7th grade: What's happening this week?

  • Week of 3/9

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 3/9/2020

    Monday students will watch a short video on the economic impacts of slavery using TedEd video, and then split into groups to either revise the Economics Test or do extra credit


    Tuesday students will begin preparing for their socratic seminar on the Congo, materials will be handed out in class and are all linked on google classroom as well!

      1. Congolese People
      2. Consumers of Rubber
      3. Global Market Economy
      4. Force Publique
      5. Colonial Administrators
      6. King Leopold II

    Wednesday will be our socratic seminar! (this is formative, not summative)


    Thursday we will do a practice performance task, where students must use all the pieces of evidence from the Congo to prove who or what was MOST responsible for the tragedies there.


    Friday we will look at the congo today and the valuable resources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: 

     CBS News Coverage of Child Mining in Democratic Republic of Congo and a follow up story too

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  • Week of 3/2

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 3/2/2020

    Monday is our Economics Test, and a workshop day to revise our narratives


    Tuesday and Wednesday we will be reading about Ancient African economies (pages 416,7 and 422-5 in Textbook) and how they used the global market to build thriving civilizations. We will also use these primary sources about Ghana and Mali


    Thursday we will be investigating the kingdom of Kongo (Congo) (pages and how they interacted with the global market, which culminates in a role play on Friday.


    The worksheet for the role play is here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l1iJKkhg_sAamsAzxX4-RajAYd41JgrsTgvB-quctn8/edit?usp=sharing 

    and role sheets are here if you are absent: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Fj1-YLviQ8dmZoiJ65sMAfiATD7HipZKCCzxmt9OO38/edit?usp=sharing

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  • Week of 2/24

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 2/21/2020

    Monday we will do a peer market simulation to practice supply, demand and price.

    Tuesday we will go over what is on our upcoming economics test and have a chance to review terms.

    Wednesday-Thursday we will play an international trade game.

    Friday we will review the law of Supply, equilibrium price, and do a Kahoot in class to study for our economics test.

    Vocab terms on test: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18G6WrVvUtxL68zof10pG_tWOG676bKdEC5UabdDClTc/edit?usp=sharing


    Quizlet: Economics Vocabulary Flash Cards - currently not active



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  • Week of 2/17

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 2/17/2020

    Monday- No School, Presidents Day

    Tuesday and Wednesday= Students Finish Non-Fiction Narratives, due Wednesday!

    Rubric and Sample are posted on google classroom

    Thursday and Friday= 

    Foundations of Wealth Videos, to learn Economic Concepts of Market, Price, Supply and Demand

    Video 6

    Video 8

    Video 9

    Notes Worksheet

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  • Week of 2/10

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 2/10/2020

    Monday Weekly Challenge:

    Close read of Planet Money Makes a T-shirt

    Pick one chapter and record your three facts/interesting details about WHERE product made and WHY that process occurs in that place



    Research a Product of your Choice (Google Classroom)


    Plan Non-fiction Narrative using Mentor Text (Hungry Caterpillar)


    Write Non Fiction Elements


    Add Narrative Elements

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  • Week of 2/3

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 2/3/2020

    New Unit: Economics!

    Monday: Weekly Challenge #12: Magic Washing Machine (video here)

    Tuesday: Simulation on defining economics

    Wed-Thursday: Episodes 1-2 of "Foundations of Wealth"

    Worksheet: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sPreDQFnLWc4NAqRUQFbpO8odlnYniX-17GTx8Ukezs/edit?usp=sharing

    Videos: Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv13G4gCHLI

    Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqwguQMkIsc

    Friday: Planet Money Makes a T-shirt Video and Worksheet (available in class)

    Key terms: Globalization/division of labor by process


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  • Week of 1/28

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 1/28/2020

    Monday is a grading day!


    Tuesday the 28th:Weekly Challenge #11: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd2grl-CQjGzVsLBRsqUMbNX7yL7vy3_gbHch06nOVdiAmH8A/viewform?usp=sf_link


    Wednesday the 29th:  Gallery Walk and Appreciations on Art Projects (Posters are due today!)


    Thursday: We will review counter-claims and rebuttals using this article from Newsela "Should Religion be Taught in Public Schools?"



    Friday we will be having a circle in class to discuss challenges around religion today and playing games to keep building a strong classroom community for Quarter 3!

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  • Week of 1/21

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 1/21/2020

    Happy Martin Luther King Day!
    Hope you were able to celebrate and connect with your community about our dreams for a better future!


    Tuesday we will be completing a quick write discussing the most needed moral teaching for our society or school today. This assignment is in google classroom.


    Wednesday we will be working on a draft poster sharing the teaching we think is most needed and what various world religions teach this idea, based on

    this model poster    Requirements are: A central theme or idea, evidence from at least 3 world religions that support this idea, and your artistic representation of this idea using painting or collage.


    Thursday we will finalize our drafts.


    Friday we will do a gallery walk to share our drafts.

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  • Week of 1/13

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 1/12/2020

    This week we will keep exploring the role of religion in society.

    Monday's weekly challenge is on the Stonecutter a Japanese folktale teaching people to not want what they cannot have.

    Tuesday we will finish our Cornell notes on an assigned world religion (template and links on google classroom), tracking the values of that religion and its role in society.

    Wednesday we will be sharing our summaries in mixed groups.

    Thursday we will be working on vocabulary for our primary sources on religion and then beginning to read primary sources.

    Friday we will finish reading the primary sources, and write a quick write (on google classroom) sharing which teachings resonated with us the most.

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  • Happy New Year! Week of 1/6

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 1/6/2020

    Welcome to a New Year and a New Unit!


    We are starting to explore World Religions, looking specifically at the question of "What is the function of religion in societies across the world? What moral codes or lessons do religions teach?"

    Monday= no school

    Tuesday we will do our weekly challenge with a childhood story, Jack and the Beanstalk, where students will identify some of the moral codes or lessons that fables teach children. We will note down 3 lessons learned or behaviors that Jack engages in that are rewarded in this story, and summarize the lesson that Jack and the Beanstalk Teaches. 


    Wednesday we will talk about our classroom culture for studying religion, since it is a deeply personal topic and many religions have multiple interpretations. We will also do a Gallery Walk to develop questions about the role religion might play in society. 


    Thursday we will read about Christianity in our World History Textbook (pages 318-321) and practice our Cornell note strategy, looking specifically for values or morals this religion teaches and ways it helps society. 


    Friday we will jigsaw the 4 other major world religions (Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism) and students will explore the morals or values these religions teach and their role in society.

    The readings are on World Book Encyclopedia, which can only be accessed through our school library website.

    Students will be assigned either Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism or Judaism and will take Cornell notes using the model from Thursday. An electronic copy of the Cornell note guide (with teacher notes) is available - Cornell Note Guide



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