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Social Studies 6

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Casey Marinkovich

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Upcoming Assignments

Past Assignments

Week of May 29th Due: Saturday June 02, 2018
FOCUS: This is the last week of school! On Tuesday, students will read Greek myths and complete corresponding activities. Wednesday students will participate in wrap-up acitivities and end the year with a CPR reflection of our year together in social studies class. Thursday and Friday there will be no content due to the End of Year Celebration and 8th grade promotion.
ASSIGNMENTS: Students partnerships must use class time wisely as 5 of 8 Greek myths are due at the end of class Tuesday.
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Week of May 21st Due: Saturday May 26, 2018
FOCUS: This week, students will spend Mon-Thurs preparing for our in-class debates between Athens and Sparta. The purpose of this simulation is to introduce students to formal debates similar to ones that took place in Ancient Greece. Students will debate issues that were prevalent at the time like the abolishment of slavery and women's rights. Each student will be assigned a role; it could be the presiding officer, herald, debate speaker, or participant in the assembly. Students will wear a toga and will simulate behavior as a citizen from ancient Athens or Sparta during the debates. Our room will be turned into an ancient courtroom and the students will participate as if they were actually in an ancient Greek debate! The debate day is scheduled for Friday, May 25th in class.
ASSIGNMENTS: Every class period Mon-Thurs, students are expected to work on assigned tasks to prepare for the Greek debates between Sparta and Athens. At home, students should be making a Greek toga to wear on Friday during the debates. I have shown students in class how to make a simple toga using a sheet and a belt or rope.
ASSESSMENTS: No assessments this week, but the Greek Debates will be held Friday, May 25th in each class period.

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Week of May 14th Due: Saturday May 19, 2018
FOCUS: This week we will continue our conversation around Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw, focusing on body, heart, soul, and mind. We will also be talking about gratitude and communication!
ANNOUNCEMENTS: - May is Bike Month: Did you know that May is officially bike month? NP3 MS is participating in a challenge to rise as much as possible. Participating is easy, just hop on your bike and ride! Anytime, anywhere! Students keep track of how many trips they take, and log it in Advisory class. 1 trip equals 10 minutes of riding. That's not all! Students who ride at least once a week will earn a prize. There is a different prize for each week, so get on your bike and ride! Be smart, be safe, but most importantly, HAVE FUN! - Honor Roll and Reassessments: The end of the year is approaching fast! If your goal is to make it on honor roll you must have a 3 or 4 on all standards. The last day to do reassessments is 5/18. - 18-19 School Year Calendar: View next year's academic calendar here https://natomasunified.org/np3m/about-us/calendar-academic-year/. We love that our families travel and we have a request: we ask that families plan vacations during designated breaks. Student attendance is very important. - Booster Meeting: It's the last one of the year... but it isn't too late to join the action! Boosters will be meeting on Mon 5/14 6:30pm in the NP3 Library. Snacks will be provided! - Farewell Rally: Students Government will be putting on our last rally of the year in the Gym on Mon 5/21. - College Fair: Fri 5/25 is 8th grade College Fair! We are so excited to have our 6th and 7th graders see the projects our 8th graders have been working on all year! All students are encouraged to wear a college t-shirt on this day. - Popsicle Stand: It's getting hot outside! Popsicles are for sale on Thur after school in the quad to help raise money for our student sunshine action team and student government class. - Early Release Days: Students get out at 11:55am on the last two days of school 5/31 & 6/1. School will resume 8/1. Question to ask your student: How do you sharpen the saw? How do you show gratitude?

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Week of May 14th Due: Saturday May 19, 2018
FOCUS: Monday-Wednesday this week, students will continue to create their own summative assessment to demonstrate knowledge of Christianity. Specifically, students will show proficiency in learning about it's origins, the life and teachings of Jesus, the missionary work of Paul, and the beliefs and practices of the world religion (referencing the California State Social Studies Standard). Thursday and Friday, students will work on an art assignment related to Christianity.
ASSIGNMENTS: Students will need to use the 7 habits wisely to complete the assessment on time. They already have an end in mind, so they need to be proactive in class and then put first things first at home if more time is needed. Chomebooks will be available in class Monday-Wednesday so students can work productively. In addition, this assignment requires students to pay close attention to the guidelines, the content standards, and the grading rubric.
ASSESSMENTS: The Christianity summative is due at the end of class on Wednesday.

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Week of May 7th Due: Saturday May 12, 2018
FOCUS: Starting Tuesday this week, students will learn about the origins and beliefs of Christianity, plus how Christianity spread with the missionary work of Paul, despite persecution by Roman emperors.
ASSIGNMENTS: Students will have a unique experience this week where they get to think and act like teachers do! They will learn the material, then create lessons, learning goals, and a formative assessment based on CA state social science standards. After these preparations, they will actually get a chance to teach their lesson to a peer! Then, teacher/student partnerships will reverse roles for a different lesson!
ASSESSMENTS: Summative assessment Monday on the benefits and costs of Roman expansion.

