Mr. Wannamaker's Class Updates

Class Updates

  • Social Groups, Daily Life, and Language

    Students will spend the week doing a few things. First, we'll review several of the activities that we did last week during our brief Civil Rights mini-unit. We'll also learn a bit more about Jim Crow Laws and public opinion on the Civil Rights movement (this will help students for their upcoming narrative assignment in Language Arts). 

    We'll also briefly review the Trait of Culture of Social Groups, and the social groups of Ancient Egypt and Sumer. We'll then talk about Daily Life and Language, which are two more Traits of Culture. We'll then see what Daily Life and Language were like in the Ancient Fertile Crescent. 

    This will then lead us into our next quiz, which will focus on Social Groups, Daily Life, and Language. This quiz will most likely happen at the beginning of next week (Tuesday, most likely). At the end of this week and at the beginning of next week we'll spend some time in class preparing for the quiz and creating study tools. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Nov 13, 2017, 2:13 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Civil Rights Mini Unit Website
    Posted Nov 6, 2017, 5:34 AM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Untitled Post
    Students will spend the week learning about the Eight Traits of Culture and the Cultures of the Fertile Crescent. 

    On Monday, students will identify the different cultures of the Fertile Crescent by completing a timeline that identifies these cultures and when they were prominent in the Fertile Crescent. 

    On Tuesday, students will complete a brief quiz where they will identify the Eight Traits of Culture. They will also complete a brief activity in the library which reviews the Five Themes of Geography. 

    For the remainder of the week, students will learn about three of the Traits of Culture (Social Groups, Daily Life, and Language), and how these Traits apply to the Fertile Crescent. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Oct 30, 2017, 2:06 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Culture and the Fertile Crescent

    Students will spend the week beginning our new unit on the Eight Traits of Culture and the Fertile Crescent. 

    On Monday, students completed a Preassessment concerning the Eight Traits of Culture. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, students will work to preview the basic facts of the civilizations of the Fertile Crescent. We'll also complete activities that focus on the geography of the Fertile Crescent, timelines, and we'll identify the different cultures that had an impact on the Fertile Crescent. We'll also create a Mnemonic to help us remember the Eight Traits. On Friday, students will have a brief quiz to ensure that they know their Mnemonic, and that they can name the Eight Traits of Culture. We'll talk more about this in class over the coming days. 

    On Thursday, we will welcome the Guidance Department to our class, where they will be presenting the Power Sources lesson as part of Red Ribbon Week. 

    Speaking of Thursday, it's also STOKES Night. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to meet their counselors again, chant their chants, sing their songs, and watch the debut of the STOKES 2018 Video. STOKES Night begins at 7PM in the LCJSMS Cafeteria. 

    Have a great week!

    Posted Oct 23, 2017, 2:05 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Wrapping up Geography and Prehistory

    Students spent Monday learning about Region, which is the fifth Theme of Geography. We'll briefly wrap up talking about that on Tuesday. 

    We'll also spend time on Tuesday reviewing the Five Themes of Geography, and we'll then began preparing for our quiz on Geography and Prehistory, which will be held on Thursday. Wednesday will be spent working on our Study Tools. 

    Students who would like some extra review or help can stop by on Wednesday morning or afternoon, or on Thursday morning, in Mr. Wannamaker's class. 

    Once we're done with Geography and Prehistory, we'll move into our next unit, which focuses on the Traits of Culture and the Fertile Crescent. 

    Have a great week!

    Posted Oct 16, 2017, 2:32 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • New Stone Age, Human-Environment Interaction, and Region

    Students will do a few things this week in Social Studies. We'll wrap up our Create-A-Continent Activity by completing a writing activity that will teach us about the fourth Theme of Geography: Human-Environment Interaction. We'll then learn about how early humans interacted with their environments, thus moving into the New Stone Age. That will then lead us to learning about how life changed in this new Neolithic Age. 

    At the end of the week, we'll talk about Region, which is the fifth Theme of Geography. 

