Mr. Wannamaker's Class Updates

Class Updates

  • The PARCC Week Post
    All The People
    So Many People
    And They All Go Hand In Hand
    Hand In Hand Through Their PARCC-Life. 

    We're PARCCing this week. When we return next, we'll wrap up our second China Culture Activity List, and then we'll start discussing our new Project. 

    Have a great, totally stress-free week!
    Posted Apr 23, 2018, 2:00 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Ancient China's Art, Economy, and Innovations

    Students will spend this week learning about aspects of Ancient Chinese History like the Silk Road, the Standardization of Weights and Measurements, and innovations like the compass and gunpowder. 

    Some students will also want to retake the quiz from before Break. Students who choose to retake the quiz should bring a pen and a new study tool to class on Thursday. Students who want to review their quizzes or the info for the quiz should see Mr. Wannamaker before or after school on Tuesday or before school on Wednesday. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Apr 16, 2018, 2:08 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Chinese Culture Quiz #1

    Students will spend this shortened week finishing their activity list on Chinese government, religion, and writing, and will then prepare for the quiz on these topics. 

    Students should take this quiz by the end of the week. The choice of what day they complete it is up to them (most students will be ready on Thursday or Friday). Students should bring their study tool and a pen to class on the day they want to quiz. Students who will miss days at the end of this week (and our rescheduled day next Monday) should talk to Mr. Wannamaker about when they will take the quiz. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Apr 3, 2018, 2:54 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Ancient China's Culture, Part 1

    Students will spend this week looking at the Culture of Ancient China. Specifically, we'll learn about the governments and religions of the early dynasties of Ancient China. We'll learn about things like the Feudal System, Meritocracies, Confucianism, and Daoism. Lots of great stuff this week!

    This week we'll also get our China Geography quizzes back. If any students have concerns about their grade, they should talk with Mr. Wannamaker before or after school this week. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Mar 26, 2018, 2:51 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • China's Geography, Government, and Religion

    Students will do a few things this week. First, we'll wrap up our section on the Geography of Ancient China. This will culminate with a quiz on this material, which students may take on Wednesday or Thursday. Students will have time in class to prepare and create study tools. 

    We'll then begin to look at the culture of Ancient China. To do so, we'll first focus on the governments and religions of China, especially in terms of the Ancient Shang Dynasty. 

    If students need any extra help, or to review their notes before the quiz, they may stop in before school any day this week. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Mar 19, 2018, 2:42 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Starting our next unit on China

    Students return from their impromptu break to begin their next unit, on China (the unit website can be found in the link to the right). 

    We'll first focus on some unit-specific vocabulary, and then we'll look at the geography of the region. On Friday, we'll have a brief quiz on the vocabulary and the locations of specific physical features that we'll be learning about. More will be discussed in class this week. 

    Have a wonderful, kind week!
    Posted Mar 12, 2018, 1:56 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • From India to China

    Students will do a few things this week - 

    First, we'll finish our Recommendations for the Rajah Project. This will include the class serving as an Audience for the projects, reading several of them, and offering critiques of the projects. 

    We'll then start our next unit, on Ancient China. This unit will start with a preassessment, and then we'll learn some unit-specific vocabulary (this will end with a very brief, very small quiz on the vocab). We'll then move on to learning about the geography of Ancient China, and how it affected the people of the region. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Mar 5, 2018, 1:53 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Recommendations for the Rajah, and Hoops

    Students will spend time this week working on their Recommendations for the Rajah project. In this project, students will use their knowledge of Ancient India to provide a Rajah with advice on how to maintain and provide success for an Ancient Indian Empire. More about the project, including our task statement, outline of requirements for the project, and grading information, can be found on the unit website (the link is to the right). 

    Students learned who their partners are today, and will work individually and in pairs this week to create their presentations. The final product should be complete and ready to hand in by the end of class on Monday, March 5. 

    Also this week, students will take two very small, very brief assessments on the Five Themes of Geography (Wednesday in class) and the Eight Traits of Culture (Thursday in class). We'll talk more about these assessments in class on Tuesday. In the meantime, students should review the Traits and Themes. 

    Lastly, on Thursday, students should definitely consider attending Hoops for Humanity. It's a splendid time, it's for a good cause, and Mr. Wannamaker gets to show off his legendary (lack) of basketball skills. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Feb 26, 2018, 1:53 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Mauryan and Gupta Quiz and Project

    Students will use this abbreviated week to complete their quiz on the Mauryan and Gupta Empires. Students have completed their review charts, and will create their study tools during class and at home. Students may take the quiz on Thursday or Friday. 

    When finished with the quiz, we'll complete several minor activities related to Ancient India. We'll also begin looking at the directions for our project, and will identify what the project includes and how it will be graded. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Feb 21, 2018, 2:03 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Mauryan & Gupta Empires and Preparing for our Quiz

    Students will spend the week learning about the Mauryan Empire and the major achievements of Ashoka. We'll then move on to discuss the achievements during the golden age of the Gupta Empire. 

    We'll then start preparing for a quiz on the Mauryan and Gupta Empires. Which will most likely be given when we return from break. 

    Have a great week!

    Posted Feb 12, 2018, 12:25 PM by Warren Wannamaker
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