We are using the site called, History Alive!
If you have Internet access at home, you can log-in at www.teachtci.com
Your child will need to enter my email address, their username, and password. Drop-down boxes will show lessons (chapters) and sections (parts of the chapters) we are reading in class. At the bottom of each section, there is an Interactive Student Notebook. Questions in this section help review the material. At the end of each lesson (chapter), there is a Summary of all the sections. On the top bar, you will find the Lesson Game. This is a game to help review the main points of each chapter.
Our 6th grade class:
During the first nine weeks, we will focus on such topics as: Map Skills and Finding Latitude/Longitude. We will be concluding this topic at the end of September and then we'll move on to Places and Regions. In this unit, we will focus on how regions are determined, classified, and compared by using various criteria such as landforms, climate, population, culture, and economics. Then we will move into the variations among the physical environments within the Eastern Hemisphere and how they influence human activities. We will also discuss how these activities can alter the physical environment. During all of this, we will also use Historical Thinking Skills by being able to arrange the events that happened from earliest times (BC or BCE) to more modern times (AD or CE). We will disucss Civic Participation by looking at different perspectives on a topic by the sources that are used. Sources could be both primary and secondary. We will examine the sources and discuss the accuracy of each. During this time, we will utilize study packets because the history site that we use does not go into the depth we need to examine these topics in a thorough manner.
Our 7th grade class:
The 7th grade will be studying Ancient Greece during the first nine weeks. From the Geography and Settlement of the country to the development of various types of government in its early times. Then we will discuss Greece's two major city-states of Athens and Sparta. Through Nearpod lessons, we will see the similarities and differences of these two city-states. We will discuss the roles of men and women, their views on Government, Education, the plight of slaves, and the development of the arts. All of this influenced countries from long ago to our own country today. We will make connections as we study Greek architecture, art, music, literature, religion, and drama. The Greeks also helped to create physical games such as the Olympics as well as great math, science, and philosophy developments.
Our 8th grade classes:
The 8th grade classes took a Pre-Assessment before starting into the material for this school year. The preassessment questions helped me to see if students knew about any information we would be discussing throughout the school year. Towards the end of the year, they will take the same test again to measure how much growth they have made in this course. I will let you know the results in late Spring.
We began this nine weeks talking about the natives of North America and the regions where they settled. After, we discussed the brave men who became the first European Explorers to venture away from their shores. After Spain reached North America, other European countries followed them here. Your child should be able to tell you who else arrived, their reasons for coming, and the outcomes to not only their lives but the lives of the Native Americans. We will focus on the original English colonies to see how they changed this country. At any point of time, your child should be able to tell you the struggles, the triumphs, the reasons for what was happening to this growing settlement of European groups and how they shaped our newly forming country. Right now, we are talking about the three regions the colonies chose to settle in. There were differences in geography, climate, weather, and resources. Ask your child to share their ideas, views, and evidence for the settlements and the reasons for the colonization of North America.