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Week of April 30th Due: Saturday May 05, 2018
FOCUS: This week, 6th graders take our annual trip to Alliance Redwoods for Science Camp! Campers will be gone Mon-Wed. Students who are not attending camp will review key concepts studied throughout the year in a fun and engaging way. On Thursday and Friday, all students will be back to normal schedule and will learn about how ancient Rome transformed from a republic to an empire.
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Week of April 23rf Due: Saturday April 28, 2018
FOCUS: Students will continue to learn about Greek pottery and how Greeks used symmetry in their pottery. Then students will participate in an art assignment where they get to create "Greek vases" using symmetry. Wednesday is reserved for reteach and revision of the literacy assessment paragraphs outlining some differences between Athens and Sparta. On Friday we will begin our final unit for the year, which is the study of ancient Rome. Students will learn how the Roman Republic began and how it changed over time.
ASSIGNMENTS: For the beginning of the Rome unit, students will complete vocabulary activities, guided note-taking, small group discussions, and critical thinking activities to answer the essential question which will prepare them for the VERBAL summative assessment which is scheduled for early next week.
ASSESSMENTS: Formatives only this week to check for understanding.

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Week of April 16th Due: Saturday April 21, 2018
FOCUS: Monday-Thursday this week students will take the SBAC test in their advisory class. As a result of the testing schedule, students will only have social studies class 3 days this week. When in class, students will learn about the famous historical figure Alexander the Great. Students will read from the text book and a mini play about how Alexander built his empire and spread Greek culture to other lands. They will also learn from a piece of art from last year's students! ASSIGNMENTS: Group work this week will demonstrate students’ ability to find important information within the text. This semester we have been working on the skill of reading for important information and finding main ideas. In addition, students will work in groups to create a presentation about Alexander the Great’s life and legacy using dolls. (EX: interview Alexander, make a puppet show, perform a skit, etc). ASSESSMENTS: The group presentation will be a formative this week.

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Week of April 16th Due: Saturday April 21, 2018
FOCUS: Monday-Thursday this week students will take the SBAC test in their advisory class. As a result of the testing schedule, students will only have social studies class 3 days this week. When in class, students will learn about the famous historical figure Alexander the Great. Students will read from the text book and a mini play about how Alexander built his empire and spread Greek culture to other lands. They will also learn from a piece of art from last year's students! ASSIGNMENTS: Group work this week will demonstrate students’ ability to find important information within the text. This semester we have been working on the skill of reading for important information and finding main ideas. In addition, students will work in groups to create a presentation about Alexander the Great’s life and legacy using dolls. (EX: interview Alexander, make a puppet show, perform a skit, etc). ASSESSMENTS: The group presentation will be a formative this week.

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Week of March 9th Due: Saturday April 14, 2018
FOCUS: On Monday, students will take a very short matching summative on the differences between Athens and Sparta. There will be time in class to prepare. Tuesday and Wednesday students will work on part 2 of the Athens/Sparta summative by writing 2 paragraphs to contrast one aspect of life between these 2 Greek city-states. Thursday and Friday students will learn about the great 30-year Peloponnesian War between these 2 city-states that left ancient Greece in ruins.
ASSIGNMENTS: For homework, some students may need to finish completing the graphic organizer from class to help write the summative paragraphs .
ASSESSMENTS: The summative assessment detailing the differences between Athens and Sparta will take place this week. Students will take part 1 on Monday (short matching assessment) and part 2 is due at the end of class Wednesday (2 paragraphs).

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Week of April 2nd Due: Saturday April 07, 2018
FOCUS: The first two days back from break students will work in small groups to create a travel scrapbook detailing what was learned during their “walking tour” of ancient Greece before break. The last three days, students will learn about differences between the two Greek city-states Athens and Sparta. They will compare and contrast Athenian and Spartan life in terms of government, economy, education, and treatment of women and slaves. This information is important to understanding the tension between the two that led to the Peloponnesian war, which students will learn about the following week.
ASSIGNMENTS: Students will synergize to create the travel scrapbook and then will reflect on the process. For Athens and Sparta, students will create a foldable for taking notes which will be used during the upcoming literacy assessment.
ASSESSMENTS: The travel scrapbook and the foldable notes will both be used as formative assessments this week.

