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7th Grade Homework

Parents: Please reference your child's google calendar/classroom pages for daily up date about the exciting things that we are doing in class. 
DAILY SUMMARY: 
 Description:
September 18- Today The classes were introduced to ten centers dealing with the legacy if  the Roman Empire.  Each student will work through hands-on activities in art, music, literature, science, architecture, government, etc.  Hopefully each student will see just how much of our current lives have been influenced by this ancient culture.  We started class with a little research about Nero.  Then we watched an intro. video about Rome's legacy.  Most students needed a bit more time to complete their booklets as other started the centers.  HOMEWORK: Students not done with their booklets need to complete them at home and turn them in on Thursday,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rmEPUkxdIA 
 
September 17- The civilizations that developed in Greece and Rome had an enduring impact on later civilizations. Their legacy includes: government, law, engineering, art, architecture, literature. The Roman Empire also helped the spread of Christianity.  We continued to work on our Fall of Rome" books.  Tuesday we will start with a short video and then go on to centers about various aspects of Roman culture that have had influences on modern society. See the exppectations below on the Sept. 14 announcement.   HOMEWORK: none
 
 September 14- Today we started our children's book of the fall of Rome.  Yesterday's note taking took longer than I had anticipated.  You c an find the list of directions below on the Sept. 13 announcement.  We will complete the first few pages as a class  for modeling.  This booklet will serve as an assessment instead of a unit quiz.  Before we started on the project, I had each student visit the site listed to read a bit more about Rome's fall.  There was a 4 question quiz at the end.  HOMEWORK: none
 
September 13-All will watch the accompanying video. Three classes will play the kahoot. The two classes that are behind will not. Each student will be creating a children's book about the fall of the Roman empire. We will create a booklet as an assessment instead of a quiz or test. This booklet also hits a language arts objective about summarizing. That will take several days. NO homework. 
 
 
September 12- Today we started to analyze the reasons for the fall of the Roman empire At the start of class we talked about succession... a major reason for the fall. The class took about 10 minutes to complete their "column projects" and then we read chapter #1 together as a class... taking notes as we read. WE watched a video about the fall of Rome and took further notes. The intent was to then play a kahoot as a review game... that will probably happen tomorrow. We will create a booklet as an assessment instead of a quiz or test. That will take several days. NO homework.... if the column summary was not completed, that is due tomorrow at the start of class. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JuWHKAl7Zs 
 
 September 11- Today we finished our research about Rome going from a republic to an empire.  We watched a short video, completed our group activity with the column summary and played a kahoot.
 
September 7- Today we should finalize our investigation of how the Roman republic grew into an Empire. The students finished working in groups to summarize the four periods of growth. The groups will create a column reminiscent of the columns found in ancient Rome that told of historic deeds. We started with a review of Roman social structure.   HOMEWORK: none 
 
 September 5- Today we started to analyze how the Roman culture spread to be a powerful empire.  Our warm up was about the Circus Maximus. We then read the preview of preview of chapter 34 and found one-word synonyms for vocabulary of chapter.  We practiced a technique for taking notes.  Groups of 4's read intro together the next section of text.   Each member selected a section to summarize ( we practiced this skill ).  The summaries were put together in the shape pf a Roman column.  At the column's base, the groups had to write what SPQR, a Latin phrase,  meant.   In a  perfect world, we then watched a video about Roman expansion and played a Kahoot for review.  I am sure we will run out of time and will continue this lesson on Thursday.  HOMEWORK: NONE
September 4- I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.  Today I had planned to start a review of the Roman Empire, but many groups were not done with their group projects.  Sooooooo.... we used the first 15 minutes of class to complete the projects.  Then we used our notes to support answers to two essay questions,  One asked about archaeologists and their need to judge historical events based on the thought of the time and not to judge past civilizations by today's standards.  The second question asked about geographical features and how they might promote or impede human/cultural development.  If students finished early, there was a geography challenge to try.  HOMEWORK: none
 
 
 
August 31-  Today we continued/ concluded  researching aspects of a fictional land mass in order to establish settlements. The teams needed to analyze precipitation, vegetation, elevation and natural resources to create a believable settlement.  We added major cities, based on topography and resources.  Have a great Labor Day weekend!
 
