September

 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Due Today:  History: Notebook Test TODAY!

                   Exploratory:  None

 

* Class Work - History:

All Periods:    

Today we took our notebook TEST today, Monday, September 30th.  (Extra credit notes were due today as well.)  The notebook TEST took most of the class period.  If you were absent today, you have ONE WEEK to make-up this test.  You may make-up this test at lunch or after school (not during class time).  Mrs. Claassen will be available for lunch on Wednesday, October 2nd.  Please schedule a time to make-up your test.  If you do not make-up your test, you will earn a zero.  L

 

* Class Work - Exploratory:

We watched CNN current events today.  On nbk. pp. 14-15, write:

September 30, 2013 – Absent  – if you were absent today

(Otherwise you have three sentences about items you learned through the current events today.)

Make sure your sentences are full sentences with proper capitalization, punctuation and details!

 

We finished checking the answers for our geography study of North America today.  The map worksheet should already be attached to nbk. p. 8.  The question worksheet should be attached to nbk. p. 9.  Answers should be written in full sentences while re-phrasing the question in your answer.  Watch your spelling and capitalization.  We went over all of the answers for the questions.  You will want to check your answers with Mrs. Claassen if you were absent today.  You will be expected to have the correct answers written for any notebook check. 

 

History:  None

Exploratory:  None

 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Due Today:  History: None (Notebook Test on Monday!)

                   Exploratory:  None

 

* Class Work - History:

Periods 1, 3 & 4:    

You will have a notebook TEST on Monday, September 30th.  A note was sent home yesterday about what pages will be checked (pages 1-12).  A notebook TEST mostly checks to see if you have been keeping your notes and work up-to-date as well as correctly placed and useable in your notebook.  We double-checked our notebooks today to make sure we were prepared for the test on Monday.  Notebook checks/tests are worth 20% of your grade.  Remember, there is an extra credit note at the bottom of the bottom of the notebook TEST information page handed-out yesterday if you are interested.

Classes also reviewed notes and worked a bit on our writing skills.

 

Period 2 only:

We did not have history class time today.  We had an assembly today during 2nd period and part of 3rd period.

 

* Class Work - Exploratory:

We did not watch CNN current events today.  On nbk. pp. 12-13, write:

September 27, 2013 – No CNN -Absent  – if you were absent today

We finished our class discussion about real-life government questions.  What is a budget?  What kind of spending cuts (or raising taxes) should our government do?  We spent some time researching our national debt as well as solutions.  We applied our growing knowledge of taxes and budgets to the Moses Lake School District and the changes in school schedules that are arriving in the coming years.

 

History:  Notebook TEST – Monday, September 30th

Exploratory:  None

 

 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Due Today:  History: None

                   Exploratory:  None

 

* Class Work - History:

All periods:     

We up-dated our notebooks today.  You will have a notebook TEST on Monday, September 30th.  A note was sent home today about what pages will be checked (pages 1-12).  A notebook TEST mostly checks to see if you have been keeping your notes and work up-to-date as well as correctly placed and useable in your notebook.  If you were absent today, please make sure you use the attached list to attach all of the returned papers to the correct places in your notebook.  Ask Mrs. Claassen if you have questions.

Notice the extra credit note possibility at the bottom of the notebook TEST information.            

* Class Work - Exploratory:

We did not watch CNN current events today.  On nbk. pp. 12-13, write:

September 25, 2013 – No CNN -Absent  – if you were absent today

We continued to spend class discussing real-life government questions.  What is a budget?  Where do our tax dollars go?  What is a debt?  How bad is our national debt?  What kind of spending cuts (or raising taxes) should our government do?  We spent some time researching our national debt as well as solutions.  We will continue with this topic tomorrow.

History:  Notebook TEST – Monday, September 30th

Exploratory:  None

 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Due Today:  History: None

                   Exploratory:  None

* Class Work - History:

All periods:

All classes continued the next section of notes about Greek Influences, Roman Art, Architecture and Engineering. Mrs. Claassen is lecturing about the topics to provide background knowledge of history to prepare us for our student of Medieval Times this year.  If you missed part of the lecture, make sure you pick-up a copy of packet #2 entitled “The Roman Empire” to help you gain the information you missed.  We will continue with these notes tomorrow.  Key words covered so far in some classes are: 1) statues, 2) mosaics, 3) Pantheon (with arches), 4) Colosseum (with gladiators), 5) roads, 6) aqueducts

                Set-up your notes for the next section on nbk. p. 9.  Write the following information:

                                Topics:    - Greek influence on Rome

                                                -Roman Art, Architecture, and Engineering

                                Essential Question: What are some examples of artifacts that Rome created?