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Week of March 12th Due: Saturday March 17, 2018
FOCUS: This week students will learn about the legacy of Greece during its Golden Age and go on a "walking tour" of ancient Greece. They will visit "sites" to learn about Greek religion, architecture, sculpture, drama, philosophy, and sports, which were the major cultural achievements of Athens during its Golden Age.
ASSIGNMENTS: As students visit stations during their “walking tour,” they must complete each activity in their journal packet. These activities will help students prepare a scrapbook page about their ancient Greece tour!
ASSESSMENTS: Rise of Democracy reteach and retake will happen Monday in class. The formative assessment on the legacy of Greece is a 6-person group project. Students will work together to create a 6-page Travel Scrapbook. Each student will be responsible for creating one page that will include a 3-5 sentence description of what was learned, one illustration, and one memento from the "sites" they visited during the "walking tour" in class this week. Students were shown several samples of scrapbook pages in class. There will be class time to work on this assignment before and after break. If needed, students may choose to gather materials over break, but it is not necessary.

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Week of March 5th Due: Saturday March 10, 2018
FOCUS: This week, students will learn about four types of government in ancient Greece with specific attention to the rise of democracy. Students will identify advantages and disadvantages of each type of government and then explain how each one was a step toward democracy. Students will also be able to explain the difference between direct and representative democracy. Thursday and Friday students will watch the 1981 version of the Greek mythology movie "Clash of the Titans." Using information from the film as a preview, students will have a better understanding of the polytheistic beliefs that were woven into all other aspects of life which we will study next.
ASSIGNMENTS: For rise of democracy, students will participate in mini-simulation experiences to learn the material. Tuesday is reserved for government review, study guide, and summative preparation.
ASSESSMENT: Summative assessment on the 4 types of government Wednesday, March 7th. The study guide is attached below.

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Week of March 5th Due: Saturday March 10, 2018
FOCUS: This week, students will learn about four types of government in ancient Greece with specific attention to the rise of democracy. Students will identify advantages and disadvantages of each type of government and then explain how each one was a step toward democracy. Students will also be able to explain the difference between direct and representative democracy. Thursday and Friday students will watch the 1981 version of the Greek mythology movie "Clash of the Titans." Using information from the film as a preview, students will have a better understanding of the polytheistic beliefs that were woven into all other aspects of life which we will study next.
ASSIGNMENTS: For rise of democracy, students will participate in mini-simulation experiences to learn the material. Tuesday is reserved for government review, study guide, and summative preparation.
ASSESSMENT: Summative assessment on the 4 types of government Wednesday, March 7th. The study guide is attached below.

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Week of February 26th Due: Saturday March 03, 2018
FOCUS: This week, students will learn about Greek philosophers like Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato. They will also learn about four types of government in ancient Greece with specific attention to the rise of democracy. Students will identify advantages and disadvantages of each type of government and then explain how each one was a step toward democracy. Students will also be able to explain the difference between direct and representative democracy.
ASSIGNMENTS: For Greek philosophy, students will learn about six Greek philosophers through an activity called "jigsaw" where each person becomes an expert on one philosopher, then must teach other members their expertise. For rise of democracy, students will participate in mini-simulation experiences to learn the material. The
ASSESSMENT: Formatives as needed.

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Week of February 20th Due: Saturday February 24, 2018
FOCUS: On Tuesday, students will work in “player/coach” partnerships for a reteach and retake opportunity for the Hinduism and Buddhism summative from last week. The second half of class, we will begin our study of ancient Greece by learning about the geography and settlement of Greece. We will focus on how the geography of the land influenced daily life and the development of city-states. Looking at a detailed map, students will make claims about Greek life and settlement. They will prove or disprove their claims with textual evidence and then use this as the foundation for their commentary when writing a literacy summative Thursday.
ASSIGNMENTS: For ancient Greece, students will work in small groups to create hypotheses about Greek way of life based a relief map. Then they will read in the text to see if their hypotheses were correct! As a last step, students will comment on their claim with original thought.
ASSESSMENT: Greek geography literacy summative is scheduled for Thursday 2/22.

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Week of February 12th Due: Saturday February 17, 2018
FOCUS: On Monday, we will wrap up our study of Buddhism and Tuesday we will prepare for Wednesday's summative by working on the study guide. Thursday and Friday is reserved for reteach, retake, and enrichment. Students will watch videos about Sikhism and Islam; both Asian religions practiced by some of our NP3 families.
ASSIGNMENTS: Students should actively participate in our "give 1, get 1" brainstorm on Tuesday and have a full page of ideas written on the study guide. They should also review Tuesday night to prepare for Wednesday's summative assessment.
ASSESSMENTS: The Hinduism and Buddhism summative assessment will take place in class on Wednesday, February 14th.

