Welcome to the 2019 – 2020 school year and 7th grade Humanities! In this class you will be learning about the diverse world in which we live. Through the study of humanities, you will be engaged in learning about the world around you through many perspectives. You will build social studies skills, such as analyzing primary and secondary sources, maps, charts, graphs and other forms of data through research. Using these skills, you will gain a better understanding of the social, political and economic dynamics of the world. I plan to make this an exciting and challenging year for students.
Below is a short supply list for the 2019 – 2020 school year:
- Green or black 3-ring binder (this will be shared with English)
- 5-tab dividers
- Lined paper
- Pens (red, blue, and black)
Shared Items: These would be donated to the classroom and shared by all
- Colored Pencils
- Clorox Wipes
- Hand Sanitizer
- Glue sticks
August 12th – August 16th: We are off to a great start here in 7th grade! Students have been getting a lot of information these last few days and are getting policies and procedures to have a strong school year. This week we are starting to learn about our first unit which is map skills. A few reminders: Please make sure students have a 3-ring binder with at least 5 tab dividers.
Monday: Students are organizing their 3-ring binders and learning about map components. HW: Finish geoterms and get syllabus signed
Tuesday: Students will continue to learn about map components, read section 2, and complete a card activity with their map. HW: Join google classroom and get syllabus signed (due wednesday)
Wednesday: Students will learn about latitude and longitude, read section 3, and complete a latitude and longitude worksheet. HW: Finish latitude and longitude worksheet
Thursday: Students will learn about map scale and complete a card activity with their map. HW: None
Friday: Students will learn how to represent the Earth on a map, read section 5, and complete another card activity with their map. Students will also be assigned their first weekly discussion in google classroom. HW: None
August 19th – August 23rd: Another great week planned for Humanities! Reminder that Wednesday is the ice cream social at Foxglenn from 2 – 3:15PM. It will be a fun time!
Monday: Students finished up their first lesson of the year about the tools of geography. Students will be assigned their first weekly discussion. HW: Turn in kindle contract & tools of geography notebooks are due Tuesday/Wednesday.
Tuesday/Wednesday (Block periods): Students will take a quiz over the tools of geography and begin learning about physical feature maps. HW: Kindle contracts due Thursday
Thursday: Students will act out a physical feature and learn about climate and vegetation maps. HW: First four lines of their poem
Friday: Students will talk about the weekly discussion and learn about population density maps. HW: None
September 2nd – September 6th: I hope that everyone had a fun and relaxing long weekend! This week in 7th grade humanities students will be completing a mapping lab over the current region of study, Canada and the United States! No weekly discussion this week.
Monday: No School
Tuesday/Wednesday: Students will learn about physical and human geography of the Canada and U.S. region. We will also complete a geography challenge in the notebook. HW: Compete geo challenge # 1 in notebook
Thursday: Students will complete geo challenge #2 in their notebooks and play a Picture it! game. HW: Complete geo challenge #2 in notebook
Friday: Students will complete geo challenge #3 and complete a where are you? activity with partners. HW: None
September 9th – September 13th: This week in Humanities students will be learning about the environmental health and management of the Great Lakes. Don’t forget parent night is on Tuesday from 6 – 8PM!
Monday: Students will complete a preview activity about the Great Lakes. HW: None
Tuesday: Students will listen to an audio report from the 1970’s about the status of the Great Lakes and complete a section in their notebook. HW: Finish Great Lakes geoterms
Wednesday: Students will learn about 9/11. HW: None
Thursday: Students will complete notes about pollution, invasive species, and habitat loss in the Great Lakes ecosystem. HW: Quarter 1 project assigned
Friday: Students will discuss the weekly discussion and prep for a debate about the status of the Great Lakes! HW: None
September 16th – September 20th: We are midway through the first quarter and things are picking up in all classes! We assigned the first project of the quarter last Thursday. This is a joint project for Humanities and English.
Monday: Students are debating the state of our Great Lakes as well as writing an editorial about the conditions of the Great Lakes ecosystem. HW: Finish editorial/Great Lakes notebook due tomorrow
Tuesday/Wednesday: Students will investigate the dilemma of Asian carp in the Great Lakes ecosystem, review for a Great Lakes quiz and begin to learn about National Parks in the United States and Canada. HW: Finish geoterms
Thursday: Students will create tour plans of three national parks in the United States and Canada. HW: Work on quarter 1 project
Friday: Students will share a tour plan and create a national park poster. HW: None
September 23rd – September 27th: Happy Spirit Week! This week students will be finishing a lesson on National Parks, working on their quarter 1 project, and beginning a lesson on migration to the U.S.
Monday: Students will work on their quarter 1 project. HW: Study for National Park quiz.
Tuesday: Students will finish national park posters and take a quiz. HW: Q1 project map rough draft due Thursday
Wednesday: Students will learn about Yosemite National Park HW: Q1 project map rough draft due Thursday
Thursday: Students will learn about migration to the United States and complete an activity in their notebook. HW: Finish geoterms in their notebook
Friday: Students will work on a study guide for the United States and Canada Test. Students will also read and respond to an article in google classroom. HW: None
In this class you will be learning about the diverse world in which we live. Through the study of humanities, you will be engaged in learning about the world around you through many perspectives. You will build social studies skills, such as analyzing primary and secondary sources, maps, charts, graphs and other forms of data through research. Using these skills, you will gain a better understanding of the social, political and economic dynamics of the world. Many of the assignments in this class will also connect to the literature studied in your 7th grade English class. I plan to make this an exciting and challenging year for students. Your success in my class will depend on your effort, a positive attitude, and abiding by the following syllabus.