Hello 7th Graders! And Parents of 7th Graders. And anyone else who looks at this. You'll notice that the last entry for this classroom blog was from last year! That's because I'm trying out Google Classroom this year. So, all the kids have gotten the access code to join the classroom, and most of them have already done so. This is just an FYI to let you know why there is no new information on this site.
Hey 7th graders!
I hope you had an awesome Spring Break!
so, we started talking about the American Civil War before the break, and we're going to finish it up this week. Here are the plans...
Monday - The Civil War in NM. What happened here during the War, and why was it important?
Tuesday - We're going to talk about the policy towards native Americans during this time period. You'll take notes. It will be awesome!
Wednesday - We're going to cover the Lincoln County War....the Old Timers versus the Newcomers...the Battle of Lincoln...and the rise and fall of Billy the Kid! It will be a good story. :) Again, with the note-taking...
Thursday - We'll review the material and get ready for eh exam. The test will contain three essay questions, and you will answer two of them (and only two!). There's a question about the Civil War in New Mexico...there's a question about the policy towards Native Americans during the 1800s...and (you guessed it) there's a question about the Lincoln County War. No big mysteries as to what's going to be on the exam. You may NOT use your notes on this test...but they sure would be handy to study. Just sayin'...
Friday - That test i just talked about....yeah, that's on Friday. ;)
Hey 7th graders!
So, short week this week. Sadly, we will NOT have time to finish the unit we are starting. It's based around the material in chapter 11 of the text, and there are a lot of cool stories to cover! The American Civil War, what the heck was THAT all about? How did it affect the people of New Mexico? And what about the wild west? The late 1800s were a pretty interesting time. Billy the Kid, the Lincoln County War, and the wild west town of Las Vegas, New Mexico (which was probably a bit wilder than you think it was!) are some of the things we are going to talk about. It's going to be awesome!
Before Spring break, which starts on Friday, w're mostly going to talk about the Civil War. We'll cover the Lincoln County War when we come back from break.
Doesn't it seem like there are a lot of wars in history/ That's because there are a lot of wars in history.
A coupe of grades this week. You'll get the Guided Reading Sheet for Chapter 11 on Wednesday, and you'll have some class time to work on it. It will be due on Thursday, so anything you don't finish in class will be homework!
Also, on Thursday, we'll have a quiz on your Critical Facts.
And then on Friday, we all stay home and sleep in. Well. some of will stay home and sleep in. All right then, so I'M going to stay home and sleep in. You do what you want.
Hello 7th graders!
So, here's the plans for the week....
Monday - So on Monday we have a sort of Socratic discussion about the main ideas of the chapter. We're talking about the Mexican-American War, and what that was all about. We're talking about the Rebellion of 1847, and what that was all about. And we'll talk a bit about Land Grants, and what THAT was all about. You'll take notes. It'll be awesome.
Tuesday - On Tuesday you have SBA Science Testing, which is a little different fro the great big e-mail I sent out to all the parents (because I totally forgot about it, and so the weekly schedule has changed a little bit). Anyway, I may see some of you around 6th period, but mostly I won't see you at all on Tuesday.
Wednesday - On Wednesday You'll take the exam for chapter 10 in the text. You can use your notes! I hardly ever give out an open-notes test, so take advantage of it!
Thursday - On Thursday we'll have the Quarter 4 Critical Facts Test (QCFT4). As usual for these, it won't count against, you, but I want the data. You should have all 100 Critical Facts in your notebooks by now. Study them! The class with the MOST IMPROVED score gets the prize!
Friday - I'm gone on Friday, down to Albuquerque with the National History Days kids. You'll have a writing to do in class. It will be due at the end of class. It's for a grade! It should be an easy grade, so take advantage of it!
And there you have it! The 4th quarter is upon us!
Hey 7th graders!
So, the Quarter 3 project is due this week. We'll check the project for completion on Monday, and start presenting. Remember, we don't have school on Tuesday, so you'll stay home and we'll pick up the presentations again on Wednesday. I'm not sure how long it will take to get all the projects presented. I'm planning on presenting all week, but we might finish up early. We'll just sort of play it by ear.