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Week of February 12th Due: Saturday February 17, 2018
FOCUS: On Monday, we will wrap up our study of Buddhism and Tuesday we will prepare for Wednesday's summative by working on the study guide. Thursday and Friday is reserved for reteach, retake, and enrichment. Students will watch videos about Sikhism and Islam; both Asian religions practiced by some of our NP3 families.
ASSIGNMENTS: Students should actively participate in our "give 1, get 1" brainstorm on Tuesday and have a full page of ideas written on the study guide. They should also review Tuesday night to prepare for Wednesday's summative assessment.
ASSESSMENTS: The Hinduism and Buddhism summative assessment will take place in class on Wednesday, February 14th.

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Week of Febuary 5th Due: Saturday February 10, 2018
FOCUS: On Monday, as a culminating activity, students will create a Hindu Mandala to demonstrate understanding of the 5 basic Hindu beliefs. This formative is a combination of art and writing. All art supplies will be provided in class. On Tuesday, students will begin to learn about another religion which originated in India, which is Buddhism. They will study the life of Siddhartha Gautama and how he reached "enlightenment" to become the Buddha. Students will also learn about the main beliefs and teachings of Buddhism. At the end of the week, students will begin to compare and contrast the 2 religions from ancient India.
ASSIGNMENTS: For the Hindu Mandala, students may need to work on it Monday night if they don’t finish it by the end of class Monday. They may type and print the written portion at home, but it is not a requirement.
ASSESSMENTS: The completed Mandala is due at the end of class on Monday and will be used as a formative assessment. The Hinduism/Buddhism summative is scheduled for next Tuesday, February 6th.

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Week of January 29th Due: Saturday February 03, 2018
FOCUS: Students will continue their study of ancient India by examining the origins and beliefs of Hinduism. Students will outline the social structure of the caste system and be able to describe important beliefs of Hinduism and its influence on daily life.
ASSIGNMENTS: Students will participate in vocabulary development, guided note-taking, evaluation of visual images, and group discussions to explore the history of Hinduism and its impact on ancient India. Homework will be assigned Wednesday or Thursday night; students will read a summary of the key concepts learned in class and answer 2 questions that will help prepare them for the "Hindu Mandala" formative assessment.
ASSESSMENTS: Students will begin to create a Hindu Mandala at the end of the week to demonstrate their understanding of the basic beliefs of Hinduism. The assignment will incorporate art and writing and will be graded as a formative assessment. After learning about Buddhism next week, students will compare & contrast both ancient religions from ancient India

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Week of January 22nd Due: Saturday January 27, 2018
FOCUS: This week we will begin studying ancient India by learning about the geography of the Indian Subcontinent. Students will be able to locate and describe eight key physical features of the area. They will also be able to explain how geography affected choice of settlement and rise of civilizations there.
ASSIGNMENTS: Students will participate in activities such as interactive mapping, synthesizing information, and rotating stations.
ASSESSMENTS: Formatives as needed. No summative this week.

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Week of January 16th Due: Saturday January 20, 2018
FOCUS: This week students will continue to learn about Judaism as a world religion and will focus on the essential question "What are the central teachings of Judaism and why did they survive to modern day?" Despite enslavement from Egyptians, mistreatment from Babylonians and Greeks, and persecution from the Romans and Germans, the Jewish religion is still living strong today.
ASSIGNMENTS: Students will work on the study guide in class Tuesday and Thursday and will be expected to study it at home throughout the week. The study guide is attached below.
ASSESSMENTS: The summative assessment on Judaism will take place in class Friday, January 19th.

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Week of January 8th Due: Saturday January 13, 2018
Welcome back and Happy New Year students and parents! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with loved ones!
FOCUS: This week will review and share information learned about the origins and development of Judaism as the world's first monotheistic religion. Students will explain the significance of Abraham, Moses, David, and Solomon in the history of the Israelites and development of Judaism. Students will then learn about the central teachings of Judaism.
*Note* There is a school-wide literacy assessment Thursday where students will be in advisory for an extended time with shortened classes for content areas. ASSIGNMENTS: The big activity this week requires students to create an ancient scroll about four Jewish leaders. They will work in small groups to become an expert on ONE of the key figures and then share their expert knowledge with other groups. During group share time, students will record information about all four leaders on their ancient scroll pages and then illustrate them.
ASSESSMENTS: There is a formative assessment Tuesday about Jewish leaders and another formative Thursday or Friday about the teachings of Judaism.

