Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Students are participating a whole grade simulation in which they are place in different Greek city-states. During our "Going Greek" phase, students selected a Greek name, learned about their polis by creating their own city-state banner, and explored Greek gods and goddess. Throughout the simulation, they will be presented with challenges where they can earn points. The city-state with the most points at the end is crowned the winner.
Enjoy the slideshow below on....Challenge #1-Creating Greek statues for their city-state Patron god or goddess
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Students first chose settlement sites in a simulated landscape (chairs as mountains/ blue tape mapped out the coastline) of ancient Greece to understand the influence of geography on settlement and culture. They then explored ways for their settlements to survive and to expand. See the slide show below....
Friday, November 13, 2009
Ancient China Day was a huge success. Students survived their first "Hugentobler" test and spent the rest of the day celebrating the end of our China unit. They tried their hand at chopsticks and those that mastered the skill enjoyed using them during our Chinese buffet lunch. The students created Chinese paper cutting decorations and tried to beat their fellow classmates at Chinese Checkers. Catalina proved to be the 7th grade champ at Manjong and Kevin was the master of all Chinese skills. Thanks to all the parents who helped make it a great day. Thanks to all the students for having fun with it. Coming Soon.... Greek Day....
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
We explored the life of the First Emperor of China, Qin Shihuang di, by watching a Discovery Channel movie, The Man Who Made China. Interested in finding out more about the man explore the following links:
Monday, November 2, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The Shang Dynasty was the the first complex civilization of China. To find out about the Shang, the students “excavate” a Shang tomb to learn about their government, social structure, religion, writing, art, and technology. The students examined the "artifacts" and used a decoder to reveal information about the artifact. After interpreting“artifacts” from the tomb, they read about the characteristics of this civilization. The students then explored the Shang's belief in ancestral worship by watching a clip of Mulan and recreated a Shang scene of ancestral worship. We wrapped up our study of the Shang by trying our hand at predicting the future by creating our own oracle bones. Oracle bones were used by the Shang to seek advice from the ancestors. The king would ask a question, and the priest would crave the question into an animal bone or turtle shell. The priest would then hold a bronze pin to the bone causing it to form cracks. The priest would then study the cracks to find the answer.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Are you ready for the history quiz on the geography of China? Did you use the CYK Study guide to help you study? Remember to study each of the 5 regions and the physical features of each. Also know what they did in each region.... Were they nomadic and herders or did they stay in one spot and farm? Any questions? Post them.
Today, the 7th graders spent the day at the Ohio Renaissance Festival. The weather was beautiful and the students seemed to have a good time. I saw them training to be a warrior, watching the jousting match, and enjoying the mud show. How do you think the day went? Share your thoughts.
Welcome to MMS 7th Grade Social Studies blog. I hope to use this blog to discussion/answer any questions students and parents might have about my history class.
This is my first time blogging so please be patient as I muddle my way through this process.