Sunday, October 2, 2016

A Busy September

It is one month into the school year. Students are starting to find the routine normal for them and most have finally figured out how to move between classes in a timely fashion. The start of this year has also been complicated by getting new iPads. The iPads have also required learning a new routine. Most students seem to have figured out how to use their new devices responsibly and are eager to use them.

Some of the things we have done in Social Studies so far include learning about map skills, hemispheres, latitude/longitude, landforms, and continents. This week we will continue learning map skills by practicing measuring distance on maps with a scale bar. Students will also have a quiz over the continents and oceans on Friday.

Time is flying by quickly and in two to three weeks we will have conferences. Be sure to put the dates on your calendar: Oct. 19th from 5 pm to 8 pm, and Oct. 20th from 8 am to 8 pm. Scheduling forms will be coming in the mail soon for you to sign up for a time.

Below are some pictures of students in Social Studies class, in Hawk Time, and running the Jogathon.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

Welcome to the Seahawks 6th Grade Social Studies classroom blog. I use this blog to help parents and students keep track of what happens in our Social Studies classroom. On this website you can find weekly calendar postings using the "Calendar" tab, as well as pictures of classroom activities, and descriptions of what we are studying. I hope through this blog to more effectively communicate with parents and students. You might want to subscribe so that you can see when it is updated and to check the calendar for weekly assignments.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Congratulation to the Winners of War Lords of Japan

This week we finished our simulation called War Lords of Japan. This is a very exciting simulation with "battles" being fought with questions and hard work. Some students took papers home to gain extra moves for their "armies" on the board, and it paid off. Most of those hard working students came out on top.

To finish the unit, we will have a test Tuesday over China and Japan. After that we will finish the year by studying Latin American geography, and the history of the Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas.

Below are pictures of winning teams for our simulation War Lords of Japan.
Period 1: Max C., Stella P., Wylie H., Jessie P., and Jesus H.

Period 3: Parker J., Sean H., Jamie J., Julie I., and Rodrigo O.

Period 6: Conner N., Mia K., Megan P., Areli H., and Rey L.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

War Lords of Japan

We are having fun learning Japan's history by participating in a simulation called War Lords of Japan. In this simulation, students work as teams to become the shogun of Japan. In the 1500's, powerful warlords in Japan fought each other to become the most powerful man of the islands. They used skilled samurai warriors to carry out their commands and take over regions until they controlled all. The emperor(s) at this time were weak, while the shogun (supreme military commander) ran the show. This will be our last week of the simulation, as students read background essays every night, gain armies through quizzes to move on the board, and hopefully conquer (through questions) opposing teams' castles. It is a lot of fun, and students learn history as well.

Below are pictures of students working together in teams as they participate in War Lords of Japan.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Seahawks Outdoor School Pictures

Students had a great time at outdoor school. They were busy learning about the water cycle, different layers of soil, different plants, and wildlife. Students got wet, muddy, and had an all-around traditional outdoor school experience. Below are pictures of our experience at Cedar Ridge Outdoor School.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Continuing Our Study of Asia

Students just completed study of ancient China, which was a peek at a new culture that was new to most of them. Some of the things they learned were how China acquired its name, how it compares in size to the U.S., and students learned about the inventiveness of the ancient Chinese. In fact, many of the objects people use everyday were invented in China. Students also became aware of the environmental issues that China is experiencing today because of its push to be the economic leader of the world. After looking at China's pollution problems we discussed some things being done in our community to keep our water clean. Then we coordinated with the City of Tualatin to plant native plants in a water quality facility on Hazelbrook's campus. The plants will help filter water that drains down to the river.

Since we have basically finished our study of ancient China, we will now be looking at Japan to continue our study of Asia. This unit of study is probably the favorite of many of my students. In this unit we learn about Japan's history by forming teams and competing to become the shogun of Japan.

I am including a large number of pictures with this post showing students working to plant the water quality facility on our campus.