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Judaism WebQuests Due: Friday December 22, 2017
Must Dos: 1) Links to The Land, Daily Life, The Exodus from Egypt, and The Torah Tells… Answer the questions http://mrkash.com/activities/hebrews.html 2) Hanukkah: Write one interesting fact from each of the six sections. http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/judaism/holydays/hanukkah.shtml May Do: Enrichment videos (use headphones) http://www.socialstudiescms.com/ancient-israel

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Week of December 18th Due: Friday December 22, 2017
FOCUS: This week will continue our study of the origins and development of Judaism as the world's first monotheistic religion. Students will further their understanding of how Judaism began, how the Torah was used as the source of the basic teachings of Judaism, and how Abraham, Moses, David, and Solomon were significant in both the history of the Israelites and the development of Judaism.
ASSIGNMENTS: The big activity this week prepares student groups to create an ancient scroll about four Jewish leaders. They will work in small groups to become an expert on ONE of the key figures and then share their expert knowledge with other groups. During group share time, students will record information about all four leaders on their ancient scroll pages and then illustrate them.
*Please continue to bring in paper towel rolls to use for the ancient scrolls.
ASSESSMENTS: There is a multiple choice formmtive assessment on Tuesday 12/19 to check for understanding of information learned during group work.

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Week of December 11th Due: Saturday December 16, 2017
FOCUS: During the first part of class on Monday, each student will share his/her Egyptian Daily Life summative project in small groups. The ones turned in so far are amazing; I look forward to seeing them all! After sharing, students will begin to watch the movie "Prince of Egypt" which retells the account of Moses and the Hebrew Exodus from Egypt. We will finish the movie on Wednesday and use it as a springboard to launch our unit study of the Ancient Hebrews at the end of the week. After the movie and before we begin studying the ancient Israelites, there will be a reteach and retake opportunity in class for students who were not proficient on the latest Egyptian social class and religion summative.
ASSIGNMENTS: No homework this week. However, students who did not score proficient on the latest summative can study to prepare for the reteach/retake opportunity that will take place in class on Wednesday. ASSESSMENTS: The Egyptian Daily Life project is due Monday December 11th.

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Week of December 4th Due: Saturday January 06, 2018
FOCUS: This week is our final week of study about ancient Egypt. Students will engage in enrichment and review activities to deepen their understanding of selected topics. Tuesday students will receive a study guide for the written portion of the summative assessment. Thursday is reserved for assessment review and practice.
ASSIGNMENTS: Homework this week is to continue working on the project model for the summative assessment and start the study guide at home.
ASSESSMENTS: The written portion of the assessment will take place on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8th. The summative project model is DUE MONDAY, DECEMBER 11th at the beginning of class. See attachments below for PDFs of the rubric and assessment guidelines. Since there are 4 different social classes to choose from, there are 4 different project products, but the basic requirements are the same.
NOTE: Each project packet contains supplemental resource pages to help the students create the project. However, these pages are not electronically added to the PDF below. If your child loses the packet, he/she will have to ask the teacher for the supplemental pages.

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Week of November 27th Due: Saturday December 02, 2017
FOCUS: On Monday, students will receive their score from the pharaoh essay and will have class time to work on revisions if needed. I will provide 1-on-1 and small group writing support for students who need/want additional assistance. As an enrichment when students are done, they will explore interactive websites about pyramids and mummification so they are able to “experience” learning through games, designs, and reading! (Links to the websites are attached below and in Google Classroom.) On Tuesday and Wednesday, students will continue to learn about the daily life of different social classes in ancient Egypt. They will also learn about more about how religious beliefs played a role in everyday life. Thursday, students will receive the rubric, guidelines, and resources for a summative project model of their choice. Friday is reserved for reader’s theater and activities related to learning more about King Tut.
ASSIGNMENTS: Homework this weekend is to start working on the summative project model.
ASSESSMENTS: The summative project model is DUE MONDAY, DECEMBER 11th at the beginning of class. On Thursday, a PDF of the rubric and assessment guidelines will be attached below. Since there are 4 different social classes to choose from, there are 4 different project products, but the basic requirements are the same.
NOTE: Each project packet contains supplemental resource pages to help the students create the project. However, these pages are not electronically added to the PDF below. If your child loses the packet, he/she will have to ask the teacher for the supplemental pages.

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Mummy Intractive Sites Due: Monday November 27, 2017
Mummy Maker Simulation 1: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/games/mummy_maker/index_embed.shtml Mummy Maker Simulation 2: http://oi-archive.uchicago.edu/OI/MUS/ED/mummy.html Pyramid Interactive 1: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/egyptians/launch_gms_pyramid_builder.shtml Pyramid Interactive 2: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/explore-ancient-egypt.html Virtual Cartouche Generator http://www.virtual-egypt.com/newhtml/glyph/glyph.html

