8th Grade Social Studies-American History
Below is what we have done in class. Check Assignment Central if you need a copy of the assignment.
Week of January 13
Monday: Students took the Constitution Retake test and/or studied for the Semester Exam which is Wednesday.
Tuesday: We reviewed for the Semester Exam which is tomorrow. Students should review unit tests from earlier in the year and received a study guide of topics to know. They should also check out the quizlet and old tests on the moodle page that are available.
Wednesday: Semester Exam
Week of January 6
Monday: Happy New Year. We began to review the Constitution today and students worked through and assignment of how a Bill Becomes a Law. We will have a test on the Constitution this Friday.
Tuesday: As a class we reviewed the unit and students had a opportunity to work on completing their study guide that is due Friday before the test.
Wednesday: After learning about our branches of government, students research who the current members of the legislative, executive, and judicial members are.
Thursday: Today students were able to review for their Constitution Test tomorrow and exams next week.
Friday: Constitution Test and study for Exams. Constitution Retakes are Monday.
Week of December 16
Monday: We began our focus on the Constitution Today. Students received the study guide to help guide their learning. We focused the topics of the 7 articles in the Constitution and also the idea of Federalism and powers of the national/state governments. Teams also worked on memorizing the Preamble.
Tuesday: We continued our focus from yesterday and spotlighted the Legislative Branch. Teams worked on the Preamble.
Wednesday: Teams performed their memorization of the Preamble. We then reviewed the Legislative Branch and focused on the Executive and Judicial next.
Week of December 9
Monday: Students worked through a Cause/Effect Activity on the Constitution as we wrap up this unit and begin to review for the test Wednesday. They should be looking over their study guide, moodle for quizlet, quizizz, SMART lesson, and completing the Chapter 7 Learnsmart.
Tuesday: Study for test tomorrow.
Wednesday: Unit 3.3 "New Governments" Test
Thursday: Review of yesterday's test and study for tomorrow's retake. Intro of next section on the Constitution. The students received a copy of the Preamble and began memorizing it to perform for the class next Wednesday.
Friday: Unit 3.3 "New Governments" Retakes
Week of December 2
Monday-Tuesday: Students enjoyed participating in a simulated Constitutional Convention to review the decisions that were made.
Wednesday: Today we used pages 194-196 in the textbook to investigate the sources of the U.S. Constitution. Students were also able to take notes for their study guide through a class presentation.
Thursday: We used pages 198-199 in the textbook to look at the Federalist and Anti-Federalist arguments to ratify the Constitution. Students had a primary source assignment to complete.
Friday: Students enjoyed a quiz today and then worked on a Ratification Map Activity. When done they were able to start studying for their test on Wednesday next week. On moodle they have a quizlet, quizizz, and SMART lesson. They should also be working on completing the Chapter 7 LearnSMART.
Week of November 25
Monday: We read and discussed pages 187-190 on the compromises at the Constitutional Convention. Students had a chance to work on their almanac/map scavenger hunt that is due tomorrow.
Tuesday: Students completed a Thanksgiving Food Map that spotlighted the states that produce the most turkeys, cranberries, etc. This is listed in the assignments and students need to use the moodle page resource to complete. It is due Wednesday next week.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-Happy Thanksgiving
Week of November 18
Monday: Review for Unit 3.2 Retake that is tomorrow.
Tuesday: Students took the Unit 3.2 retake and had a chance to begin investigating the next section on Chapter 7, "A More Perfect Union." They also received their Unit 3.3-Part 1 Study Guide.
Wednesday: We began Chapter 7, "A More Perfect Union" today. Read pages 176-181 and complete question #1 on the Unit 3.3 Study Guide. Students also need to complete the NW Territory Assignment by tomorrow.
Thursday: We continued looking at challenges under the Articles of Confederation. Students should read pages 181-184 and complete question #2 in their study guide.
