Acker, Melissa

Hello all,

I hope everyone had a great three day weekend. This week we will begin the unit on India. Below is this week at a glance.

Monday, November 13th– complete map work on India, surroundings landforms and countries.

Homework-finish coloring and labeling the map

Tuesday/Wednesday November 14th&15th– Big Block periods, discuss this unit research project “Spices from India”. Then discuss Hinduism and take notes on some of the deities of Hindu. Finally, we will  clean out our folders and put the Egypt materials away.

Homework– Pick a spice to research, review map and deities.

Thursday, November 16th-Continue to discuss Hinduism and discuss class hierarchy in ancient India.

Homework– Review map and notes

Friday, November 17th– Pop map quiz on India.  Then, read and answer questions to the, “Kids Discover- India” magazine.

Have a great Thanksgiving week. I’m looking forward to hearing about many adventures and all the different spices you consumed with your dinner,

Mrs. Acker

Happy November! This week is only 4 days with no school on Friday due to Veterans Day.

Below is this week at a glance-

Monday, November 6th– Discuss pyramids and the secret rooms and chambers found inside.

Homework– Make sure your Egypt Project is ready to turn in tomorrow. Please make sure to attach, all work; research, accordion paragraph, typed first  draft with edit marks and final copy on top.            I would like to see your writing process.

Tuesday, November 7th– Egypt Project Presentation. Quick presentation about you project.

Homework- Create index card to turn in on the day of the Exam to help you review for the exam.study Guide1

Wednesday, November 8th– Sarcophagus Game- a review game on the Egypt unit.

Homework– make sure your index card is filled-in for unit exam tomorrow.

Thursday, November 9th– Unit Exam on Egypt.

Have a great three day weekend,

Mrs. Acker

This week we will be discussing mummies and Pharaohs.

Monday, October 30th-Discuss Pharaohs and take notes from a power-point.

Homework– Read the first 2 pages and take Cornell notes on a reading about Mummies. Make sure your 2nd paragraph from last week is typed in MLA format for Thursday this week.

Tuesday, October 31st & Wednesday, November 1st- Big Block

Students will become forensic anthropologist and make historical deductions about mummies.  Finish reading the mummy reading and take notes on the ‘Book of the Dead’.Bonus Question: Most pyramids were robbed by tomb robbers, they would steal all the gold and precious stone items in the tomb. What would happen to the mummy and where did they end up? Please write up what you learn on a post it note and turn in the answer by Thursday, November 2nd for a red ticket or a treat.

Homework-Finish reading and taking Cornell notes on Mummies and make sure you have the 2nd paragraph for your Egypt project is typed and ready for peer edits tomorrow.

Thursday, November 2nd- Continue taking notes on Pharaohs and Queens.

Homework: Review over notes on Hierarchy, Mummies and Pharaohs. Remember that your Egypt Project is due next Tuesday. Make sure your peer edits are fixed on your final copy and make sure craft project is finished by Monday night.

Friday, November 3rd– Examine facts about hierarchies, mummies and map. Continue taking notes on Pharaohs and Queens.

Homework– Remember that your Egypt Project is due next Tuesday. Make sure your peer edits are fixed on your final copy and make sure craft project is finished. Make sure to save your accordion paragraph,and peer edits you will staple them to your final printed copy.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

 

Looking forward to another great week learning about ancient Egypt.  Below is this week at a glance:

Monday, October 23-Continue to discuss Nomes, Hieroglyphics and Cartouche

In table groups discuss what you have learned about your Nome(city-state). Make up a plan on what you  might accomplish for the next big block to teach the class facts about your nome. Next, read about Hieroglyphics and create your own cartouche.

Homework

Review the gods and goddesses worksheet. Look over the credible cite references you learn about in Mrs. Kelly’s class, make sure you have enough information to write your second paragraph.

Tuesday, October 24th-Social Hierarchy of Ancient Egypt

Students will continue to work on the social class that they were assigned. Today they will meet with others in that same social class and develop a presentation to teach the 6th grade class about what is the most important facts to know about their social class. They will present to the class and take notes on other social classes.  If they finish early with their presentation they will continue to work on the second paragraph of their Egyptian Project. This second paragraph must be typed for editing by Thursday, November 2nd.

Homework

Students will continue to work on Egyptian projects- tonight they should fill in the accordion paragraph on one of their two paragraphs. Finish reading and taking notes your hierarchy if you didn’t finish it in class.

Wednesday, October 25th-History of Ancient Egypt Pharaohs and Queens

Students will cut our and paste a time-line of Egyptian Pharaohs and Queen.They then will begin taking notes about “Egyptian Pharaohs”  in form of  a power point. Bonus: on a index card answer the following – What is the curse of King Tut’s tomb? Turn in the answer by this Thursday for candy or a red ticket.

Homework

Review Notes

 

Thursday, October 26th-History of Ancient Egypt Pharaohs and Queens

Continue to take notes about pharaohs and queens. Discuss Hatshepsut and why is she an unsolved mystery in Egypt? Watch a short video clip from; “Hatshepsut Egypt’s lost Queen’ and then discuss the mystery of what happened to her. Finally, discuss political succession and compare it to the United States.

Homework-Review gods and goddesses of Egypt

Friday, October 27th-History of Ancient Egypt Pharaohs and Queens

Take a pop quiz on Egyptian gods and goddesses. Then continue with pharaohs and queen powerpoint notes. Discuss monotheism with Pharaoh Akhenaten and watch a video clip about his wife Nefertiti. Video “Ancient Egypt Nefertiti the Mummy Returns”  Discuss religious revolution and why are images of Nefertiti and Akhenaten often found damaged.

Have a splendid weekend- make sure to rake up a pile of leaves and jump into them-yipppeeee!

Mrs. Acker

I’m happy to see the webpage up and operational. Here is next week at a glance.

Monday, October 16th-Introduce Egyptian Projects and begin notes on Egyptian gods and goddesses .

Homework- pick one of the projects and be ready to research project in Big Block this week. Review the Egypt map from last week.Pharaohs & Queen 2017a Research and build a 3D pyramid 2017 Hieroglyphics 2017  Mummies 2017

Tuesday/Wednesday October 17th & 18th- Using credible websites, and research books Mrs. Acker is providing in the classroom, students will begin their Egyptian projects in class. They will write the first paragraph to their project today in class. They will need to type this paragraph by Friday, for peer editing in Mr. Prentices class. Students will wrap up Egyptian gods and begin to discuss Hieroglyphics and create a Cartouche.

Homework-Type the paragraph from todays class, so it will be ready for peer editing on Friday. Review map and Egyptian gods from your notes.

Thursday, October 19th- Finish Hieroglyphics, then play role of the die to decided which level of society each member of your nome will become. Bonus question for this week is due today: Write on an index card about a current event that is happening in one of the Middle East countries on the Egypt map.

Homework- Read and take Cornell notes about the level of society you rolled. Review Map

Friday, October 20th- Map quiz on Egypt and surrounding areas. After the quiz, work on Kid’s Discover Egypt Magazine and a worksheet.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

 

This week we will start Mesopotamia. I’m looking forward to exploration and fun. Below is the next two weeks at a glance.

Monday, September 11th-Mesopotamia

Students will wrap up notes about Neolithic man. Then we will begin to discuss river systems as a place were civilizations begin. We will work on coloring and labeling a map of the Middle East. Labeling both ancient cities as well as modern countries and cities. NXXXXXXNeolithic

.Homework-Finish coloring and labeling the map of the Middle East. Review notes on ‘Background Essay

Tuesday, September 12th-Mesopotamia

Students will examine the Background Essay-(reading from last week )in the form of a quiz. Next students will be introduced to the Mini-Meso-project. Students will see examples of five different projects. They will pick one of the five projects and complete by October 3/4 (Big Block day) Meso_mini_projects RubricXBrochure rubricXrivers RubricXCuneifrom 

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Homework-Review map of Mesopotamia and pick a Mini-Meso project.

Wednesday, September 13th- Mesopotamia

Students will simulate being a history detective. At each table they will get instructions about pieces found at a dig site and they will need to make a hypothesis about the item. This will begin a discussion of the importance of staple foods and being able to keep food without refrigeration. Finally, we will look at the ‘Kids Discover- Mesopotamia’ magazine and use the practice of SQ3R to become familiar with the magazine.  Bonus- write the dictionary definition of “credible” on a post-it note for a red ticket or a piece of gum. Due Wednesday the 13th.

Homework– List what you believe could be a credible website for your Mini-Meso Project then explain why you believe this is a acceptable website/webpage.

Thursday, September 14th- Mesopotamia -Sumer

Students will  discuss and write down major societies of ancient Mesopotamia. We will look at the Sumer civilization using a power-point. Then we will start to discuss cuneiform.

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Homework- List two facts that you have gathered about your Mini-Meso-Project and bring into class tomorrow. Review the map of the Middle East.

Friday, September 15th-Mesopotamia – Sumer

Students will examine the map of the Middle East. Then, they will continue to take notes from the power-point on Sumer. Next, they will read, discuss and create a three-dimensional zigguart.

Homework-Work on Mini-Meso-project

Monday, September 18th-Mesopotamia- Sumer

Students will continue to take notes on the Sumerians. They will read, discuss and create cuneiform pieces of writing.

Homework-Continue to gather research for the Mini-Meso-Project

Tuesday/Wednesday September 19th & 20th (Big Block)-Mesopotamia: Sumer

Students will examine the map of the Middle East. Then, they will continue to take notes from power-point on Sumer. Finally, read a primary document of a Sumer school boy. Next, then look at the secondary source and compare if your own interpretation of the event is the same as the secondary source. Finally, watch video clip on Mesopotamia.

Homework-Work on Mini-Meso-project

Thursday, September 21st-Mesopotamia- Babylon

 Students will take notes on Babylon, then discuss our local, and national laws compared to Hammurabi’s code of laws. Bonus: look up a weird law that exist in the United States, write it down and bring into class Today for a piece of bubble gum or a red ticket.
Homework-Continue to work on Mini-Meso-Project, bring in tomorrow a list of 6 facts that you learned about your project and list the site that you gain this knowledge.

Friday, September 22nd-Hammurabi’s code

Students will then research and compare and contrast Hammurabi’s code of laws to modern day laws practiced in the United States. Students will compare and contrast a primary source and secondary source of Hammurabi’s code of laws. Then discuss what can be lost in translation and time.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

pe everyone had a wonderful three day weekend. Students last week did extremely well on their first exam on Geography as well as the presentations on ‘Create your own Country’. I’m so proud of their efforts.

This week students will only have class three times due to the ‘Big Block’ schedule. Remember Tuesday will be classes 1, 3, lunch, 5 and 7 . Then, Wednesday classes will be 2, 4, lunch and 6th with a 1:40 dismissal. Thursday and Friday are normal schedules.

Parents  should please mark on their calendars that Tuesday evening is the Middle School back to school night starting at 6:00 p.m. Parents should copy down their students schedule and attend ten minute long classes. Finally, please join the High School Cross Country fundraiser at Chipotle Friday evening. By letting your cashier know that you are here for NPA, 50% of your bill is donated to the team, plus Mrs. Acker will be handing out red tickets.

Here is this week at a glance:

Tuesday & Wednesday, September 5th & 6th-Hunters & Gathers Simulation

Create communities(clans) these clans will hunt and gather knowledge about ancient man, by reading and answering questions. First, clans will come up with a plan on how to collect the most answers. Then, the community with the most correct answered questions will survives the longest. After activity is over continue to read “Background Essay” and take notes.  Then discuss, as a group how difficult it was for ancient man to survive. Finally, discuss books like, ‘My side of the Mountain’ and ‘Hatchet’ about man and his tools.

Finally, Students will  also finish presenting their “Create your own Country”

Homework-Finish reading and taking notes on Background Essay by Friday. Then bring into class on Friday a picture of what you believe is the most important tool.

Thursday, September 7th-Paleolithic Man

Students will take Power-point notes on Paleolithic man using foldable letters in their composition book. Finally, what is the paleolithic diet and does it have anything to do with paleolithic man? Bonus Question: Bring in the definition of “Surplus” on a post-it-note for a red ticket or a sweet treat- by today. Thanks for reading my webpage.

Homework-Finish reading and taking notes on Background Essay by Friday. Then bring into class on Friday a picture of what you believe is the most important tool.

Friday, September 8th- Neolithic Man

Students will write down their own points to an argumentative paragraph of “What is the best tool in History”. Once they finish this paragraph, Students will take notes about Neolithic man. After they write their paragraph they will complete a short show and tell about their tool.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

I hope you have had a fantastic weekend with fun adventures.  Below is a glance at this week, make sure to be ready for an exam on geography and your create your own country presentation.

Monday, August 28th-Topography continued

Students will continue taking Cornell notes about topography and contour lines. They will learn about hachure lines. Then students will cut out paper in oval shapes and assemble a hill. By turning the different sides of the paper the hill takes on a formation of rolling or steep.  Finally, students will create a image using legos and then draw that shape using contour lines.

Homework-Finish steps 4, 5 and 6 on ‘Create your own Country’ project. Make sure to review over all notes thus far to prepare the the exam on Thursday.

Tuesday, August 29th-latitude and climate; longitude and time

Students will take Cornell notes on two different power points.Then they will discuss how location on the globe impacts climate as well as time.  Students will discuss other factors as well. For example how can our climate in Flagstaff be so different than that in Phoenix?

They will also discover that time zones are a relatively new concept. Then discuss why are they important. How do they change trade and relationships between countries?

Homework-Students will finish steps 7 and 8 on ‘Create your own Country’ project. Review over all notes and worksheets that we covered during the geography unit.                                      Bonus: On a post it write the answer of the below question- What is the name and latitude of the southern most city in the United States? Bring this answer in by Thursday for a sweet treat!

Wednesday, August 3oth-Review Unit on Geography

Students will have a Q and A session about the unit exam. Then we will play geography jeopardy to review.                                                                                                                      Homework-Review for unit exam. Make sure your create your own country is ready to be presented on Friday.

Thursday, August 31- Briefly review and then take a short exam on geography.

Homework- Make sure your create your own country is ready to be presented on Friday.

Friday, September 1st- Bring in your create your own country. We will complete a 1-2 minute presentation about each country in class.

Have a great THREE day weekend, make sure to run around chase lizards and be a kid,

Mrs. Acker

Hello all,

Hope everyone had a super weekend. This week we have ‘Big Block’, which means Tuesday  and Wednesday we have 90 minute classes. On Tuesday students will attend 1,3,lunch 5 and 7th period classes and on Wednesday students will attend 2, 4 lunch and 6th hour classes with a 1:40 dismissal. This schedule basically happens every other week. This week on Wednesday, the school hosts an ice-cream social at Foxglenn Park. So, we will walk all 6th graders down to the park and pick-up will be between 2:00 and 3:15 at the park on this Wednesday, August 23rd. Here is this week at a glance.