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Week of November 13th Due: Saturday November 18, 2017
FOCUS: On Monday, students will be typing their summative assessment Egyptian Pharaohs Essay in Google Classroom; it's due at the end of the period. On Tuesday, students will finish watching a video about King Tut to enrich their study of Egyptian pharaohs. They will learn how DNA played an important role in archaeological research to solve mysteries about King Tut’s family and his death. For the remainder of the week and into next week as well, student studies will focus on how the social class system affected daily life in ancient Egypt. Students will be able to: 1) identify the key aspects of daily life for five social classes, 2) explain why the social structure is organized like a pyramid and 3) how religion affects this organization. Through this process, students will learn about Egyptian government, various art forms, the written language of hieroglyphics, and religious beliefs and practices such as afterlife, mummification, and pyramids.
ASSIGNMENTS: In whole group discussion, students will analyze our school's social pyramid to help them relate to Egypt's social pyramid. Students will participate in a vocabulary development exercise that will need to be finished for homework if not completed in class. Then, students will then be assigned teams to work together to complete reading notes as modeled by the teacher. THESE NOTES ARE IMPERATIVE TO STUDENT SUCCESS ON THE SUMMATIVE PROJECT! Students are expected, as always, to polish notes as they are reviewed by the teacher.
ASSESSMENTS: Egypt Pharaos Essay SA due Monday at the end of the period. Formative assessments this week will be from student group tasks during team reading and note-taking. The summative 3-D project and journal entry will be due Friday, Dec. 8th. A brief explanation, along with showing student samples, will happen at the end of this week so students can begin with the end in mind. The week after Thanksgiving you can view the Project Rubric and Guidelines for this summative assignment.

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Week of November 6th Due: Saturday November 11, 2017
FOCUS: This week students will work on using social studies content to build and practice literacy skills. The end result will be a summative assessment that focuses on the essential question, "How does good leadership lead to lasting achievements?" With teacher guidance and scaffolding, students will write the first three paragraphs of an essay (the introduction and 2 body paragraphs). The focus for demonstrating proficiency is the student’s ability to write a claim/thesis statement in the introductory paragraph and student use of textual evidence and commentary in both body paragraphs to back up the claim. ASSIGNMENTS: Last Friday students wrote the introductory paragraph, so this week students will use their foldable notes about the achievements and importance of Egyptian pharaohs to write body paragraph #1 & 2. Students will be guided sentence by sentence with a graphic organizer, drafting, and peer editing. Each student will receive both verbal and written feedback that offers suggestions for editing and improvement. Students are expected provide good feedback to others and also to edit their own paragraph immediately in class or finish it for homework. ASSESSMENTS: The summative essay is due by the end of class next Monday, November 13th, so students need to make sure they have their edited draft on binder paper, ready to be typed out. Students will be provided with chromebooks in class on 11/13 so they can type the final draft in Google Docs. Please see the PDFs from last week for essay guidelines and support.

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Week of October 30th Due: Saturday November 04, 2017
FOCUS: This week students will examine the essential question "How does good leadership lead to lasting achievements?" Students will identify the greatest achievements of three Egyptian pharaohs. To better understand their accomplishments, students will have an opportunity to analyze Egyptian art and architecture and then hypothesize some ways in which these impressive achievements effected ancient Egypt and our world today. ASSIGNMENTS: Students will learn the material through vocabulary development, guided reading, and interactive note-taking with a decorated foldable. It is imperative that students take sufficient notes on pharaoh achievements because Thursday students will use their notes to begin writing a 3-paragraph essay that will be scored as a summative assessment. Students will use graphic organizer to write the rough draft, receive peer feedback (before turning in the final draft), and type their final draft on chromebooks in class. By the end of class this Friday, the introductory paragraph should be complete. ASSESSMENTS: Formative assessments will happen throughout this week to check for understanding of pharaoh achievements in order to prepare for the summative essay. Next week, students will use the complete writing process to write a 3-paragraph. It is due at the end of class Monday, November 13th (we will type it in class). See attached PDF of the rubric and cehcklist for writing!

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Week of October 23rd Due: Saturday October 28, 2017
FOCUS: Quick shout out to all students from last week's Mesopotamia Travel Project Presentations ... all students did an amazing job and I am so proud of their hard work on the Brochure or PowerPoint and their courage during presentations! Bravo! For social studies content this week, Monday will kick off our study of Ancient Egypt. Lessons will focus on geography, topography, and vegetation. Students will learn how environmental factors supported permanent settlement and development of civilization in Egypt, Kush, and Canaan.
ASSIGNMENTS: All week, students will be expected to participate in interactive mapping, independent and guided reading activities, partner sharing and processing, and note-taking along with the teacher. As usual, students are encouraged to check their notes and make any changes or additions when the teacher puts up answers on the screen. Students will not have homework this week.
ASSESSMENTS: Literacy formative assessment on Wednesday. Students will create a claim about human settlement near water and then provide textual evidence to back up their claim.