               

* Class Work - Exploratory:

We did not watch CNN current events today.  On nbk. pp. 12-13, write:

September 25, 2013 – No CNN -Absent  – if you were absent today

We spent class discussing real-life government questions.  What is a budget?  What are taxes?  What is a debt?  We spent some time researching our national debt as well as solutions.  We will continue with this topic tomorrow.

History:  None

Exploratory:  None

 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Due Today:  History: nbk. p. 12 Roman Alphabet – SHOW Mrs. Claassen for points.

                   Exploratory:  None

* Class Work - History:

All periods:

All classes continued the next section of notes about Greek Influences, Roman Art, Architecture and Engineering. Mrs. Claassen is lecturing about the topics to provide background knowledge of history to prepare us for our student of Medieval Times this year.  If you missed part of the lecture, make sure you pick-up a copy of packet #2 entitled “The Roman Empire” to help you gain the information you missed.  We will continue with these notes tomorrow.  Key words covered so far in some classes are: 1) statues, 2) mosaics, 3) Pantheon (with arches), 4) Colosseum (with gladiators)

                Set-up your notes for the next section on nbk. p. 9.  Write the following information:

                                Topics:    - Greek influence on Rome

                                                -Roman Art, Architecture, and Engineering

                                Essential Question: What are some examples of artifacts that Rome created?

 

* Class Work - Exploratory:

We watched CNN current events today.  On nbk. pp. 12-13, write:

September 24, 2013 – Absent  – if you were absent today

(Otherwise you have three sentences about items you learned through the current events today.)

Make sure your sentences are full sentences with proper capitalization, punctuation and details!

 

History:  None

Exploratory:  None

 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Due Today:  History: nbk. p. 11 Roman Numerals – SHOW Mrs. Claassen for points.

                   Exploratory:  None

 

* Class Work - History:

* We changed seats today.  Ask Mrs. Claassen where you sit. 

Period 1 only:

                Today we looked at the changing alphabet over time.  We started with the Phoenician alphabet, then examined the Greek alphabet, and finally compared the Roman alphabet to our own.  Students could easily see the Roman alphabet’s legacy on our own system of writing.  Please attach the alphabet chart to nbk. p. 12.  Follow the directions for writing your name at the bottom of the chart.  (reminder: The Romans only had upper-case letters, so don’t use lower-case letters on step #2!).  This assignment will be checked on Tuesday, September 24th.

All periods:      

All classes have started the next section of notes. Mrs. Claassen is lecturing about the topics to provide background knowledge of history to prepare us for our student of Medieval Times this year.  If you missed part of the lecture, make sure you pick-up a copy of packet #2 entitled “The Roman Empire” to help you gain the information you missed.  Key words covered so far in some classes are: 1) statues, 2) mosaics, 3) Pantheon (with arches)

                Set-up your notes for the next section on nbk. p. 9.  Write the following information:

                                Topics:    - Greek influence on Rome

                                                -Roman Art, Architecture, and Engineering

                                Essential Question: What are some examples of artifacts that Rome created?      

 

* Class Work - Exploratory:

We watched CNN current events today.  On nbk. pp. 12-13, write:

September 23, 2013 – Absent  – if you were absent today

(Otherwise you have three sentences about items you learned through the current events today.)

Make sure your sentences are full sentences with proper capitalization, punctuation and details!

 

We continued to check the answers for our geography study of North America today.  The map worksheet should already be attached to nbk. p. 8.  The question worksheet should be attached to nbk. p. 9.  Answers should be written in full sentences while re-phrasing the question in your answer.  Watch your spelling and capitalization.  We went over the answers for Monday – Wednesday’s questions.  You will want to check your answers with Mrs. Claassen if you were absent today.  You will be expected to have the correct answers written for any notebook check. 

 

History:  nbk. p. 12 – Roman Alphabet assignment (name) due tomorrow

Exploratory:  None

 

 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Due Today:  History: 1) Progress Report

                                                2) History of Rome paragraph

                   Exploratory:  1) Progress Report

                                                 2) Continents Quiz – Schedule a time to make this up.

* Class Work - History:

Period 2 only:

                Set-up your notes on nbk. P. 7 with the following information:

                                                Title: Legacies of Rome in the U.S.A.

                Definition:

                                Legacy: something from the  past: something that is handed down or remains from a previous generation or time.

                Then write in complete thoughts any legacies of Rome that you have identified in the United States through our study so far.  One example might be the Roman influence on our Calendar.  (Augustus = August)  We will be continuing to add legacies to this page as our study of Rome continues in the next weeks.

 

Periods 2, 3 & 4:

                Today we looked at the changing alphabet over time.  We started with the Phoenician alphabet, then examined the Greek alphabet, and finally compared the Roman alphabet to our own.  Students could easily see the Roman alphabet’s legacy on our own system of writing.  Please attach the alphabet chart to nbk. p. 12.  Follow the directions for writing your name at the bottom of the chart.  (reminder: The Romans only had upper-case letters, so don’t use lower-case letters on step #2!).  This assignment will be checked on Tuesday, September 24th.

 

All periods:

                Today (or yesterday) we completed an introduction about Roman Numerals.  Obviously, Roman Numerals are a legacy of ancient Rome!  Please attach the Roman Numerals chart to nbk. p. 11.  Then write and solve 5 math problems in Roman Numerals on nbk. p. 11.  Challenge yourself to complete more difficult math problems.  NO, you may not use the math problem I + I = II  (That problem is written in Roman numerals of course…).  These math problems are due on Monday.

Some classes have started the next section of notes.  Some will begin on Monday.  Mrs. Claassen is lecturing about the topics to provide background knowledge of history to prepare us for our student of Medieval Times this year.  If you missed part of the lecture, make sure you pick-up a copy of packet #2 entitled “The Roman Empire” to help you gain the information you missed.  Key words covered so far in some classes are: 1) statues, 2) mosaics

                Set-up your notes for the next section on nbk. p. 9.  Write the following information:

                                Topics:    - Greek influence on Rome

                                                -Roman Art, Architecture, and Engineering

                                Essential Question: What are some examples of artifacts that Rome created?

               

* Class Work - Exploratory:

We did not watch CNN current events today.  On nbk. pp. 10-11, write:

                                                                September 20, 2013 – No CNN

We began to check the answers for our geography study of North America today.  The map worksheet should already be attached to nbk. p. 8.  The question worksheet should be attached to nbk. p. 9.  Answers should be written in full sentences while re-phrasing the question in your answer.  Watch your spelling and capitalization.  We went over the answers for Monday and Tuesday’s questions.  You will want to check your answers with Mrs. Claassen if you were absent today.  You will be expected to have the correct answers written for any notebook check. 

We took a quiz on the 7 continents today.  Names, spelling and capitalization all count for points.  If you missed the quiz today, you must make-up the quiz within one week.  If you do not take the quiz, you will earn a zero.  Please schedule a time with Mrs. Claassen to make-up the quiz at lunch or after school (not during class).

History:  1)Roman Numerals Assignment, nbk. p. 11 – due Monday.

                  2) Roman Alphabet assignment (name), nbk. p. 12 – due Tuesday

Exploratory:  None

 

Thursday, September 18, 2013

Due Today:  History: None

                   Exploratory:  None

* Class Work - History:

All periods:

                Progress reports were handed-out yesterday.  Please get your progress report signed by an adult and return the progress report by Friday, September 20th.  Any work that is missing can still earn some points until Monday, September 30th.  Please make-up anything you are missing.  If you need help, ask Mrs. Claassen.

 

Period 2 only (other periods got the assignment yesterday):

                We began a paragraph assignment to show our understanding of the targets for our study of early Rome.  Please write a quality paragraph about ONE of the key terms about early Rome.  (DUE FRIDAY).  Make sure to include details about that term to clearly explain the information.  We practiced making the topic sentence to the paragraph clear today.   In the topic sentence, mention both the key term your paragraph is about as well as if you consider it an example of an early story of Rome, or a description of Rome’s early government.

                Key Terms: 1) Romulus and Remus, 2) Tiber River, 3) Etruscans 4) Roman Republic, 5) Patricians and Plebeians, 6) Growth of Rome 7) Julius Caesar,  8) Augustus (Octavian), 9) emperors: Hadrian, Caligula and Nero

                Example topic sentences:

  • An early story of Rome includes the story of Romulus and Remus.
  • Julius Caesar was a leader in Rome’s early government.

 

Periods 1, 3 & 4 only:

                Set-up your notes on nbk. P. 7 with the following information:

                                                Title: Legacies of Rome in the U.S.A.