Friday: We reviewed the topics of the week and then students worked on a U.S. Map and Scavenger Hunt Activity. That can be found in the assignment section and their are some online resources for Scholastic on the moodle page.
Week of November 11
Monday: Veteran's Day discussion and activities. Students read/discussed Chapter 6 and took notes as a class for the Unit 3.2 Study Guide. The test is Thursday.
Tuesday: We wrapped up this quick unit by finishing the class presentation and study guide. Students were assigned Chapter 6 in LearnSmart through our online textbook. They need to complete this by Thursday's test.
Wednesday: Study for Unit 3.2 Test on the American Revolution
Complete Chapter 6 LearnSmart and also the separate unit study guide.
Moodle-quizlet, quizizz, SMARTlesson, etc.
Thursday: Unit 3.2 American Revolution Test. Study Guide due.
Friday: America: The Story of Us-Revolution Episode
Week of November 4
Monday: We continued with review activities for the unit. Retakes if needed for the Unit 3.1 test are tomorrow. Students should use the resources on the moodle page to study.
Tuesday: Students took the retake if needed and began investigating Chapter 6 on the American Revolution. The Unit 3.2 Study Guide was also handed out and listed in the list of assignments on the side.
Wednesday: Read Chapter 6-Lesson 1 and complete question #1 on the Unit 3.2 Study Guide.
Thursday: Students investigated the historical painting of Washington Crossing the Delaware during the American Revolution and learned the history behind it.
Friday: Class did not meet today due to the half day activities.
Week of October 28
Monday: We wrapped this unit on Causes of the American Revolution by focusing on the Declaration of Independence. Students made groups and will need memorize and perform a the introduction to the class on Wednesday.
Tuesday: Teams reviewed and practiced their memorization of the Declaration of Independence. They will perform that tomorrow. The also had time to use all of the available resources on the moodle page to begin studying for their test on Thursday this week.
Wednesday: Teams performed their parts of the Declaration of Independence. We then reviewed for the test tomorrow.
Thursday: Unit 3.1 Causes of the American Revolution Test
Friday: Wrap up and review activities for the unit. Retakes if needed for the Unit 3.1 test are Tuesday next week. Students should use the resources on the moodle page to study.
Week of October 21
Monday: We officially began Unit 3.1-Causes of the American Revolution. Students should read Chapter 4-Section 4 on the French/Indian War and complete that portion of their Unit 3.1 Study Guide
Tuesday: Students formed groups and researched the Cause and Effect of four events that were causes of the American Revolution. This goes with Lessons 1 and 2 of Chapter 5 and questions #2 on their Study Guide.
Wednesday: Students enjoyed looking at some primary sources of the Boston Massacre to learn more about that event and how it was used to effect American History.
Thursday and Friday: We continued working through Chapter 5 and our Unit 3.1 Study Guide. We focused on the views of authority and the 1st Continental Congress. We also looked at the Battle of Lexington and Concord.
Week of October 14
Monday: We reviewed for the Unit 2 Test tomorrow. Students will need to turn in their study guide for a homework grade at the start of class tomorrow too.
Tuesday: Unit 2 Test
Wednesday: PSAT and an assembly in the afternoon. If students had social studies class today we enjoyed extension activities.
Thursday: Unit 2 Retakes
Friday: Students took the Youth Assessment Survey for Ottawa County and viewed an Art Show in our building for a social studies connection to culture.
Week of October 7
Monday and Tuesday: Students worked in teams on their Colonial Region Presentations which need to be completed by Wednesday.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: Teams presented their Colonial Regions to the class. Students took notes and worked on their Unit 2 Study Guides. After each day students had an opportunity to study for the Unit 2 Test on Tuesday next week.
Week of September 30
Monday: We reviewed the Unit 1 Test from Friday. We then began Unit 2-Colonization by investigating the story of John Smith and Pocahontas. Unit 1 Retakes are tomorrow.
