analyzing Visuals

In Class: Students completed their First Quarter Benchmark Exams.

Assignment: Enjoy your 3-day weekend!

 

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The Week of September 26

Posted by Jay McGaughy on September 26th, 2016

Monday, Sept. 26

Bell Ringer: p. 216; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students copied assignments for the week.

We discussed the work that students should complete by the end of the period which included the following:

  1. Finish Reciprocal Teaching
  2. Complete Section 1 Assessment, #’s 1-6 on page 217 with your Reciprocal Teaching Group
  3. Take ‘The Early Hebrews’ Matching Quiz with your Reciprocal Teaching Group

Assignment: None

Tuesday, Sept. 27

Bell Ringer: p. 217; Drawing Inferences

In Class: I was away at professional development today; therefore, students completed the following:

  1. Read ‘Jewish Beliefs and Texts’ on pages 218-223
  2. Complete Section 2 Assessment, #’s 1-6 on page 223
  3. Read ‘Judaism over the Centuries’ on pages 224-229
  4. Complete Section 3 Assessment, #’s 1-5 on page 229

Assignment: Complete both Section 2 and 3 Assessments before returning to class

Wednesday, Sept. 28

Bell Ringer: pp. 220-221; Analyzing Visuals

In Class: Students were assigned to EXPERT Groups and were given a specific chunk of text to read and become EXPERTS on in preparation to present to their classmates.

Once completed, students were assigned to SHARE Groups to SHARE their expertise on their previously assigned chunk of texts.

Students will have time in class tomorrow to finish SHARING their expertise.

Assignment: Study for Jewish Beliefs and Texts Fill-in-the-Blank Quiz

Thursday, Sept. 29

Bell Ringer: pp. 224-225; Analyzing Visuals

In Class: Students returned to their SHARE groups to finish sharing their respective expertise.

Students then returned to their EXPERT groups and reviewed the notes they all received in their respective SHARE groups and students also reviewed Section 2 Assessments that they completed in class on Tuesday.

Students then took the Jewish Beliefs and Texts Fill-in-the-Blank Quiz.

We then discussed the Paragraph Shrinking Literacy Activity that students will complete in class tomorrow. This is the third and final literacy strategy for this topic that we have implemented to increase students’ reading comprehension skills.

Assignment: Study for Judaism over the Centuries True/False Quiz

Friday, Sept. 30

Bell Ringer: pp. 226-227; Interpreting Maps

In Class: We graded bell ringers today.

Students then worked with their Paragraph Shrinking partners to complete the Judaism over the Centuries True/False Quiz. We made this an open-book quiz.

Students then began completing the Paragraph Shrinking Literacy Activity.

Students will need to complete this activity to have the notes to study for Monday’s The Hebrews and Judaism Test.

Assignment: Study for The Hebrews and Judaism Test – Test is Monday!

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