                Definition:

                                Legacy: something from the  past: something that is handed down or remains from a previous generation or time.

                Then write in complete thoughts any legacies of Rome that you have identified in the United States through our study so far.  One example might be the Roman influence on our Calendar.  (Augustus = August)  We will be continuing to add legacies to this page as our study of Rome continues in the next weeks.

 

Periods 2, 3 & 4:

                Today we completed an introduction about Roman Numerals.  Obviously, Roman Numerals are a legacy of ancient Rome!  Please attach the Roman Numerals chart to nbk. p. 11.  Then write and solve 5 math problems in Roman Numerals on nbk. p. 11.  Challenge yourself to complete more difficult math problems.  NO, you may not use the math problem I + I = II  (That problem is written in Roman numerals of course…).  These math problems are due on Monday.

               

* Class Work - Exploratory:

We watched CNN current events today.  On nbk. pp. 10-11, write:

                                                                September 19, 2013 – Absent – if you were absent today

(Otherwise you have three sentences about items you learned through the current events today.)

Make sure your sentences are full sentences with proper capitalization, punctuation and details!

 

We continued with our geography study of North America today.  Attach the map worksheet to nbk. p. 8.  Attach the question worksheet to nbk. p. 9.  Continue to answer the questions in full sentences.  Watch your spelling and capitalization.  You must re-phrase the question in your answer.  For example… #1 should begin, “Four kinds of landforms shown on the map above are ___, ___,  ___, and ___.”  Do your best on these questions.  We will begin to check our answers tomorrow.  If you have not finished the answers yet, it is homework to finish them for tomorrow.

 

On nbk. p. 6, write the title: Continents.

Then list the seven continents, spelling them correctly:

  1. North America, 2) South America, 3) Africa, 4) Europe, 5) Asia, 6) Australia, 7) Antarctica

    **** You will have a quiz over these continents TOMORROW, September 20th.  You will need to spell the continents correctly on the quiz. ***

 

History: 1)Progress report – due Friday, September 20th.

  1. Paragraph about History of Rome (wkst) – due Friday, September 20th
  2. Roman Numerals Assignment, nbk. p. 11 – due Monday.

Exploratory:  1) Continents Quiz – Friday, September 20th.

2)Progress report – due Friday, September 20th.

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Due Today:  History: Syllabus signature page was due today.

                   Exploratory:  None

* Class Work - History:

All periods:

                Progress reports were handed-out today.  Please get your progress report signed by an adult and return the progress report by Friday, September 20th.  Any work that is missing can still earn some points until Monday, September 30th.  Please make-up anything you are missing.  If you need help, ask Mrs. Claassen.

Periods 2, 3 & 4 only:

                Use a highlighter to highlight the key terms in your notes about early Rome on nbk. p. 5.  Only highlight each term once.  If you missed a key term, go back and research the topic so that your notes are complete.  Make sure you highlight all of the following terms:

                1) Romulus and Remus, 2) Tiber River, 3) Etruscans 4) Roman Republic, 5) Patricians and Plebeians, 6) Growth of Rome 7) Julius Caesar,  8) Augustus (Octavian), 9) emperors: Hadrian, Caligula and Nero

 

Periods 1, 3 & 4:

                We began a paragraph assignment to show our understanding of the targets for our study of early Rome.  Please write a quality paragraph about ONE of the above key terms.  Make sure to include details about that term to clearly explain the information.  We practiced making the topic sentence to the paragraph clear today.   In the topic sentence, mention both the key term your paragraph is about as well as if you consider it an example of an early story of Rome, or a description of Rome’s early government.

                                Example topic sentences:

  • An early story of Rome includes the story of Romulus and Remus.
  • Julius Caesar was a leader in Rome’s early government.

Period 4 only:

                Set-up your notes on nbk. P. 7 with the following information:

                                                Title: Legacies of Rome in the U.S.A.

                Definition:

                                Legacy: something from the  past: something that is handed down or remains from a previous generation or time.

                Then write in complete thoughts any legacies of Rome that you have identified in the United States through our study so far.  One example might be the Roman influence on our Calendar.  (Augustus = August)  We will be continuing to add legacies to this page as our study of Rome continues in the next weeks.

             

* Class Work - Exploratory:

We watched CNN current events today.  On nbk. pp. 10-11, write:

                                                                September 16, 2013 – No School

                                                                September 17, 2013 – No CNN

                                                                September 18, 2013 – Absent – if you were absent today

(Otherwise you have three sentences about items you learned through the current events today.)

