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Welcome to World Cultures! This is my 19th year in education.  I graduated from The University Of Alabama. Roll Tide!! I have a masters degree in counselor education from Houston Baptist University. My wife Jennifer, a high school history teacher, and I have two daughters.

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Monday

US & Canada

Essential Questions

& Maps

Using icons and an atlas, TLW know major physical features and cities of the US and Canada by labeling a map to be studied for this week’s map quiz.

Finish preview pages, start US and Canada map

 

HW: Study for Friday’s map quiz; bring gummy bears on Wednesday if wanted for government review

Tuesday

Introduction to Forms of Government

Given a graphic organizer, TLW understand the different types of government by summarizing readings of the major governments.

Make book for types of govts.

Types of government: communism, limited, unlimited, oligarchy, tyrant, totalitarian, democracy, monarchy- graphic organizer

Which type of government would you prefer to live in? Why?

HW: Gummy bears if desired for government review tomorrow; study for Friday’s map quiz

Wednesday

Types of Governments: Democracy

Given background information on limited and unlimited governments, TLW demonstrate the differences between the two types and compare and contrast the Canadian and American governments.

Continue types of government- review with gummy bears

Limited vs. unlimited government

Tape book p. 20 in notebook.

Brainpop democracy

How do the Canadian and American governments differ? How are they similar?

HW: Study for Friday’s map quiz

Thursday

Forms of Government – Three Branches of Government

Given background information on the three branches of government, TLW know the functions of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches by categorizing the jobs of each branch.

Three branches of government and specific functions

Icivics.org

Can any branch work by itself? Which branch is more important and why?

LRE branches of government tree p._______

HW: Study for tomorrow’s map quiz

Friday

6 Hats Strategy & Types of Government Review

Given the 6 Hats Multiple Perspectives Strategy, TLW understand how to use the new strategy by writing and speaking to answer question stems about a current event article using the 6 perspectives.

Map Quiz

Its learning with CNN 10

Write and share: Government dinner party- which type of leaders would you seat next to each other and why? Which type of government would you want to control? Which type of government would you want to be a citizen of p. _______

 

 

Holiday

Test Review

Given a test review game, TLW apply his knowledge of map skills, geographic addresses, landforms, and cultural elements by selecting the correct answer for the corresponding questions.

Review study guide, check for completeness

Discuss test-taking strategies

20 questions all multiple choice

Underline key words, eliminate answers, check your work~!

Test review- Trashcan Basketball

HW: Study for test tomorrow

Maps and Culture Test

Given a unit test, TLW apply his knowledge of map skills, geographic addresses, landforms, and cultural elements by selecting the correct answer for the corresponding questions.

Unit 1 Test Maps and Culture

US & Canada Preview Pages

Given textbooks, atlases, library resources, and online resources, TLW preview the cultural region of the United States and Canada by researching the flags, significant people, PERSIA elements, and significant landforms.

Explain how to set up preview pages for US and Canada

 

Review expectations for technology

Student work time

HW: Print out pictures from home if desired

Preview pages due Monday beginning of class

 

 

US & Canada

Preview Pages

Given textbooks, atlases, library resources, and online resources, TLW preview the cultural region of the United States and Canada by researching the flags, significant people, PERSIA elements, and significant landforms.

Its Learning discussion board

CNN 10, then students respond to current events using discussion board.

 

Continue working on preview pages

 

HW: Finish preview pages, due Monday at beginning of class

Monday

Immigration

Family Stories

Given photographs, stations, and alternate identities, TLW analyze immigration to America in the late 1800s-early 1900s by monitoring and explaining the immigration process and the contributions of immigrants that make America a melting pot.

Wrap-up of Ellis Island- Cossey shares her pics from trip last year.

 

Watch Ellis Island virtual field trip video

 

Schoolhouse Rock- “Melting Pot” if time

(Youtube- schoolhouse rock melting pot)

Tuesday

Culture

Given a story of the Nacirema people, TLW analyze the cultural rituals of the tribe to distinguish their true identity.

Nacirema people story and analysis

Culture background reading pgs. 96-99

Each table shares a section (Customs-Economy)

3 main points- choose a spokesperson to share

Wednesday

Culture: PERSIA

Given background information on PERSIA, TLW understand the major concepts of culture by identifying real world examples of PERSIA.

Explain acrostic- PERSIA

PERSIA notes p.____ in notebook, color/discuss

Real world examples of PERSIA

Use CIA website to show data for countries.

Use USA with Political (type of govt, Economic, (GDP ppp and Religions, types of religions and Social languages)

Thursday

PERSIA

Given the elements of culture PERSIA, TLW synthesize his knowledge of his personal culture by creating a quilt with 6 characteristics of his culture.

Picture Day- see schedule

Pass out study guide, go over with students

Give 10-15 minutes to start study guide

 

Review PERSIA elements/notes

Create a PERSIA culture quilt for your culture

Finish quilt Friday beginning of class or HW Fri.

 

HW: Pass out study guide for Wednesday’s test

 

Friday

6 Hats Strategy

Given the 6 Hats Multiple Perspectives Strategy, TLW understand how to use the new strategy by writing and speaking to answer question stems about a current event article using the 6 perspectives.