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Week of October 16th Due: Saturday October 21, 2017
FOCUS: Welcome back! I hope you had a fun yet restful break! On Monday, students will practice in groups to prepare for the “Mesopotamia Travel Project” oral presentations that will take place in class Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Content learning for Thursday and Friday will consist of activities to enrich student understanding of Ancient Sumer and prepare for the new Egypt unit that will begin next week.
ASSIGNMENTS: Students should practice their presentations at home in front of an audience. If possible, audience members can give feedback based on the oral presentation grading scale (see the project attachment in "past assignments" tab.)
ASSESSMENTS: The Mesopotamia Travel Project is due Monday, October 16th!

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Week of September 25th Due: Saturday September 30, 2017
FOCUS: On Monday & Tuesday, students will continue to learn about the military, economic, and cultural achievements of four Mesopotamian empires. Wednesday, students will take a brain break to let their creative side shine by working on a Sumerian art assignment. Class time on Thursday and Friday is reserved for working on the travel project. Students will be able to use Google chrome books if working on a digital presentation, but if they are working on a brochure, they should bring as many materials to class as needed to work on the project. They can also use any art supplies in the classroom.
ASSIGNMENTS: Students should be working on their travel project at home. In addition, since they will get two days to work on their project in class this week, students will be instructed to bring ALL MATERIALS needed for the project. It would be a shame to waste precious time dedicated for successful project completion because materials were not brought to school.
ASSESSMENTS: The travel project is due the Monday we return from break, October 16th. Students will practice presentations that day and formal presentations will begin Tuesday the 17th. You can access a copy of the assignment and rubric in last week’s post.

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Travel Brochure Project SA Due: Monday October 16, 2017
See below for the Mesopotamia Travel Brochure Project SA information. Students received their own hard copies that we unpacked in class. Students should be working on this as homework.

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Week of September 18th Due: Saturday September 23, 2017
FOCUS: This week students will continue to study the city-states of ancient Sumer and learn about Mesopotamian empires. Monday and Tuesday they will travel to four student-directed centers to complete activities about Sumerian religion, daily life, government, and writing system. During centers work, students will have an opportunity to learn by reading and analyzing material, discussing information in small groups, taking notes, and decoding ancient writing and math symbols. On Wednesday, students will be introduced to the summative assessment PROJECT, which is a travel brochure or digital presentation. We will review this project in detail in class and students will have the opportunity to view samples of student brochures and digital presentations. Thursday and Friday students will learn about four empires of Mesopotamia and the most important achievements of each one. Empires include the Akkadian, Babylonian, Assyrian, and Neo-Babylonian. While learning, students will describe the military, economic, and cultural achievements of the empires.
ASSIGNMENTS: Students may have homework if there is unfinished classwork. NOTE: It is imperative that students work diligently, use class time wisely, and keep all papers from the week. All of the information learned this week will be used to complete the summative project. Homework this week and next will be to work on the project bit by bit so students don’t have to spend time over break doing it.
***NOTE: This is NOT a research project! Besides using the internet for images, students should not use online sources … they will have plenty of information from class notes to complete the project.
ASSESSMENTS: Formative assessments daily to check for understanding. Summative projects will be due the day we return from break. There will be 2 days of class time reserved for working on the project before break. NOTE: The summative project guidelines will be available on the website Wednesday 9/20 after it is explained in class.

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Week of September 11th Due: Saturday September 16, 2017
FOCUS: This week we will begin a 4-week unit on Ancient Mesopotamia. Learning will focus on how geographical challenges lead to the rise of city-states in Ancient Sumer in the Mesopotamian region. Students will also learn about the characteristics of a civilization and analyze artifacts to determine how each characteristic was exhibited in Ancient Sumer.
ASSIGNMENTS: Students will be expected to complete vocabulary and reading notes in class in their chapter packet. We go over these during exercises in class and students should make edits and additions to their notes as necessary during review. To support the curriculum, students will analyze visual images and listen to recordings as springboards for discussion. All recordings focus on problems ancient Sumerians encountered and students will discuss possible solutions. Problem A: Food shortages in the hills. Problem B: Uncontrolled water sin the river valley. Problem C: Building and maintaining a complex irrigation system. Problem D: Attacks by neighboring communities.
ASSESSMENTS: Formative assessment on Wednesday to check for understanding of important ideas from the text.

