Mr. Wannamaker's Class Updates

Class Updates

  • Finishing Made In China, Then Moving To Greece

    Students will spend this week finishing their Made in China Projects. They will record and edit their infomercials, and we'll then view and provide feedback on the projects. 

    Students will then move on to their next unit, which is on Greece. Students will learn about some important vocabulary, and then we'll start to look at the geography of Ancient Greece. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted May 14, 2018, 2:23 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Made in China, The Project

    Students began the week by starting their Made in China project. In this project, students work in groups and use their unit notes, supplemented by research, to create an infomercial for one of the innovations or inventions from Ancient China. 

    Students learned their groups today, and selected their inventions. Tomorrow, we'll start answering questions about these topics, and then we'll begin creating scripts for the infomercials. More info can be found at our Made in China Unit Website. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted May 7, 2018, 2:00 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Wrapping Up China's Culture

    Students return from PARCC-ing to complete their second China Culture Activity List. We'll review information about the Silk Road and how it influenced China's Economy; China's art and the various ways that it was important; and the government of China and how standardization influenced China's unification. 

    We'll then begin preparing for a quiz on these topics, which will take place this Thursday. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Apr 30, 2018, 1:41 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • 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
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