Mr. Wannamaker's Class Updates

Class Updates

  • Beginning Our India Unit

    Students will begin our unit on Ancient India this week!

    To do so, we'll apply the Themes of Geography to Ancient India. We'll identify several major physical features, and how those features affected people interacting with them. 

    We'll then start looking at the Indus Valley Civilization, including the cities of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. 

    We'll have a brief quiz on the physical features of Ancient India on Friday. This will be a small, 10-question quiz. 

    Lastly, students will received the grades they earned on last week's Egypt Quiz. If any students have questions regarding that quiz or their grade, they can see Mr. Wannamaker before or after school this week. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted by Warren Wannamaker
  • Egypt's Art, Religion, and Economy

    Students will spend the week learning about Ancient Egypt's art, religion, and economy. We'll then start preparing for our quiz. Students may take the quiz on Wednesday or Thursday of this week. 

    Students also received their grades on last week's quiz. Students with any questions or concerns about their grade should see Mr. Wannamaker before or after school. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Jan 14, 2019, 2:12 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Egypt's Culture

    Since returning from break, students have been learning about the culture of Ancient Egypt. We conducted a brief overview of Egypt's formation under the Scorpion King and Narmer; then we started looking at the social groups, daily life, and writing of Egypt. We'll have a quiz on these ideas this coming Thursday, January 10. 

    We'll then start looking at the art, religion, and economy of Ancient Egypt. That will bring us into next week, when we'll most likely quiz on those topics. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Jan 7, 2019, 9:19 AM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Wrapping Up Mesopotamia

    Students will work this week on a few activities related to other Mesopotamia civilizations. They'll look at the Phoenicians, Babylonians, and Assyrians; their contributions to the world, and the overall economic activity of the civilizations of Mesopotamia. 

    We'll have a small quiz on this material at the end of the week. Students who miss the quiz because of the holiday will take it when they return. 

    Lastly, last Friday's quiz was graded and returned to student today (except for Period 6, which had a fire drill right as the quizzes were going to be distributed. They'll receive their grades tomorrow). If any students have any concerns about their grades, they can see Mr. Wannamaker before or after school this week. 

    Have a great week, and an even better Holiday Break!
    Posted Dec 17, 2018, 12:16 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • 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
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