Monday, August 21st-Geography                                                                                                                        Students will discuss lines of latitude and longitude in locating everyplace on the globe.  First, have students give examples. Then using google maps show students NPA grid view and street view. How has technology changed from 100, 50, 25 and 5 years ago.Have students work on latitude and longitude worksheets.

Next Students will go over the “Create your own Country Project”HWXcreateXyourXownXcountry We will look at examples of this project and write down progress check dates in our agendas.

Finally, have a informal assessment on geographic terms by having students play a match game by matching the geographic term to its definition.

Homework- Review landform definitions and pick a location for your Create your own country.(step 1)

Tuesday or Wednesday, August 22 and 23rd-Longitude and Latitude                                            Students will learn to take Cornell notes while learning about  Latitude and longitude  from a powerpoint.  After the powerpoint, we will go out side and play human battleship using lines of latitude and longitude on the outdoor basketball court. Then, we will come back inside and complete a worksheet for understanding. Finally, we will read the instructions for playing battleship at home, to make sure everyone understands tonights homework.                                                                                                                                          Bonus: Bring in a post-it note with the answer to the below question to get a sweet treat this week. Where would you find the Strait of Malacca? SHHHH don’t give the answer to others:)                                                                                                                                         Homework-Challenge someone and record the results in the agenda to long/lat battleship. Then figure out the latitude and longitude lines of your Create your own country            Thursday, August 24th-Begin Topography                                                                                                     Students will take a short pop quiz on geographic terms. After the quiz they will begin a worksheet on topography.  Then they will take powerpoint notes on topography.     Homework-Students will complete steps 2, 3 and 4 on Create your own country project.       Friday, August 25th-Continue topography                                                                                                       Students will be able to discuss topography and finish the powerpoint. Then they will get designs out of legos and have to draw the design with contour lines and vise versa. Finally, students will review a 3-d cut out and decide which is the steepest side of a hill due to the contour lines.                                                                                                                              Homework-Students will decide if their create your own country will be 2D or 3D and begin coloring and labeling project.                                                                                                        Have a fantastic weekend,                                                                                                                   Mrs. Acker

I am glad you are looking at my website. This page is a great place to learn about what we will cover in class. Since you are on the webpage and if you write, “Social Studies Rocks” on a post-it-note and give this post-it-note to me on Monday or Tuesday of this week, I will reward you with a treat! Shhhhh- please don’t tell others:)

Here is the week of social studies at a glance. Please do not print out worksheet I’ll have them in class. These are here for you if you lose your worksheet or if you are absent.

Monday, August 14-classroom constitution

Students will discuss the Constitution of the United States. Then, students will brainstorm and discuss in a large group what should be included in a classroom constitution. Next, in small groups students will create a constitution for the classroom, which the class will use a democratic process to vote on tomorrow.

map-coderainstorm more ideas that could be added to a classroom constitution. Look over Mrs. Acker’s webpage

Tuesday, August 15th-wrap up classroom constitution

Students in small groups will discuss and create a preamble, rules and procedures they would like in the classroom.  Next, in a larger setting students will debate and discuss which of these items they would like in their classroom constitution.  Although this is a democracy, Acker has veto power 🙂

Homework- Go outside and be a kid!!!!

Wednesday, August 16th-Begin Geographic Concepts

Students will receive a list of geographic terms for landforms, For each term they will write a definition, draw a picture and use that term is a sentence. They will complete this on the front and backside of a post it note, using iPads and dictionaries to help them.

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Homework- Make sure to have the first 10 terms written down, with picture and term used in a sentence. Please review these 10 terms.

Thursday, August 17th-Continue with Geographic Concepts

Students will continue the geographic terms from yesterday.

Homework- Finish the rest of the landforms with the post-it-notes. Please make sure all landforms are completed by Monday, August 21st.

Friday, August 18th-Geography stations-

Students will be able to rotate through 5 different stations that will work on geography concepts and skill.

Station One labeling and matching the first 25 states with capitals

Station Two labeling and matching the second set of 25 states with capitals

Stations Three  Postcard Mystery- read 8 different postcards, using the clues written in the cards  backside figure out which description should go with the pictures on the front side.

Station Four Hemispheres- label and identify which continents go in which hemisphere.

Stations five Geography match game-  read definitions of different landforms and match the word that best matches that definition.

Homework- please make sure geographic landform definitions are finished

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

I’m very excited to meet you and begin this 2017-2018 school year. In the 6th grade we just use one supply list for all five academic classes, which is in the blue font below. Just double click on the word and it will open to a printable paper.

On Wednesday the 9th we will meet  in the Multi-purpose room (MPR) in the new building at 7:55. It is a short day with a 1:40 dismissal, and your parents should pick you up in front of the gym.  We will have lunch so please bring a sack lunch, and your school supplies. Please leave the tri-fold board at home.

Looking forward to meeting you,

Mrs. Acker

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Hello all,

Can you believe we have less than two weeks left? It has been a great year and here is the last two weeks.

Monday, May 22nd-Ballads and begin Exploration

Wrapping up this renaissance  section, students will read and discuss the importance of ballads in Renaissance Europe. After reviewing several songs we will discuss what was happening in Europe from the words and refrains of the song. After the ballads, we will begin to discuss the growth of exploration.

map-codeork on Cheat Sheet for Europe and make sure tri-fold board is completed.

Tuesday, May 23rd-The Columbian Exchange

Students will continue to discuss exploration and the importance of the Columbian Exchange.

map-codeork on Cheat Sheet and make sure tri-fold board is completed.

Wednesday, May 24th-Exploration

Students will watch and take notes on a video clip about European Exploration.

After the video students will take a quiz over the Renaissance.

Thursday, May 25th 12:25 dismissal-Invention Convention test run

Students will present their Invention Convention to other 6th grade classes and practice their presentation skills.

map-codeork on cheat sheet for Europe unit exam.

Friday, May 26th- 1:40 dismissal Periods 1,2 and 3

Review for final Exam.

Monday- No school: Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30th- Periods – 4, 5, lunch, 6 and 7th- Review for Final Exam.

Wednesday, May 31st- Periods 1, 2 lunch, and 3rd final exams- school dismissed at 1:30

Thursday, June 1- Periods 4 &5 11:30 dismissal

Friday, June 2 Invention Convention: Meet in the gym, at 8:00 set up and family and friends are invited to join us starting at 8:15. From 8:15-9:30 students will present in small group settings about their Invention Conventions.  Starting at 9:30 we will have 6th grade Awards. After the awards students may leave with parents. If parent can not attend, pick up on Friday is at 11:30.

This has been a spectacular year and I’m wishing everyone a marvelous Summer,

Mrs. Acker

This week we will continue to discuss the Renaissance. Below is a glance at this week:

Monday, May 15-Who Am I… Famous Renaissance People

Students will complete their posters of a famous Renaissance person. Then they will give the class facts about this person, while their classmates try to guess who this person is as well as fill-in a worksheet about renaissance people.

map-codeake sure you have 6-8 facts that can be placed on a time-line about your invention.  Review notes from Medieval Europe.

Tuesday, May 16th-Who Am I …. Renaissance continued

Students will continue to present their famous renaissance person. While their classmates make guesses and take notes. With remaining time students will show there 6-8 facts that they will put on their tri-fold board for the Invention Convention. Students will start writing an index cards to help them with the presentation about their invention.

map-codeeview notes on famous people, work on trifold board for the Invention Convention.

Wednesday, May 17th-Renaissance continued

Students will examine facts of Medieval Europe as well as the Renaissance. They will then continue to take power-point notes about the Renaissance.

map-codeork on tri-fold board and review Europe notes.

Thursday, May 18th-What is a ballad?

Students will discuss the various means of story telling from reading ballads of the Middle Ages.

map-codeork on tri-fold board. Review Europe notes.

Friday, May 19th-Day of Play 1:40 dismissal

End of the year assemblies and fun activities for the school.  Students will travel in their 2nd hour class.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

This week we will move out of the Dark Ages and into the Renaissance.  Below is this week at a glance.

Monday, May 8th-Occupations of Medieval Europe

Research occupations held in Medieval Europe. Then discuss, which jobs have become obsolete since the Middle Ages. Then discuss which jobs might become obsolete in a students life time? Next, using the, ‘Kids Discover Middle Ages’ magazine students will create stump the manor questions. Which we will use through out the week to quiz students on facts of the Middle Ages. Finally, we will go over Rome exam.

map-codetudents will work on the Medieval Diorama and a paragraph describing the occupations held on a manor- Due Thursday May 11th. Make sure to review notes from the Middle Ages.

Tuesday & Wednesday May 9th & 10th-Who Am I -Renaissance

We will be leaving the Middle Ages and heading into the Renaissance. Students will examine vocabulary of the Middle Ages. Who is a Page or Squire? What is excommunication mean? Students will watch a short video clip about the Renaissance and then draw a card of a famous Renaissance person. With the remaining amount of time, students will: Research that renaissances persons claim to fame? Where they lived? Inventions or other historical situations to teach the class in more detail about that person.  Other facts to teach the class about this renaissance person. Students will then take this information and create a poster which will have the famous renaissance persons name at the bottom which will be revealed after they make a presentation on this person in class on Friday.

map-codetudents will work on the Medieval Diorama and a paragraph describing the occupations held on a manor- Due Thursday May11th

Thursday, May 11th-Diorama Day

Students will showcase their Medieval Manor Diorama. Students will walk around the room in a museum type setting, and use post-it-notes to post information about what they learned and liked from other students manors. We will then discuss occupations of Medieval Europe. Finally, with the time remaining students will work on the Renaissance-Who am I posters.

map-codef you haven’t finished your poster please work on it.

Friday, May 12th-Begin Renaissance Who Am I presentation

Students will first watch a video clip of famous scientist from the  the Renaissance.  After the video, students will present to the class, their famous Renaissance person of the poster they created. Students will take bullet notes on these famous people, and then try to guess who this person is before the reveal at the bottom of the poster.

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Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

We are in the full swing of the Europe unit. This week students should turn in a type paragraph about the manor they created. Below is this week at a glance-

Monday, May 1-The Art of Heraldry

Students will learn about the symbolism behind making a coat of arms. Then they will continue to read about Knights. Finally, we will end the period with a knighting ceremony.

map-codereate a coat of arms, make sure you explain how the symbols on the coat of arms represent you.

Tuesday, May 2nd-Life of a Monk

Learn about the church of Medieval Europe.

map-codeontinue to work on your manor project. Remember first paragraph about your manor is due this Thursday, typed.  Don’t forget to review notes and study map of Europe.

Wednesday, May 3rd- Islam and Christianity

Students will examine the map of Europe. Then they will read about Christianity and Islam. They will take notes on a power point.

map-codeontinue to work on your manor project. Remember first paragraph about your manor is due this Thursday, typed.review notes and study map.

Thursday, May 4th-The Crusades

Students will share information about their manor and turn in their paragraph. They then will begin to discuss the Crusades and take notes from a reading and power point.

map-codeontinue to work on the manor diorama and study notes.

Friday, May 5th-Continue with the Crusades

Students will continue with the notes on the Crusades and then watch video clips discussing warfare and hospital changes.

map-codeontinue to review notes and work on diorama of manor.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

We have finished Rome and now we will begin the last unit of 6th grade social studies- Europe. Below is a glance of the next week.

Monday, April 24th-Get the Medieval Bug on Europe

Students will be introduced to Europe and discuss the Black Plague. Using the Kid’s Discover Europe, students will fill in work sheet about medieval Europe. They will then discuss the  Black Plague.

map-codeeview notes

Tuesday & Wednesday April 25-26: Medieval Manors Project, Medieval vocabulary and scavenger hunt for reading.ManorXmatch

Students will continue to learn about medieval manors and lifestyle, while completing a scavenger hunt. Then they will fill-in a vocabulary flip book. Finally, with the remaining time they will earn about occupations of the medieval world.rubricXforXMedievalXdiorama ManorXprojectX2017Xcopy

map-codetudents will finish reading on medieval manors, then they will begin to work on project.

Thursday, April 27th-Interview of a Serf and Map work

Students will receive interview questions to ask the serfs in their groups what life was like in Medieval times. Students will copy down information they learned from this interview. Then they will label and color map of Europe.

map-codeork on Medieval Manor project, finish coloring and labeling map of Europe and review notes thus far.

Friday, April 28th-Heraldry and Knights

Students will take notes from a power-point on Heraldry. Then they will create their own coat of arms, with symbols that represent their own personality and family. Lastly, students will complete a reading about Knights and take notes from this reading.Heraldry

map-codeontinue to work on mini manor project and finish coat of arms by next Tuesday.

Enjoy your weekend,

Mrs. Acker

We have about eight more classes on Rome and then we will move into Europe the final unit for the 6th grade social studies- this year has flown by. Below is a glance of the next two school weeks for social studies.

Monday, April 10th-Punic Wars and the decline of the Republic

Students will begin the lesson with Road building of the Republic of Rome. They then will discuss the expansion of the Rome and the Punic Wars. Continue to watch video clip about the Punic Wars. Then take notes on Power Point, “From Republic to Empire”

map-codetart creating Cheat Sheet for the Rome Exam

Tuesday and Wednesday April 11 &12-Big Block Election for Consul & Power Point

Students will prepare speeches and arguments to campaign and run for Roman Consul. The issues should deal with modern day problem or local school problems. After campaign speeches are completed the students will have an election, much like in Roman times were one petitions for votes. We will then wrap up the period continuing on the Power Point “From Republic to Empire”.

map-codeontinue to work on Cheat sheet for Rome Exam, Review all notes.

Thursday, April 13-Roman Emperors and Coin Project

Students will continue to discuss Emperors using a Power Point. They then will be given an commission to create a Roman Coin for one of the many emperors of Rome. We will look up a variety of Emperors and research one so to create a coin on his behalf. RomanXcoin  Please bring white paper plates for this project if you could bring 10 that would be wonderful. Coin is due Tuesday, April 18th.

map-codeommission coin project. Continue to work on Cheat sheet.

Friday, April 14th – No School- Have a great Weekend!

Monday, April 17th-Begin Review play of “Who Killed Mama Roma”

Students will read and play roles of the parody play, “Who Killed Mama Roma”  Students will be history detectives and try to decide who killed mother Rome, from the clues given in this play.

map-codeinish up coin of emperor and review for unit exam

Tuesday, April 18th-Who Killed Mama Roma- continued

Continue to act out this play, with the class portraying history detectives trying to uncover who ended the Roman Empire.

map-codeontinue to work on Cheat sheet for Rome Exam, Review all notes

Wednesday, April 19th-Review Game Circus Maximus

In Small Groups will play a review game called, “The Circus Maximus”

map-codeake sure your detective sheet with clues and “who dun-it” is all filled out. Finish filling in Cheat Sheet for Rome- Map, Myths, Kings, Structure of government, comparison of Roman Republic Government with US. Emperors of Rome and the decline of Rome.