Make sure your sentences are full sentences with proper capitalization, punctuation and details!

 

We continued with our geography study of North America today.  Attach the map worksheet to nbk. p. 8.  Attach the question worksheet to nbk. p. 9.  Continue to answer the questions in full sentences.  Watch your spelling and capitalization.  You must re-phrase the question in your answer.  For example… #1 should begin, “Four kinds of landforms shown on the map above are ___, ___,  ___, and ___.”  Do your best on these questions.  We will have more time to work on these questions in class on a different day.  It is not homework to finish the questions today.

 

On nbk. p. 6, write the title: Continents.

Then list the seven continents, spelling them correctly:

  1. North America, 2) South America, 3) Africa, 4) Europe, 5) Asia, 6) Australia, 7) Antarctica

    **** You will have a quiz over these continents on Friday, September 20th.  You will need to spell the continents correctly on the quiz. ***

History: 1)Progress report – due Friday, September 20th.

  1. Paragraph about History of Rome (wkst) – due Friday, September 20th

Exploratory:  1) Continents Quiz – Friday, September 20th.

2)Progress report – due Friday, September 20th.

 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

There was no school on Monday, September 16th due to severe power outages in the district.

 

Due Today:  History: None

                   Exploratory:  None

* Class Work - History:

Period 1 only:

                Use a highlighter to highlight the key terms in your notes about early Rome on nbk. p. 5.  Only highlight each term once.  If you missed a key term, go back and research the topic so that your notes are complete.  Make sure you highlight all of the following terms:

                1) Romulus and Remus, 2) Tiber River, 3) Etruscans 4) Roman Republic, 5) Patricians and Plebeians, 6) Growth of Rome 7) Julius Caesar,  8) Augustus (Octavian), 9) emperors: Hadrian, Caligula and Nero

 

All periods: 

                Today is Constitution Day in our country!  Today we reviewed what the United States Constitution is.  Then we watched and discussed a BrainPop about the Constitution.  You do not need to make-up this BrainPop.

Remember, we FINISHED going over the class syllabus last week.  Please read over any information you missed, and make sure you understand the expectations.  Get an adult that takes care of you to sign the last page of the syllabus.  Return that signature to Mrs. Claassen for a grade.  The syllabus signature is due TOMORROW, on Wednesday, September 18th for points toward your history grade.

              

* Class Work - Exploratory:

We did not watch CNN current events today. 

Last week we discovered that many students felt they had a gap in their learning in connection to World War II, nuclear warfare, The Holocaust and other related topics.  In order to better understand these topics in connection to current events, we learned about these topics today.  Sorry you missed this information!

* Assignments:

History: Syllabus Signature – due Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 18th.

Exploratory:  None

 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Due Today:  History: None

                   Exploratory:  nbk. p. 7 North America Vocabulary – SHOW Mrs. Claassen for points!

 

* Class Work - History:

All periods: 

We finished our notes on the lecture about early Rome.  (Actually period 2 will need a few more minutes on Monday, but they are close!) On nbk. p. 5, write the following information:

                                Topic: Early History of Rome

                                Essential Questions:  1) How did ancient Rome begin?

                                                                       2) How was early Rome’s government organized?

                Mrs. Claassen is lecturing about Early Rome.   Not all of this information is not in our 7th grade textbook.  However, the background information about Rome is necessary for our understanding of the 7th grade curriculum.  If you were absent today, please pick-up a copy of an article (section of another textbook) about early Rome.  It is in on the counter.  Use it to take notes on nbk. p. 5 about early Rome.  If you do not have any more space on page 5, attach more paper to page 5 and continue your notes.  Do not go on to page 6 of your notebook.

                As we take notes, students should use all of the following key terms in the notes.  The key terms we used today are:    9) emperors: Hadrian, Caligula and Nero.  Information about all of these key terms can be found in the above mentioned article.  However, to find specific details about these emperors you will want to pick-up packet #2 entitled the “Roman Empire.”  Make sure you read and take notes on these topics.  A later assignment will follow.  On previous days we covered the key terms 1) Romulus and Remus, 2) Tiber River, 3) Etruscans 4) Roman Republic, 5) Patricians and Plebeians, 6) Growth of Rome 7) Julius Caesar,  8) Augustus (Octavian.  On Monday, we will begin to study about Rome’s famous Architecture, and Engineering.