Tuesday: Unit 1 Re-takes. Students began to work on their Unit 2 Study Guide.
Wednesday: Begin Colonial Region Project. Things to cover. Grading rubric for presentation
Thursday: Colonial Region Project teamwork
Friday: Homecoming Activities
Week of September 23
Monday: We research the Age of Exploration more and students worked on investigating the strategies of the European countries in the New World. Students worked on their Unit 1 Study Guide and used resources on the moodle page.
Tuesday: We wrapped up Unit 1 and Chapter 2 today also with the Colombian Exchange. Unit 1 Study Guides are due Friday. We will also take the Unit 1 Test on Friday.
Wednesday and Thursday: Study and review for Unit Test 1 Test on Friday. Unit 1 Study Guides will be turned in on Friday for an assignment grade.
Friday: Unit 1 Test Today. Re-takes will be Tuesday next week.
Week of September 16
Friday: Students took a quiz over this week's learning and were able to research a little more on Exploration and Colonization in the New World.
Thursday: Students investigated the Age of Exploration as the 3 Worlds we have been learning about began to meet. They completed some of their study guide, worked on their Constitution Poster due tomorrow, and studied for a quick quiz tomorrow over our learning this week.
Wednesday: Today we continue looking at the regions of Africa and the changes in Europe that led to the Age of Exploration. Students need to read Chapter 2 and work on completing their study guide for Unit 1.
Tuesday: Students celebrated Constitution Day in honor of the Constitution being signed on September 17, 1787. Students need to create a poster that is due Friday.
Monday: As a class we worked our way through more of Chapter 1 and 2 on such things as the Native American regions, Iroquois League, Middle Ages, and the Renascence. Students took notes and worked on their study guide for Unit 1.
Week of September 9
Friday: Students watched CNN10 today for current events and took a quiz over this week's focus. They had some time to work on their study guide for Unit 1.
Thursday: We began Unit 1-Beginnings to 1620. We reviewed Chapter 1-The First Americans from our textbook and students received their Unit 1 Study Guide to start completing. These will be due the day we take the Unit 1 test in a couple of weeks.
Wednesday: We reviewed and discussed the events of September 11. We then began Unit 1 of our 8th grade curriculum by doing a textbook scavenger hunt.
Tuesday: We wrapped up our review of Ancient History and students had a chance to work on their maps that are due tomorrow.
Monday: We continued to review 7th grade Ancient History. Students received their Ancient History and America Maps assignment. Those are due Wednesday.
Week of September 2
Friday: Students took a quiz today and turned in the their world geography maps. We continue to review 7th Grade Ancient History.
Thursday: We began our 7th Grade Ancient History Review. Students had time to work on their world maps that are due tomorrow. We also have a short quiz tomorrow.
Wednesday: We wrapped up our 6th grade geography review. Students received their World Map Packet that is due Friday. Friday we will also have a short quiz over some key 6th grade information.
Tuesday: Many 8th grade students schedules changed today but the syllabus for Mr. Visser and Mr. Sietsema are the same along with expectations, etc. Today we began reviewing 6th grade world geography and students took some notes on the presentation.
Monday: Labor Day-No School
Week of August 26
Thursday: Students joined the class moodle page and we looked at the syllabus for 8th grade social studies. A copy is listed in the assignment area if needed.
Wednesday: Students need to write their memoir in 6 words and draw a picture to go with it. These are due tomorrow.
Tuesday: We did a lesson on the Do's and Don'ts of good technology use in the social studies classroom We continued to learn about what it means to be a historian with the detective activity yesterday and revealed the answer. Our next activity involved a set of images that Lincoln had in his pockets on the night of his assassination.
Monday: Welcome to 8th grade. Today we quickly reviewed what we will be learning about in social studies this year with a quick connection 6th grade world geography and 7th grade ancient history. Students then had an investigation to do as a team as we learned about asking questions which connects to thinking like a historian.