Thursday, April 20th-Unit exam on Rome

Students will examine all aspects of the Rome Unit in a test form.

Friday, April 21st-Get the Medieval Bug on Europe

Students will be introduced to Europe and discuss the Black Plague. Using the Kid’s Discover Europe, students will fill in work sheet about medieval Europe. They will then discuss the  Black Plague.

map-codeeview notes

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

Happy April, I think mother nature had the best laugh on April 1st with snow flurries, I hope you all stayed warm this weekend.

We will continue on with Rome moving out of the Kings and into the Republic era.

Below is a glance at this week-

Monday, April 3rd-Research and write history paragraph on Invention

Students will research credible sites about their invention. After they read and filled out the MLA research form, students will begin to construct their informational paragraph about the history of their invention. Using a PIE or Accordion paragraph students will explain the historical relevance and importance of their invention.

map-codetudents will take their hand written accordion paragraph and type it, so students can peer edit the paragraph in Study Hall on Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 4th-Continue The Republic of Rome

Students will travel around the room and take notes on the 12 tables of Roman Law, that are posted on the walls.They then, will compare and contrast the Roman Republic’s government to the current US Government. Next, they will write a persuasive paragraph on how Rome and US governments are similar or different. Due next Monday in class.

map-codetudents should’ve had a peer edit their history paragraph on their invention. Students should start a paragraph on comparing ro contrasting Roman Government to US Government.

Wednesday, April 5th-Play the Forum of Rome Game

Students will play other gens in the game “The Forum Of Rome”. By answering questions correctly they can win denarii and vote cards for the Upcoming election.

map-codeake sure typed History paragraph is ready for tomorrow. Also begin to construct your compare or contrast paragraph about Roman Government vs. US government.

Thursday, April 6th-Expansion of Rome

Students will discuss the Roman Military and expansion of the Roman Republic.

They will then discuss the Roman election we will have on Monday.

map-codeork on compare/Contrast paragraph. Review notes and plan for election.

Friday, April 7th-The Punic Wars

Discuss the Roman Military and the battles with Carthage.

Watch Video clip “Hannibal”

map-codee prepared for election and speeches on Monday

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

I hope you had a delightful Spring Break!Below is a glance at the next two weeks-

Monday, March 20th-Roman Gens and Names

Students will be assigned a Gen, a Roman family ,to belong to for this unit. They will read the Roman Overview, then read about their specific Gen. Finally, they will choose a name to be called by during this unit. If time remains they will begin to color and label the map of Rome.

map-codetudents will create a bulla, much like a military dog-tag with your Roman name and Gen on it. Finally finish labeling and coloring the map of Rome.

Tuesday, March 21-The Story of Aeneas and the Roman Kings

Students will listen to the myth story of Aeneas. They will then compare and contrast this myth story to others from ancient civilizations. Next, each table group will get a Roman myth that shapes the kingdoms of the Romans. They will read the myth and then fill-in the worksheet about the myth. Then, they will create a paper cartoon or create a ‘toonastic’ on the iPads to share the story of their myth with other groups on Friday.

map-codeork on comic or toonastic of myth must be finished by Friday.

Wednesday, March 22nd-Roman Education

The chairman of each Gen will read about Roman education to their group. The group members will take notes, much like the laboriously  activities of scribes in ancient times before the printing press. They will practice writing their name on wax paper, similar to the wax tablets they used in Roman times. Finally, students will watch a video clip about Rome and take notes about what they learned.  If time remains continue to work on myth.

map-codeork on comic or toonastic of myth must be finished by Friday.

Thursday, March 23-Roman Kings

Students will read historical essays about the  King Era of Rome and take notes. They will think about how the myth they are  researching and creating a cartoon about differs from the historical essay and make a conclusion why this is so.

map-codetudy Map of Rome and make sure Comic is ready to be discussed tomorrow.

Friday, March 24th-Myths of Roman Kingdoms and Map quiz

Students will take a map quiz, then they will share their toonastic or cartoon about their Roman Myth.

map-codeake sure notes are complete

Monday, March 27th-Azmerit & Roman Education and Entertainment

Students will continue to compare and contrast myths of Rome to History Essays. If time remains they will learn about Roman numerals and Alphabet.

map-codeeview Rome information

Tuesday and Wednesday March 28th & 29th- Azmerit and big Block: Entertainment of Rome

Students will travel to various stations to read and take notes about the Roman Colosseum and entertainment.

map-codeeview notes from class yesterday and today.

Thursday, March 30th-Az merit testing and wrap up Kings period

Students will review over a powerpoint about the Kings of Rome. Then, they will create a standard for their Gen and discuss what SPQR stands for in Rome.  Begin to take notes on the Republic of Rome

map-codeinish notes and review main concepts

Friday, March 31st-Structure of Government

Students will read and take Cornell notes about the structure of government for the Roman Republic. The class will then compare and contrast the current US government to this republic.

map-codeinish taking Cornell notes and write a paragraph either comparing or contrasting the Roman Republic to current US government. Paragraph will be due next Wednesday, April 5th.

Have a wonderful Spring Weekend.

Looking forward to seeing you Monday,

Mrs. Acker

Monday, February 27-Students will finish writing their analyst of a Primary Source from ancient Greece. Once they write their accordion paragraph then they will begin reading ‘The Greek Assembly’. Students will continue to read and take Cornell notes on the Greek Assembly. Finally, for the end of the class the will play ‘Headbanz’ ancient Greece.

map-codeinish Accordion paragraph and Cornell notes on “The Greek Assembly”. These two assignments will be due on Wednesday, March 1

Tuesday, February 28th-In their city-states students will learn what argument they will have for the Greek Assembly. There are 5 different propositions and from the luck of a draw students will either get the ‘for’ or ‘against’ of these arguments. The propositions are: 1. New colonies, 2. Abolish slavery, 3.Women’s rights, 4. Give in to the Persians, 5. Arts of war and Athletics. Students will work with their  city-states and prepare to represent their side of the propositions and make arguments.

map-codeeview proposition make sure argument is ready to go

Wednesday, March 1st-Students will argue their side of the proposition against another city-state. At the end of the debate the rest of the class will cast their vote on which city-state addressed the proposition best and earned their vote.

map-codeontinue to prepare for the assembly

Thursday, March 2nd-Students will argue there side of the proposition against another city-state. At the end of the debate the rest of the class will cast their vote on which city-state addressed the proposition best and earned their vote.

map-codeeview over notes.

Friday, March 3rd-Greek Olympics Or Greek Education

Depending upon the weather- Students will either compete against the various city-states in a mini Greek Olympics or they will learn and discuss Greek education and social classes.

map-codereate a cheat sheet for the Greek Unit exam- Next Thursday

Monday, March 6th-Greek Olympics Or Greek Education

Depending upon the weather- Students will either compete against the various city-states in a mini Greek Olympics or they will learn and discuss Greek education and social classes.

map-codeork on a cheat sheet for the Greek Unit exam- Next Thursday

Tuesday/Wednesday March 7th & 8th Big Block- review for unit exam and play a game-

Homework- make sure you are ready for the Greek Unit exam

Thursday, March 9th- Unit Exam on Greece

Friday, March 10th- Begin Rome. Watch video clip about Pompeii and begin to fill-in map of the Roman Empire.

Have a great week off and enjoy your Spring Break,

Mrs. Acker

Continue to prepare for the assembly

The students completed amazing presentations on their Chinese Dynasties, I am so proud of them. We are currently covering Greece. Here is a brief glance at the next two weeks.

Monday, February 13th-Greek History

Students will create a history ‘flip-book’ about Greece. Today they will start with the Minoans and read history Essay One. Once they take Cornell notes about the Minoans they will watch a video clip about this ancient society. Finally to wrap up the day the students will play Greek God Charades to win points for their city-states.

map-codeinish Cornell notes about the Minoans. Then, review Greek maps and religions.

Tuesday, February 14th- Happy Valentine’s Day!-Students will read History Essay two and continue filling in facts for their ‘Flip-book’.They will then watch a video clip about the Mycenaeans and discuss the Heroic Age.Tying in with the Heroic Age is Eros. Students will discuss Eros and create a greeting or poem to celebrate his day.

map-codeinish taking Cornell notes on History Essay Two. Then review the Greek gods and goddesses.

Wednesday, February 15th-Greek History Continued The Archaic Age and the Rise of the Polis

Students will examine the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece. Then they, will read and take Cornell notes on History Essay 3- The Archaic Age. Finally, continue to discuss and add facts to their history “flip book”.

map-codeinish Cornell Notes on History Essay 3

Thursday, February 16th-Greek History Continued- The Classical Era

Students  will read and take Cornell notes on History Essay 4- The Classical Era. Finally, continue to discuss and add facts to their history “flip book”. Then watch a video clip on, “The Golden Age of Athens”. Finally, discuss the downfall of the Polis with the Peloponnesian War.

map-codeinish Cornell Notes about History Essay 4- Review ‘flip-book’.

Friday, February 16th-Greek History Continued- Alexander and the Hellenistic Era

Students  will read and take Cornell notes on History Essay 5- The Hellenistic Age. Finally, continue to discuss and add facts to their history “flip book”.

map-codeake sure all Cornell Notes are up-to-date

Monday, February 20th- Presidents Day- No school

Tuesday and Wednesday February 21 &22nd- Big Block- Greek Architecture

Students will read about Greek Architecture. Then, they will research one of the many famous buildings from ancient Greece. Students will study; what the building was used for, how it was built, was it dedicated to anyone god, and other interesting facts.Then, students will have an ‘Olympic Polis Challenge’. They will have 20 minutes, 20 pieces of paper and one role of tape to recreate a 3-dimensional version of this building. Finally, they will create an index card with 5 facts about their building and present their building and facts to the class.

map-codeinish Cornell notes on Architecture

Thursday & Friday February 23& 24-Famous Greeks

Students will read primary and secondary sources of work from famous Greeks. They then will interpret what they believe the passages was about and apply it to what they have learned in ancient Greece.

map-codeinish reading article and writing up response.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

Hope you enjoyed the snow days and the short week. Basically, everything has been pushed forward from the snow days so below is the next two weeks of social studies. We will celebrate the end of the China unit by discussing and having a Chinese New Year celebration. If you would like to bring in a food item to share that would be fun but not required.  After the New year celebration we will begin the unit of ancient Greece.  Here is the next two weeks at a glance-

Monday, January 30th-Wrap up dynasty presentations.  Students will wrap up the presentations on Chinese dynasties and fill-in a time-line to help them organize their thought on the dynasties. Then they, will review the three different religions we discussed during this unit and fill-in a social hierarchy of ancient China. Finally, if time remains play the game “Headbanz” to review famous people of China.

map-codereate a cheat sheet for the China exam and index card for the dynasties.

Tuesday, January 31-Review China

Students will wrap-up religions, dynasties and hierarchy of ancient China. Once the worksheet is complete students will create review questions that could be on the unit exam. We will then play a review game.

map-codeontinue working on the cheat sheet for China.

Wednesday, February 1st- China Unit Exam

Homework- Relax or think about bringing in a Chinese food item to share with your class about 21 students.

Thursday, February 2nd-Chinese New Year Celebration

Students will learn about the Chinese New Year. They will practice traditions used in ancient China.

Friday, February 3rd-Students will  be placed into new seating groups and become city-states of ancient Greece. They will read and take Cornell notes about their city-state Then, they will read and take Cornell notes on Greek clothing. Finally, they will work on the map of Greece and surrounding area.

map-codeolor and label map and the review the map.Why Study ancient Greecemap of Ancient GreeceClothing of the Greeks

Monday, February 6th-Discuss Greek culture & review China Exam.  Students will discuss in their city-states about facts they learned about culture and dress in Ancient Greece. They then will watch a video clip about Greek culture. Finally, Students will go over China exam.

map-codeake sure Cornell notes are complete, and then review map of Greece

Tuesday & Wednesday February 7&8-Big Block- Dress like a Greek and read, research and write about  Greek gods. Students will first earn points for their city-state by either dressing in Greek fashion or by teaching the class about their city-state. Next, students will draw the name of one of many Greek gods. Research that god and write a persuasive argument  on why that god is the best of all the Greek gods. Then, they will create a poster to go along with this argument.

map-codeinish persuasive argument and poster. Then Review map of Greece.

Thursday, February 9th-Examine the map of Greece. Then, read about Greek gods and oracles.  Students will examine a map of Greece and the surrounding area. After the quiz students will read and take Cornell Notes about Greek gods and Oracles. With the last few minutes of class they will discuss which questions they would ask an Oracle if they had a chance and write those questions down.

map-codeinish persuasive argument and poster.

Friday, February 10th-Read and present about Greek gods & oracle

Students will complete a poster walk to learn about the various Greek gods and goddess. Once they complete the poster walk they should write down key facts they leaned about each Greek god. With the remaining time students will play Greek god Charades.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

your three day weekend. Here is a glance at the next two weeks-

Tuesday, January 17-Perform Confucius play and prepare dynasty presentation.

Students will perform a play, “Will the Real Confucius Please Stand Up”. They then  will discuss which cast member was the true Confucius. Next,  they will begin to write up an argument on who they believe was the true Confucius. The accordion paragraph is due Friday during class 1/20. With the remaining time in class students will work with their partner to make sure that their dynasty presentation is ready to go. ChineseXDynastyXProjectXRubric

map-coderite up argument  on who is the real Confucius from the play. Turn in Accordion paragraph by Friday (1/20)  Make sure all parts of dynasty presentation is ready to go for tomorrow.

Tuesday-Friday, January 18-20-Dynasty Presentations

For the next three days, pairs of students will present to the class about the dynasty they researched.  Each presentation should be around 10 minutes and include a paper that will either check their classmates understanding of that dynasty or reinforce the main ideas of that dynasty. The presentation will be in the following order, Mrs. Acker will add to these presentation if needed. Below is the order of presentations.

Xia

Shang

Zhou

Qin

Han

Sui

Tang

Song

Yuan

Ming

Qing

The Chinese Dynasties

map-codeontinue to work on accordion paragraph arguing who is the real Confucius. Review notes over dynasties that you learned today.

Monday, January 23-Wrap up dynasty presentations and review over Religions of China.  Students will wrap up the presentations on Chinese dynasties and fill-in a time-line to help them organize their thought on the dynasties. Then they, will review the three different religions we discussed during this unit. Finally, if time remains play the game “Headbanz” to review famous people of China.

map-codereate a cheat sheet for the China exam.

Tuesday & Wednesday, January 24 & 25-Big Block Day- Review China

Working with their partner, students will use the magazine,”Kids Discover China” to fill-in a worksheet and learn facts about China.  Once the worksheet is complete students will create review questions that could be on the unit exam. We will then play a review game.

map-codeontinue working on the cheat sheet for China.

