Mr. Wannamaker's Class Updates

Class Updates

  • India Geography, Introduction, and the Indus Valley

    Students will spend the week learning some preliminary information about India. 

    We'll begin by looking at some of the major physical features of the region, and how humans interacted with them. This will culminate in a small quiz this Wednesday, where students will demonstrate their ability to identify the locations of these physical features. We'll talk more about this assessment on Tuesday. 

    We'll then create a small timeline of the key events, peoples, and individuals who we'll be further discussing during the unit. Then, we'll move on to an exploration of the first of these groups, the Ancient Indus Valley Civilization. We'll learn about how their cities were designed, what their lives were possibly like, and what eventually happens to the civilization. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Jan 8, 2018, 1:00 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • New Year, New Unit

    Students will spend this week doing a few things. 

    First, students will wrap up their writing prompts comparing the cultures of the past and present Fertile Crescent. 

    Students will also complete a brief post-assessment on the Eight Traits of Culture. To do so, students will identify traits while reading several articles from Newsela. 

    We'll then be moving on to our next unit, on Ancient India. Students will first look at the Geography of that ancient area, and will then learn about the different people who lived in Ancient India. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Jan 2, 2018, 2:04 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Quizzes, Projects, and Wrapping Up the Year

    Students will be taking their quiz this week on Government and Economy, and how these traits of culture relate to the Fertile Crescent. Most students will be taking this quiz on Tuesday, though some have already taken it. 

    The second part of the quiz concerns all eight traits of culture, and identifying examples of them from the Fertile Crescent. Most students will complete this activity on Wednesday, though some may be able to squeeze it in on Tuesday 

    We'll then finish our small research project that started last week in the library. Students will do so by comparing the cultures of the Ancient Fertile Crescent with a present-day culture in that region. 

    To wrap up the week (and 2017), students will learn very briefly about a few additional subjects in Egypt (such as pyramids), and the Persian Empire. 

    Have a great week, and a safe and happy holiday break!
    Posted Dec 18, 2017, 1:56 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Wrapping Up Economy, Going to the Library

    King Assurbanipal (pictured above) had his ancient library in Nineveh. LCJSMS has it's Library Learning Commons, located on the first floor. On Tuesday and Wednesday, students will visit the library to learn about research and citations. We'll then put this new knowledge to good use by researching a present-day country in the Fertile Crescent and surrounding areas. We'll then compare what life was like then and now in that area. 

    We'll also wrap up our activities on Economy, and how they relate to the ancient Fertile Crescent. This will be in preparation for a quiz next week, on Economy, Government, and the Fertile Crescent. We'll discuss this quiz more at the end of this week, and we'll also start preparing study tools for the quiz. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Dec 11, 2017, 2:27 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Government and Economy

    Students will spend the week looking at the final two Traits of Culture: Government and Economy. We'll define these Traits, we'll identify concepts and terms related to them, and we'll describe how these Traits relate to the Fertile Crescent, with a particular focus on the Babylonians (and their leader Hammurabi, pictured above) and the Phoenicians. 

    Students will also take a quiz this week on Art, Religion, and History. Students may take the quiz on Tuesday or Wednesday. Whichever day they take the quiz, they should bring a study tool and a pen to class. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Dec 4, 2017, 1:34 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Art, Religion, and History

    Students will spend the week working on activities related to Art, Religion, and History, which are three more of the Traits of Culture. We'll also see how these Traits relate to the Fertile Crescent. 

    Once we wrap up these activities, students will start preparing for a quiz on these Traits. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Nov 27, 2017, 1:48 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Culture Quiz and New Traits

    In this abbreviated week, students will do several things. 

    First, students will prepare for our quiz. This quiz will focus on Social Groups, Daily Life, and Language, and how these traits relate to the Fertile Crescent. Students may take the quiz on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, or may wait until Monday the 27th. All students must complete the quiz by then. Students should bring their study tool, Preparing For Our Quiz sheet, and pen to class on the day they wish to take the quiz. 

    When not prepping for the quiz, students will start our new activity list. This will begin with learning about Art, and how Art relates to the Fertile Crescent. 

    If there's any time remaining in the week, we'll then start talking about Religion, and how it relates to Mesopotamia and Egypt. 

    Have a great week, and a safe, enjoyable, and tasty Thanksgiving!
    Posted Nov 20, 2017, 2:56 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • 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
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    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
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