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Jr. High Social Studies Room

In Celebration of Constitution Day

Greetings Jr. High Families!

As we start out the year, I just want to take a second to give you glimpse into today's Social Studies class. 

Today, we celebrated Constitution Day, which was actually Tuesday the 17th, by learning about the Preamble and discussing why these 200+ year old words are still important today.  To get you in the mood to talk and think about the Constitution, here are a few links to check out:

The Official Constitution Day Website

The Preamble by School House Rock!

Homework Number 1

Due on Tuesday

1. Think about today's lesson on the Preamble of the Constitution.  Are there ideas that should be added?  If so, what?

2. Make a list of at least 3 items or ideas that you need to have present in a living agreement to feel safe and valued in Aisha's Social Studies class.

Group C's Native American Culture Presentations

Group C just finished their research projects on Native American tribes of the Northwest.  It was great to hear their stories of Seattle and the time they spent with the basket weaver.  She used cedar wood, which we had learned about in class. 

They did such a wonderful job on their presentations that I wanted to share a few.

Can you guess the branches of U.S. government?

As mentioned in my earlier post, Group B has been studying the 3 branches of government, so  here are the 3 cakes that they decorated. Remember that there is only on cake per branch, legislative, judicial, or executiveFile 780.  Leave your best guess in the comments section.

The 3 Branches of U.S. Government with Group B

Greetings, Everyone!

We have had a very busy few weeks studying the 3 branches of government.  Students worked in pairs (Braden/Emma, Zoe/Matt, and Jessica/Gianna) to research each branch and presented  their findings to the entire class.  We had lots of excitement and questions around 'what if' scenarios.

Our Tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Well... I must tell you that your children are amazing.  They created 26 very unique presentations that celebrated many different aspects of Dr. King's life.  The pictures below are just a sample of their wonderful work. Once I figure out how to put iMovies and Powerpoints on the website, I'll share a few more. 

ENJOY!

 

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Dr. King Tributes

We've all been working on tributes to Dr. King.  Posters, iMovies, powerpoints, collages- the Jr High is creating them all.

 

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The Life and Ideas of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Since the week of January 9th, the entire Jr High has been participating in a mini-unit on the life and ideas of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Although the depth of our studies varied based on the group, we all followed the development of Dr. King's ideas on racial equality (all groups), economic justice (Groups B & C), and the Vietnam War (Group C) from his early days in Montgomery, AL to the last night of his life.  Our class periods were filled with listening, notetaking and lively discussions.  Everyone is currently working on their own tributes to Dr. King, Jr.

 

We explored clips from the following readings and speeches:

Dr. King Biography

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-bio.html

 

We're Back Up and Running!

Greetings, Junior High Students and Families!

Thank you for your patience as I get back into the practice of putting classroom updates and assignments on the website.  It is my goal to update this space at least once a week to keep you up-to-date about what we are doing in class.  You can expect to see pictures and links from our studies and samples of student work. 

Also notice that There are pages for each Junior High Group on the left.  This is where I will communication Group specific information to families.

By now, your student should have shared his or her feedback from the Regions of the U.S. project.  Please reach out to me with questions about that feedback.

Be well.

Aisha