Thursday, January 26-China Exam

Students will take an exam over China. After the exam students can draw a card about the different parts of the Chinese New Year and prepare  a brief statement to share about the new year with their classmates tomorrow.

Friday, January 27th-Chinese New Year Celebration

Students will learn about the Chinese New Year. They will practice traditions used in ancient China.

Have a great weekend and be ready to be Greek on Monday!

Thanks, Mrs. Acker

Happy New Year!!!! Below is a post for the next two weeks. Just a reminder, you may need to start  a new composition book if last semesters book is almost full, also my classroom needs glue sticks. If you have some extras and can bring them I’d greatly appreciate it. Remember tomorrow January 3rd is a two hour late start. Looking forward to a great 2017!

Tuesday, January 3rd-Go over Final Exam & Begin Map of China.

Student will be able to look over the final exam from first semester, they will analyze their written response and discuss other ways they could persuade a reader. Then they will organize their folders and comp books to begin a new unit on China. Finally, students will color and label both physical and political features on a map.

map-codeolor and label map of China

Wednesday, January 4th-Speaker on China

Mr. Peppers will share his trip to China. He will discuss places he traveled to in China, customs, and history.

map-codetudy map

Thursday, January 5th-Introduce Dynasties of China

Students will take a pre-quiz to see how much they know about dynasties. Then, they will randomly draw one of ten dynasties on China. Over the next two weeks they will become an expert on this dynasty, create a presentation to teach the  class about the dynasty. They will fill in a research sheet, which will be due on Tuesday, January 17th. They will take the researched information and create a presentation for the class.  This could be in the form of a power-point, a worksheet, or a prezi. Then starting on Wednesday, January 18th students will give presentations. Finally,  the students will need to check to see if their classmates have mastered the information. Will they give them a quiz, a worksheet or some other review source? Use the rest of class time to read ‘Chinese Dynasties’ on Ducksters.com and take Cornell notes.  Then, research your own dynasty and fill-in worksheet provided. chinesexdynastyxproject

map-codeead and take  Cornell notes on ‘Chinese Dynasties’ off the Duckster website.

Friday, January 6th-Review Buddhism & Read creation Story about Pan’Ku

Students will listen to the Chinese creation story of Pan’ Ku. They will illustrate the story on a worksheet. Then, they will review Buddhism and fill in facts they learned from the India unit on Buddhism in a tri-fold.

map-codeinish Illustration on Pan’Ku

Monday, January 9th-Begin Taoism

Students will discuss and take notes on Taoism. They will read quotes out of the Tao Ta Ching and interpret the meanings of many quotes.

map-codeeview map as well as notes on Taoism

Tuesday, January 10th & Wednesday, January 11th-Big Block: National Geographic Geography Bee. Students will play seven rounds of the the National Geographic Geography Bee. After the rounds are over students will continue to gather research on their dynasty project. If time remains students may begin to create the visual aid for the dynasty project.

map-codeontinue to work on dynasty project. review map of Asia

Thursday, January 12th-Students will start taking  Cornell notes on Confucius from a powerpoint presentation. They then will read passages out of the analects and discuss the civil servant exams that they took in China.

map-codeeview notes, continue to gather information and fill-in worksheet about dynasty. Finally, review the map of Asia.

Friday, January 13th- Continue Confucianism

Students will take a short map quiz of Asia.  Then, students will perform the play, “Will the Real Confucius Please Stand-Up” Four members of the class will be performers, the rest of the class will be audience members trying to decide who is the really Confucius. Once the play is over the students will write a persuasive  argument on who they believe is the real Confucius.

map-codeinish the argument if not finished during class time. Finish work on the dynasty project the research paper is due on Tuesday, January 17th

Have a great three day weekend! See you Tuesday, January 17th. Please make sure your research on your dynasty is with you and finished on Tuesday.Begin to fill-in worksheet on Dynasty. Worksheet and presentation need to be ready to go by January, 18th.

Enjoy the next three days,

Mrs. Acker

Yipppeeeee! This post will take use to winter break. Below you’ll find the schedule and events of the next two weeks.

Monday, December 5th- Students will be able to discuss and take notes on Empires of India. They will watch a short video clip on Asoka the Great by mocomikids. They will also discuss accomplishments of each of these civilizations. Next, students will begin to take notes on Buddhism, from a power point.buddhism

map-codetudent will create an index card with Religions of India, map of India and surrounding countries, Vocabulary terms from the India Unit and History time line and people from India. They can use this index card on the India unit exam- or turn it in for extra credit before the exam starts. All students must create an index card for review and a grade.

Tuesday/ Wednesday December 6 & 7th- Big Block  Students will continue the power point notes on Buddhism and then perform and watch a short play on Buddha.With the remaining time students will play a review game over the India unit.

map-codeontinue to work on the index card

Thursday, December 8th- Unit exam on India

Friday, December 9th-Students will use the Upfront Magazine and review the article “World Affairs 2017” They will add terms to their vocabulary and begin to read the article about the state of the world.

Monday, December 11th & Tuesday December 12th-Students will use half of the period to continue to read and discuss the World Affairs with their classmates. They will use the other half of the period to review for the final exam.

map-codereate a s 8.5 x 11 piece of paper with maps, vocabulary, religions, history and accomplishments of the three civilizations we focused on this semester. Mesopotamia, Egypt and India.

Wednesday, December 14th- Periods 1, 2 and 3 will take their Social Studies final. The final will consist of 50 short answer questions or multiple choice and a reading, research and writing section.

There will be no homerooms for the next three days students will report in the class they are taking the final in each morning at 8:10 today’s schedule 8:15-9:45 period 1 final, 10:00-11:30 period 2 final, lunch 11:30-12:00 then Period 3 final from 12:00-1:30 Please make sure to get picked up at 1:30

Thursday, December 15th- final period 4 from 8:15-9:45 and final for period 5 10:00-11:30 please make sure to get picked up at 11:30 (no Lunch at school)

Friday, December 16th- 6th graders rock celebration at the Aquaplex!!! Students will be dropped off at the aquaplex between 8:15-8:30. We will take role at 8:30 and phone it over to the school. Then, for the next two hours students can celebrate their amazing accomplishments of the first semester by swimming, sliding and having fun! If you are not a water fan, no problem. We will have board games and some holiday crafts. Please have your parent pick you up between 10:00 and 10:45. If you will be getting home another way you must have your parent write and sign a note about your plans. Any students left after 10:45 will be taken back to NPA or sent to the North Pole to help Santa!

Enjoy your Winter Holiday and see you in two weeks,

Mrs. Acker

Wow, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving week off. I’m looking forward to hearing about  all your adventures. We will continue to cover India, with the Spice paragraph and sampling happening on Thursday of this week. If you do bring in a dish for students to sample please remember to bring in plates and utensils for about 21 students. Looking forward to an exciting week- Thanks, Mrs. Acker

Monday, November 28th-Students will review  practices and concepts of the Hindu Religion by completing a mock interview. While role playing in this interview, students will ask questions and receive answers from students playing different parts and learn about Hinduism. Next, students will read a secondary source about how Hinduism began. After reading the paper they will write a short persuasive argument if they agreed with the writer of the article or not, why and why not? Finally, with the remaining time students will review Hindu gods by playing the game ‘HeadBanz’ at their table groups.

map-codeinish typing the paragraph on an Indian Spice make sure it is doubled space. Bring it to school tomorrow to have peer edited during writing class.

Tuesday, November 29th-India Empires:  Students will learn about ancient Indian history by attending different stations around the classroom. Students will read and take Cornell notes about different empires which exist in India. Starting with the Indus River Valley and the Ancient Harappan civilization. Next,  moving forward to the Aryans. Then, rotating again and taking notes on the Persians. Then, the Mauryan Empire and finally ending with the Gupta Empire. While completing these readings they will also color code a map so they can see where these empires existed in India, as well as fill-in a time-line.

map-codetudy Hindu gods and goddess and fix edits on spice paragraph

Wednesday, November 30th-Students will begin the day examining gods and goddess of Hindu with a short matching quiz. Then, we will continue to finish Stations and discuss famous rulers and events from the different Indian empires. Next, we will discuss the two theories of how Hinduism came to India, and look over our persuasive paragraphs and read a few in class.

map-codeake sure to have Spice paragraph ready to turn in with research, rough draft with edits and final copy. Also make sure to bring in a dish to share or a sample of your spice for your classmates to smell or taste. If you bring in food to share please bring in plates and utensils for this dish about 21 students in a class.

Thursday, December 1st-Students will fill out an index card about three important facts they learned about the spice they researched. They will then present about their spice and answer Q and A after presentation. If students so chose, they can bring in a dish that is made with that spice and share a sampling with the class.

map-codeeview Notes on India

Friday, December 2nd-Begin Buddhism:Students will discuss Buddhism. First, we will complete a KWL chart, then we will start to take Cornell notes from a power-point presentation. Finally, we will begin a classroom play about Buddhism.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

I hope everyone had a great three day weekend. The Egypt unit was very educational and fun, but it is time to move on. This week we will begin India. Below is this week at a glance.

Monday, November 14th- Map work on India and introduction to the Caste System.

Homework- please finish coloring and labeling the map of India

Tuesday/Wednesday November 15 & 16 Big Block- Students will be introduced to the India Spice Project. indianxspicexparagraph    spicesxofxindiaxactivityxpacketThen they will take notes and discuss the caste system of India.castesystem

Homework- Pick a spice that interest you and begin gathering research.

Thursday- Begin discussing the History of India. Take notes and read about the Indus River Valley. dayx1xindusxriverxvalleyxmap     historyxofxspicesxxinxindia

Homework- Study the map of India

Friday-Examine the map of India. Then Read and answer worksheet from the ‘Kid’s Discover:India’ If you do not finish this worksheet in class on Friday it will need to be finished by December 2nd.

I am thankful for all you wonderful students and I’m wishing you a great Thanksgiving Break! While you are enjoying the feast of Thanksgiving, think how it would taste without the spices from India.

Have a great week,

Mrs. Acker

Hope you enjoyed this great weekend and played in the outdoors. This week is a short week, there is no school on Friday, because of Veteran’s Day. We will also be ending the Egypt Unit this week so the unit exam will be on Thursday. Here is this week at a glance-

Monday, November 7th-Students will finish discussing and taking notes on Pharaohs of ancient Egypt.If time remains students will play, Pharaoh and Queens Headbanz to review the powerpoint notes.

map-codereate an index card to help review and study the Egypt unit Exam. The card should have four sections- a map section, a sections on Pharaohs and Queens, a sections on the gods/ goddess and finally, the fourth section vocabulary concerning mummification, pyramids, and hieroglyphs.

Tuesday, November 8th-Create a 3-D pyramid. Then, read and discuss about the Egyptian pyramids. Finally, take a few notes from Powerpoint about Egyptian pyramids. With time remaining play the Egyptian Sarcophagus game as a review game for the Egypt unit Exam.

map-codeake Index card for the unit exam and review Egypt.

Wednesday, November 9th-Students will play a review game to go over the unit of Egypt. They will play against other table groups to earn points for their nomes.The game is called the ‘Sarcophagus Game’ and pieces are moved up and down a mummy board. It reviews all aspects of the Egypt unit.

map-codeake sure index card for the unit exam is completed and review Egypt.

Thursday, November 10th-Students will take an exam on Egypt. They are allowed to use an index card full of facts during the exam or they can, turn this card in for extra credit points. All students must create a card for homework and review.

Homework- Enjoy  your three day weekend, take some time to reflect about our Veterans and people who have made sacrifices  to keep  this country magnificent and safe.

When we get back be ready to start India-

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Monday,

Mrs. Acker

Hope you enjoyed this wonderful Fall weekend. This week is all about Egypt. Below is this week at a glance-

Monday, October 31st- Happy Halloween! First, read over and edit 2nd accordion paragraph. Next, read and discuss Mummification in ancient Egypt. Then, put on your history detective hat and dive in and dissect a mummy.

Discuss why were certain organs kept in the mummy and certain organs kept in a canoptic jar. Finally, working in your nome read a report about mummy X from the report, make a hypothesis about how the person lived and died. Discuss as a group.

map-codeinish Egypt project.

Tuesday and Wednesday November 1st and 2nd-Big Block-Students will share with the class what they learned about their Nome’s Mummy X. Report what you think happened to the Egyptian and what brought on their demise. Then, read and take notes on, ‘The Book of the Dead’.teacherxpowerpointxbookxofxthexdead If any student would like to present their Egypt project early, they can do so and earn extra credit points. Finally, continue discussing Pharaohs and Queens of Egypt.

map-codeake sure Egypt project is ready to go for Thursday.  Review the rubric on the backside of the project sheet and make sure you have all components completed.

Thursday, November 3rd-Students will present to the class about what they learned from their Egypt projects. Student’s watching the Egypt projects will, ‘take three’ in their composition books. This means they will list three facts of what  they learned from the presentation. If time remains we will continue to discuss pharaohs and queens of Egypt.

map-codeeview notes on Kids Discover Magazine, and be familiar with the vocabulary terms.

Friday, November 4th-Students will play a short game of ‘HeadBanz’ to review the vocabulary terms of Egypt. They then will take a short quiz over these vocabulary terms. Finally, students will watch a short video clip over Egyptian pharaohs and queens and then discuss.

map-codenjoy your weekend

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

Hope you had a great weekend. Please note we will push back the due date to the Egypt Project to Thursday, November 3rd, to allow time for the final draft to be typed. Here is this week at a glance-

Monday, October 24-Students will continue to work on the social class  of ancient Egypt that they were assigned on Thursday of last week. Today, they will meet with others in that same social class and develop a presentation to teach their classmates about what is the most important facts to know about that social class. They will present to the class and take notes on other social classes from the other students.

If they finish early with their presentation they will continue to work on there ‘Kid’s Discover Ancient Egypt’ packet. This Packet will be due on Thursday, October 27th. .egyptianxheirarchy

map-codetudents will continue to work on Egyptian projects- tonight they should fill in the accordion paragraph on one of their two paragraphs.

Tuesday, October 25-Students will  begin Pharaohs and Queens of ancient Egypt, they will first, cut out and paste a time-line of Egyptian Pharaohs and Queen.  They then, will begin taking notes about “Egyptian Pharaohs” from a power point.pharaohsxofxegypt

map-codeake sure accordion paragraph from Egypt project is ready for class tomorrow. Continue to work on ‘Kids Discover ancient Egypt’ if they didn’t finish worksheet during class time.

Wednesday, October 26th-First, complete a check that every student has an accordion paragraph completed, discuss the writing process and make sure students are using transitional expressions.

Then, continue to take notes about pharaohs and queens. Discuss Hatshepsut and why is she an unsolved mystery in Egypt? Watch a short video clip from; “Hatshepsut Egypt’s lost Queen’ and then discuss the mystery of what happened to her. Finally, discuss political succession and compare it to the United States.

map-codeake sure ‘Kids Discover Egypt’ packet is complete and bring it to class tomorrow. Gather research for second paragraph of Egyptian project.

