8th Grade Social Studies-American History-Mr. Sietsema
Unit 4-1 Vocabulary Boxes
Amendment Boxes and Poster Assignment Handout
Constitution Study Guide
Separation of Power/Checks and Balances Graphic Organizer
How a Bill Becomes a Law
Branches of Government Graphic Organizers
Unit 3.3-Part 1 Study Guide
Constitutional Convention Activity Papers
Thanksgiving Dinner Map
Chapter 7-Lesson 3 Guided Reading Notes
Chapter 7-Lesson 2 Guided Reading Notes
Shay's Rebellion Primary Source Quotes and Questions.
NW Territory Map and Questions
Chapter 7-Lesson 1 Guided Reading Notes
Mid-Term Election Map
Unit 3.2 Study Guide-American Revolution
Unit 3.1 Study Guide/Notes
Boston Massacre Documents
Story of Squanto
Below is what we have done in class. Check Assignment Central if you need a copy of the assignment.
Week of January 21
Monday: Today was Martin Luther King Jr. Day so we covered that and also introduced our new unit-Unit 4.1-Challenges to and Emerging Nation. We will be using Chapters 9 and 10 for this unit. Students received the Unit 4-1 Vocabulary to start working on.
Week of January 14
Thursday/Friday: Ski Trip/Exam
Wednesday: Review for Exam
Tuesday: No School
** Our Social Studies exam that was supposed to be Wednesday will now be Thursday for those not going on the ski trip and Friday for those that do go on the ski trip.
Monday: Review for Exam
Week of January 7
Friday: Today we caught up on current events and students had time to study for their exams. The Social Studies exam is Wednesday, January 16. Students should study their previous tests and the practice activities on the class moodle page we went over in class.
Thursday: Students took their Amendment Quiz today and began studying for exams.
Wednesday: We studied for our amendment quiz tomorrow and students worked on their amendment boxes that are also due tomorrow.
Tuesday: We reviewed the amendments more today and students had a chance to work on their amendment posters that are due tomorrow along with studying for Thursday's quiz.
Monday: Today we read pages 210-211 in the textbook and took a look at the amendment process. Students had some of the hour to work on their amendment projects. Here are the due dates for this week.
Wednesday: Amendment Poster Due
Thursday: Amendment Boxes Due and Amendment/Vocab Quiz
Week of January 3
Friday: Students received their next amendment project which is making a poster for one of the 27 amendments.
Thursday: Happy New Year. We briefly reviewed the Constitution today and introduced the Bill of Rights and other amendments. Students received a handout with two amendment assignments that will be due next week Wednesday.
Week of December 17
Wednesday: Students took the Constitution Re-take Test today if needed and got caught up on missing assignments.
Tuesday: Students took the Constitution test today. Re-takes if needed are tomorrow.
Monday: Tomorrow is our Constitution Test. Students should study the notes we went over in class along with the online resources we have gone over with them.
Week of December 10
Friday: Today we corrected as a class, the study guide students received yesterday. We then began to study for the Constitution Test on Tuesday next week. On the moodle page is a variety of resources for students from quizlet vocab, quizizz study questions, and a copy of the SMART lesson from class with details for their study guide and assignments.
Thursday: We wrapped up our section on the Constitution today. Students received the Unit 3.3-Part 2 Constitution study guide today. The test is Tuesday, December 18.
Wednesday: Student teams performed the Preamble. We then began to work on filling out the Separation of Power/Checks and Balances Graphic Organizer.
Tuesday: We filled in our graphic organizers for the Executive and Judicial Branches. Student teams had time to practice the Preamble for tomorrow's presentations.
Monday: We reviewed the Legislative Branch and elastic clause today. Students need to complete How a Bill Becomes a Law assignment. They also practiced their Preamble Presentation.
Week of December 3
Friday: We caught up on current events today and then went through the legislative branch graphic organizer. Teams then had time to work in their teams for memorizing the Preamble.
Thursday: Students took the re-take today if needed. They had the opportunity to star working on the branches of government graphic organizers listed in Assignment Central. They should use Chapter 8 and other resources to try to fill these in. We complete these as we go through this next chapter.
Wednesday: Today we reviewed the test for re-takes tomorrow. We introduced our chapter on the Constitution. Students got in teams to start to work on memorizing the Preamble to the Constitution.
Tuesday: Students took the test today. Re-takes are Thursday.
Monday: Today we wrapped up going over the Unit 3.3-Part 1 Study Guide for tomorrow's test. Students should use Chapter 7 in their textbook, quizlet, and other resources on moodle to help them study.
Week of November 26
Friday: Students took a quick quiz over our base information from this unit on the Articles of Confederation and Constitutional Convention. They were able to study some more for the test on Tuesday.
Thursday: We went through a Unit 3.3-Part 1 study guide for the unit as a class for the test on Tuesday. Students can complete that study guide by using the quizlet through the moodle page. We also have a quick quiz tomorrow for some of the base information from this chapter.