 

Today we FINISHED going over the class syllabus – finally!  Please read over any information you missed, and make sure you understand the expectations.  Get an adult that takes care of you to sign the last page of the syllabus.  Return that signature to Mrs. Claassen for a grade.  The syllabus signature is due on Wednesday, September 18th for points toward your history grade.

               

* Class Work - Exploratory:

We did not watch CNN current events today.  On nbk. pp. 4-5, write:

                                                                September 13, 2013

                                                                No CNN

Absent – if you were absent today

(Otherwise you have three sentences about items you learned through the current events today.)

Make sure your sentences are full sentences with proper capitalization, punctuation and details!

 

We spent some class time discussing more in-depth some of the previous days’ current events.  In addition, we worked on making historical connections to today’s news and filling in gaps in our learning.  Students have so many wonderful questions!

 

Remember to show Mrs. Claassen your vocabulary homework on nbk. p. 7! 

Canadian Shield, 2) desert, 3) Greater Antilles, 4) gulf, 5) isthmus, 6) Lesser Antilles, 7) mountain range, 8) physical map, 9) plains.

 

* Assignments:

History: Syllabus Signature – due Wednesday, September 18th.

Exploratory:  None

 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Due Today:  History: None

                   Exploratory:  None

* Class Work - History:

All periods: 

We continued our notes on the lecture about early Rome.  On nbk. p. 5, write the following information:

                                Topic: Early History of Rome

                                Essential Questions:  1) How did ancient Rome begin?

                                                                       2) How was early Rome’s government organized?

                Mrs. Claassen is lecturing about Early Rome.   Not all of this information is not in our 7th grade textbook.  However, the background information about Rome is necessary for our understanding of the 7th grade curriculum.  If you were absent today, please pick-up a copy of an article (section of another textbook) about early Rome.  It is in on the counter.  Use it to take notes on nbk. p. 5 about early Rome.  If you do not have any more space on page 5, attach more paper to page 5 and continue your notes.  Do not go on to page 6 of your notebook.

                As we take notes, students should use all of the following key terms in the notes.  The key terms we used today are:    6) Growth of Rome 7) Julius Caesar,  8) Augustus (Octavian).  Information about all of these key terms can be found in the above mentioned article.  Make sure you read and take notes on these topics.  A later assignment will follow.  Yesterday we covered the key terms 1) Romulus and Remus, 2) Tiber River, 3) Etruscans 4) Roman Republic, 5) Patricians and Plebeians.  We will finish our notes on Early Rome tomorrow.

               

* Class Work - Exploratory:

We watched CNN current events again today.  On nbk. pp. 4-5, write:

                                                                September 12, 2013

                                                                Absent – if you were absent today

(Otherwise you have three sentences about items you learned through the current events today.)

Make sure your sentences are full sentences with proper capitalization, punctuation and details!

 

We began our geography study of North America today.  Attach the map worksheet to nbk. p. 8.  Attach the question worksheet to nbk. p. 9.  Begin to answer the questions in full sentences.  Watch your spelling and capitalization.  You must re-phrase the question in your answer.  For example… #1 should begin, “Four kinds of landforms shown on the map above are ___, ___,  ___, and ___.”  Do your best on these questions.  We will have more time to work on these questions in class on a different day.  It is not homework to finish the questions today.

 

Exploratory Homework (due Friday 9/13):

                On nbk. p. 7, write the following vocabulary words for North American geography.  Use the provided glossary to define the words on nbk. p. 7.  Please make sure you write the whole definition, and watch your spelling.  You will be tested on these words and definitions at a later time.  The words will also be checked in your notebook for points.

1) Canadian Shield, 2) desert, 3) Greater Antilles, 4) gulf, 5) isthmus, 6) Lesser Antilles, 7) mountain range, 8) physical map, 9) plains.

 

* Assignments:

History: None

Exploratory:  nbk. p. 7 Vocabulary of North America definitions – due tomorrow.

 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Due Today:  History: None

                   Exploratory:  None

 

* Class Work - History:

All periods: 

We continued to go over the expectations of the syllabus for history class.  We are not finished yet.  A copy of the syllabus will be sent home when we have finished discussing all details in class later this week.

 

We began our notes on the lecture about early Rome.  On nbk. p. 5, write the following information:

                                Topic: Early History of Rome

                                Essential Questions:  1) How did ancient Rome begin?

                                                                       2) How was early Rome’s government organized?

