Staying on top of things.

This blog is created as a way to stay on top of what we will be learning throughout the year and as a way to discuss various topics that will arise as you learn. I hope that you find this blog useful as a way of checking in on what you have missed while you were away and double-checking on the information that we will cover in the class.

An important note: It is YOUR responsibility to catch up on missed work and assignments through this blog. Therefore, I will expect that you will be prepared and ready for all activities and the work assigned will be completed on time. It is really important to stay on top of your work so we can be motivated, responsible members of the class.

Also, feel free to offer up your comments on lessons, activities, etc. as you like. It is important that you can comfortably offer up any feedback that will help create memorable learning experiences. Your voice is important.

Success does not come before effort in the dictionary!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

G - SS 8 > British and French Monarchy & Kingdoms too

Today, we continued with learning about the British Monarchy and how it came to be followed by a brief look at FRench Monarchy.  For the rest of class, students were put into groups to start forming their own kingdoms: come up with a name, design your government and start crafting laws.  This will continue on next day.  In the meantime, read about the Spanish Monarchy in Patterns: define reconquista, note accomplishments of Ferdinand and Isabella and explain how Muslims connect to the monarchy. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

B & C - SS 10 > Metis and Scrip

The class began a new unit on the Prairies with a focus on scrip that was given out to Metis in the Northwest.  Students discussed a common scenario faced by Metis at the time and discussed options they could choose to address the situation: being offered $80 for land scrip (when the value is $160 - but can't turn down the offer).  These situations will be discussed next class.

Metis and scrip

Thursday, April 10, 2014

G & D - SS 8 > British Monarchies

Today's focus was on British monarchies, past and present.  The discussion started out with a fun quiz to see what we know about today's monarchy then on to the origins of it all in 1066.  The class was treated to a music video about William the Conqueror followed by a powerpoint on the English Monarchy and Government, getting as far as the King John (only Block G was able to get to this part).  We will have to finish the rest of it next day. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

B & C - SS 10 > Fur Trade and Red River Rebellion Test

Students wrote their unit test in class.  There are still many students who need to hand in the final Glogster and timeline assignments > they are late!!!  If not in by next day, you must stay after school.
For next day, please read and take notes on pages 170-177, Chapter 5 in your text book.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Block G & D - SS 8 > Middle Ages Unit Test

Today, students wrote their unit test covering the early and high middle ages test.  The following is a list of work students began after their test and  needs to be completed by next class. 

i.   Complete the “L” section of the Middle Ages K_W-L sheet they created at the beginning of the unit, then hand in.
ii.  Pick up a new K-W-L sheet.  The topic to fill in:  British Monarchies in the Middle Ages.  They are only to complete sections “K” and “W”.
iii.  Complete the sheet:  Monarchies of the Past and Present
iv.  Read the Bayeaux Tapestry in Pathways starting on p. 38 and complete questions #1 and #6 on p. 42. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

B&C - SS 10 > Unit 4: The Northwest (Review)

Students worked together to discuss answers to review questions to prepare for the unit test next day focussing on fur trade and the Red River Community.   Review sheet is linked below.  It is important to prepare well for the test as classes are running on a late start schedule, meaning shorter blocks.

unit 4 review
discussion notes

Friday, April 4, 2014

G&D - SS 8 > Middle AGes review

The class discussed review questions for the test on Tuesday.  All outstanding Crusades paragraphs must be handed in then.