Sunday, October 28, 2007

Weekly Schedule October 29th – November 2nd

This is our schedule for the week ending November 2nd, 2007. It is important to remember that these schedules are not etched in stone. Our firm belief in adjusting our curriculum to meet the needs of students sometimes causes slight changes. It is important to note that ample time is given in class to complete most assignments. There are occasional projects, spanning a week or more, that will require students to work outside of class. There will be no more than one of these per month. If you have any questions, please contact me at extension 38.

1st Year Social Studies (Period 1 & 3) – Presently we are covering Native American Cultures. We will begin our study of the Age of Exploration on Thursday.

Monday, October 29th: We will be studying Native American Tribes of the Desert Southwest. Our primary focus will be on the Anasazi. We will have a worksheet, due Tuesday, and a short quiz.

Tuesday, October 30th: We will be studying Native American Tribes of the Pacific Northwest. Our primary focus will be on clans and their importance. We will have a worksheet, due Wednesday, and a short quiz.

Wednesday, October 31st: We will be taking a test on Native American cultures. Time permitting; students will be listening to Orson Welles and the Mercury Theaters presentation of War of the Worlds. Interestingly, several local radio stations, KNTR - KRZY - KZUL - KRRK, will be broadcasting a local version of the program Wednesday night and there is a Grand Canyon Reader book available (The Aliens are Coming!) that Mrs. Silvey and Mrs. Mills both have in their libraries.

Thursday, October 18th: The Age of Exploration begins with our exploring how maps were not as reliable for Christopher Columbus and friends as they are now. Students will create a map of the school from memory. I will select a few, make copies for the class, and we will determine how accurate they are by searching for a hidden treasure.

2nd Year Social Studies (Period 2 & 4) – Presently we are covering how civilizations begin, peak, and fade. This brief survey is preparing students for more in-depth study of several prominent civilizations and will also provide assistance for their research paper (see blog entry) that is due November 8th.

Monday and Tuesday, October 29th & 30th: We will be studying how the human race began to develop civilization. Our study will include the study of primitive hominids like Neanderthals. Work is due on Wednesday; this work will include several short essays.

Wednesday and Thursday, October 31st & November 1st: We will study what makes up a civilization and how some rise to power and become empires. Rome will be prominently featured. We will also be creating a “recipe” for our own “civilization pie.” Our “pie” should be finished no later than Monday.

Health –

Friday, November 2nd: We will begin working on a project concerning the effect that electronic accessories (e-cessories) have had on our culture as a whole and each of us individually. Students will select the device they think has been the most important. Six to eight students will be asked to participate in a pilot program that is being sponsored by Microsoft. This project will include some after school work building their own website. Students will be given extra credit for their participation beyond the essay.

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