Friday, September 22, 2017

The Costs and Benefits of Farming




The Costs and Benefits of Farming: Reading and Note-Taking Activity  Today in small groups you are going to read an excerpt and study a diagram from your text regarding the costs and benefits of farming. As you read, you will take notes on the Costs and Benefits of Farming using the document of the same name in your Social Studies Google Classroom. The text passage and diagram are featured below (but can also be found on pg. 35 of your Social Studies textbook). Towards the end of the period, each member of your group must be prepared to share at least one farming cost and/or one benefit they learned during the course of their study. 


Video: The Agricultural Revolution  Now let's watch as our friends at Crash Course hilariously explain the importance of the Agricultural Revolution.  

Thursday, September 21, 2017

How the Agricultural Revolution Changed the Way People Lived



Cause and Effect Mini-Lesson  Before you can begin to understand the relationship between events related to the Agricultural Revolution you may need to a refresher on the nature of 'Cause and Effect.' Cause is what makes something happens. Effect is what happens as a result. To see 'Cause and Effect' in action, check out the video below. 


Early Agriculture: Guided Reading and Cause and Effect Activity  Today we will read about how the Agricultural Revolution changed the way people lived. The Early Agriculture - Reading Selection can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom, as well as here. As we read, you will make note of the relationship between key events related to the birth of agriculture and early farming using the Early Agriculture - Cause and Effect document, which can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Early Agriculture (Day 2)



Early Agriculture: Vocabulary Study (Continued)  
Let's complete our Early Agriculture - Cognitive Content Dictionary assignment today. Remember, you can find it in your Social Studies Google Classroom, along with the excerpt from our Social Studies textbook, which we will use to help us understand the lesson's key words and concepts.  

Video Excerpt: "The Story of All of Us"  Let's continue to develop our understanding of human migration and early agriculture by watching an excerpt of the program "The Story of All of Us." Take notes on what you observe, learn, and what questions you may have, using the document The Story of All of Us - Video Notes, which can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom

Monday, September 18, 2017

Introducing Agriculture



Early Agriculture: Writing Warm-Up  Why do you think many of our early human ancestors abandoned (left behind) the hunter-gatherer lifestyle to become farmers? What advantages (positives) do you think farming might have over hunting and gathering? Share your ideas on your class's Padlet wall (Period 3Period 5).

Early Agriculture: Vocabulary Study  Today we are going to be studying the key vocabulary related to 'Early Agriculture' using the assignment Early Agriculture - Cognitive Content Dictionary located in your Social Studies Google ClassroomWe will be using an excerpt from our Social Studies textbook, also located in your Social Studies Google Classroom, to help us understand the lesson's key words and concepts.  

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Journey of Humankind and Creating a Google Map




Journey of Humankind: Interactive Map  Today we are going to go on a virtual global journey of modern humans over the last 160,000 years. This interactive map "will show for the first time the interaction between migration and climate over this period." Press "play" and watch your ancestors begin their migration out of Africa to the furthest reaches of the globe. Read their stories along the way. Observe the changes in climate that they are forced to confront. Make note of when and how your ancestors first set foot in the Americas. 

Video: The Human Family Tree  Now we are also going to continue watch excerpts from the National Geographic documentary The Human Family Tree: Tracing the Human Journey Through Time. The film "traces the human journey through time, from our origins in the heart of Africa to the ends of the world." In your Social Studies Google Classroom you can still find the document The Human Family Tree - Video Study Guide, which you will use to continue to take notes.  

How to Create a Google Map for Social Studies  This year we will be using Google Maps to record both historical and current events. Watch the tutorial video featuring your favorite teacher below to learn how to get started. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Journey Around the Earth and Beyond



Video of the Day: Cosmic Eye  Behold the marvel that is our vast universe! 


Populating the Earth: Assignment Review  Today you will be provided some time in class to work on your two 'Populating the Earth' assignments from this week, which are both due tomorrowPopulating the Earth - Questions and Populating the Earth - Cognitive Content Dictionary. Both assignments can still be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom. After working closely with the members of your team, be prepared to share your responses to the questions with the class.

If you are finished with both assignments, you may also use this time to put the finishing touches on your Week in Rap - Current Event Activities, which is also due tomorrow

Video: The Human Family Tree  Today we are also going to watch excerpts from the National Geographic documentary The Human Family Tree: Tracing the Human Journey Through Time. The film "traces the human journey through time, from our origins in the heart of Africa to the ends of the world." In your Social Studies Google Classroom you will find the document The Human Family Tree - Video Study Guide, which you will use to take notes.  


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Populating the Earth: Guided Reading



Video: The First Great Migration  The first great migration out of Africa and into other parts of the world was heavily influenced by climate. This segment explores the paths of migration into Asia and beyond.  



Populating the Earth: Guided Reading  Today we are going to read the 'Populating the Earth' section from our Social Studies textbook's Interactive Reader. You can find a PDF of the selection here, as well as in your Social Studies Google Classroom. After reading, you will begin to answer the questions from the document Populating the Earth - Questions, which can also be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom.