This week in social studies we will begin by surveying some of the major eras in world history in order to place our Latin American and African studies in context (notes are attached below). Toward the end of the week we will survey five African countries in order to analyze the similarities and differences among African cultures and to evaluate how European culture has affected culture in Africa (background text attached below). The students will have a test in social studies next Thursday, April 9, over our studies this week.
This week in social studies our students will be taking a close look at the nation of South Africa. We will be analyzing the history of segregation in South Africa (Apartheid) and the role of individuals and groups in changing the nature of South Africa's culture and government. This began today with a "color game" that the students participated in to gain a sense of the inequality and injustice within the Apartheid system. We will spend the remainder of the week processing the game and drawing comparisons to the history of South Africa.
On Wednesday our students will take their test over the nations and physical features of Africa. Physical geography questions are attached to this post if students wish to study them at home. You may also access the maps we are using in class under the previous post.
This week in social studies our students are wrapping up our Latin American studies with their Conference on the Fate of the Amazon Rainforest that we were preparing for before Spring Break. For half of our class period on Tuesday, Ms. Hogan, our 6th grade counselor, is visiting with the students about empathy and how to respond appropriately to cyberbullying. During the remainder of the week we will begin our next major unit of the year by analyzing the political and physical geography of Africa. The students will have a map skills test next Thursday, March 26, over the nations and physical features of Africa. Please see the maps attached to this post for help in studying.
This week our students will be evaluating various perspectives about the Amazon Rainforest. Student groups will assume the role of one of six interest groups concerned with the use of the Amazon (settlers, Native Amazonians, government leaders, cattle ranchers, rubber tappers, environmentalists). Student groups will begin the week with research on their own interest group's perspective and learn a bit about the other groups as well. Toward the end of the week all the interest groups will come together for a mock conference about the future use of the rainforest.
The students also have an assignment due this Thursday. Last Thursday they brought home our test over the history of Mexico as reflected in a series of murals. This is the test they would have taken last Wednesday but we adjusted it due to the weather that kept us from school last Monday and Tuesday. The students should complete the 22 questions on the test at home and turn it in on Thursday. The students may consult their notes from class as they complete this assignment.
The test planned for Wednesday over the murals reflecting Mexican history will be rescheduled due to the inclement weather that has kept us from school Monday and Tuesday. Students may use the notes attached to the previous post in order to study and review the major points of each painting.
If we are able to resume our studies on Wednesday our students will take a virtual bus tour of Mexico city in order to learn more about the history, culture, economics and geography of one of our world's largest cities.
This week in social studies our students will complete their analysis of nine paintings depicting various scenes from 500 years of Mexican history. The students will have a test on Wednesday, Feb 25 to measure their learning from these lessons. A black and white annotated image of each painting is attached to this post so that students can review it along with their notes from class as they study.
Our students will also be learning about levels of economic development this week by comparing key statistics reflecting the development of fourteen Latin American countries. Student pairs will graphically illustrate the literacy rate, gross domestic product (per capita), religious groups, ethnicities, life expectancy and labor forces of an assigned country. The class will then analyze the overall matrix of fourteen nations they produce and draw some conclusions about Latin America’s overall economic development. The final processing component of this lesson that we will complete on Friday is attached to this post.
This week in social studies we will be exploring the history and culture of Latin America by evaluating eight paintings that provide an overview of 500 of Mexican history. The paintings, by three notable Mexican artists (Rivera, Orozco, Siqueiros), provide an excellent perspective on the transitions that Mexico and other Latin American countries experienced as they evolved through Native American, Colonial and Independence eras. The students will gain a better understanding of the major periods in Latin American history as well as the ways in which past events contribute to present conditions. The notes the students take during these lessons will also provide the foundation for an upcoming test. An overview of the paintings is attached to this post for your review.
The students will also take a test this Thursday over the political and physical geography of Latin America. On the test students will need to apply the social studies skills we’re practicing in class: analyzing and interpreting information from maps. The questions attached to the previous post are the ones we're going over in class and the maps attached last week may be helpful as students prepare for the test.
This week in social studies we are shifting our focus from Asia toward Latin America. We will begin the week by focusing on the political and physical geography of Latin America. A blank map, physical geography questions, and two resource maps are attached to this post so that students can continue studying and practicing at home. Towards the end of our week we will shift our attention to the contributions of the Mayan, Aztec and Incan civilizations to Latin American culture.
This week in social studies we will be "touring" China in order to learn about some ancient Chinese traditions that still find expression in modern Chinese life. The students will rotate through stations in class as they learn about ancestor veneration, birth ceremonies, mourning rituals, family structure, family loyalty, home design, naming traditions and marriage in the context of Chinese culture. By the end of the week students will compose a letter about their tour of China and summarizing what they learned about Chinese traditions and the importance of family in Chinese culture. You may see the attachment below to discuss at home and compare to American life if you wish.
On Thursday the students will also have a test over our studies of the geography of Asia, Hindusim and Buddhism. Students have had their review since last Tuesday and another copy is attached to the bottom of this post.
This week (and last week) our focus is on the religion of Buddhism. As with the other major religions we've touched on this year, our studies will focus on the beginnings of the faith, its major teachings and the modern practice of the religion. We will also compare how Hindu and Buddhist teachings are related and how they have influenced life in South and East Asia. Note the background passage attached to this post.
Next week our students will have a test over these studies as well as the geography of South and East Asia. The review is attached below.
Welcome to the blog for Mr. Lindsey's social studies class!