Mr. Wannamaker's Class Updates

Class Updates

  • Life in Mesopotamia

    Students will wrap up the first part of their Life in Mesopotamia section by completing a writing prompt on cuneiform and an activity on Mesopotamian art. 

    We'll then start preparing for our first quiz on Mesopotamian culture. This quiz will be on Friday. Students will have time to review their notes and to prepare a study tool for the quiz. If any students need additional help, or want to go over the information, they can stop by Mr. Wannamaker's room before school this week. 

    When students finish their quiz, they'll start to learn about the governments and economies of Mesopotamia, and we'll look at the sources that we have that help us learn about the Fertile Crescent. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Dec 10, 2018, 2:01 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Fertile Crescent Geography and Life in Mesopotamia

    Students will review the Geography of the Fertile Crescent, and then take a quiz on that topic on Thursday. 

    We'll also start looking at Mesopotamia. This will include discussing the groups of people who lived in Mesopotamia, their cultures, and how they interacted with one another and their environment. We'll learn about the culture of Mesopotamia by completing activities related to the social groups, daily life, and religion of the region. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Dec 3, 2018, 2:29 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Culture and the Fertile Crescent

    This week, students will review the Eight Traits of Culture by completing a post-assessment using a Newsela Text Set. 

    We'll then move to the Library Learning Commons on Tuesday, Wednesday, and maybe Thursday. While there, students will learn about appropriate ways to research using databases and books. We'll do so by researching countries located in Southwest Asia and Northern Africa. 

    When we return to our class, we'll begin our unit on the Ancient Fertile Crescent by applying the Themes of Geography to the region. We'll identify the Crescent's location, it's major physical features, and the ways that ancient humans interacted with their environment. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Nov 26, 2018, 1:38 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Culture and Thanksgiving
    Well, that was kind of unexpected. 

    Students will return from their slightly-longer weekend to complete their viewing of the movie "I Am Eleven". While watching the movie, students will highlight examples of the Eight Traits of Culture. After watching the movie, students will complete a writing prompt where they'll compare life in Summit to how people live around the world. 

    When we're finished with that, students will complete a post-assessment concerning the Eight Traits. 

    And lastly, please have a great Thanksgiving! Mr. Wannamaker is always thankful to work with great students and wonderful colleagues here in Summit! 
    Posted Nov 19, 2018, 10:38 AM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Traits of Culture Quiz and Documentary

    Students will take their Traits of Culture Quiz on Tuesday and Wednesday (the quiz is fairly large, and probably would be tough to finish in one period). 

    Students should remember to bring a pen, a study tool, and their Planning for Our Quiz sheets to class on Tuesday. 

    After the quiz, we'll view the documentary I Am Eleven, and we'll apply the Eight Traits of Culture to the lives of the students portrayed in the movie. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Nov 12, 2018, 1:41 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Culture Traits

    On Monday, students participated in the YEA Survey on School Culture and Climate. 

    For the remainder of the week, students will learn the Traits of Culture. We'll look at Economy, Art, Religion, Social Groups, and Government. 

    On Wednesday, this will include a brief quiz. In this quiz, students will show their ability to name the Traits. This will include writing down the Mnemonics that they created last week. It is a very small quiz. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Oct 29, 2018, 2:25 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • The Eight Traits of Culture

    Students will spend the week learning about the Eight Traits of Culture. We'll create Mnemonics to help us remember the Traits, and then we'll start learning specifics about the different Traits. We'll start with the Traits of Language, Daily Life, and Social Groups. 

    Students have (or will) receive their quiz grades back from last week's assessment. Students concerned about their grades can see Mr. Wannamaker this week to review their quiz and to prepare for a re-take. 

    On Wednesday, students will spend class participating in the Guidance Department's PowerSources Lesson. 

    And lastly, STOKES Night is this Thursday! Stop by at 7PM to reconnect with your groups, your high school counselors, and watch the STOKES Movie. Donuts and Cider will be provided. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Oct 22, 2018, 2:34 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Geography and Neolithic Wrap Up

    This week, students will learn about the fifth Theme of Geography, Region. To do so, we'll look at a bunch of different maps to identify what Region is, and how geographers use it. 

    We'll then start preparing for our assessment on the Five Themes of Geography and the New Stone Age. We'll go over the stuff we need to know on Tuesday and make our study tools. 

    There are two parts to the assessment. Students can take one part on Wednesday and one part on Thursday. Or students can take both parts on Thursday. By the end of class on Thursday, students should be done with the quiz. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Oct 15, 2018, 2:32 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Human-Environment Interaction and the New Stone Age

    Students will spend this week reviewing their physical features and then learning about Human-Environment Interaction, which is the fourth Theme of Geography. 

    We'll also learn about the New Stone Age, the major discoveries during this time, and we'll identify ways that life changed between the Old Stone Age and the New Stone Age. 

    We'll most likely quiz on this info next Tuesday, October 16. We'll prepare for this quiz this week and on Monday. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Oct 10, 2018, 2:07 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Things to Do on Tuesday, October 2


    As Mr. Wannamaker continues to fulfill his civic responsibility by participating in Jury Duty, you complete any of the work from last Thursday that you haven't finished:

    1) Click this link: Before We Ruled the Earth to watch a video about the Old Stone Age. Remember to wear your headphones or earbuds while watching it. While watching it, you should answer the questions on the handout entitled "Before We Ruled the Earth." It's on the Red Bookshelf. 

    2) Complete the Historical Atlas Activity "Agriculture and Early Settlements." The worksheet is on the Red Bookshelf, and so is the Atlas to help you. 

    3) Complete the Historical Atlas Activity "Reviewing Basic Map Skills." The worksheet is on the Red Bookshelf, and so is the Atlas to help you. 

    4) Go to Newsela, log in to your account, and go to your binder. The following articles are in your Binder. For the remainder of the period, read these articles. For each of the articles that you read, you should complete the quiz and writing prompt (you can find the quiz and writing prompt by clicking on the Activities button at the top of the article.).
    • 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

    Posted Oct 1, 2018, 3:11 PM by Warren Wannamaker
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