Wednesday: We finished the Constitutional Convention Simulation today in class. Students should complete the Tally Sheet and Reflection sheet from the packet and be ready to turn it in tomorrow.
Tuesday: We began to review for our Unit 3.3-Part 1 Test on Articles of Confederation and Constitutional Government test that will be Tuesday, December 4. Students were put into teams to represent states at the Constitutional Convention. Use the packet in the assignment section for information. Tomorrow they will need to be prepared to speak for their state at the convention.
Monday: Snow Day-No School
Week of November 19
Tuesday: We finished Chapter 7 today. The test will be next Friday, November 30. Students also received a Thanksgiving Dinner Map that is due Wednesday next week. Happy Thanksgiving.
Monday: Today we wrapped up reading Chapter 7 on the Consittuional Convention. Students should read pages 194-199 and complete the Chapter 7-Lesson 3 Guided Reading Notes from the assignment list.
Week of November 12
Friday: Today students took a look at current events and then read an article on the constitutional convention.
Thursday: We began our look at the Constitutional Convention today. Students need to read pages 185-191 in the textbook and complete the Chapter 7-Lesson 2 guided reading notes from the assignment list.
Wednesday: We looked more at the problems with the Articles of Confederation and Shay's Rebellion. Students need to read pages 182-185 and complete the primary source information and questions from the assignment list.
Tuesday: We researched more about the Northwest Ordinance today. Students need to open this NW Ordinance Information for today's class. The assignment to do for homework is listed in assignment central for the NW Territory Map and Questions.
Monday: Today we began Unit 3.3 on the Constitution. We start with looking at the Articles of Confederation which was the first government of the United States. Students need to read Chapter 7-Lesson 1 and complete the Lesson 1 Guided Reading Notes by tomorrow.
Week of November 5
Thursday: Students took the Revolution re-take if needed and got ready to start our Constitution Unit next week.
Wednesday: Students took their American Revolution Test today. Re-takes are tomorrow if needed. Students also need to turn in there election map assignment tomorrow that was given to them yesterday.
Monday and Tuesday: Study for Revolution Test on Wednesday. In between wrapping up the American Revolution in class we are also looking into this week's elections in Michigan and across the country. Study guides for this unit are due Wednesday when we take the test. Students were given this Mid-Term Election Map assignment which is due Thursday.
Week of October 29
Thursday and Friday: Over these two days we followed along with the show America the Story of Us-Revolution edition. We also looked at the famous painting of Washington crossing the Delaware and the story behind that leading up to the Battle of Trenton.
Wednesday: Today we covered the rest of the details students need to know about the American Revolution. We went through a presentation to help students with their study guides to complete. They should read all of Chapter 6 if needed.
Tuesday: Students took their Unit 3.1 re-take today. They had the rest of the hour to work ahead on the next study guide for Unit 3.1 which we will go over tomorrow in class.
Monday: Today we reviewed our unit test from Friday on the Causes of the American Revolution. Tomorrow in class there is a re-take for students that need it or want to do the re-take. We also introduced our next unit 3.2-The American Revolution and its Consequences. Students received a study guide to complete as we go through the unit. They will turn this in on the day of the test which will be sometime next week.
Week of October 22
Friday: Students took the unit test today. Re-takes are Tuesday.
Thursday: We reviewed for our Unit Test tomorrow. Study Guides from the unit are due at the start of class.
Wednesday: We began to review for our Unit test on Friday. Student teams also had a chance to practice their Declaration of Independence presentation for tomorrow.
Tuesday: We read Chapter 5-Lesson 4 on the Declaration of Independence. Students formed teams and will need to memorize and present a portion of the Declaration of Independence with their team on Thursday. The test over Causes of the American Revolution is Friday.
Monday: Students today reviewed events leading up to the American Revolution.
Week of October 15
Friday: Students watched CNN10 News today and then took a quiz over what we covered so far in our unit on the Causes of the American Revolution.
Thursday: Today students looked at and learned more about the events leading up to and around the Battles of Lexington and Concord. There is no homework tonight except to study for a quiz tomorrow over some of the base information and vocab from the study guide and Chapter 5.
Wednesday: Students need to read Chapter 5-Lesson 3 on the Call to Arms and complete their study guide on the 1st Continental Congress.
Tuesday: Students need to read the rest of Chapter 5-Lesson 2 in the textbook and complete questions 2 and 3 in their study guide/notes.
Monday: Students investigated the events surrounding the Boston Massacre. They should reference Chapter 5-Lesson 2 and look at these Boston Massacre Documents here.
Week of October 8
Friday: Homecoming Activities. No social studies.
Thursday: Students need to read Chapter 5-Lesson 1 in the textbook. They should complete the corresponding details in their study guide we are working on for this unit.