Thursday, October 27th-Check over ‘Kids Discover Egypt’ packet. Then, continue with pharaohs and queen powerpoint notes. Discuss monotheism with the Pharaoh Akhenaten and watch a video clip about his wife Nefertiti. Video “Ancient Egypt: Nefertiti the Mummy Returns” Discuss religious revolution and why many of the images of Nefertiti and Akhenaten often found damaged.

map-codeake the gathered research for the second paragraph of the Egypt project and   begin the second accordion paragraph.

Friday, October 28th-Students will take a short quiz over social hierarchy, and gods and goddess of ancient Egypt. Then complete a reading about Tutankhamen and take notes. Finally, watch a short video clip about this young pharaohs life-“Ancient Egypt: King Tut secrets revealed”

Homework- If you are behind on your Egypt Project please use time this weekend to get caught up.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

Here is this week at a glance-                                                                                             Monday, Oct. 17th-Students will continue to read and write about an Egyptian god and practice citing an author within a document.  Then,  Egyptian Projects will be introduced and discussed. Students will pick one project to complete by big block week of Nov.1st and2nd.hieroglyphics   rubricxforxgradingxhieroglyphicsname    researchxandxbuildxax3dxpyramid    gradexrubricxforxthreexpyramidsname    mummies    gradingxrubricxofxmummyxprojectname    gradingxrubricxforxqueensxandxpharaohsname   pharaohsxxxqueen                                                                    map-codetudy map of Egypt, review notes of gods and goddess. Pick one of the four projects by this Thursday.      Tuesday, Oct 18th for Wednesday, Oct 19th-Students will begin the day with a pop quiz over Egyptian gods and goddesses. Then  they will begin a reading on Hieroglyphics and annotate this reading into their notes. Next, we will assign nome points to cities who have had their citizens dress the part of their nome or bring in items to represent their nome. This could be a poem to their patron god/goddess or everyone wearing a symbol that represents their nome. We will then discuss the Egyptian alphabet and logographic symbols of ancient Egypt.  Students will then create their own Cartouche using these symbols.  With timing remaining discuss the Rosetta Stone.                       map-codeick a project by Thursday. Study map of Egypt.  Thursday, Oct 20th-First, Students will let Mrs. Acker know which project they will complete.  Roll die in groups and decide who will be which role in the Egyptian hierarchy.  Then, read about the role of the person, from the luck of the roll. Take annotated notes and then teach the others at their table group about level in society.(jigsaw)Read about the Rosetta Stone and discuss importance of being a primary source.                  map-codeegin fact gathering for Egyptian project, study map of Egypt.                                                                                            Friday, Oct 21-Students will take a short map quiz on modern day Middle East  countries, centralizing around Egypt. Once they finish they will work on the Kid’s Discover magazine to gather facts and vocabulary about Ancient Egypt.                                      Have a great weekend,    Mrs. Acker

This post is for a short week. We only have classes on Monday- Wednesday of this week, due to Fall Holiday! We also have Parent/Teacher conferences this week so each day will end at 1:40.

Because there is 100 students it is impossible to visit all parents in this time period. We will have student led conference with the student conducting their conference with their Study Hall teacher. If you missed the opportunity last week to sign up for conference, please contact your student’s Study Hall teacher.  Here is this week at a glance:

Monday, October 10th- Check to see that Egypt maps are labelled, then continue to read and take notes on ‘Egyptian Clothing’. Next, we will listen to a creation myth about ancient Egypt and draw an illustration about the story. Finally, if time remains, introduce and begin Ancient Egyptian gods/goddess match.

Homework- Study the map of Egypt

Tuesday, October 11th- Continue with the gods/goddess match of ancient Egypt. Then, discuss how you would cite an author with in a paragraph.

Homework- study map of Egypt and review gods and goddess

Wednesday, October 12th-Read about the Egyptian god Aker. Then, write up a paragraph about that god, citing the author and creating  a “work cited”  reference at the end of the paper.

Homework- To have a blast on your 4 day weekend!!!                     Have a wonderful Fall Holiday,

Mrs. Acker

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Since we will be wrapping up the Mesopotamia unit, this post will contain the next two weeks,.

Monday, September 26-Students will discuss Hammurabi’s Code of laws worksheet. Then continue with Power point notes on Babylon.Discuss Nebuchadnezzar and the Hanging Gardens. Then, discuss Babylonian accomplishments.  If time remains begin to discuss the Assyrians.

Homework- continue to work on mini-meso project, begin to review for unit exam.

Tuesday, September 27th-Students will record and discuss the differences of polytheistic and monotheistic.We will then look at primary evidence that gives us clues that Mesopotamian cultures were polytheistic. Next students will create a fold-able about a few of the gods and goddess of Mesopotamia.

Homework- continue to work on mini-meso-project and review for unit exam

Wednesday, September 28th-Students will examine the three major civilizations discussed on  in the power-point notes- Assyrian, Sumerians and Babylonians.They will wrap up the religions of the world and being to discuss Gilgamesh. Students will study excerpts from the ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’ a primary source transcribed by N. Sandars. They will obtain evidence of ancient ideas about death, humanity and societal organization. Then discuss what evidence they pulled from the reading in small groups.

Homework- continue to work on mini-meso-project and review for unit exam

Thursday, September 29th- Students will continue to discuss the findings which they discovered from the Gilgamesh reading.  Then, they will watch a video clip from a sixth grade class that create a claymation video of the story of Gilgamesh and compare it to a animated version from the Discovery Network. Finally, students will play ‘Mesopotamia gods charades’ and act out different gods and goddess and have students take guesses of which god they are portraying.

Homework- continue to work on mini-meso-project and review for unit exam

Friday, September 30th-Students will watch a short video on Mesopotamia. They will fill in facts they learned about the video in the composition book. Next, students will read a review about Mesopotamia and then complete a time-line that they will also place in their composition notebook.

Monday, October 3rd-Students will discuss and review notes of Mesopotamia and play a review game

Homework- Make sure mini-meso project is ready for tomorrow.

Tuesday/Wednesday, October 3rd and 4th-Students will present their mini-meso project to classmates.Students will fill out post-it-notes about what they learned and appreciated from the projects.

Homework- review for Mesopotamia exam

Thursday, October 5th- Students will take an exam on Mesopotamia

Friday, October 6th-Begin the Egypt unit- complete a KWL and then work on maps of Egypt.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

The students are having fun with the Mesopotamia unit. I am so impressed with the map quiz, everyone did very well. Here is this week at a glance.

Monday, September 19th-Students will continue to take notes on the Sumerians. Then they will read, discuss and create cuneiform pieces of writing.

Homework

Continue to gather research for the Mini-Meso-Project- use the below rubric to guide you in your project.

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Tuesday & Wednesday September 20 & 21-Students will examine the map of the Middle East. Then, read a primary document of a Sumer school boy. Next, then look at the secondary source and compare if your own interpretation of the event is the same as the secondary source. Finally,begin Babylon notes. thexbabylonians

Homework

Work on mini-meso-project

Thursday, September 22- Who was Hammurabi? Compare and contrast Hammurabi’s codes of laws to modern laws of the USA. Then, wrap up notes on the Babylonians.

Homework- Work on Mini- Meso- project.

Friday, September 23rd-Read and take Cornell notes on the Assyrians.assyria

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

Friday

Looking forward to jumping into Mesopotamia. Here is this week at a glance-

Monday, September 12- Students will wrap up notes about Neolithic man. Then we will begin to discuss river systems as a place where civilizations begin. Next, we will work on coloring and labeling a map of the Middle East. Labeling both ancient cities as well as modern countries and cities. Finally, we will look at the ‘Kids Discover- Mesopotamia’ magazine and use the practice of SQ3R to become familiar with the magazine.

Homework- Finish coloring and labeling the map- then review the map.

Tuesday, September 13-Students will examine the Background Essay-(reading from last week )in the form of a quiz. After the quiz, students will continue to read and fill in a worksheet about Mesopotamia from the reading ‘Kids Discover – Mesopotamia’ magazine.

Homework- Study the Map of Mesopotamia

Wednesday, September 14th-Students will simulate being a history detective. At each table they will get instructions about pieces found at a dig site and they will need to make a hypothesis about the item. This will begin a discussion of the importance of staple foods and being able to keep food without refrigeration. Next students will be introduced to the mini-meso-project. There will be examples of five different projects, students will need to pick one and complete by October 4/5th. mesa_mini_projects

Homework- review map and pick one of the five projects.

Thursday, September 15th-Students will start to break down the major societies of ancient Mesopotamia. We will look at the Sumer civilization using a power-point. Then we will start to discuss cuneiform.thexsumerians

Homework- review map and start on mini-mesa-project

Friday, September 16th- Students will examine the map of the Middle East. Then continue to take notes from power-point on Sumer. Finally, students will read a primary document of a Sumer school boy. Then, look at the secondary source and compare if your own interpretation of the event is the same as the secondary source.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

Hope you all had a wonderful three day weekend!

Here is this week at a glance-

Tuesday, September 6th-Hunters & Gathers Simulation

Create communities(clans) hunt and gather knowledge about ancient man, by reading and answering questions. First, have teams come up with a plan on how to collect the most answers. Then, the community with the most correct answered questions survives the longest.

After activity is over continue to read “Background Essay” and take notes.

Then discuss, as a group how difficult it was for ancient man to survive. Finally, discuss books like, ‘My side of the Mountain’ and ‘Hatchet’ about man and his tools

Homework- Finish Background Essay by Friday, also bring in a picture of what you think is your most important tool-by Friday.AncientXHistory

Reminder: Students will go to Foxglenn Park today for team building exercises. 11:30-3:00 they will be back at NPA for regular pick-up

Wednesday- Ditto of Tuesday for periods 2 and 4 except we will not go as a class today to Foxglenn. Students can elect to go there after school today.

Reminder: today is early release with a Student Council run day at the park after school 2:00-4:00

Thursday, September 8th-

Students will take Power-point notes on Paleolithic man using foldable letters in their composition book.Paleolithic

Does the Paleolithic diet have anything to do with ancient man?

They then will write down their own points to an argumentative paragraph of “What is the best tool in History”.

Friday, September 9th-Students will take notes about Neolithic man. Then they will  write an argumentative paragraph about why they believe their tool is the best in history. After they write their paragraph they will complete a short show and tell about their tool.NXXXXXXNeolithic

Homework- Enjoy a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

Looking forward to a great week and seeing some amazing invented countries. Here is this week at a glance-

Monday, August 29th- Continue to discuss topographical maps and learn about hachure lines. Review over notes.

Homework- Complete steps 5 and 6 on ‘Create your own Country project.

Tuesday, August 30th- Discuss latitude and climate as well as longitude and time. latitudeXandXClimate LongitudeXandXTime

Homework- Complete steps 7 and 8 on ‘Create your own country project.  Be prepared to bring in the final project tomorrow. Review over notes on geography.

Wednesday, August 31- Create your own project presentations. Students will complete a 1-2 minute long presentation about their created country.

Homework- Review for unit examStudyXGuideXforXtheXGeographyXUnitXExam

Thursday, September 1- Play a review game for the geography exam.

Homework- Study for Geography exam

Friday, September 2- Take Unit exam on geography.

Have a great three day weekend, see you on Tuesday,

Mrs. Acker

Hope you all had a great weekend. Here is this week at a glance.

Monday, August 22nd- Geography Stations- As a table group work through five different stations

Homework-  Complete steps 1 & 2 on your ‘Create your Own Country’ Project. HWXcreateXyourXownXcountry Also, please remind your parents that 6th grade back-to-school-night is tomorrow night at 6.p.m. Sorry, students need to stay at home due to the small sizes of our classrooms.

Tuesday & Wednesday August 23 and 24th- Big Block Day-This means you have 90 minute class periods and only go to classes 1,3,5 and 7 on Tuesday and 2,4 and 6 on Wednesday. Wednesday you are dismissed at 1:40 for an early release afternoon. Please remind your parents to pick you up early on every other Wednesday.

We will continue to discuss grid systems and lines of latitude and longitude. We will play a human battleship game outside, and then practice in the same concept with the game, ‘Message in a Bottle’ in the classroom

Homework- Play ‘Message in a Bottle’ against someone at home and record who won in your agenda.

Thursday, August 25th-How do we show elevation on a map? Construct a map from Flagstaff to Phoenix.

Homework- Review create your own country worksheet and complete steps 3 & 4.

Friday, August 26th- Discuss and practice creating topographical maps.

Homework- Share with someone in your home what a topographical map does.

Have a great weekend,

Missy Acker

It was great getting to know all of you. Looking forward to our first full week together. Here is this week at a glance:

Monday, August 15th-Students will create a classroom constitution as a group.

Homework- Write “Social Studies Rocks” in your agenda under today’s date. Now, I know you know how to use the website.

Tuesday, August 16th-Finish discussing the classroom constitution. Then, learn how to take, ‘post-it-note’ notes using the worksheet provided, and label the land form on  the map provided.  landform list landform map.

Homework- review your notes

Wednesday, August 17th- finish taking vocabulary notes and labeling the map on land forms.

Homework- If you did not finish notes in class then finish at home. Finally, review those vocabulary terms and what they represent on a map.

Thursday, August 18th- Discuss the globe and start a PowerPoint on the Geographic grid systems. Discuss how to take Cornell Notes. identify globe hemispheres(1) hemispheres

Homework- Review notes

Friday, August 19th-  Continue to discuss lines of latitude and longitude. Please make sure you turn in the syllabus signed by your parents.   longitude 2 map grid

Homework- Have a great weekend- make sure to run around and be a kid!

Looking forward to meeting everyone on Wednesday, August 10. Attached is a six grade team supply list. This should  cover almost everything needed for the sixth grade. We added two new teachers to our sixth grade team, so a few more supplies might be needed later. It would be a great idea to get a flash drive as well.

General-Sixth-Grade-School-Supplies

Can’t wait to meet you,

Missy Acker

Just two weeks remaining of this 6th grade year. Below is this two week time period-

Monday, May 16th- Discuss and take notes on the Reformation. If time remains watch video clip about the Renaissance.

Homework- begin to create a cheat sheet to study for the Europe Exam

Tuesday, May 17th- or Wednesday, May 18th- Big Block: Go over Powerpoint about the Renaissance with video clip of famous people. If time remains match famous people with their accomplishments. Reminder: Students on Tuesday will walk to Foxglenn Park, during their big block Study Hall.

Homework-  create a cheat sheet to study for the Europe Exam

Thursday, May 19th- Wrap up the Renaissance and begin explorers. Students will present their tri-fold board on the topic of their invention to their Study Hall class.

