8th Grade Social Studies-American History-Mr. Sietsema
Below is what we have done in class. Check Assignment Central if you need a copy of the assignment.
Week of June 3
Tuesday: Students took the social studies exam today. If absent they will take it Wednesday.
Monday: Students took the Reconstruction Retake. They studied and reviewed for exams. The Social Studies exam is tomorrow.
Week of May 27
Friday: Students studied and reviewed for exams.
Thursday: Students took the Reconstruction Test today and began studying for their final exam on Tuesday.
Wednesday: We studied and reviewed for our Reconstruction Test tomorrow and for the final exam next Tuesday.
Tuesday: Today we reviewed for our Reconstruction test which is Thursday.
Monday: Memorial Day
Week of May 20
Friday: Students caught up on current events with CNN News and took a quiz on Reconstruction.
Thursday: Today students investigated a sharecropping contract. They had a chance to study for a quiz tomorrow and test next week over Reconstruction.
Wednesday: We continued through our Unit 5.3-Reconstruction Study Guide and Notes. Students need to read Chapter 18-Lessons 3 and 4. We will have a short quiz this Friday and a unit test next Thursday.
Tuesday: We went through our Unit 5.3-Reconstruction Study Guide and Notes. Students need to read Chapter 18-Lessons 1 and 2.
Monday: We wrapped up our Civil War simulation today. All journals are due tomorrow for a grade. We have begun looking at our last unit which is on Reconstruction after the Civil War. Students received a Unit 5.3-Study Guide and Notes listed on the side to begin looking over.
Week of May 13
This week we will continue our Civil War simulation in class. If they are absent, they need to check with a member of their regiment to see what they missed and to catch up. Students will be completing a journal about their experience as we go along that will be collected for a grade.
Week of May 6
All week students will be participating in a Civil War simulation in class. If they are absent, they need to check with a member of their regiment to see what they missed and to catch up. Students will be completing a journal about their experience as we go along that will be collected for a grade.
Week of April 29
Friday: Students started to do research and prepare for the Civil War Simulation that starts next week.
Thursday: Students took their Civil War Re-take test today if needed.
Tuesday and Wednesday: Students will take the Social Studies M-Step over these two days. They should study for the Civil War Quest Re-take which will be Thursday.
Monday: We reviewed 8th grade socials studies for the M-Step this week Tuesday and Wednesday.
Week of April 22
Friday: We reviewed 6th/7th grade socials studies for the M-Step next week Tuesday and Wednesday.
Thursday: Students took their Civil War Quest today. Re-takes will be next Thursday after the M-Step.
Wednesday: We reviewed and wrapped up our overview of the Civil War today. Our test is tomorrow. Students should study Chapter 17 and the Unit 5.2 Civil War resources available on the moodle page.
Tuesday: We completed Chapter 17 and our quick unit on the overview of the Civil War. Students received an assignment to complete on the Gettysburg Address. They should begin studying for the 'Quest' (big quiz or small test) on Thursday.
Monday: We looked at critical events and battles of the Civil War. Students should continue to read and use Chapter 17 to complete their study guide and notes for Thursday's test. On the moodle page resources like quizlet, quizezz, etc. are available.
Week of April 15
Friday: Students took the Causes of the Civil War re-take if needed and had an opportunity to work on their Civil War study guide notes for next week.
Thursday: We introduced Unit 5.2 "The Civil War" and began working through Chapter 17. Students will want to read this on their own and complete their notes by next Thursday test on it. We will do class discussion and review in class as we go.
Wednesday: Students took the Coming of the Civil War test today. Re-takes will be Friday if needed. When done students began reading Chapter 17, "The Civil War" and taking a look at their new Unit 5.2 "The Civil War" study guide notes.
Tuesday: We reviewed for our test tomorrow.
Monday: We finished our study guide notes and Chapter 16 to conclude Unit 5.1-The Coming of the Civil War. The test is Wednesday. To study, students should use those notes as a reference and review Chapter 16. They should also use the resources on the moodle page like the SMART lesson from class, quizlet, quizezz, etc.
Week of April 8
Friday: After Current Events student took a weekly quiz covering what we learned about this week. They then had some time in the hour to start studying for their test next week Wednesday on the coming of the Civil War. They should check out the moodle page for the quizlet, quzizz, and the SMART board lesson from class among other things.
Thursday: Today we read through Lesson 1 and 2 of Chapter 16. We covered compromises, new political parties, and conflict in Kansas. Students were given the Free State-Slave State Activity and Map assignment listed in assignment central. We have a weekly quiz tomorrow.
Wednesday: Students continued to investigate this time period as we looked at Chapter 16-Lesson 1 and connected details to our study guide notes.
Tuesday: Students took the PSAT today for half the day and we enjoy enrichment activities in social studies class the other half of the day.
Monday: Welcome back everyone. Today we started Unit 5.1-The Coming of the Civil War. Students received their Unit 5.1 Study Guide Notes to complete as we through the unit. Students should reference Chapter 16 in their textbook and check the moodle page for resources.
Week of March 25
Wednesday and Thursday: Students took the retake test and wrapped up all grades for the 3rd Marking period. When done they previewed the next unit on the coming of the Civil War. They read Chapter 16 and worked on the vocab page listed on the side.
Tuesday: Students enjoyed their Unit 4.3-Reform Movement test today. The re-take is tomorrow.
Monday: We reviewed for our Unit 4.3 Reform Movement test tomorrow. Students should read/review Chapter 15 in their textbooks and study the quizlet and quizziz on the moodle page.
Week of March 18
Friday: Students got caught up on current events and took a more in depth look at the Women's Suffrage Movement. They should study for their test on Tuesday.
Thursday: Project Teams gave their Reform Movement presentations today.
Tuesday and Wednesday: Project Teams worked on their Reform Movement presentations for Thursday.
Monday: Students formed teams and began their research on one of the reform movements we will be learning about during this time period leading up to the Civil War. They need to use the notes page listed on the side for details on what to include in their presentation.
Week of March 11
Friday: We wrapped up this unit with the Westward episode in the series, America the Story of Us.
Thursday: Students took the re-take test if needed today. They then were assigned to read Chapter 15 on Social Reforms and complete the vocab assignment listed on the left side of this page.
Wednesday: Students read and discussed an article in Scholastic News on factory working conditions in the early 1900's. They then had time to study for their re-take test which is tomorrow.
Tuesday: Students took the Unit 4.2 Test today. Re-takes will be Thursday in class.
Monday: Today we reviewed for our test tomorrow on Unit 4.2 Regional and Economic Growth. Students should check out the review activities on the moodle page and read and enjoy Chpaters 11-14 one more time to prepare for the test.
Week of March 4
Wednesday-Friday: Mrs. Arteaga is here to talk about high school and scheduling for classes. Here is the course catalog link if needed for more information. High School Course Catalog
Tuesday: Snow Day-No School. Students should study for their Unit 4.2 Test which will now be Tuesday, March 12. They should read Chapters 11-14 and enjoy the review activities on the moodle page.
Monday: Today we wrapped up our Unit 4.2 by finishing Chapter 14-Lessons 3 and 4 on The South. Students had a Reading Notes assignment to fill out and then began studying for our test next Monday.
Week of February 25
Friday: Today we got caught up on current events and students took a quick quiz over our learning. We then went through Chapter 14-Lessons 1 and 2 on the North. Students need to complete the Chapter 14-Lesson 2 Guided Reading Notes.
Thursday: Today students investigated and learning more about the Indian Removal Act and the Cherokee Trail of Tears.
Wednesday: We reviewed Manifest Destiny and completed Chapter 13. Students should enjoy the online resources now for Chapters 11-13 and begin taking a look at Chapter 14, "North and South."
Tuesday: Today we investigated the topic of Manifest Destiny. Students used the picture and article on the moodle page and then worked on a Manifest Destiny assignment. Students should also begin reading Chapter 13, "Manifest Destiny."
Monday: Students should finish reading Chapter 12 on the Age of Jackson and complete any details on their study guide and notes. They had time in class to explore history more with their online textbook or interactive activities on the moodle page.
Week of February 18
Friday: We looked at the presidency of John Quincy Adams and then current events. Students worked on an Almanac Scavenger Hunt about U.S. state information. They should finish this for homework. They can log on to Scholastic News through the Class Resource section on the moodle page.
Thursday: Today we finished Chapter 11 and introduced Chapter 12, "The Jackson Era." Students should continue to work on their Unit 4.2 Study Guide and Notes
Wednesday: We began Unit 4.2-Regional and Economic Growth. Students received the Unit 4.2 Study Guide/Notes and need to read Chapter 11 "Growth and Expansion" in order to start filling in some details.
Monday and Tuesday: Winter Break
Week of February 11
Friday: Students took the Unit 4.1 re-take today if needed.
Thursday: Students took the Unit 4.1 test today. Re-takes are tomorrow.
Wednesday: Another snow day. We will still have our test tomorrow (Thursday). Remember you may use your vocabulary notes for this test which you will also turn in tomorrow when you are done with the test. Still study the things listed below to prepare.
Tuesday: Due to today's snow and ice day, our test will be Thursday this week. Students should read and review Chapters 9-10 and do some of the activities in the online textbook. They should also go to the moodle page and look at the SMART lesson, vocab quizlet, and practice quizizz. The vocabulary and notes for the unit are due Thursday when students finish their test. They may use their vocab notes on the test this time.
Monday: Today we finished Chapter 10 on the Jeffersonian Era which completes Unit 4.1-Challenges to an Emerging Nation. On Wednesday we will take the test and student vocabulary/notes packets are also due. Students will be able to use their notes on the test.
Week of February 4
Friday: We introduced and read Chapter 10-Section 1 on Thomas Jefferson becoming president and the landmark case of Marbury v. Madison that established judicial review.
Wednesday and Thursday: No School due to ice. Students-please continue to read and enjoy Chapter 10, "The Jefferson Era" and look at the interactive features online. Working on your vocabulary packet and using the quizlet and quzziz on the moodle page is a good idea too. The Unit test will still be Wednesday, February 13.
Tuesday: We finished Chapter 9 today on John Adams being president and the challenges he faced. Students should start reading Chapter 10 on "The Jefferson Era" and do the online review through our textbook. On moodle they should study quizlet and quzziz. Our test over Chapters 9-10 will be Wednesday, February 13. The vocabulary boxes are due that day also.
Monday: Welcome back everyone from the Vortex Vacation. Today instead of social studies we had a pair of trained Be Nice organization presenters work through 1 of 4 lessons on physical and mental health. We will pick up Social Studies tomorrow.
Week of January 28
Week of January 21
Friday: SNOW Day
Thursday: Today we looked at George Washington's Farewell and address and the formation of political parties. Students should look over a couple of websites on the moodle page to look for 5 concerns George Washington had for the country. Students should also read Chapter 9-Lesson 3 on political parties.
Wednesday: Read Chapter 9-Lesson 2 "Early Challenges" Students should work on completing vocab and notes to go with that chapter. The online textbook quizzes and review activities are good to do also.
Tuesday: We read Chapter 9-Lesson 1 "The First President." Students worked on taking notes and filling in some of the vocabulary they received yesterday. They also received a National Debt assignment to complete.
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.