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Thursday, September 7

Today’s Learning: How do we know what we know?

Warm Up: Please have your Standard 1.1 Quiz we took yesterday in front of you if you missed ANY on it.

Use the sources we studied for Standard 1.1 to make any and all corrections to your Standard 1.1 Quiz and hand in on the front table when you’re finished.

How do we know what we know? Please brainstorm a list of all factors contributing to everything you know to date on p. 11 of your notebook. Discuss as a class.

What happened to civilization on Easter Island? Describe about what happened to civilization on Easter Island based on your study of these three pictures on p. 11 of your notebook. On page 11, write down one conclusion you can come to about Easter Island based on these three images. Include evidence from the pictures in your description.

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Wednesday, September 6

Today’s Learning: Show what you know about Big History.

Warm Up: Please spend a few minutes reviewing your completed Standard 1.1 Big History Review quietly and independently before we take the quiz.

Class Work: Standard 1.1 Quiz.

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Tuesday, September 5

Today’s Learning: What is Big History?

Warm Up: On p. 10 of your notebook, please explain threshold moments of Big History and why they’re important.

Class Work: Share your Warm Up response with your table partner.

Work in groups to identify the eight threshold moments in Big History.

Standard 1.1 (What is Big History?) Quiz, tomorrow, Wednesday, September 6.

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Friday, September 1

Today’s Learning: What is Big History?

Warm Up: On p. 9 of your notebook, please explain Big History.

Class Work: Share your Warm Up response with your table partner.

Big History analogies: Big History on a Football Field, Infographic, and Cosmic Calendar.

Describe the stories you hear on CNN 10 today on p. 6 of your notebook.

Big History review activity.

Have a weekend, and… GO BIG RED!!!

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Thursday, August 31

Today’s Learning: What is Big History?

Warm Up: Please define the concepts of  “complexity”, “goldilocks conditions”, and “threshold moments” from Big History on p. 9.

Class Work: Share your Warm Up responses with your assigned Asia Tour travel partner.

Big History Temperature Check: Hold up the number of fingers that best describes your understanding:

  • 1: I understand Big History and can explain its meaning.
  • 2: I understand Big History, but still have questions about its meaning.
  • 3: I cannot yet explain the meaning of Big History.

According to David Christian in the article Complexity and Thresholds, threshold moments are moments (8 in all) when more complex things seemed to appear. Let’s use a few analogies to try to understand the scope of Big History. Beginning with… a football field. Work with your assigned partners to complete this Big History on a Football Field activity.

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Wednesday, August 30

Today’s Learning: What is Big History?

Warm Up: Please finish responding to the First Read activity on the Guiding Questions – Complexity and Thresholds  you began yesterday in class.

Class Work: Share your responses to the First Read activity with your table partner. Discuss as class.

Complete the Second Read activity on the Guiding Questions – Complexity and Thresholds. Share your responses with your assigned travel partner. You should be able to identify “increasing complexity”, “Goldilocks conditions”, and “threshold moments” on the quiz over Big History next week.

Attach your Habits of Mind Graphic Organizer to p. 8 of your notebook.

Second View – Just as you do with documents and pictures, you may also need to watch a video more than once to unlock its meaning. Watch the Big History video again and see if your one-sentence statement can be improved!

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Tuesday, August 29

Today’s Learning: What is Big History?

Warm Up: Please turn to p. 7 of your notebook. Title that page “What is Big History?

Class Work: What is Big History? Notes, p. 7.

Close Reading Notes on Habits of Mind Graphic Organizer.

Close read – underline, highlight, and annotate – Student Reading – Complexity and Thresholds.

Respond to these Guiding Questions – Complexity and Thresholds.

 

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Monday, August 28

Today’s Learning: What is Big History?

Warm Up: Please read and follow the directions on the Text Impression: What is Big History? activity on the table in front of you quietly and independently.

Class Work: Share your Big History story with your assigned Asia Tour partner. Discuss as a class.

As you watch the video, write a one-sentence statement explaining Big History based on the video on the back of your Big History story. Hand in your explanation of Big History.

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Friday, August 25

Today’s Learning: What is contextualization?

Warm Up: Please practice the historical thinking skill of contextualization by close reading – underline, highlight, and annotate – the documents (A and B) on your table AND responding to the three accompanying questions.

Class Work: Class discussion of the introduction to the Code of Hammurabi and the accompanying timeline.

Continue Contextualization Notes (see below), notebook, p. 5.

We will read many documents this year, and we will ask:

  • What else was going on at the time this was written?
  • What was it like to be alive at this time?  In this place?
  • What things were different back then?
  • What things were the same?

Please describe the stories you hear on CNN 10 today in a sentence on p. 6 of your Social Studies notebook.

Fridays are AWESOME! Have a weekend!

 

 

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Thursday, August 24

Today’s Learning: How do we put historical events in context?

Warm Up: Please make sure your 6th Grade Social Studies timeline is complete and accurate. Remember to illustrate each event and make your illustrations colorful. Be prepared to share your timeline.

Class Work: Gallery Walk of classmates’ timelines. Then attach your timeline to p. of your notebook.

What is Context? Notes, notebook, p. 5.

 

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