Homework-  create a cheat sheet to study for the Europe Exam

Friday, May 20th- Day of Play -Last hour of the day is for yearbook signing. If you didn’t purchase a yearbook, students may bring in t-shirts, memo books or other items to have signed by classmates.

Monday, May 23-Wrap-up European Explorers.

Homework- work on cheat sheet to study for the Europe Exam

Tuesday, May 24th-play review game for Europe Exam.

Wednesday, May 25th- Finals Schedule: Periods 1,2, lunch and 3 students dismissed at 1:40

Thursday, May 26th -Finals for period 4 and 5 dismissal at 11:30

Friday, May 27th- ‘Invention Convention’ Students will report to the gym with their tri-fold board and visual aid at 8:00-8:10 and set up boards. Parents and family members will be able to come into the gym at 8:15. From 8:15-9:15 students will present to small groups of people as the walk by in a Museum type setting. Next, we will have students clean up their area and join us at the stage for 6th grades Awards ceremony. Students are allow to go home with parents after the awards. Please sign out your child with your homeroom teacher. If you can’t pick up your child at the awards ceremony, they will help teachers until the 11:30 pick-up time.

It has been a pleasure working with your student. Have an awesome Summer and don’t be a stranger next year,

Mrs. Acker

Hope you had a great weekend.

Monday, May 9th- Continue discussing Religions in Medieval Europe and the Crusades.

map-codeork on mini-manor project and second paragraph about your manor- this paragraph should discuss at least three different occupations found on your manor (due Thursday)

Tuesday, May 10th- volunteer to have your 5 paragraphs turned into one Essay. We will discuss in class how to pull your invention paragraphs together to make one great essay. Then we will discuss the Crusades, take notes from powerpoint-THE CRUSADES -Assignment

map-codeork on mini-manor project and second paragraph about your manor- this paragraph should discuss at least three different occupations found on your manor (due Thursday) Then,  create your essay from your existing paragraphs due this Friday!

Wednesday, May 11th- Watch a video clip about the Reformation, then discuss and fill in worksheet.

map-codeork on mini-manor project and second paragraph about your manor- this paragraph should discuss at least three different occupations found on your manor (due Thursday) Then,  create your essay from your existing paragraphs due this Friday!

Thursday- Mini- Manor Project show and tell- Bring in your paragraph and your Manor to share with the class.

Homework- Make sure to have your Essay ready for tomorrow.

Friday- Work on time line for your inventions, create a template for your tri-fold board on how you will set up your invention visual aid.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

This week we will continue to discuss Medieval Europe, don’t forget your descriptive paragraph on your manor due this Thursday, May 5th. Here is this week at a glance-

Monday, May 2- Discuss Medieval hierarchy in form of a powerpoint then discuss occupations found on a manor. If time remains play matching game with medieval vocabulary and definitions.Manor match  and Jobs of Medieval Europe

Homework- Write, edit and type up descriptive paragraph about your manor. It would be a great idea to have at least 8 sentences. Continue to work on your manor.

Tuesday, May 3/ Wednesday May 4-Big Block-What is Heraldry? Read and create a coat-of-arms. Read about knights and have a knighting ceremony.

Homework- Continue to work on paragraph and manor project. If you didn’t finish reading about knights finish taking Cornell notes.Heraldry

Thursday, May 5- The importance of the Church in Medieval Europe. Discuss Monks, practice writing like monks. Turn in paragraph on manor.Medieval Monks

Make sure all readings are in Cornell note form and review. Continue to create your 3-D manor.

Friday, May 6th examine notes taken so far. Then discuss the Renaissance and watch short video clip.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

We are finished with the Roman Empire and moving onto Medieval Europe. Here is this week at a glance-

Monday, April 25th- Get the Medieval bug and learn about Europe. Use ‘Kids Discover Medieval Europe’ magazine and answer worksheet. Also discuss the plague.

Homework- If you didn’t finish the worksheet it will be due Thursday, April 28th.

Tuesday, April 26th- Introduction to Manor Project, then read about Manorialism and work on map of Europe.

Homework- start braining storming your Manor Project diorama and color and label map. rubric for Medieval diorama  Manor project 2016 copy

Wednesday, April 27th- Continue reading about Manorialism then watch a video clip “Celts: How Barbarians tamed Europe”

Homework: make sure to review map

Thursday, April 28th- Examine the map of Europe. Then complete an activity “Interview of a Serf”

Friday, April 29th- No school

Enjoy your three day weekend,

Mrs. Acker

Monday, April 18th- Go over invention paragraphs, the students’ writing has improved so much this year, but many could still add more detail or make a few corrections. Please correct the paragraph and resubmit by this Friday. Then, assign roles for the play “Who Killed Mama Roma” begin the play.

Homework- make paragraph corrections and work on cheat sheet for Rome Rome Study Guide

Tuesday, April 19th/Wednesday, April 20 Big Block- Continue play, then write up a investigative report ( one paragraph persuasive argument) on who you think murdered Mama Roma. (what you believed actually caused the Fall of Rome). Then, complete a post-it-note-post on the decline of Rome. If time remains watch short video on the history of Rome.

Homework- make paragraph corrections on paragraph and work on cheat sheet for Rome

Thursday, April 21st- Play the Circus Maximus  game to review for the Rome exam.

Homework- make sure paragraph corrections are ready to turn in and  cheat sheet for Rome

Friday, April 22- Rome exam- turn in cheat sheet for a grade and take exam.

Enjoy your weekend,

Mrs. Acker

Big BlockHope you all had a great weekend.

Here is this week at a glance-

Monday, April 11- Powerpoint and expansion maps of the Roman Republic and Empire.

Homework- make sure you are ready to vote for Roman Consul

Tuesday, April 12th- Speeches for Consul then the election. Finally, continue to take notes on Roman expansion.

map-coderaw a bust and create a card about one Roman Emperor. Be prepared to discuss this emperor as well as show off your card in class on Friday

Wednesday, April 13th- Discuss the Punic Wars, watch video clip about Hannibal of Carthage.

Homework- Continue the card and begin cheat sheet on Rome

Thursday, April 14th- finish powerpoint and expansion maps.

map-codeontinue the card and work on cheat sheet of Rome

Friday- discuss emperors of Rome

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

Hope you had a great weekend! Here is this week at a glance-

Monday, April 4th- Read and take Cornell notes on ‘Roman Structure of Government’ . Then fill-in Worksheet that compares US Government to ancient Rome.

Homework- Type up accordion paragraph about your Invention paragraph, peer editing will occur during big block day. Then, Research, accordion paragraph, typed peer edit and final copy will be turned in on Thursday.

Tuesday, April 5th/Wednesday, April 6th Big Block- Play ‘Forum of Roma’ board game- and edit typed paragraph of invention paragraph.

Homework- make corrections in paragraph and turn in tomorrow.

Thursday, April 7th- Start filling in the expansion map of the Roman Empire. Discuss the Punic wars. Finally, collect  the Invention paragraph.

Homework- Review Structure of government

Friday, April 8th-Continue Punic Wars and watch Video Clip about Hannibal

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

Homework-

Looks like March is ‘roaring’  like a lion this week, and it is a good week to hunker down on Azmerit testing. Here is this week at a glance-

Monday, March 28th assembly schedule. We will finish taking Cornell notes on “Roman Kingdoms” then fill in locations of these kingdoms on a map. Finally, we will discuss the ‘Invention Convention’- our 6th grade final for Semester two. Below is a choice of inventions, or discuss with Mrs. Acker one you would like to compete which is not on the list. There is also a time-line with due dates for each teacher, and final essay.Natural History Museum choices of Inventions  timeline History Museum 2016

Homework- Make sure notes on Kingdoms are complete, study map of Europe. Pick 3-5 inventions which interest you and bring them Friday morning on a piece of paper.

Tuesday, March 29th-Azmerit testing in the morning  & then short 30 minutes classes to follow. We will learn about Roman Education, numerals and alphabet.

Homework- study map

Wednesday, March 30th and Thursday, March 31st- Azmerit testing in the mornings. Then in the afternoon periods 1-4th on Wednesday and Thursday periods 4-7th. In class, we will take notes in a scavenger hunt format on Roman Entertainment-

Thursday upon returning from electives students will choose an invention project, the list will be divided into  choices 1-25, 26-50, 51-74 and 75-99 and posted on the 4 walls of the Multi-purpose room. Sign-up will be first come, first served. If you have 3-5 choices you will be more likely to get one of your choices.

Homework- study map

Friday, April 1-  Students will examine the map of Europe. Then create Roman Standard.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

Welcome back from Spring Break, I’m looking forward to hearing about your adventures! Here is this week at a glance-

Monday, March 21- Work on Maps of Rome and modern Europe. Then discuss famous families of ancient Rome. Learn your Roman name for this unit!

Homework- Look up a famous Roman that has your table groups name. Then write down three facts in your composition book to share with your classmates about this famous Roman- due Thursday, March 24th. Finally, color and study the map.

Tuesday, March 22 and Wednesday, March 23 Big Block-Read and learn about myths of ancient Rome. Then, discuss this myth with your table group and create a ‘toontastic’ cartoon about this myth using the iPad . If students finish early, fill-in work sheet about the myth.

Homework- make sure the toontastic is ready to go by this Friday. Study the map.

Thursday, March 24th-Make sure the toontastic program is ready to go. Share with the groups three facts about a famous Roman that shares your Gen name. Finally, read and take Cornell notes about Kingdoms of Ancient Rome.

Homework- study maps

Friday, March 25- Groups will present their myth in a toontastic presentations. The class will take notes about the  myth and ask questions. If time remains have first Gen challenge.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

This post will include the next two weeks and take us to Spring Break-

Monday, February 29th- Happy Leap Day! Read and take Cornell notes on Greek forms of Government. Then discuss social hierarchy in ancient Greece as a polis.

Homework- make sure your Cornell notes are up to date. Start on Greek Cheat Sheet.

Tuesday, March 1st- Read, take Cornell notes and discuss Greek Assembly. Then reach into a hat a draw two propositions. Discuss propositions in your polis.

Homework- Read and understand your argument for your two propositions

Wednesday, March 2- Discuss plan of attack for your argument on your side of the propositions. Then Propositions 1 ‘New Colonies’ will argue  sides. Then the class will cast their votes.

Homework- continue to prepare for you proposition

Thursday, March 3- Continue arguments- Proposition 2 ‘Abolish slavery’  and Proposition 3 ‘Women’s rights’ will go today.

Homework- prepare for propositions and work on cheat sheet

Friday, March 4th- Continue arguments- Proposition 4 ‘Give in to the Persians’ and Proposition 5 ‘Master arts of war and athletics’

map-codeork on cheat sheet

Monday, March 7th- wrap up the assembly and discuss Greek trade.

Homework- work on cheat sheet

Tuesday, March 8th- Review game for Ancient Greece unit exam- we are on a modified schedule this day so students will go to the bowling alley at 1:00 remember pick-up at the alley is at 3:00

Homework- review for unit exam

Wednesday, March 9th Balloon Launch drop off at Airport hanger and then early release pick up at school 1:40

homework- study for exam

Thursday, March 10- Greek Unit Exam

Friday, March 11- Vesuvius and the city of Pompeii

Have a great Spring Break! Looking forward to hearing about your adventures in a week,

Mrs. Acker

This week is a ‘big block’ week so do not forget the early dismissal on Wednesday, and be prepared for Greek challenges on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Monday, February 22- Guest speaker, Carrie Odem will share facts about the importance of Olive Oil.

map-codeesearch one of the ancient Greek Temples and prepare for your Greek Challenge day.

Tuesday/Wednesday, February 23/24-Big Block-Polis will compete for Hellaspoints. Then we will study ancient Greek Architecture and have a building challenge.

Homework- finish reading and taking Cornell notes on the Greek Architecture reading.

Thursday, February 25- wrap up ancient history with reading and discussing the Hellenistic Era.

Homework- finish reading and taking Cornell notes on the Hellenistic Era.

Friday, February 26- Discuss education in ancient Greece. Read some primary sources of famous Greek Philosophers. Try to take notes on Wax paper!

Homework- make sure all note-taking from the week is caught up.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

Hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day! This week we start on the history of ancient Greece. Here is an overview of the week of February 15-19th.

Monday, February 15th- Create a foldable history book. Then, read and take Cornell notes on, ‘History Essay 1- The Minoans, A Bronze Age’. Then watch a video clip about the Island of Crete. Who was Arthur Evans and what was Knossos?

Homework- review reading notes, pay special attention to Oracles and Greek Gods.

Tuesday, February 16th- Add to the foldable history book, about the Mycenaeans and the Dark Ages. Read and take Cornell notes an then watch a short video clip about Troy.

Homework- Make sure all reading notes are in Cornell format and are completed

Wednesday, February 17th- examine Greek gods and oracles. Then continue to add to the history foldable book by discussing the Archaic Age.

Homework- Continue with note taking as well as study your Greek and Mediterranean  map.

Thursday, February 18th-Wrap up the Archaic Age and start to discuss the Classical Era. Continue to read article and take Cornell notes as well as fill-in foldable.

Homework- finish- up Cornell notes on the Archaic article- History Essay 3- Make sure to study map

Friday, February 19th- Examine the map of the Mediterranean. Then continue to discuss the Classical Era. If time remains, have your polis write a pressing question to the ‘oracle of NPA’ and complete a short visit.

Homework- brainstorms ways to gain polis points and have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

This week we will start ancient Greece. Below is an overview of this week, February 8th- 12th.

Monday, February 8th-Happy Chinese New Year! We will go over  the China exam. Then read and take notes on Greek clothing and watch a video clip about ancient Greece.

Homework- make sure the Greek maps is colored and labelled

Tuesday/Wednesday February 9th and 10th-Big Block day-Win points for your Polis by dressing like a Greek or completing any of the tasks that you read about your Polis from last Friday. Read and take notes from reading about going Greek! Then create foldable for Greek History. Learn about the Bronze Age and take notes. Finally, watch video clip on the Minoans.

Homework- Review notes from class today and study map!

Thursday, February 11th- Examine the map of Greece and continue to take notes on Greek History.

Homework- Review notes

Friday, February 12th- Discuss the Heroic Age. Play a little Greek gods charades.

Have a great weekend and see you on Monday,

Mrs. Acker

The presentation on the China projects were great! Here is the rest of the China unit-

Thursday, January 28- Continue to discuss the Mongol Empire and continue to take notes on Dynasties

Homework- create a cheat sheet to review unit exam  study Guide China

Friday, January 29th- finish dynasties, discuss social hierarchy in China and finish Kid’s Discover China reading.

have a great weekend

Monday, February 1-  review famous landmarks in China, then discuss inventions and finally play the game, ‘Who has…’

Homework- study your cheat sheet

Tuesday, February 2- Happy Ground Hogs Day! Review for the exam-

Homework- check over your cheat sheet add any other facts you might have forgotten.