Wednesday: 8th graders took the PSAT today for half the day. We did extension activities in social studies for those classes that ended up meeting after the test.
Tuesday: Students took the Unit 2 Retake today if needed. They worked on the Unit 3.1 study guide too if they had time.
Monday: We continued through our introduction of the Causes of the American Revolution and looked at the question, "What does it mean to be an American?" We read Chapter 4-Lesson 4 and students worked on question 1 of the Unit 3.1 study guide here. This will not be due until the day of the test. The Unit 2 Re-take is tomorrow.
Week of October 1
Friday: We reviewed the Unit 2 test from yesterday and prepared for the re-take which will be Tuesday. We also introduced our new review unit on the Causes of the American Revolution.
Thursday: Unit 2 Test was today.
Wednesday: We did some in class review today for our test on Unit 2-Colonization. Students should review Chapters 3 and 4 in the textbook along with looking at the quizlet and quizzizz activities available through the moodle page.
Tuesday: We wrapped up Unit 2 on Colonization today. Students should be studying all the resources available that we have gone over.
Monday: Today students investigated and read a biography on Squanto and answered the questions. They had the rest of the hour to start looking over and reviewing materials for our Unit 2 test on Thursday.
Week of September 24
Friday: Students took a short quiz over the colonial regions today.
Thursday: Students did a lesson on the Pilgrims journey to America and the Mayflower Compact today.
Wednesday: Student teams presented their colonial region projects today. Students took notes on the presentation and they can use those on the quiz this Friday. If needed, there is an example slideshow from each region on the moodle page for students to review.
Tuesday: Teams had most of the hour to work on their Colonial Region Presentations which are tomorrow.
Monday: Student teams worked on investigating some passengers lists of boats heading to the English colonies during this time period. They then had the rest of the hour to work on their Colonial Region Presentations which are due Wednesday.
Week of September 17
Friday: We checked in on current events and then student teams had time to work on their colonial region presentations. Here is a copy of what they need to include in their presentation for their specific region. Details to Cover in Colony Presentation
Thursday: Today we began Unit 2 on Colonization and Settlement. Students joined teams and will be working on a presentation due later next week spotlighting one of the regions in colonial America. They should be reading and using Chapters 3 and 4 in the textbook. Constitution Day posters from earlier in the week are due tomorrow.
Wednesday: Today we were History Detectives as we investigated, "Did Pocahontas save John Smith's Life?" Students read primary and secondary sources to go with this account and completed the handout questions.
Tuesday: As a class we worked on a timeline of events scavenger hunt for the time period from the Fall of Rome to when the Pilgrims arrived in America.
Monday: Today was Constitution Day. We reviewed a little bit of the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787. Students assignment is to design and turn in a Constitution Day Poster by Friday. Here is a link for the contest form. Students can also use the Constitution Poster link on the moodle page.
Week of September 10
Friday: We took a look at current events today again and then students took their first weekly quiz for a quick check on their learning from recent weeks.
Thursday: We wrapped up chapter 2 from the textbook today. We spent some time review what we have learned about so far for a quick tomorrow. Students should skim through Chapters 1 and 2 and there is also a quizlet on the moodle page to review also.
Wednesday: Today we reviewed Chapter 1 and students began to read and investigate Chapter 2-Exploring the Americas.
Tuesday: We introduced Unit 1-Beginnings to 1620. This is a review of what students learned in 5th grade. Students need to read and check out the interactive features of Chapter 1 in our textbook, "The First Americans."
Monday: Students did a Textbook Scavenger Hunt today to learn more about we are studying and how the book is set up to help them learn.
Week of September 3
Friday: Today we focused on CNN Student News and also Scholastic News. We read the article on the American Revolution and students were given question/answer assignment to do. Students can access an online version of Scholastic News through the class moodle page.
Thursday: We reviewed the semester pre-test from yesterday and then also went through a review of 6th grade world geography and 7th grade ancient history.
Wednesday: Students took a semester pre-test today to check for understanding and to guide the class learning starting out the year.
Tuesday: We looked at a lesson using the summer Olympics to remind students to have a growth mindset and to not be afraid to take on challenges. We related this to American History and also their lives in 8th grade. Students who were absent should log on to the moodle page to find the video link and then complete this Growth Mindset Assignment.
Monday: Labor Day-No School
Week of August 27
Thursday: We wrapped up the week looking at and collecting the 6 word memoirs. We then logged on to the class moodle page and took a look at the 8th Grade Social Studies Syllabus.
Wednesday: Students worked in teams today to try and solve a bank robber case in which they had to use good question and reasoning skills to solve. This is like what we will be doing in history class throughout the year when we ask questions about the past and what happened and why.
Tuesday: Today students did an activity in which they determined what they find value in. We connected this to social studies and looked at the history of the world and America was also determined by what was valued by people from the past.
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 received a 6 word memoir assignment which is due Thursday.