Sunday, September 27, 2015

Jog-a-Thon Views

Friday Seahawks students participated in Hazelbrook's annual fundraiser, the Jog-a-Thon. We had fun in Hawk Time dressing up as Disney animal characters. Seahawks students were Winner the Pooh (Bigelow's Hawk Time), Sebastien the crab (Troncoso's Hawk Time), the 101 Dalmatians (Brand's Hawk Time), and the character Stitch from "Lilo and Stitch" (Petrides Hawk Time). The Jog-a-Thon is Hazelbrook's only fundraiser, and the funds are used to help teachers purchase supplies, subscribe to classroom magazines, fund field trips, provide scholarships for events like outdoor school, etc.

Last week in Social Studies students practiced latitude and longitude, and learned about the first and second themes of geography. The first theme is called "Location", answers the question "Where Is It?" and is exemplified by the use of latitude and longitude. The second theme of geography is called "Place", and answers the question "What is it like there (in that place)?" As part of this theme, students will begin this next Tuesday to learn about different types of world landforms. Then on Friday, they will have a quiz over the landforms. It will be important for your student to study his/her daily notes so that they can do well on the quiz.
Below are pictures of my Hawk Time students, and students running the Jog-a-Thon.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Learning about Geography

Students spent the first full week of school reviewing their understanding of continents and learning about hemispheres. They also spent time practicing locating items with alpha-numeric grids. This is all background to help students understand latitude and longitude, which we will begin this next week. Friday students also used Cornell notes to read a Jr. Scholastic article about the Middle East. Hazelbrook School has students use Cornell notes as part of a school-wide effort to teach students effective organization and study skills.

Besides learning new geography and organization skills, we also had school pictures this week. Whew! We did a lot last week, and this next week parents can expect us to continue to be very busy. Besides learning latitude and longitude, students will also learn about the first themes of geography. As well, on Friday they will run a Jog-a-Thon, the school's only fund raiser. Please check the calendars on this web site to keep current with what your student is doing, and to keep up with what students are doing for homework.

Below are pictures of students creating continents and researching facts about them.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Welcome to school year 2015

Welcome to the Seahawks 6th Grade Social Studies classroom blog.  I have a blog in order to help communicate better with parents and students. In this blog you can find two weekly calendars as well as pictures and information about what we do in class. You might want to subscribe to this blog so that you can see when it is updated and to keep up with weekly assignments. It is exciting to start another year of school and be able to work with Hazelbrook's 6th grade Seahawks' students and families.