Wednesday, February 2nd- Take the exam

Thursday- February 3rd- Begin on Greece

homework- finish coloring and labeling Greek map

Friday- February 4th-Begin discussing  Greek gods.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

Homework- research and fill-in your accordion paragraph for the 2nd paragraph of your Asia project. The typed, MLA formatted, second paragraph will be due on this Friday 1/22, students will  peer-edit each others paper.

Wednesday, January 20th- Take Cornell notes on Dynasties of China  and discuss the importance of silk.

Homework- review eastern religions and map of Asia. Then work on second paragraph, do you have nice transitional expressions added for smooth flow of your paper?

Thursday, January 21-Continue with notes on dynasties, watch a video clip about the Chin(Qin) dynasty and the Terra Cotta Warriors.

Homework- make sure 2nd paragraph is typed and in MLA format- peer editing will happen tomorrow. Review notes on Taoism, Buddhism and Confucius.

Friday, January 22- Examine religions of Asia, then peer edit 2nd paragraph and continue taking Cornell notes on dynasties.

Homework- Make sure to wrap-up Asia project- remember if you are writing about an invention you need to have at least 5 dates with definitions on your time-line. If you are working on the cookbook you need to have at least 5 different ingredients. Then, trace the origin and place on a map with a symbol to represent that ingredient.

Monday, January 25-Finish notes on Chinese Dynasties and watch video clip about the Mongol Empire.

Homework- make sure your Asia project is completed, attach research, edited copies as well as the final copy. Remember, the cookbook should have a title page that looks like a cookbook, with your name on the front and the inside cover with a table of contents.  The last page should be your work cited page. For the Invention project, you can create a cover sheet with your name, title of the invention and a picture of the invention.  Your last page should also  be your work cited page.

Tuesday, January 26 or Wednesday, January 27th(big block)- complete Asia project presentation. Then, using the “Kid’s Discover-China” work together to learn more about China.

Homework- Review for China exam and make a cheat sheet

Thursday, January 28th- review for China Exam

homework- continue working on the cheat sheet and review for the exam

Friday, January 29th- take unit exam on China

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

Friday, Jan

Wow, what a wonderful surprise from Mother Nature!

This week we will be assigned our next project. Which will be due in two week on the Big Block day- Tuesday, January 26 or Wednesday, January 27.

Monday, January 11th-Go over two Asia projects pick one by tomorrow. Then finish notes on Taoism.

Homework- Pick an Asia projectAsian Cookbook or Asian Inventions then make sure to review map of Asia.

Tuesday/ Wednesday- big block days- Research Asia project, then review quotes on the Tao the Ching, then begin power point notes on Confucius.

Homework- review notes and map, work on Asia project.

Thursday, January 14th- Examine the map of Asia, complete play, ‘Will the real Confucius please Stand Up’.

Homework- work on Asia project first paragraph check due tomorrow

Friday, January 15th- Paragraph check, then begin dynasties of China.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

Happy 2016! Hope you had a delightful break. I’m looking forward to hearing about your many different adventures. On Monday we start China. Please make sure to check the website for snow days and late start information. Below is this week at a glance.

Monday, January 5th- Color and label map of modern Asia. Then begin ancient Chinese creation story about P’an Ku .Story of P’an ku

homework- finish coloring and labeling map

Tuesday, January 6th-Review Buddhism and take Cornell notes over Taoism.  Taoism

homework- review notes and study map

Wednesday, January 7th- Review Taoism and the Tao te Ching discuss quotes. Then begin Confucianism.Confucius

Homework- review notes and study map

Thursday, January 8th-Review Confucianism and ,’The Analects’. Discuss quotes and how they impacted society. Begin play, “Will the Real Confucius Please Stand Up”.

homework- review notes and study map

Friday, January 9th-Finish Play, then examine the map of Asia. If time remains fill-in worksheet called, “The Three Ways”.

Have a great weekend and build a snowman!

Mrs. Acker

There are only two weeks of school till the end of the semester. This week we will complete a mini-unit on World Affairs using Upfront Magazine. Then, we will end the week discussing the seven wonders of the world. The only homework will be for the students to create the cheat sheet for the semester exam. Here is the next two weeks at a glance.

Monday, December 7th- Go over vocabulary terms on how to understand the state of a country. Then compare India and the United States using these terms.

Homework: create a cheat sheet for the final exam- use your social studies composition book as your guide. Make sure to have geographic terms, Mesopotamia, Egypt and India- maps, people, religions and accomplishments.

Tuesday, December 8th-Continue to use the Upfront Magazine and discuss different political systems found around the world. Once completed read and take notes about the different regions of the world.

Homework: create a cheat sheet for the final exam- use your social studies composition book as your guide. Make sure to have geographic terms, Mesopotamia, Egypt and India- maps, civilizations, people, religions and accomplishments.

Wednesday, December 9th-Draw out of a hat, the name of two countries, one developed and one a developing country. Then start  comparing the two countries. Next,  create a poster about your findings that you will share with your classmates.

Homework: create a cheat sheet for the final exam- use your social studies composition book as your guide. Make sure to have geographic terms, Mesopotamia, Egypt and India- maps, people, religions and accomplishments.

Thursday, December 10th- finish your poster and present to your classmate your findings as well as your prediction for the future of these two countries.

Homework: create a cheat sheet for the final exam- use your social studies composition book as your guide. Make sure to have geographic terms, Mesopotamia, Egypt and India- maps, people, religions and accomplishments.

Friday, December 11th- watch video clips about the seven wonders of the world. Discuss and review for the Final.

Have a great weekend.

Monday, December 14th- Continue the study of the seven wonders of the world. Keep on reviewing for the final.

Homework- create a cheat sheet for the final exam- use your social studies composition book as your guide. Make sure to have geographic terms, Mesopotamia, Egypt and India- maps, people, religions and accomplishments.

Tuesday, December 15th- review for the final exams

Homework: create a cheat sheet for the final exam- use your social studies composition book as your guide. Make sure to have geographic terms, Mesopotamia, Egypt and India- maps, people, religions and accomplishments.

Wednesday, December 16th- periods 1-3 will take the final today with a 1:40 dismissal

Thursday, December 17th- period 4 & 5 will take the final with an 11:30 dismissal

Friday, December 18th- Please have your parents  drop you off at the Aquaplex  between 8:15-8:30. We will enjoy celebrating a successful first semester. Parent should pick you up between 11:00 and 11:15 from the Aquaplex. If your parent needs to make other arrangements please have them email me. If you unfortunately earn more than 5 whole punches, please report to Mrs. Visockis at 8:15.

Hope everyone has a delightful Holiday, I’m looking forward to hearing about your adventures on January 4th,

Mrs. Acker

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving Break! The paragraphs and food you brought in last Tuesday were wonderful. We are going wrap up India this week and then prepare for finals.  Here is this week at a glance:

Monday, November 30th- Take Cornell notes on power-point about Buddhism.

Homework- Make a ‘cheat sheet’ index card on India   India Study Guide 12

Tuesday/Wednesday, December 1 & 2 – wrap up Buddhism and then make post-it-note vocabulary terms on a time-line about India.

Homework- continue to work on ‘cheat sheet’ index card on India.

Thursday, December 3rd-Review game on India

Homework- make sure you ‘cheat sheet’ index card on India is ready to go.

Friday, December 4th- Take exam on India

homework- have a great weekend.

Thanks,

Mrs. Acker

This post will cover the next six school days. This week, we only meet four days, due to big blocks and then next week we have a short week of only having classes on Monday, Tuesday and then Thanksgiving Break.

Monday, November 16th- Begin taking notes on India’s History and create a timeline.

Homework- Make sure you have read the first page and copied information onto your timeline. Study the map of India  History

Tuesday/Wednesday, November 17 & 18 Big Block- Create a flip book about Hindu gods and goddess. Examine the map of India.

map-codeinish labeling and coloring flip book if you did not complete in class.

Thursday, November 19th- Discuss and read about the history of Spice in India. Decide which spice you would like to research and begin researching that spice. Then, begin to write an accordion paragraph. First introduce the spice, then explain where it is grown and how it is grown. Next, explain how it is used in Indian cuisine. Then, explain how the Western world uses that spice and an example of a food item made with that spice. Finally, create a final sentence to wrap up your paragraph.

map-codeinish writing the accordion paragraph and then type the paragraph into MLA format. History of Spices in India             Spices of India Activity Packet

Friday, November 20th- Use ‘Kids Discover Magazine’ to read and complete worksheet about ancient India. Then play review game of Hindu god/goddess.

Homework- make sure to have your typed accordion paragraph completed by Monday for peer edit. Make sure to either have a sample of the spice to smell for next Tuesday or a food item prepared with that spice to share with the class for next Tuesday, November 24th.

Monday, November 23- Finish timeline of ancient India. Peer edit typed copy of spice paragraph.

Homework- make corrections on peer edited spice paragraph. Bring in your accordion paragraph, and your edited copy as well as final copy. Make sure to bring a sample of the spice for classmates to smell, or a cook item with the spice as one of the ingredients to have a small sample taste.

Tuesday, November 24th- Present and taste spices of India.

Homework- None

I am thankful for each one of you and I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving Break,

Mrs. Acker

I hope you had as much fun as I did with the Egypt unit, I could teach ancient Egypt for the whole year. It is time to move on this week, so we will talk about current events and then begin India. Below is the four day week.

Monday, November 9th- Discuss current events-look over ‘Upfront Magazine’ and choose one out of six stories to read. Then fill-in current events worksheet.

Homework- Clean out Social Studies folder and finish current events worksheet if  you did not do so in class.

Tuesday, November 10th- Jigsaw and discuss same articles in small groups, then compete a group presentation about that article.

map-codehink of a nice gesture or note you could write to a Veteran.

Wednesday-No School Veteran’s Day:  Complete a nice task for a Veteran, write a note on  what you accomplished, have your parent sign it and receive extra credit points.

Thursday, November 12th Begin Ancient India. Color map of India and surrounding area, and complete a simulation.india map choices (2) india map choices

Homework- finish coloring and labeling map if didn’t finish in class

Friday, November 13th-Discuss simulation and start taking power point notes on ancient societies of India.

Homework- enjoy your weekend.

Thanks,

Mrs. Acker

Looking forward to another amazing three weeks learning about ancient Egypt.

Monday, October 19th- Continue taking Cornell notes on Kingdoms of ancient Egypt. Then, read a brief article about papyrus scrolls recently found, which gives a new perspective of the building of the Pyramid at Giza. After reading the article we will practice citing the author.

map-codeegin researching and writing an accordion paragraph on the second paragraph of your Egypt project. Don’t forget to review gods/goddess and the map as well.

Tuesday, October 20th/ Wednesday, October 21st- Big Block- Dress as an Egyptian with your menat and headdress and win points for your nome. Examine gods/goddess of ancient Egypt, by playing a Headbanz Game and then taking a quiz. Finally, read and learn about hieroglyphics and write your own name in hieroglyphics on your own golden cartouche.

Homework- after completing your accordion paragraph, please type in MLA format and bring to Mrs. Larson’s class for peer editing on Thursday.

Thursday, October 22nd-Read and create a flipbook about Egyptian pharaohs and queens.

map-codeake corrections on your peer edited paragraph and study the map of Egypt

Friday, October 23- examine the map of Egypt then continue working on pharaohs and queens and watch a video clip.

Homework- have a nice weekend

Monday, October 26th- Continue to practice citing an author, in your own writing. Read about the ancient pyramids and create your own 3-d pyramid. Finally, watch video clip on the mysteries of the pyramids.

Homework- Research and write your third and final paragraph for your Egypt project.

Tuesday, October 27th-Examine pharaohs and queens. Then begin discussing and reading about the mummification process.

map-coderite an accordion paragraph on your third paragraph

Wednesday, October 28th-take notes on a power point on the ‘Book of the Dead’. Discuss mummification and the afterlife of ancient Egyptians.

Homework- Type in MLA format your third paragraph, bring to Mrs. Larson’s class tomorrow for peer editing.

Thursday, October 29th- Discuss the canopic jars and mummification. Then, divide the class into roles for the play on Friday.

Homework- Know your part for the play and bring a prop if you’d like. Work on the visual aid part of your Egypt project. Make corrections for your third paragraph after having it peer edited.

Friday, October 30th-  perform play presentations about a day in a life of ancient Egypt and The Curse of King Tuts Tomb- Bhahahahah!

Homework- Have a exciting Halloween weekend- don’t eat all your candy at one sitting, or your mummy wouldn’t be have happy!

Monday, November 2nd-Jigsaw and share about positions in ancient Egypt.

Priest  Egyptian farmers  Egyptian Nobility   Egypt artisans  Egypt Scribes

Homework- Fill in your study guide of ancient Egypt. Make sure your Egypt project is ready to go. Remember on the top page is your type 3 paragraphs in MLA format and a work cited page. Below that is each paragraphs typed peer edited page, then, the accordion paragraph page hand written, and  finally, the research page with the citation of your source.study Guide1

Tuesday, November 3rd or Wednesday, November 4th- Big Block- last time to dress as an Egyptian! Short presentations on your Egypt project and fill-in your rubric.

map-codeill-in study guide, use an index card to put ‘helps aids’ that you want to use for the test. Yes, you will be allowed to use the index card for the test!

Thursday, November 5th- Play the sarcophagus game as a review for the exam. This is the final time to gain points for your nome and win the nome challenge!

Homework- Make sure your index card is ready to go

Friday, November 6th- Unit exam on Egypt.

Have a delightful weekend,

Mrs. Acker

The mini-Meso-Projects were fantastic. The students are very creative and it was fun to see all the different projects. We are starting Egypt, below is the next two weeks of classes.

Monday, October 5th- Color and label the map of Egypt. Then, listen to the Egyptian creation story and create  illustrations to go along with this story.

Homework- Study Egyptian map

Tuesday/Wednesday, October 6 and 7th Big Block Day and early dismissal on Wednesday- Students will be assigned a Nome (Egyptian city-state) and learn facts about what makes their Nome unique.  They will decide on roles in their Nome and figure out what to put on their Menat Collar, so the Nome can be distinguished by this collar. Finally, learn more about Egypt by reading and answering questions in the ‘Kids Discover’ magazine.

Homework- Create a menat collar out of items you can find around your house. Continue to work on the Kids Discover magazine- complete by Wednesday, October 14th.

Thursday, October 8th- Introduce Egypt project- this project will be due on the first big block days on November 3rd and 4th Only Pick one project.Lifestyles of the rich and not so famous Rubric for grading Egyptian MagazineName  Mummies Grading Rubric of Mummy ProjectNameHieroglyphics Rubric for grading HieroglyphicsName  Pharaohs & Queen Grading Rubric for Queens and PharaohsNameResearch and build a 3D pyramidGrade Rubric for three pyramidsName

Homework- Pick one of the projects and tell Mrs. Acker your choice. Continue to work on map and kid’s discover magazine questions.