So, here’s the plans for the week.
Monday – We reviewed for the test. The kids took notes. It was awesome.
Tuesday – Test on Chapter 9 of the text!
Wednesday – Multimedia day! They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, I’m going to show the 7th grades about 312,255 words worth of pictures, give or take a few. We’re going to look at some video lips and some pics soon the giant smartboard that I have in my room! There will be an analysis sheet the student fill out while we do this, that will be due at the end of class.
Thursday – ER days are short days! On Thursday we’ll check the notebooks (the students should have all 100 facts in their notebooks at this point). And take a quiz on the Critical Facts.
Friday – Q3 Project work day! This is the 2nd, and last, day in class the students will have to work on their Q3 Projects. The Project itself is due next Monday! Remember, if a refresher is needed on the specific requirements, the rubric is on the website! I’m looking forward to seeing some of the presentations next week.
Here are the plans for the week!
Monday – President’s Day! I know how disappointing it is to miss school. And I know that all the students would much rather be at school than hanging about the house, eating pie and playing video games. I’m afraid we are all subject to the whims of the federal government, however, and have to take a day off of school.
Tuesday – On Tuesday I’ll pick up the GR9 worksheet, and I’ll assign a map for the students to complete. It’s a map of New Mexico. It’s due on Thursday, and it needs to have the following things on it….
1.Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Roswell, Silver City, Portales, Hobbs, Las Alamos, Las Vegas, and Taos
2.Rivers – Rio Grande, Pecos, Gila, San Juan, Canadian
3.The Sandia Mountains, and one other mountain chain.
4.All major Interstate Highways that go through New Mexico (I-25, I-40, I-10)
5.Three other things of the student’s choice (ie Navajo Nation, Four Corners, Acoma/Sky City, White Sands, Carlsbad Caverns, Lincoln, etc.)
6.I would like to see a title, key, scale, and compass rose on each map. They don’t have to be colored, but I would like to see some effort.
Wednesday – We’ll check the Critical Facts notebook today. Students should have all the Critical facts written down in their notebooks (1-100). I’ll give a Test on the Chapter 1-9 Critical Facts. Study study!
Thursday – The Mexican-American War! The Revolt of 1837 AND 1847! People using the Governor’s head for a football (no, really…) and anarchy oi the streets! We’ll talk about it on Thursday. Students will take notes. It will be awesome.
Friday – We’ll review for the Chapter 9 exam, which will be on Monday.
On another note…remember that the Quarter 3 projects are due on Feb. 29th! The students have had one work day, and they will have another one next week. You might want to touch base on how they are doing. It would be best to NOT wait till the very last second to try to write a paper….
Hey 7th Graders! Here are the plans for the week!
Monday – We’ll review the information for the Chapter 8 exam. I handed out the GR8 the kids finished last week so they can study it for the test! Also, make sure they touch base on their Critical Facts, as there are a few of them on the exam as well.
Tuesday – The students will take the Chapter 8 Exam. They will also get the next (and final!) batch of Critical Facts for 7th grade NM History, which they can work on after they finish the exam.
Wednesday – We’ll grade the exam in class. It shouldn’t take long (no essay questions on this one) and afterwards we’ll do a recap of the information from this Unit.
Thursday – This will be the first (of two) project work days for the Q3 Project. It’s due on the 29th of February! I’ll have computers in the classroom and the students can work on research, graphics, or the paper.
Friday – We’ll start Chapter 9 in the text. There will be a brief intro to the chapter, and I’ll assign some work to make sure the kids read it.
And there you have it. :)
Below is a copy of the rubric for the Q3 Project. We talked about this in class, but if you need to refresh your memory, take a look!
So here's a copy of the Timeline Rubric, as well as the GR8. Remember, both of tehm are due on Thursday! (Except for 5th period...they have till Friday to get the time line in.
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