 August 30- Today we continued researching aspects of a fictional land mass in order to establish settlements.  The teams needed to analyze precipitation, vegetation, elevation and natural resources to create a believable settlement.  Here is a link for a hint to today's warm-up exercise. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Gulf_coastal_grasslands
 
August 29- Today we started a group project that will probably last until the end of the week. Each group will develop a country based on its vegetation, physical features, resources, and rainfall/fresh water supply. Each group will have to have transportation, defense, and educational systems. Also each group will have to create an economy based upon climate and topography/climate. HOMEWORK: none 
 
August 28- After our daily warm-up, classes watched  a video clip about world population.  Then student pairs were given maps and each pair analyzed the map, offering pros and cons about the suitability of the land for settlement.  This was based on the available resources and topography.  Lastly, students formed into groups of 4-5 and were introduced to a mapping project.  Each group will develop a country based on its vegetation, physical features, resources, rainfall/fresh water supply.  HOMEWORK : none 
 
August 16- Hello, and welcome to World Studies- Ancient Greece to First Global Age. I hope that we will have an exciting year filled with activities, simulations, projects and the like. I encourage you to look at Google classroom and calendar everyday as a reminder of tasks for class. It is especially important to look if you are absent. I post all of the activities, video clips and such each day. If you have liked social studies in the past, I hop I can continue that excitement. If social studies has not been your favorite, I hope that there will be something the piques your interest.
 
Description:
August 17- Day #2!!  Tired?  Today  we will start our daily warm ups.  Remember that goes in the document labeled, " start of S.S."  Then we will play a kahoot all about mapping/geographical terms as a review.  Lastly, we will be working in partners to complete a mapping challenge about the  Medieval world.  We will refer to this map throughout the year.  HOMEWORK: none 
August 20- Woo woo... our first Monday. Today we are looking at why we study history. Are we doomed to repeat history if we forget it? We will investigate possible answers to this question by watching 3 videos that offer three unique perspectives. We will use this time to also learn how to effectively take notes while watching a presentation. Below are three video clips we watched in class and the response sheet... just in case you were not with us today. We also finished the mapping activity from Monday. HOMEWORK: none https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otrLfsU9sgA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLE-5ElGlPM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hbz-JeOMuSo #1 4 minutes…. Be able to explain by example the phrase “ If we do not know our history, we are doomed to repeat it. #2 4 minutes…. Be able to explain the altered version of the phrase above ( Those who don’t know history won’t be able to improve the present) 
#3 is  5 minutes- Hughes- very funny  Be able to write three reasons why we should learn history. 
 
Description:August 21- Today we investigated how archaeologists must not judge past societies based on the morals/thoughts of the modern world. After our warm up, an acrostic poem about archaeology, we watched a short video highlighting archaeology as a career. Pairs of students then observed a picture of a buried tomb from the year, 5,000 CE, actually a hotel bathroom from 2018 and read the notes from the archaeologist who uncovered it. Each pair was to notice the misidentification of the many artifacts. The students then moved about the room trying to identify 20 artifacts from the past, indicating what each might tell about the society from which they came. HW: none 
 
https://anthropology.si.edu/outreach/Teaching_Activities/pdf/Archaeology%20and%20art.pdfhttps://anthropology.si.edu/outreach/Teaching_Activities/pdf/Archaeology%20and%20art.pdf
August 22- Today our Historic figure project will be introduced. Each student will select a prominent figure from history and create a likeness of that person complete with a paragraph telling of that person’s accomplishments and the historical impact made by that person. ( top 10 evil in history )
 
 
 
August 24- Today we focused on how geographic features promote or impede the movement of people, products and ideas. We started with our usual classroom warm-up to get a debate/conversation going and then went on to the activities to defend a position posed from the classroom discussion. We watched a video about how geography can define a culture. As we watched the video we practiced outlining and note-taking skills. We then played a kahoot game as a way to review the concepts learned in the. If you were not here with us today, the video and note blank are linked below. HOMEWORK: If you didn't finish the historical figure project, it is due on Monday. video and discussion. 
August 27- Today was a shortened class schedule to allow for MAPS testing.  We worked on analyzing how geographic features impede or promote the movement pf people. ideas, and products.  We watched three short video segments on the subject, pausing for notes and class discussion.  Then we paired up for an mapping activity. During this activity, partners had to decide where to best locate settlements based on resources, topography, and climate. 
August 28- Today we continued with activities centered on these two state standards: 
1. Maps and other geographic representations can be used to trace the development of human settlement over time
 2. Geographic features promote or impede the movement of people, products and ideas.
video link below... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGJtItq0cpg