10 mins for culture quilt or finish for HW

6 Hats strategy- introduce strategy

Culture Article – Read, then assign a color hat to each table. They discuss “in their hat color” Each table shares out their thinking. See 6 hats stems…

Which one is hard, which one is easier?

6 Hats question stems paper

Expectations for CNN Student News

CNN Student News

 

HW: Study guide due Tuesday at beginning of class

Finish Culture quilt- due Monday

Monday

Landform/

map skills project

Given a map template, TLW synthesize his knowledge of landforms and maps by creating a map of his imaginary country and using 10+ landforms, TODALSS, and geographic addresses.

Show cultural portrait example, discuss

 

Expectations & rubric of landform/map skills project

Begin drafting country maps in class p. 14

*Must have rough draft done and show teacher before getting final draft copy.

 

HW: talk to your family about where you come from, Cultural portrait due Friday

 

Tuesday

Landform/

map skills project

Given a map template, TLW synthesize his knowledge of landforms and maps by creating a map of his imaginary country and using 10+ landforms, TODALSS, and geographic addresses.

Continue in class project

HW: Cultural portrait due Friday

 

Wednesday

Landform/

map skills project

Given a map template, TLW synthesize his knowledge of landforms and maps by creating a map of his imaginary country and using 10+ landforms, TODALSS, and geographic addresses.

Finish landform project DUE: end of period

Or work on cultural portrait

 

 

HW: Cultural portrait due Friday

 

 

 

Thursday

Coming to America

Given photographs, stations, and alternate identities, TLW analyze immigration to America in the late 1800s-early 1900s by monitoring and explaining the immigration process and the contributions of immigrants that make America a melting pot.

Push-pull factors- Why do people leave a place? Why do people move to a new place?

Immigration to America

Ellis Island stories-website

 

HW:

Finish “My Cultural Portrait” – due Friday

Friday

Coming to America

Given photographs, stations, and alternate identities, TLW analyze immigration to America in the late 1800s-early 1900s by monitoring and explaining the immigration process and the contributions of immigrants that make America a melting pot.

Share Cultural Portrait- small groups

 

Immigration to America/Ellis Island pictures

Meeting quotas- contributions of immigrants

Activity with immigrants- Whose who?

HW: none

Monday

Landforms

Given definitions and background information of major landforms, TLW understand the features of the earth by identifying the features and real world examples.

Volcano, strait, cape, delta, plateau, archipelago, peninsula

Student friendly definition, picture, and video clips

 

p. RA 36, RA 37 Geographic dictionary

Find examples of the landforms discussed today

Tuesday

Landforms

Given definitions and background information of major landforms, TLW understand the features of the earth by identifying the features and real world examples.

Gulf, isthmus, plains, mountains, glacier, canyon, highlands

Student friendly definition, picture, and video clips

 

p. RA 36, RA 37 Geographic dictionary

Find examples of the landforms discussed today

Wednesday

Landforms

Given definitions and background information of major landforms, TLW understand the features of the earth by identifying the features and real world examples.

Basin, waterfall, rainforest, desert, channel, valley

Student friendly definition, picture, and video clips

Postcard review of 20 landforms-use notebooks!

Use p. RA 36, RA 37 Geographic dictionary

To help answer the questions.

HW: Quiz on Friday- open notes

Thursday

Landforms

Given definitions and background information of major landforms, TLW understand the features of the earth by identifying the features and real world examples.

Review all types of landforms with a BINGO game

Make board using 25 squares

Label squares, play! One free space

Use candy for winners

Prepare for quiz tomorrow

HW: study for quiz- open notes

Friday

Given a landforms & map skills quiz, TLW apply his knowledge of maps and landforms by accurately solving quiz questions in regards to types of maps, parts of maps, locating geographic addresses, and identifying major landforms of the world.

Flocabulary

Landforms & map skills QUIZ-use notebooks

 

-Expectations & rubric of landform/map skills project

Show examples, discuss theme

Begin drafting country maps in class

p. _______ in notebook (rough draft)

 

Monday

Eagle Camp

 

 

Tuesday

Classroom introduction

Given an introduction to classroom procedures, TLW understand routines and procedures by practicing procedures in given scenarios.

Getting to know you activity

Teacher introduction

Student introductions

Review routines and procedures

Routines/procedures scenarios review

Why we study history video

HW: Letter home about supplies & notebook pictures

Wednesday

Classroom information and Pre-Assessment

Given a pre-assessment, TLW apply his prior knowledge of geography by organizing a world map correctly.

Review routines and procedures

Review supplies and letter home

Geography pre-assessment

Review the continents, oceans, etc by playing “Mind Play”

Tour the world video

HW: Bring notebook pictures

Thursday

Notebook and textbook

Given a rubric and materials, TLW synthesize his personal life and goals by creating a collage to represent his life, culture, goals, and interests on his interactive student notebook.

Organize materials and supplies for notebooks

Pass out rubric and review expectations for notebook

Set up title page

Set up table of contents

Begin working on notebook cover

HW: Bring any more notebook pictures

Friday

Notebook and textbook

Given a rubric and materials, TLW synthesize his personal life and goals by creating a collage to represent his life, culture, goals, and interests on his interactive student notebook.

Continue working on notebook cover

Music and mingle to share notebook covers with new classmates

Parent letter due today

HW: Finish notebook if not finished, due Monday

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