Grade 7, Social Studies Grades 5-8: Mr. Sean Vogelsberg

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Mr. Vogelsberg Newsletter 3/16

Posted on March 16, 2020

Mr. Vogelsberg

7th Homeroom

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


Best regards,


Mr. Vogelsberg





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. 1 Table of contents – at the beginning detailing what pages each section can be found on. 
  2. 8 written passages – Describe the major encounters of your adventure. Examples include: encounters with Native Americans, encounters with animals, dealing with the environment.  
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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! 


Best regards,


Mr. Vogelsberg

Mr. Vogelsberg Newsletter and Homework for 3/3-3/7

Posted on February 23, 2020

Dear Students and Parents,

5th – Continuing our unit on America’s first colonies.  We have already talked about Jamestown, New England, and the Middle Colonies.  This week we will be learning about the southern colonies and the roles that slaves had in establishing America.

5th Objectives for this week:

What were the colonies of the South?

What economic advantages does the South provide?

Where did American slaves come from?

How did the economy develop southern culture?

How did the geography of the Southern colonies encourage slavery in the colonies?

5th Homework:

None tonight

6th Beginning our unit on the Middle Ages

6th Objectives for this week:

Studying the geography of Europe

How did the collapse of Rome impact European history?

What nations came about during the Middle Ages?

What difficulties did people living in the Middle Ages face?

6th Homework:

None tonight

7th – Continuing our unit on Post War America and the ‘Jefferson Era’. We will be looking into Jefferson’s presidency and the many presidents that followed that identified with his ideology and goals for America. This week we will be placing an emphasis on the study of slavery and it’s legacy on America.

7th Objectives for this week:

What were the ideals of Thomas Jefferson?

How did Thomas Jefferson work to keep the role of federal government small?

What were the goals of the Louisiana Purchase?

What role did Meriweather Lewis and William Clark play in America’s early history?

7th Homework:

Finish Religion Posters!

Continue to do research for your Lewis and Clark historical fiction journals.

8th – Continuing  our unit on World War I!  I am very excited to be covering both World Wars with the senior class!

8th Objectives for this week:

Understanding the following terminology: Nationalism, Alliances, Militarism, Imperialism.

What were the causes of World War I?

How did Franz Ferdinand lead to the start of World War I?

How did technology change how war is fought?

8th Homework:

None tonight

Mr. Vogelsberg Homework 2/3-2/7

Posted on February 3, 2020

Social Studies – 2/6


5th – Continuing our unit on Jamestown and the first American colonies.

Finish Pocahontas assignment from class

6th – Continuing our unit on ancient India and it’s ideologies.


7th – Continuing our unit on The Constitution


8th – Continuing our unit on Imperialism and America’s rise to a world power.

Theodore Roosevelt worksheet

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