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Ch. 3 Study Guide Due: Saturday September 09, 2017
Chapter 3 study guide for the summative assessment on Thursday (part 2)

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Ch. 3 Study Guide Due: Saturday September 09, 2017
Chapter 3 study guide for the summative assessment on Thursday (part 2)

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Week of September 5th Due: Saturday September 09, 2017
FOCUS: On Tuesday, students will continue to learn about the shift from hunter/gatherers to farmers, and how agriculture impacted jobs, trade, and communities. On Wednesday, students will review chapter 3 through a class review game and a study guide. On Thursday, students will take part 2 of the Early Hominids/Hunter-Gatherer summative assessment. On Friday, students will participate in an early humans cave art simulator and discussion!
ASSIGNMENTS: Students will finish their notes in class, and have a chance to review for the assessment by making flash cards, testing each other, a review "game", and working on the study guide.
ASSESSMENTS: Part 2 of the Early Hominids/Hunter-Gatherers summative assessment Thursday, September 7th

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Week of August 28th Due: Saturday September 02, 2017
FOCUS: On Monday, students will continue to study/prepare for the Hominids summative assessment Tuesday. On Wednesday, students will participate in a hunter/gatherer simulation to “learn by doing.” On Thursday, student learning will focus on the concept "From Hunters and Gatherers to Farmers." We will explore how the development of agriculture led to a variety of changes for early human communities. This will continue into next week.
ASSIGNMENTS: Students will have a chance to review for the assessment by making flash cards, and testing each other, and working on the study guide. Students received the assessment study guide last Friday in class and began working on it. They will continue to do so in class and for homework to prepare for the assessment.
NOTE: Please see the PDF attached in last week’s post for a copy of the study guide
ASSESSMENTS: Summative assessment Tuesday, August 29th: What capabilities helped hominids survive?

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Week of August 21st Due: Saturday August 26, 2017
FOCUS: Our study of Early Humans began last Friday and will continue this week as we explore the essential question that will guide our studies, "What capabilities helped the hominids survive?" Students will identify the geographical areas that Early Humans were found, describe features and adaptations of each hominid group, and analyze visual images to better understand what life was like for Early Humans. In a nutshell, students will take a close look at how the development of tools and language, plus the use of fire, helped spur the development of first human communities.
ASSIGNMENTS: Classwork assignments will include vocabulary development, reading the text to identify main ideas, filling out graphic organizers to help understand the textual material, small group work, and acting out hominid characters and behaviors. On Friday, students will receive a study guide for the summative assessment and will work on it all class period. They do not need to work on it over the weekend unless they did not use class time wisely Friday. Monday will be used for more assessment preparation.
NOTE: Please see the PDF attached for a copy of the study guide
ASSESSMENTS: Formative Assessments on Tuesday and Friday to check for understanding. Summative Assessment next week, Tuesday August 29th.

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Week of August 14th Due: Saturday August 19, 2017
FOCUS: This week in Social Studies our learning will focus on Archaeology so students have a shared understanding of how we know about our past and the ancient civilizations we will study this year. Students will learn about archaeological sources that help historians study archaeological findings in order to interpret the past.
ASSIGNMENTS: To enrich their learning, students will participate in a classroom simulation as “Young Archaeologists” from the year 3017. In addition, students will watch a fabulous video about "Otzi the Iceman" to witness archaeology in action and preview themes of our Early Humans unit. If time allows, they will also watch "Secrets of Stonehenge" as an additional archaeological learning tool.
ASSESSMENTS: None (but there will be daily checks for understanding).

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Remind Me app & Resources Due: Saturday August 19, 2017
Remind Me app: Enter this number: 81010 Text this message: @cmarink ~ Sign up for important reminders abut Social Studies! Additional Resources: Khan Academy TCI History Alive! Ancient Civilization website Discovery Education

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Week of August 7th Due: Saturday August 12, 2017
FOCUS: This week we are focusing on geography review, specifically world geography and map skills. This includes the names and location of continents, oceans, and hemispheres, as well as directional terms and how to use a key/legend and scale on a map.
ASSIGNMENTS: Students will have several opportunities in class to practice geography skills. We will have guided practice as well as individual and group review, plus an outdoor directional game to advance learning. Although not anticipated, homework will be to finish any incomplete classwork.
ASSESSMENTS: Formative Assessment Friday on the geography features and map skills reviewed in class all week.

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Week of August 1st Due: Saturday August 05, 2017
FOCUS: Welcome to 6th grade middle school! This week we are getting to know each other, reviewing procedures and expectations, and building a safe learning community and environment. Social Studies curriculum will begin next week with a brief review of world geography and map skills.
* NOTE: On Thursday, all middle school students will take a Literacy Assessment during the school day hours 8am-1pm. There will be no academic content that day. These scores help determine student needs and strengths and further instruction. Scores are shared with parents and students during the first set of conferences.
ASSIGNMENTS: Students will participate in ice breakers and write a Dear Ms. Marinkovich letter in class. Unfinished letters will need to be completed at home. All letters due at the beginning of class Friday, as well as the syllabus signature.
* Homework: Syllabus & Academic Dishonesty Policy Signatures
ASSESSMENTS: None

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