Friday, October 9th- Introduction to gods/goddess of ancient Egypt.

Homework- begin research on your Egypt project

Monday, October 12th- Continue gods/goddess of ancient Egypt   egypt p22-23

Homework- Research information for first paragraph of your Egypt project, begin accordion paragraph if you have time.

Tuesday, October 13th-What is a dynasty? Discuss and take notes on Old, Middle and New Egyptian Kingdoms. Peer edit paragraph!

Homework- write first paragraph of your Egypt project, bring copy to peer edit tomorrow

Wednesday, October 14th- Watch a Video on ancient Egypt and Grade and go over answer to Kid’s Discover Egypt packet

Homework- enjoy your 4 day Fall Holiday!

See you on Monday, October 19th,

Mrs. Acker

Homework- Choose an Egyptian project by tomorrow, continue to work on collar and magazine questions.

We are having a great time learning about Mesopotamia. Students have shared with me their creative ideas about their Mini-Mesopotamian Project. Originally, I had the due dates as October 1st and 2nd because I thought these were the class 90minute big block days. I now realize these are part of the early release days. So, I would like to have students present their projects on, Tuesday the 29th, Wednesday the 30th  and Thursday October 1st, since the classes only run about 35minutes each of these days. Hence, all projects should be ready to go on Tuesday, September 29th. Other days to mark on your calendar- Wednesday, September 23 early dismissal due to big block schedule. Thursday, September 24th PICTURE DAY, and then Tuesday, September 29th thru Friday, October 2nd are all days of early dismissal(1:40) due to Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences. Please make sure your student attends the conference. Here is a run down of the next two weeks-

Monday, September 21st-Finish going over Q & A from the ‘Kid’s Discover Mesopotamia’ magazine. Finish power-point notes on Sumer, learn about cunieform and Sumerians school days. Finally, read about Gilgamesh.Sumerian School Days

map-codeork on Mini-Meso-project, review notes on Sumer Civilization

Tuesday, September 22nd/Wednesday, September 23 BIG BLOCK- Begin Power-point on The Babylonians, conduct an iPad search on one of the seven wonders of the world- The Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Then, read some of the laws written by Hammurabi. Pick one of the laws and write a paragraph about the law and if the law would be acceptable in the USA today? If time remains watch a short video “Ancient Mesopotamia”.

Homework- Work on Mini-Meso-project and complete paragraph about Hammurabi’s laws.Hammurabi’s code

Thursday, September 24th-PICTURE DAY( bring a dollar if you are out of dress code) Examine facts about the map as well as the Sumerians and Babylonians. Then,begin power-point notes on The Assyrians. Lastly, start a Flip-book about Mesopotamian gods and goddess. Religion of Mesopotamia

map-codeinish the Mini-Meso-project, then review Study Guide. The test is one week away.study guide Meso

Friday, September 25th-Continue Flip-book on gods and goddess of Mesopotamia.

map-coderesent your Mini-Meso Project or play the game, with someone at home, does it flow smoothly and make sense? Work on your Study Guide during Study Hall. Make sure you have a fun weekend!

Monday, September 28th- Wrap-up the polytheistic religions of Mesopotamia. Then, become a history detective- how did ancient man store food in Mesopotamia?

Homework- Bring in your Mini-Meso-Project tomorrow, work on your Study Guide.

Tuesday, September 29th- ( 1:40 early release Parent/Student/teacher Conference)

Show and tell for mini-meso-projects.

Homework- Study for Mesopotamian Unit exam

Wednesday, September 30th- ( 1:40 early release Parent/Student/teacher Conference) Show and tell for mini-meso-projects.

Homework- Study for Mesopotamian Unit exam

Thursday, October 1st- ( 1:40 early release Parent/Student/teacher Conference)

Show and tell for mini-meso-projects and review for Unit Exam.

Homework- Study for Mesopotamian Unit exam

Friday, October 2nd- ( 1:40 early release) Unit exam on Mesopotamia.

Homework- Run around and be a kid

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Acker

Hope you enjoyed your three day weekend. I’m looking forward to discussing ancient man and then moving forward with Mesopotamia. Here is the next two weeks at a glance-

Tuesday/Wednesday, September 8th and 9th- Complete a Hunter & Gather Simulation in class.

map-codeinish reading and taking notes on Back Ground Essay.  Next,  think of what you believe is the most important tool and bring a picture of that tool on Thursday.background essay H&G

Thursday, September 9th- Complete Foldable activity on Paleolithic Man, and begin an argumentative paragraph on why your tool is the best.

map-codeype up paragraph on your tool.

Friday, September 10th- Show and tell about your tool and begin to take Cornell Notes on Neolithic Man.

Homework- have fun being a kid!

Monday, September 14th- Wrap up Neolithic Man, and examine questions on the ‘Background Essay’ reading.

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Tuesday, September 15th- Begin Mesopotamia by learning about the Mini-Meso Project and working on a map of the region.Meso_mini_projects Middle east Map

Homework- Pick your project, by tomorrow and finish coloring and labeling your map.

Wednesday, September 16th- Practice using SQ3R while reading the, “Kids Discover- Mesopotamia” magazine and Answer questions.

Homework- Work on project and study map

Thursday, September 17th-Begin Power-point on Sumerians and take Cornell Notes

Homework- work on project, review Cornell notes and study map.

Friday- Continue taking notes on Sumerians, build a 3-D Ziggurat and examine the map of Mesopotamia.

Homework- have a great weekend and play!!!

Thanks, Mrs. Acker

We’ve had a great couple of weeks learning about geographic terms and location. We are going to wrap up this mini unit this week with a unit test about geography on Thursday and presentation of ‘create your own country’ on Friday. Then, we will have a nice three day weekend and when we return, we will start a new unit on ancient man.

Here is the week of August 31st- September 4th at a glance-

Monday, August 31st– Wrap-up Topography.  Using legos we will build small structures to give us a 3 dimensional view,  then we will demonstrate drawing and labeling contour lines of this view. Next, students will learn and practice writing an accordion paragraph.

Homework-Study 10 minutes for unit exam that will be on  Thursday, attached is the Study Guide.  Then, finish writing the rough draft of your accordion paragraph for your ‘create your own country’ project(Step 10)  Student reminder: the finished, ‘create your own country’ project is due this Friday, September 4th.                                                          HW create your own country         Guide for the Geography Unit Exam

Tuesday, September 1st-Students will examine all aspects of geography. Then, they will cut out paper and create a 3-dimensional hill. Finally, students will answer questions on a worksheet about elevation .elevation  topo cut out instructions  topo cut outs

Homework– Continue to review for exam. Then, type up your rough draft(step10 on ‘create your own country’ ) and print out a copy and bring to school tomorrow. In class on Wednesday(tomorrow) students will compete a peer edit in the classroom. Please make sure to save your paper. If you do not have a printer, please search for a solution, could you email it to a friend that could print it out for you or your teacher? 🙂

Wednesday, September 2– Students will peer edit each others accordion paragraph. Then we will play review games to prepare for the unit exam.

Homework-Review 10-15 minutes for unit exam, complete steps 6 & 7 on ‘create your own country’

Thursday, September 3-Review and then take unit exam. Bring a novel to read for after the test.

Homework- Make corrections on your paragraph from your peer edit. Then staple rough draft, typed peer edit and final copy together to turn in tomorrow. Please complete steps 8 & 9 on ‘create your own country’ project and make sure it is in its final form (did you fill in a legend, did you use colors to mark different steps?). Remember your project must fit inside your locker unless it is a food project.  If you bring in an edible country, please bring in plates and utensils for your classmates

Friday, September 4th- Presentation on ‘create your own country’ .

Homework- enjoy your three day weekend!

Thanks,

Missy Acker

August 17- August 28

It was great getting to meet all of you last week. This webpage will list the next two weeks of 6th grade social studies. It will list what we are covering in class each day and list homework. If you come across words highlighted in blue, you can double click the word and it will open up a document that you were given in class. If you are absent or if you lose your document, this comes in very handy. Don’t forget this Friday, August 21 we will take a walking field trip to Foxglenn Park and Tuesday, August 25th, your parents have back-to-school-night at 6:00p.m.

Here is the next two weeks at a glance-

Monday, August 17th-Students will create a classroom constitution as a group.

Homework- Write “Social Studies Rocks” in your agenda under today’s date. Now, I know you know how to use the website.

Tuesday, August 18th-Finish discussing the classroom constitution. Then, learn how to take, ‘post-it-note’ notes using the worksheet provided, and label the land form on  the map provided.  landform list landform map.

Homework- review your notes

Wednesday, August 19th- finish taking vocabulary notes and labeling the map on land forms.

Homework- If you did not finish notes in class then finish at home. Finally, review those vocabulary terms and what they represent on a map.

Thursday, August 20th- Discuss the globe and start a PowerPoint on the Geographic grid systems. Discuss how to take Cornell Notes. identify globe hemispheres(1) hemispheres

Homework- Pack a sack lunch for Foxglenn.  Please bring a ball or sphere that will fit inside your locker that you are allowed to write on, an orange or a ping pong ball is great.

Friday, August 21st- Modified schedule due to field trip to Foxglenn. Continue to discuss lines of latitude and longitude. Please make sure you turn in the syllabus signed by your parents. syllabus_TA    longitude 2 map grid

Homework- Have a great weekend- make sure to run around and be a kid!

Monday, August 24th- Continue to discuss and take notes on hemispheres, longitude and latitude.using a grid index

Homework- Remind your parents that 6th grade back-to-school-night is tomorrow night at 6.p.m. Sorry, students need to stay at home due to the small sizes of our classrooms.

Tuesday & Wednesday August 25 and 26th- Big Block Day-This means you have 90 minute class periods and only go to classes 1,3,5 and 7 on Tuesday and 2,4 and 6 on Wednesday. Wednesday you are dismissed at 1:40 for an early release afternoon. Please remind your parents to pick you up early on every other Wednesday.

We will continue to discuss grid systems and lines of latitude and longitude. We will play a human battleship game outside, and then practice in the same concept with the game, ‘Message in a Bottle’ in the classroom

Homework- Play ‘Message in a Bottle’ against someone at home and record who won in your agenda. Bring in a 10″ X 10″ piece of cardboard that can be destroyed.

Thursday, August 27th-How do we show elevation on a map? construct a map from Flagstaff to Phoenix.

Homework- Review create your own country worksheet and decide if you are going to make it 3-D.HW create your own country

Friday, August 28th- Discuss and practice creating topographical maps.

Homework- Share with someone in your home what a topographical map does.

Have a great weekend,

Missy Acker

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Looking forward to another great week learning about ancient Egypt.  Below is this week at a glance:


Monday, October 23-Continue to discuss Nomes, Hieroglyphics and Cartouche


In table groups discuss what you have learned about your Nome(city-state). Make up a plan on what you  might accomplish for the next big block to teach the class facts about your nome. Next, read about Hieroglyphics and create your own cartouche.





Homework


Review the gods and goddesses worksheet. Look over the credible cite references you learn about in Mrs. Kelly’s class, make sure you have enough information to write your second paragraph.






Tuesday, October 24th-Social Hierarchy of Ancient Egypt


Students will continue to work on the social class that they were assigned. Today they will meet with others in that same social class and develop a presentation to teach the 6th grade class about what is the most important facts to know about their social class. They will present to the class and take notes on other social classes.  If they finish early with their presentation they will continue to work on the second paragraph of their Egyptian Project. This second paragraph must be typed for editing by Thursday, November 2nd.





Homework


Students will continue to work on Egyptian projects- tonight they should fill in the accordion paragraph on one of their two paragraphs. Finish reading and taking notes your hierarchy if you didn’t finish it in class.


Wednesday, October 25th-History of Ancient Egypt Pharaohs and Queens


Students will cut our and paste a time-line of Egyptian Pharaohs and Queen.They then will begin taking notes about “Egyptian Pharaohs”  in form of  a power point. Bonus: on a index card answer the following – What is the curse of King Tut’s tomb? Turn in the answer by this Thursday for candy or a red ticket.





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Thursday, October 26th-History of Ancient Egypt Pharaohs and Queens


Continue to take notes about pharaohs and queens. Discuss Hatshepsut and why is she an unsolved mystery in Egypt? Watch a short video clip from; “Hatshepsut Egypt’s lost Queen’ and then discuss the mystery of what happened to her. Finally, discuss political succession and compare it to the United States.





Homework-Review gods and goddesses of Egypt





Friday, October 27th-History of Ancient Egypt Pharaohs and Queens


Take a pop quiz on Egyptian gods and goddesses. Then continue with pharaohs and queen powerpoint notes. Discuss monotheism with Pharaoh Akhenaten and watch a video clip about his wife Nefertiti. Video “Ancient Egypt Nefertiti the Mummy Returns”  Discuss religious revolution and why are images of Nefertiti and Akhenaten often found damaged.


Have a splendid weekend- make sure to rake up a pile of leaves and jump into them-yipppeeee!


Mrs. Acker


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Happy New Year!

Here is this week at a glance-

Monday  1/06- Go over Final Exam and watch video on Ancient China

Homework: Review China Map

Tuesday: Go over Asia projects! Discuss choices and options put in agenda that all final projects are due Wednesday, January 22.

Homework: Pick an Asia Project & study map

Wednesday- Dynasty Presentation- Research with a partner one of China's dynasties- you will be presenting this information to the class next Monday, January 13th.

map-codeap work and research facts for Asia project

Thursday- Using iPads and text research facts about dynasties- start putting together a visual to show to the class.

Homework: work on Asia project for 15 minutes review map

Friday- Continue dynasty presentation

Homework- Work on Asia project and be prepared for the first progress check for it on Tuesday, January 14th.

Happy New Year,

Mrs. Acker

Monday,10-21- Learn about the Egyptian project, due Tuesday Nov. 5th.  There are 6 choices students just complete one choices are attached above.  Please have choice made by Wednesday Oct. 23rd

Homework- Label and color map of Egypt, and pick a project.

Tuesday, 10-22, Research Egyptian gods and goddess and create a flipbook.

Homework: Study map of Egypt make sure to have project picked out.

Wednesday 10-23 Masterpiece Art- "The God of Horus"

Homework: Start research on your Egyptian Project bring in 15 minutes of notes that you collected on your project.

Thursday 10-24 - Learn about Egyptian scribes and hieroglyphics.

Homework: Practice naming all the surrounding countries of Egypt. Continue on Egyptian Project.

Friday 10-25- Examine map of Egypt and use 'Kids Discover Magazine Egypt' to learn more about ancient Egypt.

Homework- Make sure to start writing up facts on your Egypt project into paragraph form.

Use the accordion paragraph and the project sheet to help guide you.

Have a great  weekend,

Mrs. Acker

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Please get sponsors for Spell-a-thon, the winner in Mrs. Acker’s class will have hot cocoa and a donut delivered to them.


This fundraiser will help buy more iPads and is a great tax write-off.