    This then means we'll most likely be having a quiz on this material towards the beginning of next week. We'll plan more for this quiz later this week. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Oct 9, 2017, 2:37 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Directions for Class: Monday, October 2

    Sadly, Mr. Wannamaker won't be in class today; here are things that you should do in class:

    1) If you haven't finished the "Dream Team" activity, which talks about Latitude and Longitude, you should do that. Copies of that activity are over on the top of the Red Bookshelf. You don't need to do the Wrap It Up Question on that sheet. 

    For the next few things, you can do them in whatever order you would like. 

    2) Over on the Red Bookshelf, there are two activities to do with the Atlas of World History. One is called "Reviewing Basic Map Skills". The other is called "Agriculture and Early Settlements." Remember you have a digital copy of the Atlas in your Drive; you can also get a new digital copy by clicking here. 

    3) On the Red Bookshelf, there is a handout called "Before We Ruled the Earth." To answer the questions on that sheet, you need to watch a video. Click Here to access the video. Remember to wear headphones. 

    4) Go to Click on your binder, and several articles will be listed for you to read. For each article, you should do the Writing Activity and the Quiz. If you have a Pro/Teacher account, here are the titles of the articles, so that you can still read them:
    • Prehistoric Times: Food, Clothing, and Shelter
    • Prehistoric Times: A Stone Age Family
    • Prehistoric Times: Using Fire and Tools in the Stone Age
    • Ancient dental plaque reveals what Neanderthals really ate for dinner
    • Study says people arrived in America 100,000 years earlier than thought
    • Study shows that Neanderthals were quite sophisticated
    • Neanderthals didn't live like slobs, study says
    • Forgotten cave in France was hiding Stone Age art

    Obviously, this is a lot of work. That's ok. This week we'll continue working on whatever you don't finish in class today. But work hard and try your best!
    Posted Sep 29, 2017, 12:56 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Old and New Stone Ages

    We have an action-packed week in Social Studies!

    First, students will have a quiz on Tuesday. We'll spend most of Monday's class preparing for the quiz and studying. After the quiz, we'll complete a few map activities. Then, we'll move on to talking about the remaining Themes of Geography (Place, Human-Environment Interaction, and Region), as well as the New Stone Age. 

    If students have any questions or need any help regarding the quiz, they can stop by Room 214 before school on Tuesday morning. 

    Students should also take a few seconds to sign up for Mr. Wannamaker's class on the MyHomework app. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Sep 25, 2017, 2:02 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Beginning the Year: STOKES, Geography, and Prehistory

    Welcome to another action-packed school year!

    Students began the year with orientation activities that culminated with the STOKES trip. The trip was amazing, if I do say so myself!

    While keeping the messages presented at STOKES in their hearts, the students can now shift their attention back to Social Studies, where we'll be focusing on the Five Themes of Geography and Prehistory. Students will spend the week learning about Location and Movement, which are two of the Five Themes. Students will also learn about Prehistory by identifying locations where prehistoric people lived, and how people moved throughout the world during prehistoric times. 

    The week will wrap up with us discussing our first quiz. Students will complete a practice quiz on Wednesday, and then prepare study materials on Friday for our quiz, which is currently scheduled for Tuesday, September 26th. Much more about the quiz will be discussed in class.

    Have a great week!
    Posted Sep 18, 2017, 2:32 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • The End of Ancient Greece, the End of the Year
    As we enter our final days of the school year, students took their quiz on Athens and Sparta on Monday (unless they took it last week). 

    Students will participate in Genius Day this Tuesday; students are reminded to bring in the supplies that we discussed in school. 

    On Wednesday, students will complete a few small activities before being dismissed. 

    As we end the school year, Mr. Wannamaker would like to thank the students of Team 6A for being delightful to work with. Mr. Wannamaker would also remind these students to continue to work their hardest in 7th grade and beyond. They should also know that they can always seek out their 6th Grade teachers if they need help in the future. 

    Have a great week, and a great summer!
    Posted Jun 19, 2017, 3:00 PM by Warren Wannamaker
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