Middle School Social studies
State of the Classroom Address 3/16 – 3/20
Happy Monday, middle school!
Congratulations, we all made it through our first school cleaning! Believe it or not, not this is not ‘the end of the world’. Quarantines and cleanings are actually a routine part of society and used to be much more common in the past than it is today. In fact, almost every year the cities of Philadelphia, Boston, and New York practiced self-quarantine and isolation to prevent diseases like yellow fever. It is something that is good for all of us, they help our society to continue to flourish and thrive. I encourage everyone to take this time to: rest, spend time with your family, stay healthy, and continue your education.
As I’m sure most of you are aware, the learning has not ended simply because our situation has changed. You all will be taking a much more hands on approach to your learning for these coming weeks. The curriculum has remained the same, though you will not spend each day in a classroom. You are all still responsible for walking away from this year understanding the same material we’ve been working through all year thus far. Students will be focusing on:
5th – Continuing our unit on the 13 Colonies.
Tuesday, Wednesday– ‘A Visit to the Middle Colonies’ Worksheet and #1-4
Thursday, Friday – ‘Pilgrims and Puritans in Massachusetts’ and fill in the blanks.
Assignments will be posted to GoogleClassroom.
6th – Continuing our unit on the Middle Ages.
Monday and Tuesday – Read Textbook pages 548 – 555 then answer #1-6
Wednesday and Thursday – Read Textbook pages 556 – 563
Friday – Workbook pages 242-244 and workbook page 246 – 248.
7th – Continuing our unit on Westward Expansion.
Monday and Tuesday – Read Textbook pages 296 – 301 then answer #1-6
Wednesday and Thursday – Read Textbook page 302 – 307 then answer #1-5
Friday – Workbook pages 150-152
8th – Beginning our unit on the ‘Roaring’ 1920s and the Great Depression.
Monday and Tuesday – Read Chapter 8 Lesson 1 and answer #1-6
Wednesday and Thursday – Read Chapter 8 Lesson 2 and answer #1-6
Friday – Workbook page 113-117
Writing 7 – Continuing our unit on Historical Fiction. Completed projects are expected to be completed by this Friday (3/20). Students will hand in these completed projects of the first return to school. Guidelines for the assignment will be posted again bellow.
This week we will start slow: read your textbooks on your own time, get the work done, and spend some time off your screens and read a book here and there. As of right now, the school is only closed from 3/16-3/20. However, things seemed to be changing on a minute to minute basis. The second I learn more, I will pass it along to my classes. If indeed we will be moving forward with a longer shut down, I will continue to develop my lessons and move into more complex home assignments.
For the being: each classroom has been set up with a ‘GoogleClassroom’. Students will need to sign into their school emails and accept the invites in their inboxes. Once they have done so, they will be able to keep up with the weeks assignments, and grades.
All work will be submitted through GoogleClassroom! For this week, I will expect that all social studies work assigned for the week to be summitted on the classes page by the end of the week.
If you have any concerns or questions you can always reach me at
The followings are the guidelines for 7th Grade Writing’s Louis and Clark journal project.
7th Grade Social Studies
For the next couple of weeks 7th grade will be creating journals from the perspective of Lewis and Clark’s adventures. You will be pretending to be apart of their caravan as they explore the wild west. This will be a multi step process and will need to include the following:
- 1 Table of contents – at the beginning detailing what pages each section can be found on.
- 8 written passages – Describe the major encounters of your adventure. Examples include: encounters with Native Americans, encounters with animals, dealing with the environment.
- 5 sketches from your adventures – MUST BE HAND DRAWN. Like Lewis and Clark, you will be sketching the amazing discoveries you make along the way. They could be plants, animals, people, environments, or anything else you encounter on your journeys.
- 1 map – Use the resources available to you to hand draw a map that shows the routes that Lewis and Clark took to reach the Atlantic Ocean.
- 1 Supply List – describing the vast list of things that you will need to survive out in the wilderness. You may wish to include things like eating utensils, weapons, clothing, ect.
Please feel free to ask any questions or turn in any work early to be evaluated and corrected prior to the assignments due date.
Your final projects will be due on March 13th 2020.
I encourage everyone to be as creative with this assignment as they want!