This week in social studies, around our STAAR testing, we will continue to analyze the events of the 1780s and 1790s in France that transformed the nation from absolute monarchy to radical democracy and back to autocracy, weakening the foundations of monarchies across Europe at the beginning of the modern era. On Friday, the students will have a test in social studies over the nations and features of Europe. They will use atlases in order to answer geographic questions about the political and physical features of Europe. Please see the attachments to this and the previous post for resources you can review at home.
This week in social studies our students are turning their attention to the geography, history and culture of Europe. We will begin the week by analyzing the political and physical geography of Europe while reviewing the essence of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. A blank map and physical geography questions are attached to this post for families to review at home. There will be a test next Friday, April 24 over the nations and features of Europe. Later in the week we will turn our attention to an analysis of the French Revolution and evaluate the shift from absolute monarchy to radical democracy brought on by the events of the 1780s and 1790s in France.
This week our social studies students will say good-bye to our wonderful student teacher, Ms. Shirley. Her last day with us will be Thursday, April 9. It has been a privilege working alongside her as she has helped guide our explorations of Asia, Latin America and Africa.
This week in social studies our students will continue to analyze and evaluate the cultures of various African nations. We will describe the causes and effects of cultural diffusion on African societies and analyze the similarities and differences within and among cultures in various African societies.
The social studies test previously scheduled for this Thursday is being rescheduled. There will be no social studies test this week.
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.
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