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. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Populating the Earth: Vocabulary Study



Populating the Earth: Vocabulary Study  Today we are going to be studying the key vocabulary related to early humans 'Populating the Earth' using the Populating the Earth - Cognitive Content Dictionary located in your Social Studies Google Classroom. We will be using an excerpt from our Social Studies textbook, which can also be found in your Google Classroom, to help us understand the lesson's key words and concepts.   

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Meet the Neanderthals



Meet the Neanderthals The human evolution journey continues as we learn about another human species, one that many consider to be the most closely related to us: the Neanderthals. As you read from the excerpts from our Ancient Civilizations textbook below, use the document Neanderthal and Modern Humans - Venn Diagram (in your Social Studies Google Classroom) to take notes on how Neanderthals are both similar and different compared to our modern human species.


 

Video: The Neanderthals  Now we are going to continue to learn about the lives of the Neanderthals, as we add to our Neanderthal and Modern Humans - Venn Diagram, by watching excerpts of the Discovery Channel documentary Neanderthal.    


Study for Early Humans Quiz  Tomorrow you will be taking a short quiz on 'Early Humans,' which will test your understanding of how we study and make sense of the ancient past, as well as what we know about the lives of our early human ancestors and how they changed over time. The quiz will be primarily multiple choice, and may include a few short response questions as well. Please review your Social Studies assignments, as well as the Social Studies Blog entries from the past two weeks in order to be prepared.