                Mrs. Claassen is lecturing about Early Rome.   Not all of this information is not in our 7th grade textbook.  However, the background information about Rome is necessary for our understanding of the 7th grade curriculum.  If you were absent today, please pick-up a copy of an article (section of another textbook) about early Rome.  It is in on the counter.  Use it to take notes on nbk. p. 5 about early Rome.

                As we take notes, students should use all of the following key terms in the notes.  The key terms we used today are:    1) Romulus and Remus, 2) Tiber River,  3) Etruscans, 4) Roman Republic,  5) Patrician and Plebeians.  Information about all of these key terms can be found in the above mentioned article.  Make sure you read and take notes on these topics.  A later assignment will follow.

               

* Class Work - Exploratory:

We watched CNN current events again today.  On nbk. pp. 4-5, write:

                                                                September 11, 2013

                                                                Absent – if you were absent today

(Otherwise you have three sentences about items you learned through the current events today.)

Make sure your sentences are full sentences with proper capitalization, punctuation and details!

 

We began our study of world geography today.  We practiced the names of the 7 continents, as well as learned some examples of landforms.  We also discussed the differences between physical and political maps.  Tomorrow we will begin a more focused study of the physical geography of the continent of North America.

 

* Assignments:

History: None

Exploratory:   None

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Due Today:  History: Parent/Guardian planner signature on the first page was due today – SHOW Mrs. Claassen for points.

                   Exploratory:  1) Parent/Guardian planner signature on the first page was due today – SHOW Mrs. Claassen.

                                            2) Author page (nbk. p.1) was checked today.  SHOW Mrs. Claassen for points if you were absent today.

* Class Work - History:

All periods: 

We continued to go over the expectations of the syllabus for history class.  We are not finished yet.  A copy of the syllabus will be sent home when we have finished discussing all details in class later this week.

 

Create a title page on nbk. p. 3.  Write the following words, making sure to spell and capitalize them correctly.

                                                                The Legacy of Ancient Rome

 

We set-up our notes for the lecture on early Rome tomorrow.  On nbk. p. 5, write the following information:

                                Topic: Early History of Rome

                                Essential Questions:  1) How did ancient Rome begin?

                                                                       2) How was early Rome’s government organized?

 

Period 3 only: On nbk. p. 2, write the title: “What do I already know about ancient Rome?”

                Then, write what you already know about Rome in full sentences.  It is okay if you do not know a lot already.  This is a pre-write.  You can start your sentences with any of the following starters (or more than one!):

                                I already know that Rome…

                                I think that in Rome…

                                I don’t know anything about Rome, but I’m guessing…

 

* Class Work - Exploratory:

We watched CNN current events again today.  On nbk. pp. 4-5, write:

                                                                September 10, 2013

                                                                Absent – if you were absent today

(Otherwise you have three sentences about items you learned through the current events today.)

Make sure your sentences are full sentences with proper capitalization, punctuation and details!

 

* Assignments:

History: None

Exploratory:   None

 

 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Due Today:  History: None  (Parent/Guardian planner signature on the first page is due tomorrow…)

                   Exploratory:  None (Parent/Guardian planner signature on the first page is due tomorrow…)

 

* Class Work - History:

All periods:  We continued to go over the expectations of the syllabus for history class.  We are not finished yet.  A copy of the syllabus will be sent home when we have finished discussing all details in class later this week.

 

We set-up our history notebooks today.  We numbered the pages 1-80.  Your notebooks must be numbered a certain way.  If you were absent today, please see me when you return so I can help you get started correctly.  Remember, notebooks are worth 20% of your grade, so it is important to set it up correctly!

 

Periods 1, 2 & 4 only:  On nbk. p. 2, write the title: “What do I already know about ancient Rome?”

                Then, write what you already know about Rome in full sentences.  It is okay if you do not know a lot already.  This is a pre-write.  You can start your sentences with any of the following starters (or more than one!):

                                I already know that Rome…

                                I think that in Rome…

                                I don’t know anything about Rome, but I’m guessing…

               

* Class Work - Exploratory:

On nbk. p. 2, write the title: “Current Events that I remember in my life…”

                Write in full sentences about as many world events as you can personally remember during your lifetime.  Try to describe as many as you can.  Always remember that you are watching history each day!

                A few ideas to get you started might include:

                                        *President Obama being elected to a second term as president.

                                        *The conflict currently happening in Syria.

                                        * Boston Marathon boming.

 

We watched CNN current events again today.  On nbk. pp. 4-5, write:

                                                                September 9, 2013

                                                                Absent – if you were absent today

(Otherwise you have three sentences about items you learned through the current events today.)

Make sure your sentences are full sentences with proper capitalization, punctuation and details!

 

* Assignments:

History: All periods: page 1 of your planner should be signed by an adult (where it says “parent signature” by Tuesday, September 10th.

Exploratory:   Page 1 of your planner should be signed by an adult by Tuesday.

 

 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Due Today:  History: All periods:  Author page: turn-in to the absent basket.

                                           Period 2 only: Also turn-in your autograph activity wkst. To the absent basket.

                   Exploratory:  1) CNN notes from this week were collected.

                                            2) Show Mrs. Claassen that you brought your new spiral today.

 

* Class Work - History:

Periods 1 & 2 only:  These classes did not have as much time in class today.  We had an assembly to discuss our school fundraising.  In addition, we needed to hand-out the fundraising packets and go over details.

 

All periods:  We continued to go over the expectations of the syllabus for history class.  We are not finished yet.  A copy of the syllabus will be sent home when we have finished discussing all details in class next week.

               

* Class Work - Exploratory:

We watched CNN current events again today.  On the same piece of paper that you have been taking CNN notes on all week, make sure you write:

                                                                September 6, 2013

                                                                Absent – if you were absent today

(Otherwise you have three sentences about items you learned through the current events today.)

Make sure your sentences are full sentences with proper capitalization, punctuation and details!

****** THIS WEEK’S CNN was collected today.  Make sure you give your work to Mrs. Claassen to be graded!***

 

We set-up our exploratory notebooks today by numbering pages 1-25.

 

Tonight’s assignment:  Complete the following assignment on page 1 of your notebook.  This assignment is due on Monday.

Author Page - Exploratory

Answer the following questions.  The first three questions do not need to be in full sentences. 

The last 3 questions must use detailed sentences while writing in paragraph form.

 

 

 Name

Birthday

Age:

--------

Favorite class in school

Places I have lived or visited

Places I would like to visit someday (and why!)

 

* Assignments:

History: All periods: page 1 of your planner should be signed by an adult (where it says “parent signature” by Tuesday, September 10th.

Exploratory:  nbk. P. 1 author page is due Monday.

 

           

Thursday, September, 5, 2013

Due Today:  History: Periods 1,3  & 4: 1) Autograph activity wkst.

                                                                        2) SHOW Mrs. Claassen that you have your college ruled spiral notebook (for points!)

                                           Period 2: SHOW Mrs. Claassen that you have your college ruled spiral notebook (for points!)

                   Exploratory:  None

 

* Class Work - History:

* Show Mrs. Claassen that you brought your spiral notebook for history class.  (This was an assignment worth points!)  Bring your spiral back to class every day.  We will be setting up our spirals on Monday.

 

*Period 2 finished the autograph activity.  Since you were absent today, your signature goal is 10.  If you did not get enough signatures the first day, you must still complete this assignment.  Ask friends and family to sign your paper.  Remember to write “Absent, day 2” on the top of your paper so that you will be graded fairly.

 

*Students created an author page today.  On a loose piece of notebook paper, attach the directions to the top of the paper.  Complete the assignment.  Remember, you are not just introducing yourself to me, you are also showing me your writing skill level, as well as how willing you are to work in class.  Make a good first impression and do your best!  The author page is due to be turned-in tomorrow.

  Author Page

Answer the following questions.  The first three questions do not need to be in full sentences.

The last 3 questions must use detailed sentences while writing in paragraph form.

Name

Birthday

Age:

--------

Family

Favorite things to do

Dream for the future

               

* Class Work - Exploratory:

We reviewed our CNN current events notes from yesterday.  We discussed questions from yesterday’s broadcast such as what is Congress? and how the Senate and House of Representatives work.

 

We watched CNN current events again today.  On the same piece of paper that you have been taking CNN notes on all week, make sure you write:

                                                                September 5, 2013

                                                                Absent – if you were absent today

(Otherwise you have three sentences about items you learned through the current events today.)

Make sure your sentences are full sentences with proper capitalization, punctuation and details!

 

Remember, it is an assignment to have your spiral notebook for exploratory here tomorrow (Friday!).

 

* Assignments:

History: All periods: Author page due tomorrow

            Period 2 only: Autograph wkst. due tomorrow.

Exploratory:  Spiral notebook due tomorrow.