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The Week of August 21

Posted by Jay McGaughy on 18th August 2017

Monday, Aug. 21

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 The Stone Ages and Early Cultures Tests (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. 22

Bell Ringer:

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Wednesday, Aug. 23

Bell Ringer:

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Thursday, Aug. 24

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Friday, Aug. 25

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The Week of August 14

Posted by Jay McGaughy on 14th August 2017

Monday, Aug. 14

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

In Class: Students copied assignments for the week.

Students wrote their names on ‘equity sticks’ to be used throughout the year.

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

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.

Our learning targets for today were: I CAN 1)describe what I see for 5 different Paleolithic artifacts, 2)develop a theory about 5 different Paleolithic artifacts, and 3)discover a social scientist’s theory for 5 different Paleolithic artifacts.

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 handouts. 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.

We will finish this activity tomorrow in class.

Assignment: Binder, tab dividers, sheet protectors, and novel due tomorrow!

Tuesday, Aug. 15

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

In Class: Our learning targets for today were: I CAN 1)describe what I see for 5 different Paleolithic artifacts, 2)develop a theory about 5 different Paleolithic artifacts, and 3)discover a social scientist’s theory for 5 different Paleolithic artifacts.

Students returned to the hallway and continued to examine the five artifacts from the same cave. The students labeled what they saw using the pictures of the artifacts on their handouts. 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.

We then reviewed all of the notes from last week on The Stone Ages and Early Cultures.

Our learning targets for today were: I CAN 1)describe the significant characteristics related to the discovery of Otzi the Iceman and 2)list the seven characteristics of civilization.

We continued our study of The Stone Ages and Early Cultures.

Assignment: Read all of your notes one time tonight (Advisory).

Wednesday, Aug. 16

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

In Class: Our learning targets for today were: I CAN 1)describe the significant characteristics related to the discovery of Otzi the Iceman and 2)list the seven characteristics of civilization.

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, Distinct Religious Structures, Development of Writing, New and Significant Artistic and Intellectual Activity).

Students then worked with their 1:00 appointment to complete the ‘Make-A-Test, Take-A-Test’ activity. Students wrote a 10-question test that included two multiple choice questions, three fill-in-the-blank questions, two listing questions, two true/false questions, and one matching question. Most pairs did not finish writing their tests today so students will have time to finish this activity in class tomorrow.

Students received their textbooks today in class today. Students will need to bring their textbooks to class on Monday, Aug. 21.

Assignment: Read all of your notes one time tonight (Advisory).

Thursday, Aug. 17

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

In Class: Students continued working with their 1:00 appointments to write a 10-question test based on the provided objectives.

Students who finished read their novels.

Students then returned to their respective desks and swapped the tests they wrote with their 2:00 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 also used their own notes to check their answers on the test they took.

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

Assignment: The Stone Ages and Early Cultures Test is tomorrow. STUDY!

Friday, Aug. 18

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

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

Students worked with their 3:00 appointments to complete The Stone Ages and Early Cultures test (Gold).

Assignment: Have a great weekend!!!

 

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The Week of August 7

Posted by Jay McGaughy on 7th August 2017

Monday, Aug. 7

Bell Ringer: Teacher Workday!

In Class: No School!

Assignment: Enjoy your last day of summer!

Tuesday, Aug. 8

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.

Our learning targets for today were: I CAN 1)list at least three characteristics of a successful classroom student and 2)list and describe characteristics of the Paleolithic Age.

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 Course Syllabus for 2017-2018.

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

Assignment: Get lots of rest tonight!

Wednesday, Aug. 9

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.

Our learning target for today was: I CAN 1)list and describe characteristics of the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic Ages.

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).

Students completed an EXIT SLIP today in which they answered the following question: What make you, YOU?

Assignment: Read your notes one time tonight!

Thursday, Aug. 10

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.

I selected six (6) students randomly to share one example they provided for appropriate behavior when visiting the front or administrative office.

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 copied today’s assignment.

Our learning target for today was: I CAN 1)list and describe characteristics of the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic Ages.

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

Assignment: Study for The Stone Ages Quiz!

Friday, Aug. 11

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.

Students then turned to a partner and shared with him or her the three examples that he or she wrote about for today’s bell ringer.

Students then used the Focus Corrections Areas (FCA’s) to peer edit one of a classmates four responses to this week’s writing prompts. This will be the student’s score for Week 1 Bell Ringers (Silver).

We then looked at two artists renditions of what social scientist believe Catal Huyuk may have looked like and we described together what we saw in the pictures.

Our learning target for today was: I CAN 1)list and describe characteristics of the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic Ages.

Students then worked with an assigned partner to complete The Stone Ages Quiz (Silver).

Assignment: Have a Great Weekend!!!

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