September 6- Today we continue to analyze how the Roman republic grew into an Empire. The students are working in groups to summarize the four periods of growth. The groups will create a column reminiscent of the columns found in ancient Rome that told of historic deeds. We started with a quick look into the colorful story of Romulus and Remus. HOMEWORK: none

Video that explains start of Rome- 
Notes for video
September 12- Today we started to analyze the reasons for the fall of the Roman empire At the start of class we talked about succession... a major reason for the fall.  The class took about 10 minutes to complete their "column projects" and then we read chapter #1 together as a class... taking notes as we read.  WE watched a video about the fall of Rome and took further notes.  The intent was to then play a kahoot as a review game... that will probably happen tomorrow.  We will create a booklet as an assessment instead of a quiz or test.  That will take several days.  NO homework.... if the column summary was not completed, that is due tomorrow at the start of class.  
Below is the video we watched.
Below is the video we watched.
September 13-   Three classes almost finished reading a chapter about the fall of Rome.  Some classes will start that today. 
 All will watch the accompanying video.  Three classes will play the  kahoot.  The two classes that are behind will not.  Each student will be creating a children's book about the fall of the Roman empire.  We will create a booklet as an assessment instead of a quiz or test.  This booklet also hits a language arts objective about summarizing.  That will take several days.  NO homework.
Here are the directions for the book...
All will watch the accompanying video. Three classes will play the kahoot. The two classes that are behind will not. Each student will be creating a children's book about the fall of the Roman empire. We will create a booklet as an assessment instead of a quiz or test. This booklet also hits a language arts objective about summarizing. That will take several days. NO homework.
Here are the directions for the book...All will watch the accompanying video. Three classes will play the kahoot. The two classes that are behind will not. Each student will be creating a children's book about the fall of the Roman empire. We will create a booklet as an assessment instead of a quiz or test. This booklet also hits a language arts objective about summarizing. That will take several days. NO homework.
Here are the directions for the book...All will watch the accompanying video. Three classes will play the kahoot. The two classes that are behind will not. Each student will be creating a children's book about the fall of the Roman empire. We will create a booklet as an assessment instead of a quiz or test. This booklet also hits a language arts objective about summarizing. That will take several days. NO homework.
Here are the directions for the book...September 13- Three classes almost finished reading a chapter about the fall of Rome. Some classes will start that today. 
link to reading:  http://www.historyforkids.net/the-fall-of-rome.html
September 18- Today The classes were introduced to ten centers dealing with the legacy if  the Roman Empire.  Each student will work through hands-on activities in art, music, literature, science, architecture, government, etc.  Hopefully each student will see just how much of our current lives have been influenced by this ancient culture.  We started class with a little research about Nero.  Then we watched an intro. video about Rome's legacy.  Most students needed a bit more time to complete their booklets as other started the centers.  HOMEWORK: Students not done with their booklets need to complete them at home and turn them in on Thursday,
September 18- Today The classes were introduced to ten centers dealing with the legacy if  the Roman Empire.  Each student will work through hands-on activities in art, music, literature, science, architecture, government, etc.  Hopefully each student will see just how much of our current lives have been influenced by this ancient culture.  We started class with a little research about Nero.  Then we watched an intro. video about Rome's legacy.  Most students needed a bit more time to complete their booklets as other started the centers.  HOMEWORK: Students not done with their booklets need to complete them at home and turn them in on Thursday,September 18- Today The classes were introduced to ten centers dealing with the legacy if  the Roman Empire.  Each student will work through hands-on activities in art, music, literature, science, architecture, government, etc.  Hopefully each student will see just how much of our current lives have been influenced by this ancient culture.  We started class with a little research about Nero.  Then we watched an intro. video about Rome's legacy.  Most students needed a bit more time to complete their booklets as other started the centers.  HOMEWORK: Students not done with their booklets need to complete them at home and turn them in on Thursday,Description:

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 Power of the Pen: 

Looking forward to another great year starting on Tuesday, October 9.  I am so glad to announce that POP is back.  1st Tournament is at University School on February 9.   Make sure you can attend this event before you sign up.  I will post all information on classroom.  If you want to join the classroom, the code is: bteuuf

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Mr. Lawrence Richmond

Mr. Lawrence Richmond
 7th Grade World History Teacher
Middle School
440-893-7695
larry.richmond@chagrinschools.org
 
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